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Doubling Tamiflu Dose for Severe Flu Doesn't Help: Study
From. Doubling Tamiflu Dose for Severe Flu Doesn't Help: Study. Originally published: May 30, 2013 7:33 PM Updated: May 31, 2013 7:33 AM -- Mary Elizabeth Dallas. Photos. People with a severe case of the flu don't benefit from taking double doses of the ...

Contaminated Compounded Steroid Infects 13 Floridians
ABOVE VIDEO: News report on foxnashville about the West Tennessee pharmacy, The Main Street Family Pharmacy in Dyer County, which is at the center of another contaminated compounded steroid scare and has voluntarily recalled all of its sterile ...

Medical research funding
SIR – The forthcoming spending round will bring reductions in Government spending and we are gravely concerned that any cuts to the science budget could cause severe and lasting damage to the country's research environment. We are 42 medical ...

Hepatitis A cases tied to frozen berry mix
Federal and state health officials say a frozen berry mix sold at Costco stores in Arizona and four other states has triggered an outbreak of Hepatitis A that has sickened at least 30 people. Federal and state health officials have confirmed 30 cases tied to ...

Organic berry mix focus of probe into hepatitis A
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to a frozen organic berry mix sold by an Oregon company. Authorities said Friday that 30 illnesses are linked to Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend, ...

Decontaminating patients cuts hospital infections
Infections in U.S. hospitals kill tens of thousands of people each year, and many institutions fight back by screening new patients to see if they carry a dangerous germ, and isolating those who do. But a big study suggests a far more effective approach: ...

Russia starts ambitious smoking ban
Russia's ambitious smoking ban, which aims to cut the number of smokers in half and improve public health, has gone into effect amid doubts that its measures can be fully enforced. The first stage of the so-called anti-tobacco ban makes it illegal to smoke on ...

Italy announces first case of SARS-like coronavirus
ROME | Sat Jun 1, 2013 1:15am IST. ROME (Reuters) - Italy reported its first case of the SARS-like coronavirus on Friday, a 45-year-old man who had been travelling in Jordan, the health ministry said. The patient was in good condition and was being ...

Lou Reed saved by liver transplant after years of drugs and alcohol take their toll
The 71-year-old founder member of The Velvet Underground – whose records chronicled the drug culture and seedy underbelly of New York – is now recovering from the surgery he underwent at a clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, his wife Laurie Anderson has ...

Funding Cuts Threaten Modernization of Cancer Research
CHICAGO — The time has never been better for making advances in medical research, and significant progress has been made toward modernizing clinical cancer research. However, an expert panel warned that these advances are in danger of stagnating ...

Merck KGaA's Erbitux beats Avastin in bowel cancer trial
FRANKFURT | Sat Jun 1, 2013 7:31am EDT. FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Merck KGaA's cancer drug Erbitux was shown to be more effective at prolonging the lives of bowel cancer patients than Roche's Avastin, Merck said. In a drug trial, the two drugs were each ...

Drug is a first to help patients with melanoma of the eye
By Julie Steenhuysen. CHICAGO | Sat Jun 1, 2013 12:33pm BST. CHICAGO (Reuters) - In his first few weeks as head of the melanoma group at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center seven years ago, a young man walked into Dr. Gary Schwartz's office ...

The FDA's Dilemma About Ibuprofen And Cardiovascular Risk
“Long-term high-dose use of painkillers such as ibuprofen or diclofenac is 'equally hazardous' in terms of heart attack risk as use of the drug Vioxx, which was withdrawn due to its potential dangers, researchers said.” The work being referenced appeared in ...

Healthy lifestyle habits may improve your memory too
A healthy diet is linked to better memory abilities across adult age groups, a new poll finds. Strawberries. Eating fruits has been linked to better memory, a new poll finds. (Photo: Valentyn Volkov, Getty Images) ...

Lou Reed's wife says he had liver transplant
Laurie Anderson says that Reed "was dying," but surgery "went very well". Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Wireimage). The world got another reminder of the mortality of baby-boomer rock icons when performance artist Laurie Anderson ...

Five Promising Cancer Drug Results
A quick run-down of studies presented this morning at a press conference at the annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology, the biggest gathering of U.S. cancer doctors. Pazopanib, a GlaxoSmithKline pill approved for kidney cancer, ...

Lou Reed reportedly recovering from liver transplant
Lou Reed is recuperating after a liver transplant that saved his life, said the New York rocker's wife, Laurie Anderson, in an interview published Saturday in the Times of London. "It's as serious as it gets," Anderson told the newspaper of the operation, which ...

