New Peanut Allergy Drug Shows ‘Lifesaving’ Potential

Almost all of the children experienced adverse allergic reactions during the course of the yearlong trial, whether they were in the active treatment group or the placebo group. But over all, the investigators were pleased with the low rate of adverse events. Only 4.3 percent of the children on active treatment had allergic reactions classified…

Ohio House Passes Bill to Criminalize Abortions on Fetuses With a Heartbeat

The Ohio House of Representatives this week passed one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the country — one that would penalize doctors for performing an abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected and pose a potential challenge to Roe v. Wade. A fetal heartbeat can be detected by an ultrasound as early…

Pfizer to raise some drug prices despite pressure from Trump

Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images Ian Read, chairman and chief executive officer of Pfizer, speaks as President Donald Trump, left, listens during an announcement on a new pharmaceutical glass packaging initiative in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., July 20, 2017.  Pfizer will raise prices on 41 of its…

Debunking Stereotypes Around Veterans and PTSD

[Get a weekly roundup of Times coverage of war delivered to your inbox. Sign up here.] Most of Us Are Dealing With PTSD Pretty Well I keep my PTSD to myself for the most part, because people seem to clam up when I let it out. What people don’t realize is that most of us…

FDA chief Gottlieb threatens to pull e-cigarettes off market

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb threatened Friday to pull e-cigarettes off the market if the agency’s new restrictions on the sale of fruity flavors don’t slow an “astonishing” surge in teen use. “The reality is if we don’t prevent this level of youth use of these products, this is an existential risk for…

BioMarin’s hemophilia gene therapy offers patients a hope for a cure

The current treatment for hemophilia requires patients get infusions every few days with medicine that helps their blood clot, known as factor replacement therapy. It’s a dramatic improvement from treatment years ago. Addie remembers getting severe bleeds once or twice a week before he started prophylactic therapy. Once he started factor replacement every three days,…

Rapid Cure Approved for Sleeping Sickness, a Horrific Illness

The first treatment for sleeping sickness that relies on pills alone was approved on Friday by Europe’s drug regulatory agency, paving the way for use in Africa, the last bastion of the horrific disease. With treatment radically simplified, sleeping sickness could become a candidate for elimination, experts said, because there are usually fewer than 2,000…

Blacks Are Twice as Likely as Whites to Experience Sudden Cardiac Death

Image The rate of sudden cardiac death in African-Americans is twice as high as in whites, and no one knows why. Sudden cardiac death is an unexpected fatality from cardiac causes that happens within an hour of the onset of symptoms, usually with no known cause. For more than six years, researchers followed 9,416 blacks…

Herbert Fingarette, Contrarian Philosopher on Alcoholism, Dies at 97

Herbert Fingarette, a contrarian philosopher who, while plumbing the perplexities of personal responsibility, defined heavy drinking as willful behavior rather than as a potential disease, died on Nov. 2 at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 97. His daughter, Ann Fingarette Hasse, said the cause was heart failure. Professor Fingarette’s challenge to the theory…