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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Sep 21, 2009 Reports Criticize Pandemic Planning: Flu Readiness Check Finds Gaps In Care, Coverage
QUOTE: Many state and local governments are not adequately prepared to deal with a surge of patients in a flu pandemic or quickly distribute vaccine and antiviral drugs...
Washington Post Sep 12, 2009 In Africa, Courts Shape Views on AIDS: Rulings Hold Power To Ease or Deepen Stigma of Disease
QUOTE: As African countries still struggle to control the deadly AIDS epidemic, they are also grappling with debates over what rights and duties to give those living with the disease...
Washington Post Aug 23, 2009 Officials Weigh Circumcision to Fight H.I.V. Risk
QUOTE: Public health officials are considering promoting routine circumcision for all baby boys born in the United States to reduce the spread of H.I.V....
New York Times Aug 20, 2009 Flu shot guidelines criticized: Mathematical model suggests that US experts got their priorities wrong.
QUOTE: The US policy for which groups should be the first to receive influenza vaccines is not the most effective strategy to limit the spread of swine flu, according to a paper published online today in Science.
Nature Aug 12, 2009 What Do We Know about Tourette's? If you have the idea that every patient curses unpredictably, think again
QUOTE: ...Tourette’s disorder is the subject of popular misconceptions...
Scientific American Aug 05, 2009 Studies Question Using Cement for Spine Injuries
QUOTE: Two new studies cast serious doubt on a widely used and expensive treatment for painful fractures in the spine.
New York Times Aug 02, 2009 Lack of Study Volunteers Hobbles Cancer Fight ("Forty Years' War" part 4)
QUOTE: There are more than 6,500 cancer clinical trials seeking adult patients, according to clinicaltrials.gov... But many will be abandoned along the way. More than one trial in five sponsored by the National Cancer Institute failed to enroll a single subject, and only half reached the minimum needed for a meaningful result Dr. [Scott] Ramsey and his colleague John Scoggins reported...
New York Times Jul 30, 2009 Does your child need ADHD drugs? (Empowered Patient)
QUOTE: Does my child really need drugs for ADHD, and if so, is there a point when he or she should stop taking them?...Because drug companies tend to give samples for only the most expensive drugs, once the samples run out, you'll end up paying more than if your child had been prescribed a generic drug.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 28, 2009 Tanning Beds Get Highest Carcinogen Rating: Melanoma risk rises 75 percent when device use begins before age 30, international panel says
QUOTE: The International Agency for Research on Cancer on Tuesday moved tanning beds to its highest cancer risk category -- "carcinogenic to humans," according to a new report.
HealthDay Jul 20, 2009 Aids: Role of Gay Men in Spreading Virus Is Ignored in Africa, Study Finds (Global Update)
QUOTE: The role of gay sex in the transmission of the virus that causes AIDS in Africa has been long ignored...
New York Times Jul 16, 2009 Should Racial Profiling Play a Role in Cancer Prognosis? Two recent studies indicate that the genetics of race influences the survivability of some cancers, but the conclusions are not so black and wh
QUOTE: Two research teams, however, have recently suggested that the genetics of race itself is likely to be a contributor [to higher cancer rates in African-Americans]. Exactly how significant the findings are and just what they mean for treatment is unclear, but some scientists worry that African-Americans could take such conclusions the wrong way, leading them not to seek treatment.
Scientific American Jun 27, 2009 Grant System Leads Cancer Researchers to Play It Safe
QUOTE: One major impediment, scientists agree, is the grant system itself. It has become a sort of jobs program, a way to keep research laboratories going year after year with the understanding that the focus will be on small projects unlikely to take significant steps toward curing cancer.
New York Times Jun 22, 2009 A Transplant That Is Raising Many Questions
QUOTE: Waiting times for a liver vary in different parts of the country, and people who can afford to travel are free to go to a city or state with the shortest wait and bide their time until they have reached the top of the list.... It is even conceivable that someone could go to the time and expense of registering for the waiting lists of several transplant centers around the country.
New York Times May 28, 2009 Glowing Green Monkeys Illustrate Important but Controversial Advance
QUOTE: Japanese researchers added genes that caused the animals to glow green under an ultraviolet light....But because the work marks the first time members of a species so closely related to humans have had their genetic makeup permanently altered, the research set off alarms that it marked a troubling step toward applying such techniques to people...
