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All news posts from September 01, 2008 to September 30, 2008

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 30, 2008 11:53 PM

Researchers have made the first association that shows genetic variants of a “fat hormone” can affect the risk of colorectal cancer. The study findings published, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, may help researchers to pinpoint those individuals who are at greater risk of developing colorectal cancer.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 30, 2008 2:55 PM

Increased exposure to second-hand smoke, both in cars and homes, has been linked to an increased likelihood of nicotine addiction in children - even though, they had never smoked a cigarette, a new study finds. Lung cancer claims more lives each year than all major cancers combined.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 30, 2008 2:54 PM

Nursing homes inspected by federal inspectors last year turned up 94 percent in violation of some health or safety standard. The for-profit homes had the worse record, while a breakdown of states showed Rhode Island had the fewest violations.  A five star rating system should be available on the web soon to rank facilities.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 30, 2008 12:30 PM

A new study, found men and women over 50 expects the desire for and ability to have sex to lessen with age. The findings also suggest women were more likely to be surprised and less prepared for physical changes.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 30, 2008 12:09 PM

Glucosamine and chrondroitin offer many sufferers of osteoarthritis relief from pain. But research from the National Institutes of Health, Alternative Medicine division find that the natural supplements have mixed results, largely disappointing.  Some of the researchers take fees from pharmaceutical giants, the research discloses.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 30, 2008 10:43 AM

A review of several studies found that commonly used statin cholesterol drugs do not increase the risk of Lou Gehrig’s disease, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 30, 2008 10:09 AM

Depression is three times more common following a heart attack than among the general population and routine screening for depression is now recommended by the American Heart Association. In a vicious cycle, the more depressed- the more likely another heart attack will follow.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 29, 2008 12:25 PM

The largest alternative medicine study ever launched by the U.S. government has stopped enrolling patients while federal officials investigate alleged claims that participants were not fully informed of the inherent risks and were not sufficiently protected.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 29, 2008 12:09 PM

The milk contamination scandal in China has now been found in Cadbury Chocolates made in Beijing. US candy makers say they don't use milk products from China for US distribution, but they are recalling candies off the shelves in Asia. 

Posted by Jane Akre
September 29, 2008 11:29 AM

Milk duct breast cancer had typically had a worse prognosis in younger women, but this research out of Philadelphia's Fox Chase Cancer Center, found that a combination of multiple surgeries, radiation and targeted radiation led to outcomes similar to survival for older women. 

Posted by Jane Akre
September 29, 2008 10:39 AM

The World Stem Cell Summit last week reported new progress on converting mature skin cells into stem cells that provide much needed tissues and organs for people suffering from Parkinson's and leukemia.  The problem has been with apprehension, slow approval and reluctant investors. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 29, 2008 9:42 AM

So far this month, 15 children, most of them teenagers, have been abandoned at hospitals under the state's new Safe Haven Laws.  The dire dilemma underscores how few mental health services are available for these out-of-control teens, and their out-of-options caregivers. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 29, 2008 1:15 AM

Federal health officials are investigating a higher rate of deaths among patients treated with a Johnson & Johnson anemia drug, Eprex, in a German study of stroke patients.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 26, 2008 1:13 PM

While the Pew Research Center finds that women tend to rule the home roost in terms of decision making, those qualities they are admired for do not translate into leadership roles outside of the home.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 26, 2008 1:11 PM

A newly released study finds American children are three times more likely to be prescribed psychotropic drugs for mental health conditions such as bipolar disease and ADHD than that of European children.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 26, 2008 12:38 PM

The Omaha man who left his 9 children at an area hospital for protection under the state's Safe Haven laws talks for the first time to an area television station. He says he did it so they wouldn't be homeless.  Parents are routinely dropping off their teens and relinquishing custody - so far 16 in Nebraska since the law went into effect in July. Is this a forecast of more to come or just bad parenting?

