Diseases/ConditionsCancer drug ruling will have wide impact
A decision expected Friday on federal approval for Genentech's Avastin cancer drug could have ramifications for all companies developing cancer medicines. Genentech made its case for Food and Drug Administration approval of Avastin using a widely de...
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Diseases/ConditionsSmoky bar triggered deadly asthma attack: study
A woman in her late teens died from an acute asthma attack triggered by secondhand cigarette smoke shortly after arriving at her job as a waitress in a bar in Michigan, researchers reported on Friday. They said it was the first reported case of an i...
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Diseases/ConditionsBush signals flexibility on AIDS strategy
US President George W. Bush signalled Wednesday that he might drop his anti-HIV/AIDS strategy's insistence on sexual abstinence if he finds it is ineffective -- but not now, because the program is working. I monitor the results. And if it looks like...
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Diseases/ConditionsChronic Pain Harms Brain's Wiring
Chronic pain can disrupt brain function and cause problems such as disturbed sleep, depression, anxiety and difficulty making simple decisions, a U.S. study finds. Researchers at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago used...
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Diseases/ConditionsDiet tied to breast and ovarian cancer risks
A new study suggests that women who eat diets rich in meat and dairy may have a decreased risk of breast cancer, while those who bulk up on fiber, fruits and vegetables show a lower risk of ovarian cancer. The findings, published in the Internationa...
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Diseases/ConditionsManufacturer Halts Production of Blood Thinner Heparin
Baxter HealthCare Corp., which produces half of the blood thinner heparin sold in the United States, said Monday that it was temporarily suspending production of its multi-dose injectable form of the drug following reports of serious allergic reacti...
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Diseases/ConditionsAsian Development Bank helps Vietnam youths fight HIV
Nam isn't sure how he caught the HIV virus -- he says he is a former heroin addict and often had unprotected sex -- but now he is committed to helping other Vietnamese youths avoid the same fate. Aged 28, he works for a project to educate young peop...
Author:Frank ZellerDate:03/25/14Click:7677 Full Story »
Diseases/ConditionsUS probes Chinese maker of blood thinner
U.S. health officials said Wednesday they have not inspected a Chinese factory that may be a source of problems with a blood thinner linked to allergic reactions and four deaths, but plan an inspection as soon as possible. The Baxter International b...
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Diseases/ConditionsHealth Net ordered to pay $9 million to cancer patient
A California arbitration judge ordered Health Net Inc to pay $9.4 million in damages for what he described as the insurer's reprehensible conduct in canceling the policy of a cancer patient, according to documents made public on Friday. The award to...
Author:Gina KeatingDate:03/25/14Click:7673 Full Story »
Diseases/ConditionsStudy shows where new diseases may arise
New infectious diseases have been appearing more often, says a study that suggests hot spots where the next new germs are most likely to appear. We need to be out there in the hot spot regions looking for the next HIV, said study co-author Peter Das...
Author:MALCOLM RITTERDate:03/25/14Click:7671 Full Story »
Diseases/ConditionsDepression Rarely Discussed With RA Patients
Even though people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may be at increased risk for depression, the subject is rarely discussed with their doctors, says a U.S. study that included 200 RA patients at four rheumatology clinics. The researchers, led by Bets...
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Diseases/ConditionsFDA OKs Genentech's Avastin for breast cancer
U.S. regulators approved Genentech Inc's cancer drug, Avastin, for the treatment of breast cancer, the company said on Friday, adding a potentially significant new revenue source for the medicine. Genentech shares jumped nearly 9 percent in extended...
Author: Bill BerkrotDate:03/25/14Click:7671 Full Story »
Diseases/ConditionsChina to set new AIDS prevention policy
China will set policies aimed at stopping the spread of AIDS among gay men as the country seeks to stem growing numbers of HIV infections contracted through sex, state media reported. The Chinese Ministry of Health announced it would formulate polic...
Author:Chris BuckleyDate:03/25/14Click:7673 Full Story »
Diseases/ConditionsGene Variations Help Regulate Response to Stress
Certain variations in a gene that helps regulate stress response offer protection against depression in adults who suffered abuse when they were children, a new study says. Adults who were abused as children and didn't have the protective variations...
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Diseases/ConditionsLow cholesterol linked to stomach cancer risk
People with very low cholesterol levels seem to be at increased risk of developing stomach cancer, Japanese researchers report. Some studies have linked low cholesterol levels to higher death rates from cancer in general, Dr. Kouichi Asano, of Kyush...
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