Washington Post Mar 26, 2009 A Vaccine Debate Once Focused on Sex Shifts as Boys Join the Target Market
QUOTE: medical authorities recommended that they receive it [the Gardasil vaccine--Ed.] at age 11 or 12 to protect them before they start having sex. Critics worried that vaccinating children would send a subtle signal that their parents assumed they would become sexually active and that it would give youngsters a false sense of security.
Washington Post Dec 11, 2008 Cholera Is Raging, Despite Denial by Mugabe
QUOTE: With cholera spilling into neighboring countries, there are rising international calls for President Robert Mugabe to step down after 28 years in power. But he seems only to be digging in and even declared Thursday that the nation’s cholera epidemic had ended...
New York Times Nov 28, 2008 Baidu Vows to Overhaul After Search Scandal
QUOTE: China's Internet search leader Baidu said on Friday it will overhaul operations after state media said it allowed unlicensed medical services to buy high search rankings to win more customers.
PC Magazine Nov 25, 2008 Students drop Shinerama fundraiser for illness targeting Caucasians
QUOTE: Students at an Ottawa university are pulling out of a Canada-wide fundraiser that provides close to $1 million a year for cystic fibrosis research and treatment, arguing that the disease "has been recently revealed to only affect white people, and primarily men"
CBC (Candadian Broadcasting Company) Nov 13, 2008 The New Old Age: Rationing Health Care
QUOTE: The biggest change in the last 40 years, Mr. Callahan said to me, is that there are no limits. There's nothing we can't do for an old person, and there's a lot of pressure to do it. This is considered progress, and its considered ageism to be skeptical. But we can't go on this way. It's unaffordable. And it's the hardest dilemma in our society because theres no good way to deal with it other than saying no.
New York Times Sep 22, 2008 Inside the vaccine-and-autism scare. A pediatrician traces the rise of the anti-vaccine movement that falsely linked thimerosal with autism and turned parents away from the most lifesaving medicine in
QUOTE: Offit also uses the vaccine-autism debate as a case study in how easily society misconstrues science. We are all too eager, he believes, to hold up a single, unverified scientific study as fact. Instead, we should be skeptical about its conclusions and measured in our response to it until its results can be verified by future studies.
Salon Sep 17, 2008 N.Y. City's Qualms Turned Aside in 9/11 Cases
QUOTE: [A New York judge] yesterday turned aside objections from New York City over how to proceed with the 10,800 claims of respiratory and other illnesses allegedly caused by toxic dust at Ground Zero.
New York Law Journal (NYLJ) Sep 02, 2008 Injections of Hope: Doctors Promote Offshore Stemcell Shots, but Some Patients Cry Foul
QUOTE: Patients dart across the border to Mexico or jet to the Caribbean, India, China and elsewhere for injections of stem cells from embryos, fetuses, umbilical cords and the patients' own fat, blood and bone marrow. These shots would be illegal in the United States, where the Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve any such treatments.
Washington Post Aug 30, 2008 Indians’ Water Rights Give Hope for Better Health
QUOTE: More than a hundred years ago, the Gila River, siphoned off by farmers upstream, all but dried up here in the parched flats south of Phoenix, plunging an Indian community that had depended on it for centuries of farming into starvation and poverty....after decades of litigation that produced the largest water-rights settlement ever in Indian country, the Indians here are getting some of their water back.
New York Times Aug 19, 2008 Drug Makers' Push Leads to Cancer Vaccines' Rise
QUOTE: In two years, cervical cancer has gone from obscure killer confined mostly to poor nations to the West’s disease of the moment... The lightning-fast transition from newly minted vaccine to must-have injection in the United States and Europe represents a triumph of what the manufacturers call education and their critics call marketing.
New York Times Jun 18, 2008 F.D.A. Aims at Herbal Cancer ‘Cures’ (The Lede)
QUOTE: On Tuesday, the agency warned 23 American companies and 2 foreign ones to stop claiming to prevent or cure cancer with their various “tablets, teas, tonics, black salves, and creams.”
