Author Archives: Steve Walker

New Group of Zika Cases Reported in Miami Beach

Health officials are investigating a cluster of possible Zika cases in Miami Beach, suggesting that transmission of the virus by mosquitoes is more widespread in one of the nation’s more… Read more »

China Facing Rising Epidemic of Heart Disease, Stroke: Why America Cares

A 20-year rise in cardiovascular disease (CVD) in China appears to have been spurred largely by increases in high blood pressure, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan… Read more »

Cost of New Cholesterol Drugs Unsustainable Says JAMA Study; Ensuing Debate Rages

A new study from the University of California, San Francisco, using computer models of cardiovascular disease in American adults concludes that the price of a promising new class of cholesterol-lowering… Read more »

Aetna Latest Insurer Pulling Back on Obamacare Plans

Aetna Inc. (Hartford CT) said it will reduce by more than 500 U.S. counties its participation in public exchanges under the Affordable Care Act in the face of hundreds of millions of… Read more »

DEA Ignores the Evidence; Keeps Marijuana on Parity with Heroin

In a long-awaited announcement, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration denied requests to loosen the classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use. The decision, reported by Reuters,… Read more »

Glaxo, Google Parent Create $715 Million Bioelectronic Medicines Venture

GlaxoSmithKline PLC (London) and Google parent Alphabet Inc. (Mountain View CA) have teamed up to develop what they call bioelectronic medicines, or treatments that use miniature implanted electronic devices to modify how electrical impulses are… Read more »

HHS Can’t Wait for Congress; Shifts $81 Million from NIH for Zika Fight

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has shifted $81 million in funds from other projects to continue work on developing vaccines to fight the Zika virus in the absence of… Read more »

Valeant Plummets on Criminal Probe of Philidor Unit

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (Laval Quebec) did an about-face and fell 11% on Thursday as new details about a criminal investigation into the drugmaker reignited investor concerns about the company’s… Read more »

How is the Affordable Care Act Doing, as UnitedHealth Heads for the Exits: Editorial

The Affordable Care Act’s detractors seemed to get a comforting piece of new evidence last April when UnitedHealth Group Inc. (Minnetonka MN), the country’s largest health insurer, announced it would pull… Read more »

Bristol-Myers’ Opdivo Fails in Key Lung-Cancer Study; Shares Plunge, as Do Patients’ Hopes

A cancer drug’s surprise failure in a clinical trial erased $20 billion from Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.’s (New York City) market value Friday, and raised serious questions about one of the industry’s… Read more »