Posted by Jane Akre
September 26, 2008 11:24 AM

The inner workings and failings of the Food and Drug Administration are being revealed in a draft report obtained by the AP by  the Government Accountability Office.  The report reveals a regulatory agency with too few inspectors for the  billions in produce we import each year.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 26, 2008 8:21 AM

A new class of diabetes drugs has shown promising results in a clinical trial conducted to help bring it to market. If approved, liraglutide would be the second GLP-1 diabetes medicine approved by the FDA for sale in the U.S. Byetta was the first.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 25, 2008 11:57 PM

Drug makers are suddenly eager to disclose their payments to doctors and researchers for consulting, and speaking services as a federal government disclosure act is close to becoming law. Consumers will have more information to make informed decisions about health care and influence.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 25, 2008 2:36 PM

Workers are forced to shoulder higher health care costs as more employers demand bigger out-of-pocket payments from employees before their insurance policies kick in. A new study finds annual deductibles have increased an average of 29% for those with family coverage.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 25, 2008 1:26 PM

A new report finds abortion rates in this country have reached a 30-year low, particularly among teens, which at one time had the highest rate of abortion.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 25, 2008 12:03 PM

Even with employer sponsored health plans, Americans are having trouble paying their health care bills. While the premiums have doubled in the last decade, salaries have increased one-third.  Employers are offering less, deductibles are up. It's a formula for change, policy analysts conclude.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 25, 2008 11:24 AM

California becomes the sixth state to prohibit texting while behind the wheel of a vehicle. Critics say the fine is small - $20 for the first offense. A survey finds texting while driving is age-related,  the younger the driver the more they do it. 

Posted by Jane Akre
September 25, 2008 10:23 AM

9 children ranging in age from 1 to 17, have been abandoned at a Nebraska hospital under the states new Safe Haven law.  The law was intended to protect newborns whose parents want to relinquish custody, but lawmakers didn't forsee teens being abandoned.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 24, 2008 4:10 PM

Commonly prescribed drugs used for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) increases the risk of deadly heart problems, according to a new study. But the drugs' marketers sharply disagree.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 24, 2008 2:06 PM

Perchlorate, from rocket fuel will have no federal standards, even though it contaminates drinking water in 35 states. The EPA and consumer and child advocates facing-off with the White House/Defense Department ended with the administration concluding cleanup was prohibitive.  Defense contractors could be on the hook for part of the cost of the contaminant which harms the thyroids of developing children.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 24, 2008 12:58 PM

A new study finds that hormone therapy may not work as effectively in all prostate cancer patients. Researchers say, there is no evidence showing hormones help patients with low-risk or slow growing tumors.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 24, 2008 12:14 PM

Energy drinks are loaded with caffeine, yet because they fall under the category of "dietary supplement" they are unregulated and their caffeine content is not required to be limited or listed.  Marketers have turned the lax regulations into a $5.4 billion industry targeting young men. This study concludes labels are needed.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 24, 2008 10:27 AM

More than half of clinical trials don't see the light of day, even five years after the drug hits the market, according to a new study by the University of California. That makes it difficult for consumers and doctors to stay on top of research and raises questions about what's being hidden.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 24, 2008 10:23 AM

A mental health parity bill passes Congress with strong bi-partisan suppport.  It puts mental health services on a par with other health care services, eliminating a higher deductible or cost. Now can Congress work out a final form the president will sign? 

Posted by Jane Akre
September 23, 2008 10:29 PM

Splenda, the artificial sweetener, is the subject of a study out of Duke University. It finds Splenda  cut in half in rats the amount of good bacteria in the gut, and also may lead to weight gain and hurt the absorption of prescription drugs.    Critics say the study was funded by a sugar lobby, which hates artificial sweeteners.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 23, 2008 12:02 PM

Empathy is important in patient-physician communication that cannot be taught in school, that many doctors seem to lack even when their patient’s seem to ask for it, according to a recent study.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 23, 2008 11:12 AM

