Bird flu kills more than half the people who catch it. The saving grace of H5N1 is that it’s not easily spread among humans. Almost all of the 600 people who have been infected by the virus in its 14-year history have picked it up from infected poultry.
Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH ’s Pradaxa, the first drug cleared in the U.S. as an alternative to the blood thinner warfarin, is now recommended by the American College of Cardiology for patients with an irregular heartbeat .
The vast majority of older Americans, facing steep and rising health-care costs that threaten to bankrupt them, are doing little to protect themselves. Ninety percent of people don't buy long-term care insurance policies, for example. The reasons why are simple: Not only are policies expensive and confusing; many leading insurers have stopped selling them.