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In this episode of "Medical Minute", medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox discusses the Human Diagnosis Project's potential. The effort is a semifinalist for a $100 million MacArthur Foundation Grant.

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In this "Medical Minute" segment, medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox discusses the crisis in drug costs and a new factor in the debate over what consumers should be paying.

Researchers are trying to conduct independent analyses of a drug company’s true expenses on the road to FDA approval. In the latest analysis, the research and development numbers fell far short of industry claims.

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Medical Minute: The Importance Of Statin Drugs

Aug 11, 2017
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Today on "Medical Minute," WABE medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox highlights the importance of statin drugs and how for most people, the benefits far outweigh the risks of side effects, which are often overplayed online.

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In this "Medical Minute," Dr. Ford Vox points out that as medical devices become “democratized” and available cheaply online, users need to keep in mind an old adage once reserved for the medical profession: “A physician who treats himself has a fool for a patient.”

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Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia is enacting a radical new policy on emergency room visits to contain costs.

The insurer, which provides the only Affordable Care Act exchange plan in well over half of Georgia counties, says they’ll carefully scrutinize medical records when its members go to the ER and, if it determines that a reasonable person with the same problem wouldn’t have made the decision to head to the hospital, it won’t pay the bill. Georgia hospitals and ER doctors are decrying the move, as are many consumers.