Teen texting while driving is more distracting than cell phone use, and equal to driving while intoxicated DUI, but few laws exist to address the problem. In the absense of legislation, schools and parents need to stop driving while texting or DWT.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 23, 2008 10:18 AM

Matchbook covers with grisly pictures of the impact of smoking on a body are all part of the latest anti-smoking campaign in NYC. The messages on the side of cigarette packs haven't changed in 20 years. Other countries put the grisly pictures on the pack.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 23, 2008 10:12 AM

Shorter, intense radiation therapy for three weeks after surgery for early stage breast cancer keeps the disease under control just as well as lower doses for five weeks, a new study finds.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 23, 2008 12:05 AM

New research shows a link between a gene involved in vitamin D metabolism and the risk of melanoma, a serious and sometimes fatal skin cancer, according to Italian researchers from the University of Padua.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 22, 2008 1:39 PM

Bisphosphonates, are a class of drug used to treat osteoporosis that slows or stops the reabsorption of bone, which are being linked to a condition in which jawbone tissue dies.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 22, 2008 12:19 PM

Who earns the most?  This organizational psychology study finds that men with traditional views about being the breadwinner make more than women or men with egalitarian views, regardless of education, the job or hours. They may be more aggressive about negotiating a salary or the employers may have a bias. The findings surprised researchers who thought this was a male-female issue.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 22, 2008 11:46 AM

World Alzheimer’s Day was September 21st and the Alzheimer’s Association is asking people around the world to help by visiting ActionAlz.org where you can learn more about this heartbreaking disease. They are also requesting donations to support care programs and research for those suffering from this disease.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 22, 2008 11:24 AM

Researchers find that the smell of roses made dreams more emotionally pleasant in subjects tested. The smell of rotten eggs had the opposite effect. Now they hope to take those findings to help people who experience nightmares. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 22, 2008 10:39 AM

The FTC, last week, disclosed law enforcement actions being taken against 11 companies that used deceptive advertising to promote bogus online cancer cures.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 22, 2008 9:59 AM

A new, inexpensive test has been developed to detect cervical cancers. It will be used within a few month in rural areas where clinics and skilled health care workers are scarce and could save thousands of lives among women in developing countries, where presently only 5 percent of women are screened.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 19, 2008 7:54 PM

Two experimental osteoporosis drugs showed promise in clinical trials and increased bone mineral density in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, according to researchers.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 19, 2008 6:54 PM

Leaving a cell phone on talk mode changed sperm in this latest study from the Cleveland Clinic. To be extra careful, if you plan on fathering children, might not want leave a cell phone in the talk mode in your pants pocket.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 19, 2008 1:19 PM

Researchers have found a new chemotherapy target that could help to pave the way for more effective treatments of a deadly form of leukemia that affects children.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 19, 2008 11:10 AM

Diana Levine's case to go before the US Supreme Court in a few weeks is on the front page of the New York Times and may raise the conversation about the trend of federal pre-emption.  Comments that follow the story show the sharp divisions in this country over corporate rights versus the public interest. 

Posted by Jane Akre
September 18, 2008 10:55 PM

The FDA is moving toward immunity for drug makers from lawsuits, according to a published proposal that pre-empts state law in favor of FDA authority. Former drug lobbyists and lawyers helped steer the FDA's direction.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 18, 2008 2:31 PM

A new study suggests pregnant women who get a flu shot a month before delivery will help to prevent most cases of influenza from developing during the first six months of their babies' lives.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 18, 2008 12:29 PM

Computed tomographic (CT) colonography, also known as virtual colonoscopy, has been shown to have a high accuracy in detecting precancerous and cancerous polyps and could serve as a primary screening option for colorectal cancer, according to the results of a national CT colonography study.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 18, 2008 12:04 PM

Gardasil has not been the blockbuster that Merck needed after the Vioxx settlement and other bad news for the company. A label expansion is not predicted to change that. Now the immigration service will require the HPV vaccine before any young female is granted permanent legal resident status to the U.S. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 17, 2008 10:47 PM

