Monday, 13 June 2011

Medicine In The News (June 13, 2011)

Big Pharma Follows Gates' Lead By Slashing Rota Vaccine Prices [Link]
Medical News Today
Last month in Geneva, Bill Gates laid out his vision for the impact that broadening access to vaccines can have on the world. Now, only a few weeks after his inspirational speech, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has promised to cut a whopping 95% off its ...

Childhood Pets Might Lower Risk of Future Allergies [Link]
ABC News
New findings show that children's chances of developing allergies aren't any greater if there are pets in the home. (Getty Images) Childhood pets don't necessarily lead to allergies later in life, ...

Potiga Approved for Adult Epileptic Seizures [Link]
U.S. News & World Report
MONDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- Potiga (ezogabine) tablets have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat partial epileptic seizures in adults, the agency said Monday.

Seniors face Medicare cost barrier for cancer meds [Link]
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing a life-and-death struggle with kidney cancer, Rita Moore took her prescription for a new kind of chemotherapy pill to her local drugstore.

Could prenatal DNA testing open Pandora's box? [Link]
The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - Imagine being pregnant and taking a simple blood test that lays bare the DNA of your fetus. And suppose that DNA could reveal not only medical conditions like Down syndrome, but also things like eye color and height.

Breastfeeding linked to lower risk of SIDS [Link]
A mother breastfeeds her child in a room at the William Soler Pediatric Cardiology Center in Havana October 21, 2008. By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Babies who are breastfed - especially those only fed breast milk, and not formula as ...

Child Care Can Help Kids With Depressed Moms [Link]
U.S. News & World Report
MONDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- Young children whose moms suffer from depression are at heightened risk for behavioral troubles, but a new study shows that day care may help ease the risk.

Formaldehyde, Styrene Added To Cancer Warning List [Link]
Chemical & Engineering News
Despite intense pressure from the chemical industry, formaldehyde and styrene have been added to a government warning list of known and potentially carcinogenic compounds.

Girl survives rabies sans shot [Link]
8-year-old from Calif. believed to be only the third person in the US to have recovered without antiviral shot The Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif.

Report Says Many Employers May Drop Health Coverage [Link]
Wall Street Journal
A report by McKinsey & Co. has found that 30% of employers are likely to stop offering workers health insurance after the bulk of the Obama administration's health overhaul takes effect in 2014.

Apples top list for pesticide contamination [Link]
CBS News
That shiny little apple you're eating has a dirty little surprise. At least, that's what a food safety watchdog claims in its annual examination of government produce tests.

Vertex Pharma licenses potential hepatitis C drugs [Link]
Boston Globe
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. has licensed two potential hepatitis C drugs from Alios BioPharma Inc. Vertex said Monday that it plans to start human testing of the two drugs later this year.

USC Gets a $150 Million Donation From Keck Foundation for Medical Research [Link]
The University of Southern California received a $150 million pledge for medical research from the WM Keck Foundation, the third gift of more than $100 million to the school since March.

Canadian researchers question autism screening [Link]
(CNN) -- A report from Canadian researchers published Monday says there is not enough sound evidence to support routine screening of children for autism, but several autism experts are questioning the paper's conclusions.

Editorial: Abuse of the elderly happens far too often [Link]
Prescott Daily Courier
Abuse of the elderly moves through our society with the stealth of a cat burglar. The unscrupulous prey on old people and bilk huge sums of money from them.

Britain pledges over £800m for vaccines for children in poorer nations [Link]
The Guardian
David Cameron announces the UK's donation, which he said would save the lives of 1.4 million children, at the Gavi conference in London.

Political failure has scuppered NHS reform [Link]
David Cameron told Tory MPs yesterday that changes to the proposed NHS reforms were not about party politics. That is a difficult argument to sustain.

UK mother agrees to donate her womb to daughter [Link]
The Guardian
A UK mother has agreed to donate her womb to her daughter, raising the prospect of the daughter conceiving and carrying a child in the same womb she herself was born from.

34% Of British People With Diabetes Keep It A Secret, Which Raises The Risk Of Complications [Link]
Medical News Today
952000 people with diabetes in the UK, 34% of the nation's total, keep their condition a secret. They could be seriously risking their physical and emotional health by doing so, according to a survey carried out by Diabetes UK, a leading health charity ...

Vaccine funding: British volunteers helping make a difference [Link]
David Cameron's £814 million vaccine funding boost comes as dozens of British volunteers help deliver life saving vaccinations to children in the world's poorest countries.

'Benefit risk' to cancer patients [Link]
BBC News
Macmillan Cancer Support is attacking plans in the Welfare Reform Bill to remove the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) after a year.

A better kind of prostate test [Link]
It's the most common cancer in men, a quarter of a million of whom live with the disease in Britain alone. So the news this week that the use of MRI scans to detect prostate cancer could save many of them from unnecessary rectal ...

Barcodes urged for NHS trusts to make procurement savings [Link]
Barcodes could help tackle the variation in how much NHS hospitals spend on the procurement of products, the Department of Health (DH) has said.

Health board could cut operations [Link]
BBC News
Quality of care will be maintained in NHS despite the financial pressures, the health secretary has insisted. Her comments came after as NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is to consider cutting back on some surgical operations to save money.

Wayne Rooney kicks off hair transplant trend [Link]
Manchester Evening News
As one of the country's leading hair transplant surgeons, Manchester-based Dr Bessam Farjo was delighted with Wayne Rooney's very public announcement that he'd taken steps to tackle his premature baldness last week.

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