Category: Pharmaceutical – Medical Devices

What those guys are doing to make Universal Culling, oh excuse me Health Care a more efficient process….

The drugs don’t work: a modern medical scandal

The doctors prescribing the drugs don’t know they don’t do what they’re meant to. Nor do their patients. The manufacturers know full well, but they’re not telling. Ben Goldacre The Guardian,   Friday 21 September 2012 18.00 EDT Drugs are tested by their manufacturers,  in poorly designed trials, on hopelessly […]

Statins are unlikely to prevent blood clots

Press release from PLOS Medicine Despite previous studies suggesting the contrary, statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs) may not prevent blood clots (venous thrombo-embolism) in adults, according to a large analysis by international researchers published in this week’s PLOS Medicine. In 2009, an additional analysis of data from a randomized controlled […]

Retraction record rocks community: One of the biggest purges of the scientific literature in history is finally getting under way

Anaesthesiology tries to move on after fraud investigations. David Cyranoski 19 September 2012 One of the biggest purges of the scientific literature in history is finally getting under way. After more than a decade of suspicion about the work of anaesthesiologist Yoshitaka Fujii, formerly of Toho University in Tokyo, […]

The pandemic potential of H9N2 avian influenza viruses

Re-Post for Filing 2008 Contact: Beth Cavanaugh bcavana@umd.edu Public Library of Science Since their introduction into land-based birds in 1988, H9N2 avian influenza A viruses have caused multiple human infections and become endemic in domestic poultry in Eurasia. This particular influenza subtype has been evolving and acquiring characteristics […]

Medical doctors who do research could be a dying breed

Re post 2008 Contact: Nick Birch nick@biologists.com 44-122-342-6164 The Company of Biologists Britain’s training programs may be contributing to the ‘lost tribe’ of clinician-scientists — medical doctors who also perform laboratory research on disease The road from disease research to disease cure isn’t usually a smooth one. One […]

Monsanto Roundup weedkiller and GM maize implicated in ‘shocking’ new cancer study: ” Mammary tumours, severe liver and kidney damage as early as four months”

19 Sep 2012 | By Elinor Zuke The world’s best-selling weedkiller, and a genetically modified maize resistant to it, can cause tumours, multiple organ damage and lead to premature death, new research published today reveals. In the first ever study to examine the long-term effects of Monsanto’s Roundup […]

Chronic exposure to estrogen impairs some cognitive functions

Contact: Diana Yates diya@illinois.edu 217-333-5802 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign IMAGE:Veterinary biosciences professor Susan Schantz and graduate student Victor Wang found that rats exposed to estradiol were significantly impaired on tasks involving working memory and response inhibition. Click here for more information. University of Illinois researchers report this […]

Toxic drugs, toxic system: Sociologist predicts drug disasters “Drug disasters are literally built into the current system of drug testing and approvals in the United States,”

Repost 2008 Contact: Jackie Cooper jcooper@asanet.org 202-247-9871 American Sociological Association Study says harm from prescription drugs growing, cites fatal flaws in drug testing, approval and marketing BOSTON — Americans are likely to be exposed to unacceptable side effects of FDA-approved drugs such as Vioxx in the future because […]

Insight: In India, gift-giving drives drug makers’ marketing: shower Indian doctors with gifts, posh junkets abroad, and cash payments disguised as consultancy or other types of fees

By Frederik JoelvingPosted 2012/09/17 at 7:20 am EDT MUMBAI, Sep. 17, 2012 (Reuters) — Sales representatives for Abbott Laboratories Inc’s Indian subsidiaries know what it takes to get a doctor to prescribe the drugs they market: a coffee maker, perhaps, or some cookware, or maybe a vacuum cleaner. […]

Can we engineer love and morality?

By RICHARD WEIKART      The Modesto Bee Published: Sunday, Sep. 16, 2012 –  1:00 am   Recently Oxford philosophy professor Julian Savulescu moved his campaign for “moral enhancement” out of the ivory tower and into the mainstream. This month Reader’s Digest is carrying his article, “It’s Our Duty to […]

Possible link found between X-rays and prostate cancer

Re-Post 2008 Contact: Professor Kenneth Muir kenneth.muir@nottingham.ac.uk 44-011-582-30469 University of Nottingham Researchers at The University of Nottingham have shown an association between certain past diagnostic radiation procedures and an increased risk of young-onset prostate cancer — a rare form of prostate cancer which affects about 10 per cent […]

Mutation causes defective Natural Killer cells

  Natural Killer (NK) cells defend the body against infectious diseases and cancer by recognizing and killing stressed or infected cells and patients with NK deficiencies are susceptible to severe viral infections. In this issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine report […]

DEA shuts down shipments from Walgreen facility : Suspicion that highly addictive painkillers were being diverted to the black market.