New York Times May 17, 2008 Report Assesses Blame in Hepatitis Cases
QUOTE: The report, based on state and federal officials’ observations of patient procedures at the clinic, details a host of unsanitary practices, including nurses’ and anesthesiologists’ failing to wear gloves when they administered intravenous medications.
New York Times May 13, 2008 Court Hears More Claims of Vaccine-Autism Link
QUOTE: In this hearing, parents are claiming that thimerosal, a preservative that contains mercury, damaged their children’s brains.
New York Times May 13, 2008 Cigarette Bill Treats Menthol With Leniency
QUOTE: But those new strictures would exempt menthol — even though menthol masks the harsh taste of cigarettes for beginners and may make it harder for the addicted to kick the smoking habit. For years, public health authorities have worried that menthol might be a factor in high cancer rates in African-Americans.
New York Times May 06, 2008 A Living, Breathing Lobby: Oxygen-Supply Firms Turn to Customers for Help on the Hill
QUOTE: pitting the multibillion-dollar industry that supplies oxygen to medical patients against a large number of lawmakers and Medicare, which said it was being charged many times more for oxygen equipment rentals than the actual cost.
Washington Post Apr 01, 2008 Accusations of Delays in Releasing Drug Results
QUOTE: The lead outside investigator on a crucial trial of two widely used heart drugs said in an e-mail message last July that Merck and Schering-Plough, the companies that make the drugs, were deliberately delaying the release of the trial results “to hide something.”
New York Times Feb 25, 2008 Insurance Fears Lead Many to Shun DNA Tests
QUOTE: The first, much-anticipated benefits of personalized medicine are being lost or diluted for many Americans who are too afraid that genetic information may be used against them to take advantage of its growing availability.
New York Times Feb 21, 2008 Life’s Work: I’m Ill, but Who Really Needs to Know?
QUOTE: The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits an employer from dismissing or failing to hire a chronically-ill employee on the basis of that disability “if they are able to do the job with reasonable accommodation,” she said. But in many cases, “reasonable” and “able” and even “job” all become open to interpretation...
New York Times Feb 19, 2008 Medication Under a Microscope: Studies Raise Questions About Drugs' Efficacy Against Disease
QUOTE: In addition to casting doubt on notions such as lowering cholesterol to prevent heart disease and normalizing blood sugar to protect diabetics, the studies...have also rekindled concern about whether new medications are being tested adequately before being allowed on the market.
Washington Post Feb 18, 2008 Study Finds Cancer Diagnosis Linked to Insurance
QUOTE: [Authors of a new study say] that “individuals without private insurance are not receiving optimum care in terms of cancer screening or timely diagnosis and follow-up with health care providers.” Advanced-stage diagnosis, they wrote, “leads to increased morbidity, decreased quality of life and survival and, often, increased costs.”
New York Times Jan 30, 2008 Doctor Accused of Leak to Drug Maker
QUOTE: ...a prominent diabetes expert leaked an unpublished and confidential medical journal article to GlaxoSmithKline last year, tipping the company to the imminent publication of safety questions involving the company’s diabetes drug Avandia...Besides violating the New England Journal’s rules, disclosing a pending article would also be considered a breach of professional ethics...
New York Times Jan 29, 2008 Weighty Assumptions: Doctors Too Quick to Blame Obese Patients' Ills on Fat, Studies Suggest
QUOTE: Overweight and obese patients have long complained that doctors treat them insensitively and are too quick to attribute health problems to their weight. But their claims of bias were often met with skepticism -- until recently. [New research] is adding to evidence that the problem may be real and may affect patients' quality of care.
Washington Post Jan 20, 2008 After Linking New Strain of Staph to Gay Men, University Scrambles to Clarify
QUOTE: ...the report [that gay men were “many times more likely than others” to acquire a new strain of drug-resistant staphylococcus] also seemed to cast an unfair, and all too familiar, stigma on their sexuality.
New York Times Jan 18, 2008 Despite Doubts, Cancer Therapy Draws Patients
QUOTE: [High-intensity focused ultrasound] is not approved in the United States [as treatment for prostate cancer]. [Some cancer experts] argue that there is not yet enough evidence that the treatment stops cancer over the long run and they say the side effects are not as minimal as described by US HIFU, the company sponsoring the offshore treatment weekends.
