Information technologyPatient wishes are tough to see in electronic health records | The Star Tribune
Record systems can store advance directives, where patients can explain preferences on end-of-life care options such as avoiding resuscitation, feeding tubes or ventilators. A 2013 report found that information on end-of-life care preferences often was stored in multiple locations within health records, making the documents difficult to find
PharmaceuticalsAmgen cholesterol drug succeeds in cutting serious heart problems: study | Reuters
Amgen said its potent cholesterol fighter Repatha significantly reduced the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death in patients with heart disease, according to initial results of a large, eagerly-anticipated trial released on Thursday.
House lawmaker pushed bill to rein in drug prices | The Wall Street Journal
A powerful House lawmaker said he would push for legislation to stymie drug price-gouging by encouraging development of generic copies, after attending a meeting at the White House Tuesday with drug-company executives.
Safety, quality and clinical practicePregnant women turn to marijuana, perhaps harming infants | The New York Times
As states legalize marijuana or its medical use, expectant mothers are taking it up in increasing numbers — another example of the many ways in which acceptance of marijuana has outstripped scientific understanding of its effects on human health.
Hormone blockers can prolong life if prostate cancer recurs | The New York Times
Men whose prostate cancer comes back after surgery are more likely to survive if, along with the usual radiation, they also take drugs to block male hormones. The finding, published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, comes from a long-running study that experts say will help clarify treatment for many patients.