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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Apr 15, 2008 Citing Ethics, Some Doctors Are Rejecting Industry Pay
QUOTE: With little fanfare, a small number of prominent academic scientists have made a decision that was until recently all but unheard of. They decided to stop accepting payments from food, drug and medical device companies.
New York Times Apr 05, 2008 Health Database Was Set Up to Ignore ‘Abortion’
QUOTE: Johns Hopkins University said Friday that it had programmed its computers to ignore the word “abortion” in searches of a large, publicly financed database of information on reproductive health after federal officials raised questions about two articles in the database. The dean of the Public Health School lifted the restrictions after learning of them.
New York Times Mar 27, 2008 The Rights of the Mentally Ill: High Court Weighs Self-Representation
QUOTE: The federal government and 19 states have joined Indiana in urging the court to find that government should be able to set a higher standard for whether a defendant may represent himself than simply whether he has been judged competent to stand trial. Indiana Solicitor General Thomas M. Fisher told the court that states have an interest in ensuring that trials are orderly processes, fair to both prosecution and defendant, rather than incoherent proceedings "descending into a farce."
Washington Post Mar 24, 2008 Rising Health Costs Cut Into Wages: Higher Fees Squeeze Employers, Workers
QUOTE: The struggle to control health costs is viewed as crucial to improving wages and living standards for working Americans. Employers are paying more for health care and other benefits, leaving less money for pay increases. Benefits now devour 30.2 percent of employers' compensation costs, with the remaining money going to wages, the Labor Department reported this month..."The way health-care costs have soared is unbelievable," said [a representative] of the Service Employees International Union. "There are people out here making decisions about whether to keep their lights on or buy a prescription."
Washington Post Mar 22, 2008 A Third of Patients On Transplant List Are Not Eligible
QUOTE: Although the need for organs far outpaces the supply, critics say the large number of inactive patients on the list may signal that potential recipients are languishing in limbo too long and that including them could mislead potential donors, recipients and policymakers about the magnitude of the need.
Washington Post Mar 21, 2008 Practicing Patients
QUOTE: Of course, turning patients’ experiences into usable data raises a host of questions for medicine. When patients take the reins of their own treatment, what role do doctors play? What’s to keep patients from misinterpreting the streams of data and finding false hope — and what’s stopping them from embarking on unproven and even risky treatments or dosages? And what happens if the real-world information at PatientsLikeMe contradicts the clinically proved protocols of medical science?
New York Times Mar 20, 2008 Heparin Discovery May Point to Chinese Counterfeiting
QUOTE: Federal drug regulators, in announcing Wednesday that the mystery contaminant in heparin was an inexpensive, unapproved ingredient altered to mimic the real thing, moved closer to concluding that Americans might be the latest victims of lethal Chinese drug counterfeiting.
New York Times Mar 20, 2008 Great Web sites when aging parents need help (Empowered Patient)
QUOTE: But these days, more and more people are using the Internet to find a caregiver instead of, or along with, traditional methods of finding care, such as asking friends and family. Here, from caregiving experts, are Web sites that link you to caregivers, plus sites that offer other services.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 19, 2008 Dentist Pleads Guilty to Stealing and Selling Body Parts
QUOTE: The dentist...appeared in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn, pleading guilty to numerous charges of enterprise corruption, reckless endangerment and body stealing. In exchange for admitting that he was the ringleader of the harvesting operation — which sold hundreds, perhaps thousands, of bone fragments and bits of flesh to tissue processors around the country...
New York Times Mar 17, 2008 News Analysis: Tainted Drugs Put Focus on the F.D.A.
QUOTE: The Institute of Medicine, the Government Accountability Office and the F.D.A.’s own Science Board have all issued reports saying poor management and scientific inadequacies make the agency incapable of protecting the country against unsafe drugs, medical devices and food...Congress, though, may finally heed the calls...and allocate far more money [to inspect overseas drug plants].
New York Times Mar 06, 2008 In Trial, Alaska Says Lilly Concealed Risks of a Schizophrenia Drug
QUOTE: ...memorandums from Lilly executives showed that the company knew of Zyprexa’s dangers soon after the drug was introduced in 1996. But Lilly deliberately played down the side effects, [the plantiff's lawyer] said, so that sales of Zyprexa would not be hurt.
