Why Are Men More Likely to Die of Covid? It’s Complicated.

“You can have states right next door to each other, like Connecticut and New York, that have a totally different pattern but yet experienced the same wave,” Dr. Richardson said. Cumulatively over 55 weeks, mortality rates were slightly higher for women in two states, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In nine states, including Connecticut, the rates […]

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Medicare Proposes to Sharply Limit Coverage of the Alzheimer’s Drug Aduhelm

The F.D.A. also required Biogen to conduct another clinical trial to determine if the drug provided any evidence of benefit. In the years it will take for that trial to be completed, Aduhelm will be available to patients. Medicare’s coverage decision is considered pivotal to the future of Aduhelm, which is priced at $28,200 a […]

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Alzheimer’s Drug Aduhelm Faces Crucial Medicare Decision

Posts supporting coverage include comments from people who have consulted for Biogen, like Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, a research professor in the department of brain health at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He wrote that the drug “prolongs the mental life of our declining patients,” adding, “Medicare should unequivocally support coverage for aducanumab, and they […]

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Biogen Slashes Price of Alzheimer’s Drug Aduhelm, as It Faces Obstacles

Biogen slashed the price of its controversial new Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm on Monday as the drug faces weak sales and mounting criticism. The price was reduced to $28,200 a year from $56,000 on the same day that a group of Alzheimer’s experts and health advocates called on the Food and Drug Administration to pull the […]

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Women Earn $2 Million Less Than Men in Their Careers as Doctors

Female doctors make less than their male counterparts starting from their very first days on the job, according to a large new study. Over the course of a 40-year-career, researchers estimated, this pay gap adds up to at least $2 million. The survey of more than 80,000 physicians, published on Monday in the medical journal […]

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Veterans Have Become Unlikely Lobbyists in Push to Legalize Psychedelic Drugs

To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android. APPLE VALLEY, Calif. — Jose Martinez, a former Army gunner whose right arm and both legs were blown off by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, has a new calling: He’s become one of the most effective lobbyists […]

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Waiting on U.S. Mandate, Some Nursing Homes Are Slow to Vaccinate Staff

When Jim Lewis was told earlier this month that his 90-year-old mother, who lives in a nursing home outside of Boise, Idaho, tested positive for Covid-19, he wondered if she had gotten the virus from an unvaccinated employee. And he had reason to worry. A little more than half of the workers in the home, […]

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First, Impressive Vaccines for Covid. Next Up: The Flu.

As the world grapples with Covid-19, influenza isn’t getting much attention these days. But the flu’s global impact is staggering: three million to five million cases of severe illness every year, and up to 650,000 deaths. Every few decades, a new flu strain spills over from animals and leads to a pandemic. The deadly toll […]

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A ‘Pacemaker for the Brain’: No Treatment Helped Her Depression — Until This

Dr. Sheth said the first patient, given the device in March 2020, “is remarkably well” now, maintaining a relationship and becoming a father. To test for a placebo effect, researchers gradually stopped stimulation to one brain region without the patient knowing when. His depression “got worse and worse” said Dr. Sheth, until he needed “rescue.” […]

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The Pain Wouldn’t Stop — Because Her Medication Had Been Stolen

LaVonne Borsheim’s family could not understand why she was suffering such intense pain. Ms. Borsheim, 86, had long contended with rheumatoid arthritis and other health problems, including hip and knee replacements and heart failure. Her husband, Roger, cared for her in their small house in suburban Minneapolis, meticulously administering the prescribed daily OxyContin and oxycodone […]

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Parents Find Ways to Get Their Youngest Children Covid Vaccines

Leng Vong Reiff had just received her second dose of a Covid vaccine and thought guiltily of her two young, unvaccinated sons. So she began banging away at her keyboard. Like countless parents across the nation, she was searching for vaccine clinical trials for children. She managed to find one, applied and got a call […]

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Nursing Homes Face Quandary: Vaccinate Staff or Don’t Get Paid.

Marita Smith runs a nursing home in Seattle, while Janet Snipes manages one in Denver. They share years of experience in the industry and painful memories of Covid-19, but have sharply differing views of a new federal policy that will mandate vaccinations for all nursing home employees. In Ms. Smith’s view, unvaccinated people should not […]

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