Writer and editor for Shots, NPR's health blog. Ex-WSJ. My fixations manifested here, including @jhumenslacrosse & Dobermans. (PR folks, no pitches, pls.)

Antibodies with ‘Original Antigenic Sin’ Properties Are Valuable Components of Secondary Immune Responses to Influenza Viruses

Santa Got His Annual Checkup; Should You Have One too?

blogs.wsj.com — He's old as the hills, is obviously overweight and has a weakness for sweets, especially this time of year. Santa clearly needs to see his doctor often. And last week he got a checkup at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Jane Sadler, a family practitioner at Baylor, did the honors.

New flu strains and old antibodies: How sinful is 'original antigenic sin'?

eurekalert.org — Immune memory ensures a quick, specific response to previously encountered pathogens. However, for rapidly evolving pathogens like influenza virus, there is concern that recalled ('old') antibodies dominate and compromise the response against a changed ('new') infectious strain. A mouse study published on Aug.

Aetna CEO To Justice Department: Block Our Deal And We'll Drop Out Of Obamacare

kpbs.org — It's not often during the midst of an antitrust fight that the public gets a look at the gamesmanship that's happening behind the scenes. But thanks to the Huffington Post's Jonathan Cohn and Jeff Young, we got a glimpse at how health insurer Aetna is making its case to acquire rival Humana - and new insight into Aetna's decision announced Tuesday to pull out of Obamcare exchanges in 11 states.

Aetna CEO To Justice Department: Block Our Deal And We'll Drop Out Of Obamacare

wdiy.org — It's not often during the midst of an antitrust fight that the public gets a look at the gamesmanship that's happening behind the scenes. But thanks to the Huffington Post's Jonathan Cohn and Jeff Young, we got a glimpse at how health insurer Aetna is making its case to acquire rival Humana - and new insight into Aetna's decision announced Tuesday to pull out of Obamcare exchanges in 11 states.

Aetna Withdrawal From Obamacare Exchanges Seen In New Light : Shots

npr.org — It's not often during the midst of an antitrust fight that the public gets a look at the gamesmanship that's happening behind the scenes. But thanks to the Huffington Post's Jonathan Cohn and Jeff Young, we got a glimpse at how health insurer Aetna is making its case to acquire rival Humana - and new insight into Aetna's decision announced Tuesday to pull out of Obamcare exchanges in 11 states.

Where There's 'Sexting,' There May Be Sex

npr.org — How many teens are sending sexual photos or texts by phone? And what else are they doing? Researchers surveyed nearly 2,000 high schoolers in Los Angeles to find out. Among kids who had cellphones or access to them (and that cover almost all of them), about 15 percent reported "sexting."

FDA: 'Ninja Mojo' And 'Love Rider' Contain Hidden Drugs : Shots

npr.org — Even before the Food and Drug Administration's latest safety warning to men about dietary supplements that claim to enhance sexual performance, there were clues of trouble. The label for Ninja Mojo, for instance, misspells herbal as "harbal" and says buyers of it should "keep out of reach form [sic] children."

Feds Broaden Medicare Fraud Fight

npr.org — Miami Medicare Vice was such a hit, the feds are taking specialized strike forces to fight health fraud on the road. Teams of Medicare fraud busters that debuted in South Florida two years ago and rolled into Los Angeles last year will soon descend on Detroit and Houston.

Vaccinations Can Be Money-Losers For Doctors

npr.org — Vaccines vanquished smallpox and have the polio virus on the run. And immunizations recommended routinely in the U.S. help protect people from chickenpox and cervical cancer. But many doctors who administer the vaccinations lose money on them, according to new data from athenahealth, a company that helps doctors with electronic billing and medical records.
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Sep 26, 2016

@wallernikki I agree. But because women often bear the brunt, I think more diversity in CEO ranks would help.

Sep 26, 2016

@wallernikki What percentage of companies have CEOs who are women? Just asking.

Sep 26, 2016

EpiPen pretax profits are 60% higher than Mylan told senators Wed. Lack of clarity unintentional, $MYL says.  http://on.wsj.com/2de4ulg 

Sep 26, 2016

RT @sxbegle: 2/2: Re overcoming impediments to #immunotherapy for cancer: 'We're going to science the shit out of this' #TheMartian #MattDamon

Sep 26, 2016

When I covered Pfizer, I think the dumbest of many dumb things the company did was to sell its consumer biz to $JNJ. https://t.co/ubX6nMzKaj https://t.co/y1KyMFt4BZ

Sep 23, 2016

@labboudles So sorry about the video engagement. Did advertisers never go on Facebook? Obvs. https://t.co/12j4JBnxff


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