Richard Knox http://kccu.org en WHO Calls For High-Priced Drugs For Millions With Hepatitis C http://kccu.org/post/who-recommends-high-priced-drugs-millions-hepatitis-c Authors of the first-ever global guidelines for treating hepatitis C went big Tuesday, advocating for worldwide use of two of the most expensive specialty drugs in the world.<p>The <a href="http://www.who.int/hiv/pub/hepatitis/hepatitis-c-guidelines/en/">new guidelines</a> from the World Health Organization give strong endorsement to the two newest drugs. Gilead Sciences' Sovaldi costs $1,000 per pill, or $84,000 for a 12-week course of treatment. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:54:00 +0000 Richard Knox 54027 at http://kccu.org WHO Calls For High-Priced Drugs For Millions With Hepatitis C Cholesterol Guidelines Could Mean Statins For Half Of Adults Over 40 http://kccu.org/post/cholesterol-guidelines-could-lead-statins-half-adults When sweeping new advice on preventing heart attacks and strokes came out last November, it wasn't clear how many more Americans should be taking daily statin pills to lower their risk.<p>A <a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1315665?query=featured_home">new analysis</a> provides an answer: a whole lot. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:28:00 +0000 Richard Knox 52852 at http://kccu.org Cholesterol Guidelines Could Mean Statins For Half Of Adults Over 40 Evidence On Marijuana's Health Effects Is Hazy At Best http://kccu.org/post/evidence-marijuanas-health-effects-hazy-best Colorado opened its first pot stores in January, and adults in Washington state will be able to walk into a store and buy marijuana this summer. But this legalization of recreational marijuana is taking place without much information on the possible health effects.<p>"We should have been doing a lot more research to find out just how useful it is, how it affects the brain, et cetera, et cetera," according to <a href="http://asp.cumc.columbia.edu/facdb/profile_list.asp?uni=hdk3&DepAffil=Psychiatry">Dr. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:33:00 +0000 Richard Knox 51778 at http://kccu.org Evidence On Marijuana's Health Effects Is Hazy At Best Deadly MERS Virus Circulates Among Arabian Camels http://kccu.org/post/deadly-mers-virus-circulates-among-arabian-camels Scientists have gotten close to pinning down the origin of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, a dangerous respiratory disease that emerged in Saudi Arabia 17 months ago.<p>It turns out the MERS virus has been circulating in Arabian camels for more than two decades, scientists report in a study published Tuesday.<p>So far MERS has sickened more than 180 people, killing at least 77 of them — an alarming 43 percent. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 05:09:00 +0000 Richard Knox 51421 at http://kccu.org Deadly MERS Virus Circulates Among Arabian Camels Research Shows New Flu Viruses Often Arise In Domestic Animals http://kccu.org/post/research-shows-new-flu-viruses-often-arise-domestic-animals As flu-watchers like to say, you can always count on influenza virus to surprise.<p>The <a href="http://uanews.org/node/54538">latest revelation</a> is that scientists have apparently been wrong about where new flu viruses come from. The dogma is that they always incubate in wild migratory birds, then get into domestic poultry, and then jump into mammals — especially pigs and humans.<p>If novel flu viruses acquire the ability to transmit readily in humans — boom! — you've got a pandemic on your hands. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 18:17:00 +0000 Richard Knox 50941 at http://kccu.org Research Shows New Flu Viruses Often Arise In Domestic Animals