Reuters – Fri, Sep 14, 2012 (Reuters) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said it shut down shipments of controlled substances from Walgreen Co’s Florida distribution facility on the suspicion that highly addictive painkillers were being diverted to the black market.               The distribution center in Jupiter, […]

Having a tonsillectomy can cause Obesity

Contact: David March dmarch1@jhmi.edu 410-955-1534 Johns Hopkins Medicine Age, not underlying diagnosis, key factor in weight gain in children after tonsillectomy Potentially worrisome weight gains following tonsillectomy occur mostly in children under the age of 6, not in older children, a study by Johns Hopkins experts in otolaryngology- […]

‘Spin’ in media reports of scientific articles: 47% of articles contain ‘Spin”

Contact: Sumrina Yousufzai syousufzai@plos.org 415-568-3164 Public Library of Science Press releases and news stories reporting the results of randomized controlled trials often contain “spin”—specific reporting strategies (intentional or unintentional) emphasizing the beneficial effect of the experimental treatment—but such “spin” frequently comes from the abstract (summary) of the actual […]

Pain drug can kill resistant tuberculosis: Researchers claim may never be tested in TB clinical trials.

Public release date: 10-Sep-2012 [Print | E-mail| Share][ Close Window ] Contact: Lauren Woods law2014@med.cornell.edu 212-821-0560 New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center/Weill Cornell Medical College Researchers find low cost drug wipes out drug resistant TB, but worry it may not reach patients in need NEW YORK (September […]

Researchers discover mechanism related to negative emotions of cocaine withdrawal

Contact: Eric Sorensen eric.sorensen@wsu.edu 206-799-9186 Washington State University Emotional ‘brakes’ stay on after cocaine wears off PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University researchers have found a cellular mechanism that contributes to the lack of motivation and negative emotions of a cocaine addict going through withdrawal. Their discovery, published in the […]

Most prescription drugs manufactured overseas — are they safe? ” information about inspections is not public”

Contact: Kim Barnhardt kim.barnhardt@cmaj.ca 613-520-7116 x2224 Canadian Medical Association Journal Most pharmaceutical drugs in Canada are manufactured overseas in countries such as India, China and others, yet how can we be confident the drug supply is safe, writes a drug policy researcher in an opinion piece in CMAJ […]

Reconstructed 1918 influenza virus has yielded key insights, scientists say

Contact: Nalini Padmanabhan padmanabhannm@niaid.nih.gov 301-402-1663 NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases WHAT:   The genetic sequencing and reconstruction of the 1918 influenza virus that killed 50 million people worldwide have advanced scientists’ understanding of influenza biology and yielded important information on how to prevent and control future […]

How having an operation can send you delirious: Terrifying post-surgery hallucinations strike up to half of the over-65s: “can also leave people in a permanent state of confusion and suffering from dementia”

By Roger Dobson PUBLISHED:18:46 EST, 10  September 2012| UPDATED:18:46 EST, 10 September 2012 When Gordon Sturmey came around after  surgery, he was convinced people were trying to kill him. He believed a nurse was trying to poison him,  and he soon started to think his relatives were also […]

‘The Americans are our worst enemies’: Doctor who helped lead U.S. to bin Laden says Pakistan spy agency lists America as greatest foes and ‘maintains relations just to extract billions in aid’

Dr Shakil  Afridi says Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency calls the U.s. it’s worst  enemy He was  sentenced to 33 years in prison in June Dr Afridi  helped the U.S. by setting up a fake vaccination programme that allowed him to  collect DNA from bin Laden’s children Pakistan  suffered […]

FASEB opposes the Government Spending Accountability Act

Contact: Lawrence Green lgreen@faseb.org 301-634-7335 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Bethesda, MD – The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) wrote to all  members of the House of Representatives expressing its opposition to the Government Spending Accountability (GSA) Act (HR 4631). While strongly supporting […]

External-beam radiation therapy for localized prostate cancer linked to other cancer

Contact: Lacey Holt lholt@auanet.org American Urological Association Bladder, lung and colorectal cancers ORLANDO, FL, May 18, 2008—Patients undergoing external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) for localized prostate cancer may be at an increased risk for secondary malignancy, according to a study from researchers in Canada, Italy and the United States […]