Articles Posted in 2012

  • U.K.Government’s £80m for victims of thalidomide – but still no apology

    Survivors in England of the world’s worst drug disaster, which led to the birth of 10,000 grossly disfigured children worldwide, are to receive £80m in compensation from the Government to help with their increasing needs. The cash, to be paid over 10 years, will be divided between 325 of the victims of thalidomide, a drug […]

  • Antibiotics no more effective at relieving coughs and colds than a sugar pill

    The winter may be peak season for coughs and colds but there is no point in taking antibiotics to shift them, experts say. The largest randomised placebo-controlled trial of antibiotics for acute respiratory infections has shown that they are no more effective at relieving symptoms than taking a sugar pill. Even older patients given the […]

  • Thousands of Mistakes Made in Surgery Every Year

    More than 4,000 preventable mistakes occur in surgery every year at a cost of more than $1.3 billion in medical malpractice payouts, according a new study. How preventable? Well, researchers call them “never events” because they are the kind of surgical mistakes that should never happen, like performing the wrong procedure or leaving a sponge […]

  • Neurological disorder MMF found to be caused by vaccines: scientific proof

    It is a little-known condition that can trigger persistent and debilitating symptoms similar to those associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) and fibromyalgia, but is also one that the medical profession at large is still unwilling to acknowledge. And yet emerging research continues to show that macrophagic myofasciitis, or MMF, is a very real condition brought […]

  • Hepatitis C Drug May Cause Fatal Skin Reactions

    The oral hepatitis C drug telaprevir (Incivek) will now come with a boxed warning regarding the potentially fatal severe skin reactions that may occur in patients.     Vertex Pharmaceuticals stated that there have been reports of fatal cases in patients with a continuous rash and systemic symptoms who kept taking INCIVEK combination treatment after recognizing a […]

  • Just ONE soft drink a day increases prostate cancer risk

    The ill-effects of sugary soft drinks has been well documented but new research continues to show just how bad such beverages can be for you, especially over the long term. Now, according to a just-released Swedish study, drinking even one normal-sized soda per day can boost a man’s chances of developing more aggressive forms of prostate cancer. […]

  • Colorful Fruits, Vegetables – Key to Cancer-Fighting Diet

    Many cancer-fighting fruits and vegetables are at their nutritional peak in the winters, and it’s a good time to incorporate them into your diet, a nutritional expert advises.                              For example, research suggests that eating an apple a day really may keep […]

  • Roche Medicine Safety Reports

    In June the pharmaceutical company Roche came under fire. Fierce Pharma  reported that the European Medicines Agency is working with national medicines agencies to investigate deficiencies in the medicine-safety reporting system of Roche. According to the report this includes looking at whether the deficiencies have an impact on the overall benefit-risk profile for any of […]

  • Flu Vaccine Doubles Risk of More Serious Illness

    Flu Vaccine Doubles Risk of More Serious Illness Data collected from Canada and Hong Kong during 2009-2010 showed that people who received the seasonal flu vaccine in 2008 had twice the risk of getting the H1N1 “swine flu,” compared to those who hadn’t received a flu shot While the initial findings were largely discounted, new […]

  • Study Suggests Breast Cancer Overdiagnosed

    Study Suggests Breast Cancer Overdiagnosed  Action Points This study examined trends from 1976 through 2008 in the incidence of early-stage breast cancer (ductal carcinoma in situ and localized disease) and late-stage breast cancer (regional and distant disease) among women 40 years of age or older. The investigators interpret the data to suggest that there is […]