Cost Puts New Drug for Hepatitis C Out of Reach for Many

By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News staff writer, in association with The Daily Beast There’s a new drug regimen being touted as a potential cure for a dangerous liver virus that causes hepatitis C. But it costs $84,000 – or $1,000 a pill. And that price tag is prompting outrage from some consumers and a scramble by insurers to figure out which patients should get the drug – and who pays for it. Related: CDC: All Boomers Need Hepatitis C Test Called …

Dear Mrs. Obama: How About Obesity in Older Women?

Dear Mrs. Obama: Congratulations on the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data that shows that obesity among preschoolers has plummeted 43 percent over the last decade. Certainly that was good news to coincide with the fourth anniversary of your Let’s Move! campaign to fight childhood obesity. As nice as that is, that’s not really why I’m writing you. I’m writing about the rest of that study, which included the less than stellar news about the obesity rate among …

Warn Your Grown Kids: Flu Killing Young Adults

Normally it’s those 65 and older who get hit hardest by the flu, but this flu season has been particularly deadly for young and middle-aged adults, causing many more deaths and dramatically higher hospitalization rates than the previous three seasons. The reason is a return of the dangerous H1N1 virus, or swine flu, that caused the 2009-10 pandemic. This particular strain of flu makes people “very sick, very fast, and it kills,” said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) director Tom …

New Government Website Tackles Long-Term Care Infection

You’ve heard it before. You go into the hospital for one thing and come out with another: a whopping infection contracted there. Did you know that you’re also at risk for infection in assisted living and nursing homes? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just launched a website to help put the brakes on infection in long-term care settings. The numbers are big. Every year, the CDC estimates that 1 million to 3 million long-term care residents contract …

Here’s What You Don’t Know About the Flu

The last flu season was a record-setter – and not in a good way. The season started early and hit hard. According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the hospitalization rate for those age 65 and up was three to seven times higher than the previous three seasons, and more children died from the flu during 2012-2013 than in the past eight years. Yet even with the severity of last season’s flu, the CDC …

CDC: Many Food Workers Don’t Wash Hands (and Worse)

Half of the 48 million cases of food-borne disease each year stem from restaurants, and a series of recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides some clear reasons why: In many cases restaurant managers and workers aren’t following basic food-safety measures. CDC researchers visited hundreds of restaurants in 10 states to figure out what restaurants were doing wrong. Turns out, many workers aren’t being trained about how to handle food safely. They don’t wash their hands …