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Why most health commissioners end up in bed with Big Pharma

Treatments for medical problems have been used since the beginning of human civilization.1 While many illnesses were thought to be the work of supernatural forces, various ancient civilizations created unique systems for treating individuals using, among other things, herbal remedies.2 Despite a lack of scientific knowledge and use of modern technology, many of these early… Read More »

The most expensive medicine ever treats a rare condition. The price: $2.13 million – Los Angeles Times

Evelyn Villarreal was one of the first children treated, at 8 weeks. Her family, from Centreville, Va., had lost their first child to spinal muscular atrophy at 15 months. Two years later when Evelyn was born a test showed she also had the disease, so the family enrolled her in the gene therapy study at… Read More »

Montreal doctors’ ‘Hail Mary’ treatment could save babies’ lives from most common of all rare diseases

MONTREAL — Lyana Deslauriers was born with eyes a magnetic, ethereal blue, low-set ears and a heart two sizes too large. That thick, dense heart would keep growing and threaten to kill the Joliette, Que., toddler before her Montreal doctors tried something never before attempted — a “Hail Mary” that could turn the world’s most… Read More »