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Wondering why health-care costs are so high? Blame it on the drugs – CBS News

The sickest 5% of Americans account for at least 50% of all health-care spending, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation study.  Prescription drugs now eat up an astounding 40% of all the health spending among high-cost patients, the study found. The data underscore the importance — and cost — of prescription drugs in treating people… Read More »

Alex Trebek’s ‘near remission’ story serves as a reminder: Beware celebrity health news

In People magazine’s latest cover story, Alex Trebek said his advanced pancreatic cancer is in “near remission.” People portrayed this as a dramatic turnaround: When Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer three months ago, fans were shocked. But now the beloved Trebek has good news to share: He’s in “near… Read More »

Medical News Today: Gut bacteria: The surprising impact of viruses

The microbiome plays a vital role in health. A recent study has investigated how viruses that kill gut bacteria influence these microbes. The findings make an already complicated picture much more so. Bacteriophages (depicted here) are more numerous than bacteria. The microbiome is both fascinating and fashionable. The increase in public interest has provided a… Read More »