California lawsuit accuses drugmakers, pharmacy benefit managers of insulin overcharging

(Reuters) -California is suing the United States’ leading insulin makers and pharmacy benefit managers, accusing them of using their market power to overcharge patients for the life-saving drug, the state’s attorney general announced on Thursday.The lawsuit, filed in California Superior Court in Los Angeles, targets Eli Lilly and Co, Novo Nordisk A/S and Sanofi SA, which together make more than 90% of the insulin drugs sold globally.It also names the three largest pharmacy benefit managersContinue…

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Acute and postacute sequelae associated with SARS-CoV-2 reinfection | Nature Medicine

Compared to no reinfection, reinfection contributed additional risks of death (hazard ratio (HR) = 2.17, 95% confidence intervals (CI) 1.93–2.45), hospitalization (HR = 3.32, 95% CI 3.13–3.51) and sequelae including pulmonary, cardiovascular, hematological, diabetes, gastrointestinal, kidney, mental health, musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. The risks were evident regardless of vaccination status. The risks were most pronounced in the acute phase but persisted in the postacute phase at 6 months. Compared to noninfected controls, cumulative risks and burdens of repeat infectionContinue…

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CVS Sued Over ‘Fraudulent’ Donations to American Diabetes Association – Health

A consumer filed a class-action complaint in the Eastern District of New York against CVS Health Corporation for a purportedly deceptive charity campaign it held last year, which the plaintiff asserts was more like a reimbursement to CVS than a charitable donation.According to the complaint, prior to the completion of a customer’s transaction, the checkout screen would prompt the customer with several boxes of pre-selected amounts (and an opt out option) to donate to theContinue…

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The risk of seizures and epilepsy is higher after COVID than after the flu – new research

In a new study, we’ve found that the risk of seizures or epilepsy following a COVID infection is significantly higher than after an influenza infection.We know that COVID is associated with psychiatric and neurological symptoms such as anxiety and difficulty with memory. Many early studies exploring the impact of COVID on the brain, however, focused on the immediate period after infection or had low patient numbers.To try to more definitively answer whether COVID is associatedContinue…

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My work investigating the links between viruses and Alzheimer’s disease was dismissed for years – but now the evidence is building

Ruth Itzhaki has spent more than 30 years researching whether certain common viruses play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s. But for years her research was greeted with hostility. Source: My work investigating the links between viruses and Alzheimer’s disease was dismissed for years – but now the evidence is building

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$35 insulin caps for Medicare patients is not enough

The sky-high cost of insulin is causing adults in the U.S. with diabetes to ration their medication. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), people with Type 1 diabetes need about two-to-three vials per month, which could total up to $1,000 or more. For those working to make ends meet, paying up to $300 a vial is near impossible, pushing people to either take less insulin than normal or skip a dosage entirely—putting their livesContinue…

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The Relationship between Physical Activity and Long COVID: A Cross-Sectional Study

The relationship between Long Covid (LC) symptoms and physical activity (PA) levels are unclear. In this cross-sectional study, we examined this association, and the advice that individuals with LC received on PA. Adults with LC were recruited via social media. The New Zealand physical activity questionnaire short form (NZPAQ-SF) was adapted to capture current and pre-COVID-19 PA levels and activities of daily living (ADLs). Participants reported how PA affected their symptoms, and what PA recommendationsContinue…

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Newly Disabled by Covid? Please Take This Advice From Long Term Disabled Advocates.

If you’re newly disabled from COVID, please heed my warning: take a step back and understand this new reality before advocating. pic.twitter.com/EPBPeWc3Rg — Imani Barbarin, MAGC | Crutches&Spice ♿️ (@Imani_Barbarin) September 1, 2022   We’re happy for the fresh voices in this struggle, but you have to be aware of just what the struggle is. Once you become disabled, non disabled people having been informed by societal ableism, don’t take you as seriously as theyContinue…

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The Most Prevalent Illness You’ve Never Heard Of! Severe ME/CFS – YouTube

People living with severe ME/CFS are often bed-bound and unable to perform everyday tasks without assistance — eating, showering, and even standing are made nearly impossible. Each year on August 8, Severe M.E. Day, we reflect on the tremendous toll this devastating disease takes on individuals suffering from severe ME/CFS symptoms and remember the lives of those we have lost. This is also an opportunity to spread awareness and advocate for research, support, and treatmentContinue…

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