Archive for March, 2007

UnitedHealthcare promises reform in deal with state regulators

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

With Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colo., one step closer to becoming the only for-profit, accredited medical school in the United States, it is generating controversy in the medical community.

In August, the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation awarded the school provisional accreditation. Once fully accredited, it will join the ranks of 149 public and private medical schools in the U.S. All those institutions are nonprofits.

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Medical metal detector finds lost orthopedic screws

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Inspired by the device used to find lost coins in the sand, Johns Hopkins undergraduates have invented a small handheld metal detector to help doctors locate hidden orthopedic screws that need to be removed from patients’ bodies. The device emits a tone that rises in pitch as the surgeon moves closer to the metal screw. It also serves as a surgical tool to guide the removal of the hardware.

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Arthritis Of The Foot

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

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Researchers have found less can be more in the treatment of the spine. Edzard Ernst reports. … put a constant strain on the neck, such as sitting in front of …

Degenerative arthritis of the neck
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Va. Group’s Sticker Campaign Aimed at ‘Shoulder-Tap’ Buyers, Parents

Monday, March 26th, 2007

The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is working with a task force of high-school students and parents to place stickers on packages of beer, wine coolers and other alcoholic beverages warning against buying alcohol for minors, the Washington Post reported Sept. 13.

Stop-sign shaped stickers will be placed on products at 50 participating retailers in the Alexandria area. The “sticker shock” campaign is intended to prevent underage drinking.

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House Passes Prescription Drug Safety Reforms

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

Senate to follow

The House today passed significant reforms to the Food and Drug Administration’s drug safety review system. Part of a comprehensive FDA bill, the bill was a compromise between Senate and House legislation that passed overwhelmingly earlier this year. The bill, which includes strong consumer protections, will be voted on in the Senate tomorrow.

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Skin Care Like Mother Nature Do

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Skin Care Like Mother Nature Do

Skin is a very important and visible part of our body. It’s a kind of protective coating on our entire body parts. Male and female skin condition differs in three critical ways:
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Senate Passes Drug Safety Legislation: Bill Will Protect Patients From Unsafe Medicines

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Washington, DC — In a victory for consumers, the Senate today passed the “Food and Drug Administration Revitalization Act” sponsored by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) by a vote of 93 to 1.

The bill attempts to please both the powerful pharmaceutical industry and consumer groups.

China and Global Health

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Partly because of my recent visit to Beijing I am fascinated by what is happening in/with China. In addition, because China is now front and center stage and because they play such an important role in the lives of those living not only in the West (see living without “Made in China”, via Treehugger; Amazon book) but for those in various regions (see Africa and China) there are substantial implications to what happens in China on many important levels (global business & finance, global health, global environmental conditions). With the 2008 Olympics just around the corner, you will only hear more and more about these issues and hopefully the media blitz will have some positive impact on governance and policy issues going forward. With that I want to highlight what prominent bloggers have been recently talking about with respect to China and health/global health issues with a couple of articles mixed in:

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Loophole Hinders Enforcement of R.I. Social Host Law

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Rhode Island’s social-host law, designed to prevent underage drinking parties, has been hobbled by language that limits its application to the host’s “residence,” thus excluding drinking in backyards or other locations on private property.

East Bay Newspapers reported Sept. 25 that lawmakers are trying to revise the bill to close the loophole. “This is supposed to be about the host who is holding the party and making alcohol available to underage kids,” said Rep. Jan Malik, the cosponsor of the original legislation who is also working on the revision. Now, says Malik, “if you hear the police are coming over, you just run into the backyard.”

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Deceptive Prescription Drug Marketing Is Widespread And Dangerous

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

New Study Analyzes FDA Actions Against Manufacturers For Deceptive Marketing Of Vioxx, Paxil, 150 Other Drugs

SAN FRANCISCO—Over the last five years, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent prescription drug companies 170 enforcement letters criticizing false or misleading advertising that omitted or minimized risks, promoted unproven uses, and made other deceptive claims to doctors and consumers about 150 different drugs including Vioxx, Paxil, Oxycontin and Accutane, according to a new report released today by the CALPIRG Education Fund.

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