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Brandon Nelson was a straight-A student in high school, a UCLA grad and worked as an aerospace engineer. But shortly after college, he experienced a mental breakdown.  The 26-year-old was hospitalized and released to a residential mental health home in Southern California. He took his own life 24 hours after being admitted. His parents say …

Patients in Germany can be prescribed health apps, the German parliament announced on Thursday. The move will mean that health insurance firms in Germany will provide digital health services on tablets, computers and smartphones. German Health MinisterJens Spahn described the policy as a “world first.” The policy is expected to pass into law in 2020. …

A US drug company has bowed to pressure and agreed to supply a life-changing medicine on the NHS. Vertex was slammed by Jeremy Corbyn in his conference speech for refusing to drop its price for the cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi. The Labour leader vowed to change the way drugs were patented to stop big pharma …

The state attorney general’s office charged a former employee of the Washington Health System for forging prescriptions for herself since 2016. Marisa Magnelli, 56, of Washington Township, Fayette County, faces five charges of forgery, three charges of engaging in a criminal conspiracy to obtain a controlled substance through forgery, obtaining a controlled substance through forgery …

Surgeons are starting to reduce their opioid prescribing habits a little. But they still prescribe a lot of pain pills in the midst of an opioid addiction crisis. Westend61/Getty Images/Westend61 hide caption toggle caption Westend61/Getty Images/Westend61 Surgeons are starting to reduce their opioid prescribing habits a little. But they still prescribe a lot of pain …