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How Antivirals Can Save Lives

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Source: As health officials across the globe prepare for the possibility of a global pandemic of swine flu, they have a relatively new weapon in the fight against influenza; antiviral drugs, first developed in the 1990s, have been shown to help treat and prevent influenza. But such drugs have never been used to tackle […]

Acne Therapy: A Clearer Path to Healthier-Looking Skin

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Source: MSN Health by Dr. Rob Danoff Q: My 15-year-old daughter’s dermatologist prescribed minocycline and peroxide gel to help clear her acne. How long will it take to see an improvement? Also, what’s the best treatment for acne? Is there a new approach to consider? A: Whether it’s the traditional combination of minocycline and benzoyl […]

High Co-Pays Keeping Chronically Ill From Their Meds

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Many are waiting years after a diagnosis to fill a first prescription, study finds Rising co-pays may be keeping Americans with chronic illnesses from get the potentially lifesaving medications they need, a new study finds. The problem may be symptomatic of rising health care costs in general and, according to Dr. Matthew D. Solomon, lead author […]

What You Should Know About Swine Flu

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Two experts weigh in on travel, preventive measures and how to maintain a healthy skepticism of the outbreak. By now you’ve seen the swine flu headlines. Some are restrained, while others seem designed to foster panic. The outbreak, which began in Mexico last week and has since caused at least 100 deaths there, has now […]

U.S. states face off with the swine flu

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Source: USA Today What some states are doing about the swine flu outbreak: MINNESOTA: Lab tests on 12 Minnesota patients with flu-like symptoms found no confirmed or probable cases of swine flu, State Epidemiologist Ruth Lynfield said Monday. Since Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health has been asking hospitals and doctors to submit specimens if […]

Study suggests nearly half of those who should use statins are not using them.

Monday, April 27th, 2009

 HealthDay (4/25, Edelson) reported that researchers in the Yale University Robert Wood Johnson Medical Scholar Program used data from the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that almost “half of the Americans who meet the criteria for taking cholesterol-lowering statins aren’t taking the drug.” The researchers used the data “to identify 777 […]

Herpes drug may help control AIDS virus

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

A cheap, generic drug long used to treat herpes may also help control the AIDS virus, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday. They found that acyclovir can work against HIV, but only in tissues that are also infected with herpes. The findings, published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, help explain why some studies have […]

Statin cuts risk of thromboembolism by 43%

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

A drug licensed for use in reducing blood cholesterol has been shown to almost half the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), a new analysis of a randomized control trial has found. Findings from a prospective analysis of the JUPITER study, which looked at the effects of rosuvastatin compared to placebo in 9,000 healthy patients, show […]

Drugmakers raised prices in first quarter.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

 On the front of its Marketplace section, the Wall Street Journal (4/15, B1, Martinez, Johnson) reports that, “even as government and private insurers are struggling to rein in healthcare costs,” some hospitals and drugmakers “have been pushing through hefty price increases aimed at bolstering earnings.” First quarter data indicate that “drugmakers increased prices on drugs […]

Canadians Use More Prescription Drugs than Ever Before

Monday, April 13th, 2009

A report released by a drug-tracking firm reveals that prescription drug use among Canadians was higher in 2008 than in any previous year. The report, released on March 26 by IMS Health, a worldwide pharmaceutical-tracking company, assesses pharmaceutical use by tracking the number of prescriptions dispensed by pharmacists annually. IMS estimates that Canadians spent $21.4 […]

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