Good News Coming For Diabetic People — No More Shots! - Insulin-requiring diabetics may be able to toss their syringes in the not-too-distant future, if a new type of insulin-containing pill can conquer research hurdles. Packaging the hormone in a new type of lipid vesicle could protect it from breakdown by stomach acid and eliminate the need for frequent injections.
Brussels -- A Final Destination For Medical Care - Brussels is now a destination for "medical tourism." According to the CDC this term refers to "foreign travel for the purpose of receiving medical care. It's estimated that up to 750,000 U.S. residents travel abroad for medical care each year. The most common procedures that people undergo on medical tourism trips include cosmetic surgery, dentistry, and heart surgery.
Commonly Cited Stat — 10 Bacteria For Every 1 Human Cell — Is Wrong - In school, the rule-of-thumb for the human microbiome was that bacteria outnumbered human cells 10-to-1. Not so, say the authors of a new PLoS Biology paper, who re-crunched the numbers. According to their estimate, the ratio is much closer to 1-to-1.
Fact Checking Mylan Claims They Raised The EpiPen Price Because of Improvements - We recently got an email from a concerned reader, the parent of a child with an allergy, who was shocked by the high price of EpiPens. She could still afford it, she noted, but the increase of nearly 400 percent was surely going to hurt families with less money. Wasn't that the kind of thing we liked to examine, as consumer advocates? Yes, indeed it is.
Engage The Dutch, To Help Keep U.S. Flooding At Bay - The nation's coastal waters are rising, and towns dating back centuries are at serious risk of being engulfed and disappearing completely. What should the U.S. be doing to address this cascading calamity? More engagement and continued dialogue with the Dutch, who are experts in the field of flood prevention, might be a good place to start.