Tuesday, April 11, 2006

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Drug firms 'inventing diseases'
Pharmaceutical firms are inventing diseases to sell more drugs, a leading medical journal says.

Essay: Saying No Is a Patient's Choice, However Risky
Over the last several years, researchers have begun to study how patients balance the risks and benefits of proposed interventions.

Group seeks ban on fat-blocking pill
WASHINGTON (AP) - A private group asked health officials Monday to ban the prescription version of the fat-blocking drug orlistat, citing a link to what some scientists believe are precancerous lesions in the large intestine. A petition Public Citizen filed with the Food and Drug Administration came just days after the regulatory agency gave conditional approval to GlaxoSmithKline to sell a nonprescription version of the drug.

Brand-Name Drug Prices Still Outpace Inflation
Generic drug costs down a bit, a new AARP survey finds.

Vitamin C shots may benefit cancer patients
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - High-dose intravenously administered vitamin C apparently led to longer-than-expected survival in three patients with advanced cancer, doctors at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and colleagues in Canada report. Two of the three patients are still alive without evidence of disease.

Estrogen ups blood clot risk for some women
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Estrogen therapy is associated with an elevated risk of developing a blood clot in a vein (venous thrombosis) in postmenopausal women who have undergone hysterectomy, according to a new report.

Virus tied to multiple sclerosis in long-term study
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Elevated blood levels of antibodies to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) can be seen in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients decades before the onset of disease, according to a report published today.

Bacteria's Achilles' Heel

Americans Love Competition, But Is It Pushing Our Scientists Too Far?

Elderly Forced To Cope With Chronic Pain As Only 1% Of Studies Focus On Pain And Aging

Newspapers Examine Massachusetts Bill To Require Health Coverage

West Virginia Governor Signs Bill To Expand Health Care For Low-Income Individuals

Hospitals Now Can Have More Patient Care Violations, Other Deficiencies Before Being Sanctioned By JCAHO

Understanding And Treating Neurological Disorders

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