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Retooled Vaccine Offers Hope to Treat Type 1 Diabetes

A small study shows the drug could turn out to be a simpler, low-cost treatment for one of the most common, serious chronic diseases.

For Hodalis Gaytan, 20, living with Type 1 diabetes means depending on an assortment of expensive medicines and devices to stay healthy. Test strips. Needles. A glucose meter. Insulin.

Democrats Rally Against Trump’s Supreme Court Pick to Protect Health Care Act

Though divided on abortion, Senate Democrats are banding together against District Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh over fears his confirmation could threaten protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Senate Democrats, who are divided on abortion policy, are instead turning to health care as a rallying cry for opposition to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

Prisons Fail to Offer Cure to Inmates with Deadly Hepatitis C

State prisons across the U.S. are not treating nearly all infected inmates for hepatitis C, a deadly liver disease that is curable with new, expensive treatments.

State prisons across the U.S. are failing to treat at least 144,000 inmates who have hepatitis C, a curable but potentially fatal liver disease, according to a recent survey and subsequent interviews of state corrections departments.

Medicare Financial Outlook Worsens

Medicare’s financial condition has taken a turn for the worse because of predicted higher hospital spending and lower tax revenues that fund the program, the federal government reported Tuesday.

Drugmakers Blamed for Blocking Generics Have Jacked Up Prices , Cost U.S. Billions

An analysis shows that drug companies that may have worked delay the entrance of cheaper competitors onto the market, which resulted in higher prices and cost taxpayers more money over time.

Makers of brand-name drugs called out by the Trump administration for potentially stalling generic competition have hiked their prices by double-digit percentages since 2012 and cost Medicare and Medicaid nearly $12 billion in 2016, a Kaiser Health News analysis has found.

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