New York Times Mar 06, 2008 Companies cash in on checking your DNA for disease
QUOTE: The tests raise a host of ethical and practical questions: Why should people be tested to see whether they're at risk for a disease they can't do anything about? What will they do with their results? What safeguards are in place to protect their privacy?
USA TODAY Feb 26, 2008 Pfizer to End Lipitor Ads by Jarvik
QUOTE: ...the campaign had come under scrutiny from a Congressional committee that is examining consumer drug advertising and has asked whether the ads misrepresented Dr. Jarvik and his credentials. Although he has a medical degree, Dr. Jarvik is not a cardiologist and is not licensed to practice medicine.
New York Times Feb 18, 2008 A Rip-Off by Health Insurers?
QUOTE: Have health insurers been systematically cheating patients and doctors of fair reimbursement for medical services? That is the disturbing possibility raised by an investigation of the industry’s arcane procedures for calculating “reasonable and customary” rates.
New York Times Feb 03, 2008 Pregnancy Notification Policy Alarms Some Health Experts
QUOTE: A revised regulation that directs Howard County school officials to notify parents when students reveal they are pregnant has drawn criticism from health experts who say it violates a young woman's right to privacy and jeopardizes health care.
Washington Post Jan 29, 2008 When a Murderer Wants to Practice Medicine
QUOTE: The case of a Nazi sympathizer who entered a famed Swedish medical school in 2007, seven years after being convicted of a hate murder, throws a rarely discussed question into sharp focus: Should a murderer ever be allowed to practice medicine?
New York Times Jan 18, 2008 New Jersey Investigating Amgen’s Marketing of a Psoriasis Drug
QUOTE: New Jersey’s attorney general has begun investigating whether the biotechnology giant Amgen violated patient confidentiality laws in its effort to sell its drug Enbrel.
New York Times Jan 10, 2008 Study Suggests That Amputee Holds an Unfair Advantage
QUOTE: Track and field’s world governing body is expected to announce that [sprinter Oscar Pistorius] is ineligible to race against able-bodied athletes because his state-of-the-art prosthetics give him an unfair advantage.
New York Times Jan 09, 2008 Report Faults St. E's for 'Needless' Suffering
QUOTE: The study, to be made public today by the nonprofit group University Legal Services, is the latest of several reports in recent years...that have criticized the 418-patient psychiatric hospital in Southeast Washington for providing chronically shoddy care.
Washington Post Nov 30, 2007 Death in the Family
QUOTE: The campaign he was starting, when I spent time with him this summer and fall, goes by the name of “death with dignity,” and the statewide law he hopes to enact by popular vote on Election Day of 2008 would allow for “physician-assisted suicide” or, as the death-with-dignity movement prefers to call it, “hastened death” or “aid in dying.” The law would let doctors prescribe lethal doses of narcotics to terminally ill patients who ask to end their own lives. It would be modeled closely on a statute in Oregon, the only state where the movement has been successful.
New York Times Nov 22, 2007 Big Rise in Cost of Birth Control on Campuses
QUOTE: Some Democratic lawmakers in Washington are pressing for new legislation by year’s end that would reverse the provision, which they say was inadvertently included in a law intended to reduce Medicaid abuse. In the meantime, health care and reproductive rights advocates are warning that some young women are no longer receiving the contraception they did in the past.
New York Times Nov 04, 2007 The Basics: A Sanitation Crisis That’s No Joke
QUOTE: According to the World Health Organization, 40 percent of the globe, or 2.6 billion people, have no access to hygienic toilets. They must use latrines, outhouses or buckets — or simply the bushes or rivers nearby.
New York Times Oct 23, 2007 Red river brings cancer, Chinese villagers say
QUOTE: Residents of Liangqiao say their river is polluted because of the iron-ore mine about 35 miles away, which is run by a nationally owned company. Mining for iron-ore exposes naturally occurring heavy metals like arsenic and cadmium, which are both carcinogens. Without proper water treatment facilities, water contaminated with high levels of these metals is hazardous and can possibly cause cancer.
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 22, 2007 Tests reveal high chemical levels in kids' bodies
QUOTE: Most Americans haven't heard of body burden testing, but it's a hot topic among environmentalists and public health experts who warn that the industrial chemicals we come into contact with every day are accumulating in our bodies and endangering our health in ways we have yet to understand.