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) said on Wednesday that it has discontinued a controversial study intended to assess the effectiveness of chelation (kee-LAY'-shun) as a potential autism treatment.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 17, 2008 6:20 PM

Structured settlements that pay the victims of personal injury, or their estate, is one of the businesses of AIG, which is in financial trouble. The states should protect the monies in Reserve Accounts for now.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 17, 2008 1:27 PM

All children’s toys and products must meet new, stricter lead standards by February 10, 2009, no matter when the products were made, according to a newly released legal opinion by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 17, 2008 11:59 AM

A new study published in the journal Lancet Oncology suggests significant lifestyle changes including a healthier diet and more exercise can help to improve levels of an enzyme that controls cell aging.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 17, 2008 10:21 AM

A new study by researchers of the University of California finds that patients with diabetes did not lose as much weight after gastric bypass surgery compared to those that do not have the disease.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 17, 2008 10:11 AM

C. diff is presenting a series of challenges to hospitals and nursing homes already coping with methicillin-resistant staph. The bacteria loves to thrive after a good dose of antibiotics wipe out the good bacteria in the gut. Avoid hospital settings to avoid contacting the bug.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 16, 2008 4:14 PM

A common chemical used to treat varicose veins has been used by researchers to stop production of the hunger gene in pigs.  Drug companies are anxious to bring this technology to the marketplace.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 16, 2008 12:01 PM

The largest scale study so far on the plasticizer bisphenol A (BPA) in humans, has confirmed that the common product has a link to human health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. In this new study, British researchers found those with the highest levels of BPA, were twice as likely to have the diseases compared to the lowest level group.  Find out how to avoid it.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 16, 2008 11:53 AM

An Ellijay couple is charging their former veterinary surgeon with veterinary malpractice for her handing of Marshall, their 13-year-old miniature Schnauzer. The suit has the potential to redefine veterinary care and the relationship between animals and humans.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 16, 2008 11:07 AM

The first wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in connection with last Friday's collision of a Metrolink commuter train with a freight train. Southern California has been slow to adopt new technology that serves to prevent human error. With the technology, "there's no question the accident would not have occured," says attorney Paul Kiesel.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 16, 2008 12:01 AM

Simple leg pain can be a sign of a dangerous blood clot known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Deep vein thrombosis is a potentially deadly condition that affects an estimated 350,000 to 600,000 Americans each year, but it can be easily prevented and effectively treated, according to a new report by the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 15, 2008 1:59 PM

The patient was a 35-year-old apparently healthy and nonsmoking woman.  But she showed signs of a stroke – her speech was slurred and the left side of her face became weak. Her symptoms began minutes after having intercourse. Turns out she had a defect in the heart which predisposed her to stroke. One in four people may have an undiagnosed hole in the heart.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 15, 2008 12:15 PM

The FDA has approved the vaccine Gardasil, manufactured by Merck Pharmaceuticals, for the prevention of vaginal and vulva cancer caused by strains 16 and 18 of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). These two types of HPV account for 70 percent of cervical cancers and are known to also cause some vaginal and vulvar cancers.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 15, 2008 12:15 PM

Two arrests have been made and 19 people are detained in China after it's alleged that they added the chemical melamine to milk at a processing facility. Toxic baby formula has now killed 2 infants and hundreds are sickened. The FDA warns parents in the U.S. not to feed formula from China to infants.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 15, 2008 10:56 AM

Researchers have redesigned an experimental breast cancer vaccine that delivers a cancer-fighting gene into cells. In experiments with mice, their own bodies then produced immune system proteins as well as tumor-destroying cells. The mice were able to destroy tumors, even those that are drug resistant. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 15, 2008 9:28 AM

California records fourth West Nile death. This year has been the worst in Southern California since 2004. Peak season for infections starts in August and ends in October.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 15, 2008 12:15 AM

Genentech is revising the label on its drug Rituxan after a woman who was treated with it died from a rare brain infection known as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 12, 2008 4:15 PM