New York Times Jan 14, 2008 Drug Approved. Is Disease Real?
QUOTE: For patient advocacy groups and doctors who specialize in fibromyalgia, the Lyrica approval is a milestone. They say they hope Lyrica...will legitimize fibromyalgia, just as Prozac brought depression into the mainstream. But other doctors...say that the disease does not exist and that Lyrica and the other drugs will be taken by millions of people who do not need them.
New York Times Jan 14, 2008 Cholesterol Drug Zetia Doesn't Benefit Health, Trial Shows
QUOTE: study was completed in April 2006, but the results were only released Monday by Merck and Schering-Plough after continual prodding by medical professionals. According toThe New York Times, the companies had initially planned to release the findings by March 2007, but then missed several self-imposed deadlines, blaming the delay on the complexities of necessary data analysis.
Washington Post Jan 10, 2008 Food Allergies Stir a Mother to Action
QUOTE: [Robyn O'Brien] wonders if it’s only a matter of time before Big Food tries to stop her from exposing what she sees as a profit-driven global conspiracy whose collateral damage is an alarming increase in childhood food allergies.
New York Times Nov 16, 2007 Vaccinate Your Kids--or Else: Maryland school officials are taking parents to court for refusing to inoculate their kids. Could other districts follow suit?
QUOTE: Should parents be fined or jailed for refusing to vaccinate their children? Hundreds of parents may face both if they don't show up at court to have their children vaccinated this weekend. A Maryland school district has ordered the parents of 2,300 students to court Saturday for missing the September immunization deadline.
Newsweek Nov 15, 2007 How the World Thinks About AIDS
QUOTE: The [MAC AIDS Fund] survey also suggests an enduring stigma surrounding HIV. Nearly half of the people surveyed reported being uncomfortable working with those who are HIV positive, while slightly more than half of the respondents did not want to live in the same home as someone infected with HIV.
Time Magazine Nov 14, 2007 The New Face of HIV: Women make up a growing percentage of new cases, so why are so many doctors still treating it like it's only a male disease?
QUOTE: Yet, even as rates climb among women, health advocates say that many doctors still talk about HIV as if it's a male disease. Some fear that infected women, particularly those in monogomous relationships, may not be tested promptly, delaying diagnosis, because health practitioners view them as atypical patients
Newsweek Nov 13, 2007 Four Transplant Recipients Contract H.I.V.
QUOTE: The organ donor was known to be at high risk of being infected with H.I.V., officials said, but the nature of the risk was not disclosed, nor was the cause of death.
New York Times Nov 09, 2007 Former star blames health issues on steroids, lifestyle of wrestler
QUOTE: Billington blames his wrestling life for doing this to him -- wrestling and the fact that he ignored doctors who told him to stop the punishment to his body.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 04, 2007 Off Target in the War on Cancer: An Ounce of Prevention
QUOTE: those who profit from the continued use of some risky technologies have devised well-financed efforts to sow doubt about many modern [cancer-related--Ed.] hazards, taking their cue from the machinations of the tobacco industry. The best crafted public relations campaigns masquerade as independent scientific information from unimpeachable authorities.
Washington Post Oct 22, 2007 Care Critical for Homeless: Lack of Treatment for Chronic Diseases Sends Lives Spiraling
QUOTE: The No. 1 cause of death among the homeless is untreated chronic illness. Chronic illness does not often, by itself, cause homelessness, experts say, but it's an ingredient in the mix of crushing problems, which often includes troubled personal history or economic trauma.
Washington Post Oct 19, 2007 Mother fears 'stinky neighborhood' caused son's cancer
QUOTE: No one can say for certain that Valentin's illness was caused by the air he breathed, but earlier this year, the University of Texas released a study showing that children who live within two miles of the ship channel have a 56 percent greater chance of getting leukemia than kids living elsewhere.
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 13, 2007 Bank Plans Probe of HIV Tests In India
QUOTE: The bank has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into India through programs intended to prevent the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS. Those efforts came under fresh scrutiny when Kunal Saha, an Ohio physician who traveled to India this year at the bank's request, said he uncovered documents suggesting that defective tests had produced high numbers of false negative results.
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