Monthly Archives: August 2014

A Mother Lifts Her Son, Slowly, From Heroin’s Abyss

By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE AUG. 10, 2014 SPARTA, N.J. — When Gail Morris came home late one night after taking her daughter to college, she saw her teenage son, Alex, asleep on the sofa in the family room. Nothing seemed amiss. An … Continue reading

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$1,000 Hepatitis Pill Shows Why Fixing Health Costs Is So Hard

A new drug for the liver disease hepatitis C is scaring people. Not because the drug is dangerous — it’s generally heralded as a genuine medical breakthrough — but because it costs $1,000 a pill and about $84,000 for a … Continue reading

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Why Crucial Vaccines Are Sometimes Unavailable

When cases of a potentially fatal strain of meningitis began cropping up at Princeton last year, university officials trying to stop its spread could recommend little beyond precautions like frequent handwashing and not sharing beverage containers. Although a vaccine against … Continue reading

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