Researchers have discovered an enzyme known to help the body break down alcohol, may also be helpful in reducing the extent of damage caused by a heart attack.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 12, 2008 2:10 PM

SIDS is still classified as a natural cause of death and is considered rare. Even when parents follow the recommendation to remove obstacles in a crib and put babies to sleep on their backs, it still occurs. The actual number of SIDS deaths may be underreported as it is often mislabeled as another cause of death. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 12, 2008 1:19 PM

New research shows adults near the World Trade Center on 9/11, as well as many others, still suffer from numerous physical and psychological health problems such as asthma and post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 12, 2008 11:29 AM

In China, a leading baby formula is found to be tainted with melamine, the same byproduct of plastic production that contaminated pet food in this country.  China does not send formula or raw ingredients into U.S. made brands, but some still find their way to the U.S. market.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 11, 2008 10:34 PM

Injuryboard is trying to raise the profile on federal pre-emption, the legal argument raised by vaccine makers to auto manufacturers to block your access to the courts.  Some in the business community believe its a good idea to streamline government and help corporations stay profitable.     

Posted by Jane Akre
September 11, 2008 3:28 PM

Two on-line petitions to Congress allow citizens to tell lawmakers what they think about federal pre-emption.  Don't know what means? Pre-emption may not be one of the hot topics in the news, celebrity chat, or featured on your morning talk show, but it has the potential to erode consumer protections and civil rights, potentially more impact on your everyday life than celebrity culture. 

Posted by Jane Akre
September 11, 2008 11:44 AM

Allergan, maker of Botox Cosmetic, saw its stock rise today on news that Phase III of clinical trials shows the drug can be used to treat migraine sufferers.   The company will likely seek FDA approval for expanded use of Botox, despite the side effects.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 11, 2008 11:08 AM

The odds were against survival at sea for a father and son swept out by rip currents off the coast of Florida Saturday. But the 12-year-old boys' autism likely kept him alive as he lacked fear and panic in the water, even after 12 hours and even with his father out of sight.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 11, 2008 10:09 AM

A new study finds arthroscopic knee surgery is no better than conservative treatments to relieve knee pain caused by arthritis. A study conducted in 2002, by the Department of Veterans Affairs, also published in NEMJ, came to a similar conclusion.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 10, 2008 11:30 PM

A federal district court judge granted a motion to unseal hundreds of confidential documents about Zyprexa, Eli Lilly’s popular antipsychotic drug. The decision came as part of another ruling granting class-action status to a case brought by pension funds, labor unions and insurance companies that want Eli Lilly to reimburse them for millions of dollars overspent on Zyprexa.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 10, 2008 11:23 PM

A new study finds small particles found in air pollution can negatively impact heart patients who have coronary heart disease, by impairing the heart’s ability to conduct electrical signals.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 10, 2008 10:09 PM

The family of an 11-year-old boy with autism tried to sue three drug makers of vaccines, but a Philadelphia judge has ruled that the companies are shielded from the product liability lawsuit under federal pre-emption because the vaccines were FDA - approved.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 10, 2008 6:47 PM

Four high school students from Council Rock High School in Newton, Pennsylvania have been hospitalized for possible overdoses after ingesting an herbal supplement known as “SNURF.” It is not entirely clear what ingredients are in Snurf products, but reported symptoms point to dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant widely abused among teens.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 10, 2008 11:43 AM

Internal medicine is the specialty of last choice among medical students a survey of more than 1,000 finds. Money is the reason. Internists make the least, while specialists can collect a seven-figure salary. Expect the income gap to lead to a health care "crisis" as fewer doctors try to see a doubling of the patient population by 2030.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 10, 2008 11:28 AM

Patients with colon cancer need to ask more questions of their doctors  - among them- how many lymph nodes have you taken and have they been tested for cancer? A followup colonoscopy is recommended for those who've had a positive diagnosis.  Many hospitals are falling short of the recommended treatment protocols, two studies find.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 10, 2008 10:09 AM

A San Francisco ban on tobacco-product sales at pharmacies is facing a court challenge by Walgreens. The retailer says its unfair and unconstitutional that grocery stores and big box retailers can still sell cigarettes.  A face-off in court is set for September 30th. 