CNN (Cable News Network) Aug 28, 2007 2 in Brooklyn Plead Guilty to Fraud in Home Care
QUOTE: Two men who ran a Brooklyn firm that placed home health care aides pleaded guilty to grand larceny yesterday in a scheme that defrauded Medicaid out of more than $12 million...
New York Times Aug 28, 2007 Doctor, 64, Is Charged in Sex Abuse of 10 Women
QUOTE: A 64-year-old physician has been charged with sexually abusing 10 of his patients, women who had come to his office for ailments varying from lower back pain to sinusitis...
New York Times Aug 21, 2007 In the Trenches: The Visiting Nurse: Soldiering On, Home to Home, in a Squeezed Health System
QUOTE: Patients are being discharged from hospitals “quicker and sicker,”... Increasingly, visiting nurses are providing essential follow-up care, trying to prevent or reduce new hospitalizations.
New York Times Aug 13, 2007 The Color of Health Care: Diagnosing Bias in Doctors
QUOTE: A new study... provides empirical evidence for the first time that when it comes to heart disease, bias is the central problem...
Washington Post Aug 08, 2007 Court Rejects the Right to Use Drugs Being Tested
QUOTE: A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that patients with terminal illnesses do not have a constitutional right to use medicines that have not yet won regulatory approval.
New York Times Aug 08, 2007 British Outbreak May Be Linked to Human Action
QUOTE: [a] report… said there was a “strong probability” that the outbreak originated at the laboratory facilities… [but] The Institute of Animal Health and Merial Animal Health have denied that there had been any breaches in their biosecurity procedures.
New York Times Aug 08, 2007 Economic Scene: Free Lunch on Health? Think Again Healthy, Wealthy and Wise
QUOTE: The would-be reformers have hit on something important here…But the current presidential candidates go one step further…And this is where [they] are overreaching.
New York Times Aug 06, 2007 Psychiatric Center for Teenagers Is Mired in Patient Accusations of Rape
QUOTE: A widely respected residential psychiatric treatment center for teenagers in Manhattan acknowledged yesterday that it was cooperating with law-enforcement authorities who have charged three former employees with sexually assaulting girls at the center in recent years.
New York Times Aug 04, 2007 Lawmaker Calls for Registry of Drug Firms Paying Doctors
QUOTE: The proposals are a response to growing concerns that payments from drug makers can affect doctors’ prescribing habits, increase the cost of health care and, in some cases, endanger patients’ health.
New York Times Aug 01, 2007 H.I.V. Patients Anxious as Support Programs Cut Back
QUOTE: Congress rewrote the Ryan White Care Act in December in ways that expanded the regions eligible for money [but] allowed less assistance for support programs like meals and legal aid.
New York Times Jul 31, 2007 Warnings, Not Ban, Urged for Diabetes Drug
QUOTE: A pair of Food and Drug Administration advisory panels called yesterday for new warnings for the widely used diabetes drug Avandia because of evidence that it significantly raises the risk of heart attack, but they stopped short of recommending that the drug be pulled from the market, as some FDA officials had urged.
Washington Post Jul 28, 2007 Suspended Gene Therapy Test Had Drawn Early Questions
QUOTE: A gene therapy experiment that has triggered a federal investigation after the death of a patient on Tuesday raised a variety of concerns when it was first proposed to federal reviewers in 2003.
Washington Post Jul 09, 2007 A Battle Over Expansion of Children’s Insurance
QUOTE: Democrats have proposed a major expansion of the program, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, to cover more youngsters with a substantial increase in federal spending. [But] Administration officials...said it would speed the erosion of private insurance coverage.
New York Times Jul 05, 2007 Congress Seeks to Balance Drug Safety, Quick Approval
QUOTE: three drugs epitomize what can happen when a new pharmaceutical moves from the small and orderly world of scientific testing to the big and messy world of everyday use. Many experts now hope that efforts to do a better job of identifying the "unexpected toxicities" in drugs that have reached medicine cabinets will get a boost from an unexpected source -- the Prescription Drug User Fee Act.
