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    Rising drug costs: are pharmacy benefit managers to blame?

    Related media – News 24 hours For many Americans, the rising tide of prescription drug prices feels like a relentless force, threatening to drown household budgets and healthcare access. While pharmaceutical companies often take the brunt of public blame, the web of influences on drug costs is far more intricate. Today, we train our spotlight on a critical, yet typically shrouded, player in this system: pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs. Rebecca Robbins, a leading investigative journalist specializing in pharmaceuticals for the New York Times, will take us on a deep dive into the world of PBMs. We’ll explore their role…

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    FDA reviews MDMA therapy for PTSD, citing health risks and study flaws

    Related media – Breaking news Research such as the current MDMA therapy studies has stalled support from various groups and lawmakers in both parties for the treatment of PTSD, a condition that affects millions of Americans, especially military veterans who are at enormous risk of suicide. No new therapies have been approved for PTSD in more than 20 years. “What’s happening is really a paradigm shift for psychiatry,” said David Olson, director of the Institute for Psychedelia and Neurotherapy at UC Davis. “MDMA is an important step for the industry because there is a real lack of effective treatments, and…

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    Fauci says the idea that he hid a lab leak is ‘absurd’

    More news – Breaking news Monday is the first opportunity for lawmakers to ask him about his agency’s record-keeping practices. For Republicans on the committee, the hearing is also the culmination, so far, of a long campaign against American scientists and health officials who they say helped trigger the Covid pandemic. No new evidence of a pandemic emerging from a laboratory, with or without the help of American taxpayer funding, has emerged in a series of high-profile hearings over the past year. In a report on Monday, titled “Republicans’ Fauci Flop,” Democratic lawmakers said Republicans on the panel failed to…

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    The transplanted pig kidney is removed from the patient

    More news – Breaking news In April, Ms. Pisano became the second person to receive a kidney transplant from a genetically modified pig. Hers was a particularly complicated case: she suffers from heart and kidney failure and she received the organ only eight days after receiving a mechanical heart pump. Ms. Pisano was at risk of dying without the heart pump, a device implanted in patients who need a heart transplant. But there is a critical shortage of available human kidneys from donors, and her heart disease has made her ineligible to receive one. She is the first known heart…

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    Morrie Markoff, considered the oldest man in the United States, dies at 110

    More news – Latest news As of April, the world’s oldest living man is believed to be Englishman John Alfred Tinniswood at 111 years old, according to Guinness World Records. (Guinness lists María Branyas Morera, a California native living in Spain, as the world’s oldest woman, at 117.) When Mr. Markoff heard the news of his rise to the top of the list, “he just smiled and said, ‘Well, someone has to be there,'” his daughter said in an interview. He stood out not only for his longevity but also for a lucidity unusual for his age. Until her final…

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    FDA panel evaluates MDMA therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder

    Related media – Latest news What is the framework for approval? In 2017, the FDA granted “breakthrough” status to MDMA-assisted therapy. Status, the recognition of a drug’s therapeutic promise, aims to shorten regulatory times. The original application was sponsored by the nonprofit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, which earlier this year created a for-profit entity, Lykos Therapeutics, to commercialize MDMA if it gained approval. FDA approval. The request presents an unusual challenge for the FDA, which typically does not regulate drug treatments associated with talk therapy, an essential part of Lykos’ regimen for treating post-traumatic stress disorder. On June 4,…

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    The art and power of healing

    Related media – Latest news “In a creative environment there is an encounter with yourself, an awakening to your unconscious, to your experiences,” said Tammy Federman, a filmmaker whose new documentary “Memory Game” centers on a theater troupe of survivors of Holocaust in Israel managed by AMCHA, an Israeli social support services organization. “But there’s also a group meeting because one person talks about this very traumatic experience and another person can relate to it. It gives you the courage to open up, to share your experience, and there is also joy, there is humor, there is movement and creativity.”…

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    Hunter Biden’s addiction shocked his family. Has your family had similar problems?

    More news – Latest news Hunter Biden, the president’s son, is on trial in federal court for falsely claiming in a gun application that he had not used illicit drugs. Testimonies from his ex-wife and his ex-girlfriends describe his drug-fueled character; look for his dealer on the streets; his large cash withdrawals from the bank. Hallie Biden, his brother Beau’s widow who was dating him in the fall of 2018 when the gun purchase occurred, spoke of his erratic behavior, possession of rocks of crack and cocaine “the size of ping-pong balls, or bigger, maybe” and how she frantically urged…

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    Personal conflicts, even violence, are not uncommon in long-term care

    Related media – Latest news Those most likely to be involved are younger and able to walk, “able to move and put themselves in harm’s way,” Dr. Pillemer said. Most had at least moderate cognitive impairment. The studies also found that incidents occurred more often in specialized dementia units. “Memory care has positive elements, but it also puts residents at greater risk of assault,” Dr. Pillemer said. “More people with brain diseases, uninhibited people, gather in a smaller space.” Because so many, both perpetrators and victims, suffer from dementia, “sometimes we can’t say what started it all,” said Leanne Rorick,…

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    La Comisión Europea abre una investigación sobre Meta al considerar que fomenta la adhesión de los menores

    Connected media – Connected media La Unión Europea ha anunciado que acaba de abrir una investigación para determinar si las redes sociales Facebook e Instagram, del grupo Meta, provocan conductas adictivas en menores de edad. «No estamos convencidos de eso [Meta] esto es suficiente para (…) mitigar los riesgos de efectos negativos sobre la salud física y mental de los jóvenes europeos en sus plataformas Facebook e Instagram», informó el comisario europeo de Mercado Interno, Thierry Breton, en un comunicado. La investigación deriva de la Ley de Servicios Digitales (LSD), uno de los pilares regulatorios sobre plataformas digitales en el…