Posted by Jane Akre
September 09, 2008 12:33 PM

The jury is still out on a new, controversial osteoporosis drug Pfizer hopes to market. Fablyn may have some additional risk for cancer and was rejected by the FDA three years ago. Approval could mean $500 million a year for Pfizer. 

Posted by Jane Akre
September 09, 2008 11:49 AM

In the U.S. 16,000 to 24,000 people who never smoked, die from lung cancer. It has perplexed researchers who suspect that genetic susceptibility may be one factor along with exposure to polluted air, asbestos, radon, solvents and second hand smoke. Now a new study of 2.4 million nonsmokers who contracted lung cancer provides a new look at the issue.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 09, 2008 10:43 AM

In surprising results out of University of Oxford, researchers found elderly, at the low end of normal in vitamin B12, showed the greatest amount of brain shrinkage over a five year period. Meats, salmon and mollusks contain the most B12. Estimates are nearly half of us are deficient.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 09, 2008 2:29 AM

While genetics are a factor in obesity, researchers say, regular exercise and physical activity can trump the effects of a genetic predisposition to being overweight. The puzzling relationship between our genes and lifestyles, which can mean obesity for some and not for others, is yet to be fully understood despite several trials.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 09, 2008 12:51 AM

New research shows that adults with Type 1 diabetes who use continuous glucose monitoring devices to help manage their disease control their blood sugar better than the old-fashion method.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 09, 2008 12:00 AM

A new study suggests sexual satisfaction involves more than sex hormones – what occurs in the brain may be more important. he findings are suggestive that the key to sexual satisfaction is less about biology and more about psychology.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 08, 2008 10:28 PM

In an effort to stop the increasing number of antibiotic resistant staph infections, the CDC has launched an educational initiative aimed at parents, schools, the military, anyplace where people are likely to contact others. Doctors see about 12 million skin infections a year. The good news is hand hygiene and covering the wounds are most effective in stopping the spread. 

Posted by Jane Akre
September 08, 2008 12:43 PM

Alfalfa sprouts contaminated with Salmonella are being recalled from store shelves and retailers in three states in the Northwest and Alaska after 13 people were sickened and two hospitalized. Industrialized agriculture may be to blame.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 08, 2008 12:01 PM

A 59-year-old woman, who sought fertility treatments in Vietnam, has given birth to healthy triplets, one girl and two boys. But the procedure raises ethical questions, not least among them, what do you do with unused eggs? And how old is too old?  

Posted by Jane Akre
September 08, 2008 11:03 AM

Takins NSAIDs pain relievers appears to lower the PSA marker for prostate cancer by about 10 percent. But are NSAIDs reducing the risk of cancer or masking the ability to test for it ? That question is unanswered as the wisdom of even testing for PSA is being debated in larger clinical trials.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 08, 2008 9:59 AM

Generally television networks compete for viewers, but in a rare cooperation, the Big Three had ten million viewers for their "Stand Up To Cancer" Telethon that raised $100 million. The money will go directly to research that will be shared among scientists and not to research and drugs that become the proprietary product of pharmaceutical giants.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 08, 2008 1:16 AM

The California Attorney General has taken legal action against three makers of imitation grass, alleging the companies have violated California’s Proposition 65 environmental laws by knowingly failing to disclose that their products contain lead.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 07, 2008 11:05 PM

A new study suggests THC, the main substance found in marijuana, shows promise as an antibacterial agent against microbial strains resistant to treatment with broad spectrum antibiotics like penicillin.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 05, 2008 6:21 PM

The FDA will now post quarterly reports of adverse drug reports coming in that the agency is looking into. Cymbalta is one of the drugs, along with revlimid, tysabri and 17 others that appear on the first quarterly report for the year. 

