Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Medicine In The News (June 7, 2011)

Number of Rare E. Coli Cases in US Rose Last Year [Link]
New York Times
Federal officials said on Tuesday that a national monitoring system for food-borne illness detected an increasing number of sicknesses last year from a group of rare E. coli bacteria related to the little-known and highly toxic strain ...

One in three employers may drop health benefits, report says [Link]
Los Angeles Times
The predictions about healthcare keep coming. The latest suggests that nearly a third of employers are likely to stop offering health insurance to employees in 2014 when major federal ...

J&J's Zytiga Extends Life; Other Prostate Cancer Alternatives? [Link]
Medical News Today
Zytiga (abiraterone acetate), an ingested pill treatment manufactured by J&J, has been found to potentially extend life by up to four months in men with spreading cancer who have already been treated with chemotherapy.

Health Buzz: U.S. News Ranks 'Best Diets' [Link]
U.S. News & World Report
US News today released its first-ever Best Diets rankings—an evaluation of 20 eating plans that have been expert-rated in seven categories, including short-term weight loss, long-term weight loss, easiness to follow, safety, ...

USDA encouraging wider use of summer food program [Link]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States Department of Agriculture has made it easier for organizations to access funds to feed children in low-income areas during the summer, officials said on Tuesday.

Conservatives alarmed over David Cameron's NHS concessions [Link]
The Guardian
David Cameron has alarmed his backbenchers after meeting demands laid down by the Lib Dems over NHS reform. Photograph: Getty Images David Cameron is facing a battle to reassure anxious Conservative MPs after he announced a raft of changes to the ...

E.Coli Payout To Run Into Hundreds Of Millions [Link]
Sky News
European trade bosses are indicating they will pay hundreds of millions of euros to farmers suffering heavy losses as a result of scare stories surrounding a deadly E.coli outbreak.

Drug companies cut vaccine prices [Link]
BBC News
Several major drugs companies have announced big cuts to the amounts they charge for their vaccines in the developing world. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Merck, Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi-Aventis have agreed to cut prices through the international vaccine ...

Plain packets 'would help smokers quit' [Link]
Private Healthcare UK
Plain cigarette packets could be one way of reducing the number of smoking-related deaths by helping people to quit. According to Amanda Sandford, research manager at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), plain packets could be more effective than health ...

Neurology care 'patchy and inefficient' [Link]
The Guardian
The NHS is failing to provide proper care for up to 10 million Britons who have a neurological condition such as migraine, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease, physicians warn in a report.

Should women under 25 be screened for cervical cancer? [Link]
The Guardian
In England, cervical cancer screening starts at 25, but younger women are dying from the disease. In some European countries screening starts as young as 18 Débora welcomes your help and feedback in her research.

Don't believe all you read about pomegranates [Link]
The Guardian
Media claims about pomegranates show how corrosive the practice of 'science by press release' is. Peer review is essential Pomegranates have been the subject of numerous claims about their health benefits.

Rich children 'have superior vocabularies by age of five' [Link]
Children living in wealthy households have far superior vocabularies and problem-solving skills than their poorer peers by the age of five, according to research prepared for Scottish ministers.

Alcohol admissions 'stretch' NHS [Link]
BBC News
A huge rise in people suffering alcohol-related injuries and illness is putting an increasing strain on the NHS in Brighton and Hove, and is said to be costing millions of pounds a year.

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