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Express Scripts offers low-cost alternative to Turing drug

The nation's biggest pharmacy benefits manager is muscling back into the debate over soaring drug costs by promoting a less-expensive alternative to a life-saving medicine with a list price of $750 per pill.

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Turing reneges on drug price cut, rival’s version sells well

After weeks of criticism from patients, doctors and other drugmakers for hiking a life-saving medicine’s price more than 50-fold, Turing Pharmaceuticals is reneging on its pledge to cut the $750-per-pill price.

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E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle expands to 6 states

An outbreak of E. coli linked to Chipotle that originated in the Pacific Northwest has spread south and east and has now infected people in six states.An outbreak of E. coli linked to Chipotle that originated in the Pacific Northwest has spread south and east and has now infected people in six states.

New cases show shigellosis spreads in Kansas City area

The shigellosis outbreak that began in the Kansas City area in July continues to spread.

Glaxo wins US approval for drug to treat severe asthma

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved an injectable drug from GlaxoSmithKline PLC to treat severe asthma attacks.

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Kansas football player brain dead after collapsing

A Kansas high school football player has been declared brain-dead at a Colorado hospital after collapsing on the sideline during a state playoff game Tuesday night.

Things to know about E. coli outbreak tied to Chipotle

Chipotle closed 43 of its Pacific Northwest locations in response to an E. coli outbreak that health officials have connected to the Mexican food chain.

CDC: More food poisoning outbreaks cross state lines

The government is reporting an increase in food poisoning outbreaks that span multiple states, like the one this week that prompted Chipotle to close 43 of its restaurants in the Pacific Northwest.

Drug prices top Americans’ list of health care concerns

Americans from across the political spectrum are worried about the cost of prescription drugs for serious diseases, following weeks of news coverage about companies hiking prices for critical medicines.

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Study shows value of knee replacement surgery, other options

People with knees worn out by arthritis will get more pain relief from joint replacement surgery, but it has more risks and there's a good chance that less drastic approaches also would help. That's the bottom line from the first study to strictly test other treatments against knee replacement, an operation done hundreds of thousands of times a year in the U.S.

Group of Springfield-area doctors go insurance-free

At the beginning of 2014, there was one local practice open to the public locally that classified itself as direct primary care. Now there are five in Greene and Christian counties. And three more plan to open by the end of the year.

Express Scripts to cover pricey new cholesterol treatments

The nation's biggest pharmacy benefits manager has decided to cover two new drugs that lower artery-clogging cholesterol but raise concern over prices that can top $14,000 a year.

Congressional Democrats push for Valeant Pharma subpoena

Congressional Democrats are pressing a Republican committee chairman to force a pharmaceutical company to turn over documents tied to price hikes imposed earlier this year.

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Doctors hopeful for better flu vaccine this winter

Doctors are hopeful that a change to the flu vaccine will minimize outbreaks this winter. So this year, scientists are targeting the most common strain of the virus that circulated last season.

Book Review: Must-read autism book shifts paradigm

"Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism" (Simon & Schuster), by Barry M. Prizant

From its first pages, "Uniquely Human" establishes itself as a must-read for anyone touched by autism.

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California lawmakers approve right-to-die legislation

California lawmakers gave final approval Friday to a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives. The measure faces an uncertain future with Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian who has not said whether he will sign it.

Uncertainty reigns over possible end of 9/11 health programs

Fourteen years after the 9/11 attacks, a new round of uncertainty looms for people exposed to the million tons of toxic dust that fell on New York when hijacked jets toppled the World Trade Center.

3 Louisiana salmonella cases may be in 27-state outbreak

Three cases of salmonella in Louisiana may be part of the outbreak that sickened 285 people in 27 states, killing a 99-year-old California woman, according to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

Dozens under observation as Legionnaires' hits prison

Dozens of San Quentin prisoners were under observation Saturday after an inmate was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, prompting a weekend halt to visitors and limited drinking water supplies at the Northern California lockup.

'Silver tsunami' amplifies nursing shortage

Report: Hospitals wrangling with high turnover, vacancy rates

A recent report from the Missouri Hospital Association shows trends in turnover and vacancy rates among certain health care professions, specifically with challenges regarding nurse staffing.