Posted by Jane Akre
September 05, 2008 12:14 PM

Homeowners trying to collect from big insurance companies are still having trouble, three years after Hurricane Katrina. Increasingly, on appeal, the Times-Picayune newspaper finds that Big Insurance is winning over homeowners.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 05, 2008 11:38 AM

While use of illegal drugs is down among teenagers, prescription drugs, with a low cost and high availability, are still the first choice for teenagers looking to get high.  A national survey of 67,000 finds that Baby Boomers are increasingly using illicit prescription drugs as they age.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 05, 2008 1:17 AM

An estimated 2.4 million tobacco-related cancers that were diagnosed in the United States between 1999 and 2004, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 05, 2008 12:05 AM

The manufacturers of arthritis drugs have been ordered to strengthen existing warnings on the drugs’ prescribing information and Medication Guides, on the risk of developing a possibly fatal fungal infection.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 04, 2008 3:32 PM

Five hours after they were supposed to be home from kindergarden, some Brooklyn, New York children were onboard a missing bus that was wandering through New York City streets.  Many bus drivers could not be licensed today, a GAO study finds. A Global positional satellite pilot program is about to get underway in NYC that would have averted this problem and the terror it caused in the little children.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 04, 2008 11:46 AM

It's been a love-fest between chemical manufacturers and the consumer product market over the last thirty years, dumping flame retardants on everything from children's pajamas to electronic components. Now the Environmental Working Group is finding the chemical in children's blood in alarming concentrations.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 04, 2008 10:51 AM

A new experimental technique called molecular breast imaging (MBI) was three times more effective than traditional mammography at detecting breast cancer tumors in women who have dense breast tissue.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 03, 2008 11:52 PM

In a major breakthrough, scientists have shown that men with high levels of calcium in their blood are almost three times as likely to be killed by fatal prostate cancer.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 03, 2008 2:19 PM

Chickenpox cases have declined by 90 percent since the introduction of the vaccine in 1995. But, researchers say, the fact that vaccine has been so effective has falsely misled parents to believe that chickenpox is no longer a health threat.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 03, 2008 2:02 PM

A second report on the chemical used in plastic, Bisphenol A, says there is some concern about the exposure to infants and children. Thought to be an endocrine disruptor with a link to health problems, many consumers are already forcing manufacturers to turn to alternatives to plastics and resins and away from the six billion pounds of BPA produced a year.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 03, 2008 11:35 AM

Pfizer pulled ads featuring Robert Jarvik six months ago after a Congressional investigation began into false and misleading advertising by the drug industry. Now actual patients will be used and expect to see more direct-to-customer ads for symptoms that don't have to spend precious ad time on the side effects of specific drugs. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 03, 2008 12:37 AM

A newly released study finds that teen suicides are on the rise after a 15-year decline. The increase may be due to fewer teens being prescribed antidepressant medications.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 02, 2008 11:05 PM

A new study finds regular to moderate exercise can help to boost memory function in older people while delaying the onset of dementia.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 02, 2008 4:05 PM

Use the cholesterol lowering drug Vytorin with caution - that's the advice of editors of a leading medical journal after published reports link the drug to cancer deaths in a three-study analysis that was supposed to put to rest any concerns. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 02, 2008 3:21 PM

Many a magazine has been quoted as saying "George Clooney is scared of commitment." But it may not be his fault or many men like him according to a new study that suggests a genetic flaw may be the reason some men have commitment phobias and are reluctant to walk down the aisle.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 02, 2008 12:52 PM

While the age of a mother had long been known to have an impact on birth defects, the age of a father may contribute to the risk of developing bipolar disorder. The risk increases 37 percent to fathers age 55 and older.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 02, 2008 11:03 AM

You've seen the ads featuring celebrities pitching prescription drugs, such as Sally Field for Boniva.  Five billion a year is spent on direct-to-customer ads on TV, radio and print. Now a new study says it doesn't necessarily translate into more sales for drug manufacturers.

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