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FDA Issues Hold On Much-Debated Avandia Study

Posted: 07/21/2010 - Federal health officials are barring new patients from enrolling in a safety study of GlaxoSmithKline's controversial diabetes pill Avandia, a week after a panel of experts ruled that the drug increases heart risks.

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Test-Tube Kids and Cancer? Method Unlikely a Cause

Posted: 07/18/2010 - For the first time, a large study suggests a higher rate of childhood cancer among test-tube babies, but researchers say the reason probably has nothing to do with how the infants were conceived.

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NV Health Chief Pressing Hospitals for Injury Data

Updated: 07/18/2010 - Nevada's top health administrator wants hospitals to review medical records from 2009 and see if they failed to report so-called "sentinel events" involving injury or risk of injury to patients.

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FDA Cites Quality Problems at NY Brain-Imaging Lab

Updated: 07/17/2010 - A respected brain-imaging center run by Columbia University has halted some research after federal officials repeately complained about the quality of drugs being used on patients.

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FDA Says Breast Cancer Drug Did Not Extend Lives

Updated: 07/17/2010 - Follow-up studies of a Roche breast cancer drug showed that it failed to extend the lives of patients, federal health scientists said Friday, opening the door for it to be potentially withdrawn for use in treating that disease.

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FDA Panel: Diabetes Drug Should Stay On Market

Posted: 07/14/2010 - GlaxoSmithKline's drug Avandia should stay on the market, federal health experts voted Wednesday, but the controversial diabetes pill should be subject to new restrictions due to risky heart side effects.

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Report: Amputations Without Anesthesia In NKorea

Posted: 07/14/2010 - North Korea's health care system is in shambles with doctors sometimes performing amputations without anesthesia and working by candlelight in hospitals lacking essential medicine, heat and power, a rights watchdog said Thursday.

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VA Tech Says She Warned Of Sterilization Problems

Posted: 07/13/2010 - A former medical supply technician at the St. Louis VA Medical Center told a congressional hearing Tuesday that she warned more than a year ago that dental equipment sterilization was inadequate, but her pleas were ignored.

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Obama Promises Commitment To Combating HIV/AIDS

Posted: 07/13/2010 - President Barack Obama said Tuesday a new strategy for combating HIV and AIDS fulfills America's obligation to stopping the spread of the virus and rooting out the inequities and attitudes on which it thrives.

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Diabetes Pill Controversy Shows Rift in FDA Ranks

Posted: 07/13/2010 - The diabetes pill Avandia has been used by millions of patients and racked up billions in sales in more than a decade on the market. This week the Food and Drug Administration is trying to answer a seemingly simple question: Does it cause heart attacks?

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Johnson & Johnson Paying $480 Million For Micrus

Posted: 07/12/2010 - Johnson & Johnson is buying medical device maker Micrus Endovascular for about $480 million, adding to the health care company's range of treatments for stroke and brain aneurysms.

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Probe Sought into Alcohol-Energy Drinks Marketing

Posted: 07/11/2010 - The Federal Trade Commission is being urged to investigate the marketing of flavored alcoholic drinks with caffeine that appear to be explicitly designed to attract underage drinkers.

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FDA Review Spotlights Heart Risk Of Diabetes Pill

Posted: 07/09/2010 - Federal health scientists have panned a GlaxoSmithKline study that the company used to defend the safety of its embattled diabetes drug Avandia, a once blockbuster-seller that has fallen out of favor because of potential ties to heart attacks.

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AP IMPACT: Millions of Vaccine Doses to be Burned

Updated: 07/01/2010 - About a quarter of the swine flu vaccine produced for the U.S. public has expired - meaning that a whopping 40 million doses worth about $260 million are being written off as trash.

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Today is National HIV Testing Day

Updated: 06/27/2010 - Nevada health officials urge everyone to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases, especially HIV-Aids.

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Whooping Cough Epidemic in California

Posted: 06/23/2010 - State health officials say whooping cough is now an epidemic in California and is on pace to break a 50-year record for infections and deaths for the year.

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Stubbing Out the Smoking Ban?

Posted: 06/19/2010 - The State Health Board is delaying a decision to relax a statewide smoking ban in businesses that serve food.

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