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July 8, 2014

Merck Says It Regrets Strong-Arming Italian Researcher

[Forbes] Merck says that it “regrets” using legal threats to push a leading Italian researcher to muffle his public critiques of one of the company’s cholesterol drugs. Merck spokesman Steve Cragle writes: Merck is committed to the open and transparent exchange of scientific information. We believe this exchange should take place in medical meetings and […]
July 1, 2014

Supreme Court Rejects Contraceptives Mandate for Some Corporations

[The New York Times]  The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom. It was, a dissent said, “a decision of startling breadth.” The 5-to-4 ruling, which applied to two companies owned by Christian families, opened the door […]
June 27, 2014

Fact vs. Fiction: Judge Upholds Barring Unvaccinated Children from Public Schools

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Vaccination is one of the great success stories of public health. People who receive vaccinations against disease are far less likely to contract that disease.…

June 24, 2014

Pharmaceutical firms find it hard to exit essential drugs market

[TheEconomicTimes] Pharmaceutical companies having more than a 1% market share for any essential drugs may find it difficult to stop manufacturing those products. Since May, when the government brought into force a new drug-pricing system after a gap of 18 years, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority has denied such requests whenever the market share of […]
June 19, 2014

Community Consultation Should Include Social Media

by Nuriel Moghavem

A New York Times article published this week describes a clinical trial in Pittsburgh where incapacitated and rapidly exsanguinating gunshot victims have their blood replaced by cold saline for up to an hour in an effort to preserve neurological function and life.…

June 16, 2014

For cancer specialists, disease can make them better doctors

[San Francisco Chronicle] Dr. Pamela Munster‘s colleagues viewed the mammogram results and then played out a scene she knows well: the furrowed brow, the intense look of concern, followed by the composed, reassuring face for the patient’s benefit. They weren’t looking at her patient’s mammogram. These were Munster’s results. They were acting the same way she did […]
June 13, 2014

Outsmarting Breast Cancer With Evolving Therapies

[The New York Times]   Over the past few decades, changes in the treatment of breast cancer amount to a revolution in patient care. And it’s not over yet. There was a time when the standard approach was a radicalmastectomy, which involved removal of not just the breast, but all the lymph nodes in the armpit and […]
May 22, 2014

A Study on Prostate Cancer Relapses Suggests That Hormone Therapy Can Wait

[The New York Times]Many men with an early sign of a prostate cancer relapse can safely wait before starting hormone therapy, avoiding side effects without shortening their lives, according to the results of a study released on Wednesday. Dr. Clifford A. Hudis, president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, said the study “certainly does […]
May 16, 2014

Advocating Pill, U.S. Signals Shift to Prevent AIDS

[The New York Times]Federal health officials recommended Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of Americans at risk for AIDS take a daily pill that has been shown to prevent infection with the virus that causes it.If broadly followed, the advice could transform AIDS prevention in the United States — from reliance on condoms, which are effective […]
April 30, 2014

New Painkiller Rekindles Addiction Concerns

[New York Times] The abuse of prescription painkillers has reached epidemic proportions in America. Nearly half of the nation’s 38,329 drug overdose deaths in 2010 involved painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These narcotics now kill more adults than heroin and cocaine combined, sending 420,000 Americans to emergency rooms each year. […]