Frozen berry mix sparks hepatitis A outbreak in 5 states
A hepatitis A outbreak has been linked to a berry mix sold in Costco stores. Frozen berries (Photo: Elizabeth Weise). Story Highlights. An outbreak of hepatitis A has sickened at least 30 people in five states; Health officials have linked it to a blend of frozen ...

Starbucks bans smoking within 25 feet of stores in US and Canada
Coffee and cigarettes used to be an inseparable pairing; like wine and cheese or pancakes and syrup. But now, according to a new rule by mega-cafe chain Starbucks, the two won't even be allowed to be seen in the same vicinity. From Saturday the company ...

Colonoscopies Explain Why US Leads the World in Health Expenditures
MERRICK, N.Y. — Deirdre Yapalater's recent colonoscopy at a surgical center near her home here on Long Island went smoothly: she was whisked from pre-op to an operating room where a gastroenterologist, assisted by an anesthesiologist and a nurse, ...

Prancercise, T. rex wedding photo and more links we love
Editor's note: There's so much that's beautiful, funny, smart and informative on the Internet. Problem is, there's also a bunch of garbage. Here's the best of the web right now: 1. Prancercise sweeps the nation. The latest fitness craze to hit America is called ...

LA County holds clinics on hepatitis A linked to Costco berries
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is holding clinics over the weekend for consumers who may have been exposed to hepatitis through frozen berries sold at Costco. At least 30 cases of hepatitis A nationwide may be linked to Townsend ...

AstraZeneca's selumetinib looks promising for rare cases of eye melanoma
One of the big trends on display at ASCO this year has been the dissection of the cancer field. As investigators narrow their search for effective remedies for more narrowly defined patient populations, clinical trials in oncology have sometimes begun to look ...

Drug Used to Treat Kidney Cancer May Hold Off Relapses of Ovarian Cancer
CHICAGO — Women with ovarian cancer maybe able to stave off relapses for an extra half-year or so by taking a drug already approved to treat kidney cancer, researchers reported here on Saturday. But it will not be clear whether the drug prolongs women's ...

Wives of Men With HPV Throat Tumors Need Not Worry About Catching HPV
A small study presented here at the annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology has some good news for couples facing head-and-neck cancer caused by the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus. HPV is best known for causing ...

Improve Memory with a Healthy Lifestyle
As people age, remembering what one had for dinner a day before could start to become a hard task. Although long-term memory tends to remain intact better than short-term memory, several studies have suggested that memory in general can be improved ...

Glaxo drug shown to extend lives of ovarian cancer patients
By Deena Beasley. CHICAGO, June 1 | Sat Jun 1, 2013 4:59pm IST. CHICAGO, June 1 (Reuters) - A cancer drug sold by GlaxoSmithKline was shown in a clinical trial to extend survival by several months for ovarian cancer patents whose disease had ...

ASCO: Rare Eye Cancer Yields to Targeted Drug
CHICAGO -- The novel kinase inhibitor selumetinib may be the first treatment to shrink advanced uveal melanoma, based on phase II trial results. Half of patients on selumetinib saw their tumor shrink at least somewhat compared with 11% on temozolomide ...

Healthy Lifestyles Lessen Risk to Memory Loss Due to Old Age
A study suggests that living a healthy lifestyle lessens the risk to memory loss as a person grows older. A group of researchers from the University of California Los Angeles, Calif., analyzed a previous research associating healthy activities such as exercising, ...

DR. KESTNER: Spinal steroid injections controversy intensifies
You may recall the horrifying news that spread across the country last year when it was discovered that several batches of injectable steroid drugs intended to treat severe pain turned out to be contaminated with fungus. Unfortunately, more than 50 people ...

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Facebook May Boost Self Esteem But Reduce Motivation
New research published in Media Psychology suggests that looking at your Facebook profile can be psychologically good and bad for you. The finding revealed that checking your profile is capable of boosting your self esteem while at the same time reducing ...

Saudi Arabia Says 3 More Die From New Virus
Saudi Arabia has reported that three more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 24. The Ministry of Health said Sunday the three deceased were among 38 infected in the ...

Chile judge orders hunt for alleged killer in poet's 1973 death
SANTIAGO, Chile – Forty years after the death of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, a judge has issued an order for police to make a portrait of and find the man who prosecutors allege may have poisoned him. Neruda's death was attributed at the time to prostate ...

