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Hank Green on his ‘Pissing Out Cancer’ comedy special, ulcerative colitis, and the jokes that got cut

There’s a website dedicated to asking how many days it’s been since Hank Green started a new project. The counter resets often — the multi-hyphenate internet educator and science communicator rose to prominence with his 2007 YouTube project Vlogbrothers, which he founded with his brother, the novelist-turned-tuberculosis-fighter John Green. Free, educational...

Sat Jun 22, 2024 19:10
Opinion: Readers respond to essays on long Covid, hypochondria, and more

First Opinion is STAT’s platform for interesting, illuminating, and maybe even provocative articles about the life sciences writ large, written by biotech insiders, health care workers, researchers, and others. To encourage robust, good-faith discussion about issues raised in First Opinion essays, STAT publishes selected Letters to the Editor received...

Sat Jun 22, 2024 14:11
STAT+: The CEO of Kaiser’s new health network shares why he’s making a bet on a tiny North Carolina hospital system

Outside of North Carolina, most people probably haven’t heard of Cone Health. But the relatively small system has an outsized reputation for keeping locals healthy and out of hospitals, according to the CEO of the health care network that struck a deal to acquire it. Improving health outcomes is the stated mission of that network, called Risant Health....

Sat Jun 22, 2024 00:37
STAT+: Jury orders Stanford to pay millions to employee in racial harassment case

A jury has found Stanford University and Stanford Health Care liable for millions of dollars in damages to a longtime employee who sued the institution over its handling of racial harassment and discrimination against her a decade ago. After a seven-week trial, the jury ordered the award to be $20 million, but the Alameda County Superior Court concluded...

Sat Jun 22, 2024 00:06
STAT+: Vertex reports positive results in stem cell trial for type 1 diabetes

ORLANDO — Twelve people with type 1 diabetes who received a therapy derived from stem cells were able to produce enough of their own insulin to maintain healthy blood glucose levels 90 days later, Vertex Pharmaceuticals said Friday. All but one reduced or eliminated the need to inject insulin over those three months and three people followed for one...

Fri Jun 21, 2024 23:03
STAT+: House panel weighs new plan for Medicare coverage of Wegovy, cancer blood tests

WASHINGTON — A House panel is exploring holding a vote on scaled-back versions of two major health care bills that would expand Medicare’s coverage of cancer screening tests and hugely popular weight loss drugs, five sources familiar with the planning told STAT. Full Medicare coverage for both items has broad bipartisan support, but the expansion has...

Fri Jun 21, 2024 22:02

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