Washington Post Jul 05, 2007 China Finds Poor Quality in Its Store Shelves
QUOTE: [While] The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said the survey… showed quality and safety improvements compared with conditions in the period a year earlier...the announcement also suggested that Chinese consumers are at serious risk of being harmed by purchasing tainted foods, substandard goods and suspect or defective equipment.
New York Times Jul 04, 2007 China Tightens Restrictions on Transplants: New Rules Aim to Curb Sale of Organs, Give Priority to Chinese Over Foreigners
QUOTE: The Chinese government imposed new restrictions on organ transplants for foreigners Tuesday, part of an effort to curtail widely reported abuses...
Washington Post Jul 03, 2007 Keeping Patients’ Details Private, Even From Kin
QUOTE: Hipaa was designed...with provisions to keep medical information confidential. But new studies have found that some health care providers apply Hipaa regulations overzealously, leaving family members, caretakers, public health and law enforcement authorities stymied in their efforts to get information.
New York Times Jul 01, 2007 Massachusetts Universal Care Plan Faces Hurdles
QUOTE: Observers of the state’s progress since the health care law was passed in April 2006 say they are impressed that the varied constituencies… largely continue to support the law and have worked to resolve differences. They say, and officials acknowledge, however, that there is still a long way to go.
New York Times Jul 01, 2007 LIFE SUPPORT: I Treat the Patients Michael Moore Forgot
QUOTE: Moore says up front in the movie that he is not focusing on the nearly 50 million people who have no access to care at all .... Unfortunately, by giving cursory treatment to race and class, he avoided tackling the most intractable problems in this country's health care system.
Washington Post Jun 26, 2007 Study Says Chatty Doctors Forget Patients
QUOTE: researchers discovered that doctors talked about themselves in a third of the audio recordings and that there was no evidence that any of the doctors’ disclosures about themselves helped patients or established rapport.
New York Times Jun 14, 2007 In Health Care, Cost Isn’t Proof of High Quality
QUOTE: Stark evidence that high medical payments do not necessarily buy high-quality patient care is presented in a hospital study set for release today… as consumers, insurers and employers pay more for care, they are not necessarily getting better care. Expensive medicine may, in fact, be poor medicine.
New York Times Jun 13, 2007 High-Deductible Plans Cost More For Maternity Care: Study Compares Out-of-Pocket Expense
QUOTE: The first study of its kind has found that families typically pay much more out of pocket for maternity care under the new high-deductible health insurance plans paired with health savings accounts that have been heavily touted by President Bush and others. The cost difference compared to traditional employer-based health insurance is especially stark, in most cases, for women who have complicated pregnancies.
Washington Post Jun 11, 2007 News Analysis: Potentially Incompatible Goals at F.D.A.
QUOTE: A series of drug-safety scandals has led many on Capitol Hill to question whether the Food and Drug Administration has failed to strike the right balance between speed and safety. A clear sign of this imbalance, these critics say, is the increasing number of F.D.A. drug-safety officers who say they have been punished or ignored after uncovering dangers of popular medicines.
New York Times Jun 06, 2007 Diabetes Drug Still Has Heart Risks, Doctors Warn
QUOTE: A medical study intended to demonstrate the heart safety of a well-known diabetes treatment seems, instead, to have added to the controversy over the drug [Avandia]. .... A supervisor in the drug safety office at the [FDA] said in an interview yesterday that she was rebuked last year after calling for a stronger warning label on Avandia and a competing drug, Actos.
New York Times Jun 03, 2007 After Sanctions, Doctors Get Drug Company Pay
QUOTE: Medical ethicists have long argued that doctors who give experimental medicines should be chosen with care. Indeed, the drug industry’s own guidelines for clinical trials state, “Investigators are selected based on qualifications, training, research or clinical expertise in relevant fields.” Yet Dr. Abuzzahab is far from the only doctor to have been disciplined or criticized by a medical board but later paid by drug makers.
New York Times Jun 01, 2007 The High Cost of the Diabetes Debate: The debate over Avandia's safety is creating a rift among doctors and leading to charges that patients are being put in danger
QUOTE: The news last week that GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) popular diabetes drug Avandia may increase the risk of heart attacks is now causing a rift among doctors by specialty, leading to charges by each side that the other is endangering patients.
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