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Beating the Bugs

 For most of us, fall and winter means less time outdoors in the fresh air and more time spent in close quarters with those that we work, play, learn and live with.  It is a great opportunity for cold and flu viruses to work their way from one person to the next. While we all […]

Anti-Inhibitor Prophylaxis

Anti-Inhibitor Coagulant Complex Prophylaxis in Hemophilia with Inhibitors Link to article Cindy Leissinger, M.D., Alessandro Gringeri, M.D., Bülent Antmen, M.D., Erik Berntorp, M.D., Chiara Biasoli, M.D., Shannon Carpenter, M.D., Paolo Cortesi, M.Sc., Hyejin Jo, M.S., Kaan Kavakli, M.D., Riitta Lassila, M.D., Massimo Morfini, M.D., Claude Négrier, M.D., Angiola Rocino, M.D., Wolfgang Schramm, M.D., Margit Serban, […]

Chinese Firms Linked to Tainted Heparin Still Supplying U.S.

By Anna Edney Courtesy of Bloomberg News Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) — Two Chinese companies implicated in supplying contaminated ingredients three years ago to Baxter International Inc. for its blood thinner heparin are still supplying product to the U.S., Republican lawmakers said. Baxter recalled the blood thinner in 2008 amid reports of deaths and allergic reactions. […]

Relieving Pain in America

Click for link to article Chronic pain affects an estimated 116 million American adults—more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Pain also costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity. The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required the Department of Health […]

Medicare Open Enrollment Begins October 15th This Year

From the Medicare Rights Center: Did you know that there are new dates to remember for Medicare’s Fall Open Enrollment Period? Starting in 2011, Fall Open Enrollment (also known as the Annual Coordinated Election Period, or ACEP) begins on October 15 and lasts through December 7. During this period, people with Medicare have the right […]

Understanding the Debt Ceiling and the "Super Committee"

In early August the President signed into law the Budget Control Act of 2011, which is reported to save approximately $917 billion over the next ten years and will raise the debt ceiling by $900 billion, therefore carrying the government through the end of 2011. The bill also establishes a new joint Congressional committee that […]

Medical mystery: UMass doctors race to counter rare blood disorder

By Geraldine A. Collier Courtesy of Worchester Telegram & Gazette Doctors are taught in medical training to “look first for the horses, not the zebras.”  In other words, look first for the typical causes of symptoms before exploring more exotic possibilities. But, former Worcester School Superintendent John Durkin wouldn’t be alive today if his doctors at […]

America's Innovation Agency: The FDA

By instilling confidence in U.S. products and technologies, we stimulate economic growth and open markets overseas. By MARGARET A. HAMBURG Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal There are encouraging signs that the pharmaceutical industry’s pipeline of new products is not as stalled as some say.  Already in 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved […]

High Costs Of Specialty Drugs

By Julie Appleby KHN Staff Writer Aug 22, 2011 This story was produced in collaboration with For Judy Ariba, one of the most harrowing moments in her battle against a rare form of leukemia occurred after she had already endured a long hospital stay and grueling chemotherapy: Her bill for a prescription cancer drug jumped […]

Blood test can identify fetal sex as early as 7 weeks gestation

August 9, 2011 Fetal sex can be determined reliably with a non-invasive genetic test as early as 7 weeks into a pregnancy, according to a new meta-analysis published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The results of the NIH-funded analysis have important implications for early diagnosis of genetic diseases linked to […]

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