Archive for January, 2007

Blacks, Hispanics More Likely to Have Severe Liver Disease

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

A new study concludes that blacks and Hispanics are more likely than whites to have severe cases of a rare form of liver cirrhosis, but experts don’t know why, Reuters reported Sept. 20.

Among patients with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), which involves destruction of the liver’s small bile ducts, minorities tend to have more severe symptoms. PBC is more likely to strike young and middle-aged Caucasian women, however.


N.C. Launches Media Literacy Classes on Alcohol

Monday, January 15th, 2007

Middle-school students in North Carolina will receive media-literacy education on alcohol ads and other media that promote underage drinking under a new state initiative, the Raleigh News & Observer reported Sept. 12.

The program, called “Media Ready,” features 10 lessons designed to be delivered in school and was unveiled this week by First Lady Mary Easley and acting U.S. Surgeon General Kenneth Moritsugu. The curriculum already is in use in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Chatham schools.


Amanda Bynes Fashion Hits Teen Market

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

Amanda Bynes Fashion Hits Teen Market

Amanda Bynes to spritz her bubbly personality into a new collection of clothes that is hitting stores just in time for the back-to-school shopping blitz. She may share an age bracket with other young stars making news headlines, but that’s about it. The 21-year-old actress turned fashion designer, who just launched her under-$20 line, Dear, exclusively for Steve and Barry’s, is all about staying out of the gossip columns.

Employers Estimate Big Losses from Workers’ Drinking

Monday, January 8th, 2007

A British study finds that 40 percent of employers believe that employee drinking is a major cause of absenteeism and poor productivity, and one-third feel the same is true of illicit drugs, the BBC reported Sept. 16.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) study found that 22 percent of employers test workers for alcohol and other drugs, while 9 percent plan to do so. About one-third of companies surveyed reported firing workers with alcohol problems over the past two years, and more than one in four said they would report workers with drug problems to police.


Utah Meth Campaign Stresses Intervention, Not Effects

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

Utah’s new anti-methampetamine public-awareness campaign calls on the friends and family members of users to help them overcome their addiction, the Deseret Morning News reported Sept. 24.

That’s a departure from typical campaigns against the drug, which often focus on “meth mouth” and other gruesome effects that the drug can have on users.


CALPIRG Statement on Senate Passage of Health Care Reform Bill

Friday, January 5th, 2007

Statement by Pedro Morillas, CALPIRG Legislative Advocate:

Hispanic Teens More Likely Than Whites, Blacks to Use Drugs

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

A new report from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) finds that Hispanic youth are more likely to use illicit drugs than white or black teens and says trying to adapt to American culture may be the cause, the Associated Press reported Sept. 24.

The “Hispanic Teens & Drugs” report said that more than 10 percent of Hispanic 8th-graders used illicit drugs during the past month, compared to 8.6 percent of blacks and 7.5 percent of whites. ONDCP unveiled the report as it launched a new anti-drug campaign targeting Hispanic youths.


Roche and GlaxoSmithKline Bonviva gets Scottish approval

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has given its approval of Bonviva (ibandronic acid) for the use within NHS Scotland for the treatment of osteoporosis. The body stated that the once a month treatment was found “to significantly reduce the risk of vertebral fractures in postmenopausal women”.

The SMC move has been welcomed by the National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) in Scotland that said the decision now widens the range of osteoporosis treatments available. NOS development manager for Scotland Anne Simpson said: “For women living in fear of breaking bones and those already coping with the debilitating consequences of fracture, another effective treatment option, with a more flexible dosing regimen that is easy to take and well tolerated, offers hope for a brighter future and a better quality of life.”

Forest Laboratories ups research spending

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

Forest Laboratories has decided to up figures for research and development (R&D) spending. The move comes as a way to include new agreements with US firms Mylan Laboratories and Replidyne.

Forest made an upfront payment to Mylan of $50 million under an agreement for the commercialization, development and distribution of the beta blocker nebivolol in the US and Canada. This was followed by a similar deal worth $50 million for Replidyne’s oral antibiotic faropenem medoxomil.

As neither product has yet received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the costs of the deals are being put down to R&D.; The change will put R&D expenses at $405 million, up from $208 million and reduce earning per share by $0.37, which for the last quarter of 2005 stood at $0.57.


More women than men having mid-life stroke

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

ST. PAUL, Minn — More women than men appear to be having a stroke in middle age, according to a study published June 20, 2007, in the online edition of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Researchers say heart disease and increased waist size may be contributing to this apparent mid-life stroke surge among women.

For the study, researchers analyzed data from 17,000 people over the age of 18 who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Of the participants, 606 people experienced a stroke.

The study found women in the 45 to 54 age range were more than twice as likely as men in the same age group to have had a stroke. There were no sex differences in stroke rates found in the 35 to 44 and the 55 to 64 age groups.