ASCO: Sorafenib Halts Resistant Thyroid Cancer
CHICAGO -- The kinase inhibitor sorafenib keeps metastatic differentiated thyroid cancer from progressing after it stops responding to standard radioiodine, the DECISION trial showed. Progression-free survival (PFS) came in nearly double with sorafenib ...

Roche's Avastin extends life in advanced cervical cancer
By Bill Berkrot. Sun Jun 2, 2013 7:38am EDT. (Reuters) - Roche Holding AG's drug Avastin helped prolong the lives of women with advanced cervical cancer when added to chemotherapy in a late-stage clinical trial, likely paving the way to another major use ...

Vinegar Screening for Cervical Cancer Saves Lives at Low Cost
A swab of vinegar and a lamp is all that's needed to perform cervical cancer screening, according to a 15-year study in India that found the low-cost alternative to Pap smears can save lives. The vinegar-based screening approach lowered cervical cancer ...

At $2.7T annually, US world leader in cost of health procedures
MERRICK, N.Y. — Deirdre Yapalater's recent colonoscopy at a surgical center near her home on Long Island went smoothly: She was whisked from pre-op to an operating room where a gastroenterologist, assisted by an anesthesiologist and a nurse, ...

How Vinegar Could Save 73000 Women A Year From Cancer
Almost two decades ago, a doctor named Surendra S. Shastri was put in charge of preventative oncology at Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India. One of his biggest jobs: to figure out how to cut the toll from cervical cancer, which kills 200,000 women a ...

Avastin May Boost Survival in Advanced Cervical Cancer: Study
SUNDAY, June 2 (HealthDay News) -- The cancer drug Avastin may extend the lives a bit of women with advanced cervical cancer, a new study says. Overall, patients given Avastin (bevacizumab) lived four months longer on average than those being treated ...

Healthy Lifestyle Linked to Fewer Memory Complaints
Healthy Lifestyle Linked to Fewer Memory Complaints A nationwide poll has confirmed a link between healthy behaviors and a lower risk of mild memory complaints. But the poll, conducted by researchers from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) ...

Family of girl desperate for transplant says she can't wait for policy to change
(CNN) -- The family of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who's been waiting more than a year for a lung transplant says the girl has essentially been "left to die." Sarah Murnaghan, who has had cystic fibrosis since birth, could die within weeks without a ...

Study finds Facebook helps users 'Like' themselves better
Spending a few minutes peeking at one's Facebook profile reportedly elevates a person's self-esteem but reduces their ambition to excel, according to researchers. The University of Wisconsin-Madison study that unearthed these social-media phenomena ...

Merck melanoma drug shrinks tumors in 38 percent of patients
By Julie Steenhuysen. CHICAGO | Sun Jun 2, 2013 12:18pm EDT. CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Merck & Co drug designed to unmask tumor cells and mobilize the immune system into fighting cancer helped shrink tumors in 38 percent of patients with advanced ...

Vinegar May Fight Cervical Cancer
CHICAGO—Vinegar is known for its versatility in cooking and cleaning. Now the fermented liquid can claim another use: lifesaver. A new study suggests that vinegar can be used in developing countries as part of a low-cost screening tool to detect early signs ...

We Pay a Lot More for Health Care Than Other Countries
The graphic on the right won't come as a surprise to anyone who's read this blog over the years. It comes from the New York Times today, and it illustrates the fact that medical procedures cost way, way more in the United States than in other countries. But why ...

Drug Combos Are the Future of Melanoma Treatment
CHICAGO — Giving experimental agents known as immune checkpoint blockers together or sequentially leads to improved outcomes in metastatic melanoma, according to the results of 2 studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) ...

Hepatitis outbreak linked to frozen berries sold at Costco
Some 30 cases of hepatitis A reported in five states have been linked to frozen mixed berries purchased from Costco. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are investigating an outbreak of the virus ...

Bayer's Nexavar shown to delay thyroid cancer by 5 months
FRANKFURT, June 2 | Sun Jun 2, 2013 5:00pm IST. FRANKFURT, June 2 (Reuters) - Bayer said on Sunday its cancer drug Nexavar was shown to delay progression of a difficult-to-treat type of thyroid cancer by about five months, as the German drugmaker ...

Roche's Avastin fails to prolong survival in brain cancer study
By Bill Berkrot. June 2 | Sun Jun 2, 2013 5:00pm IST. June 2 (Reuters) - The widely used Roche Holding AG cancer drug Avastin failed to prolong survival when added to chemo-radiation therapy for glioblastoma - a fast-growing type of brain tumor - according ...

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