Effects of Tamiflu still uncertain, warn experts, as Roche continues to withhold key trial data

2 years after pharmaceutical giant Roche promised the BMJ it would release key Tamiflu trial data for independent scrutiny, the safety and effectiveness of this anti-influenza drug remains uncertain, warn experts today Two years after pharmaceutical giant Roche promised the BMJ it would release key Tamiflu trial data for independent scrutiny, the safety and effectiveness…

AAAS joins more than 3000 organizations in urging Congress to avoid ‘devastating’ budget cuts

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has joined more than 3000 national, state, and local organizations in warning the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama that automatic budget cuts set for January could have “devastating” effects on research, education, social services, security, and international relations. The planned cuts threaten federal programs that…

Phosphate additives pose a risk to health

Excessive consumption of phosphate is damaging to health. Therefore, food that contains phosphate additives should be labeled, as recommended by Eberhard Ritz and coauthors in their article in the current issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International [Dtsch Arztebl Int 2012; (109 (4): 49-55]. Ritz et al. selectively review the literature on the subject, which documents the…

Poisoning from industrial compounds can cause similar effects to ALS

A study by researchers at IDIBELL-UB related poisoning from IDPN nitrile with the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosisThe research could help to develop a tool to study the disease. Researchers from the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) at the University of Barcelona (UB) have coordinated a research into how the IDPN nitrilecauses neurological syndromes similar…

Indian doctors illegally removed wombs from poor women: minister

RAIPUR, India (Reuters) – Doctors in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh performed hysterectomies on poor village women without a valid medical reason in order to claim money from a national insurance scheme, the state’s health minister said on Wednesday.               Under the program launched in 2008, doctors can claim up to 30,000 rupees ($540) to…

Environmental Risk Factors for Crohn’s Disease: Maltodextrin (MDX), a Ubiquitous Dietary Additive in Western Diets, Enhances Biofilm Formation and Adhesivness of E. coli (Abstract #Tu1844

Environmental Risk Factors for Crohn’s Disease: Maltodextrin (MDX), a Ubiquitous Dietary Additive in Western Diets, Enhances Biofilm Formation and Adhesivness of E. coli (Abstract #Tu1844) Western diets that include significant amounts of the additive maltodextrin, a filler compound added to the sweeteners Splenda and Equal, may contribute to an increased susceptibility to Crohn’s disease, according…

Mammography screening shows limited effect on breast cancer mortality in Sweden

Breast cancer mortality statistics in Sweden are consistent with studies that have reported that screening has limited or no impact on breast cancer mortality among women aged 40-69, according to a study published July 17 in the Journal of The National Cancer Institute. Since 1974, Swedish women aged 40-69 have increasingly been offered mammography screening,…

Widely prescribed MS treatment may not slow progression of disease: VCH-UBC research

Researchers with the UBC Hospital MS Clinic and Brain Research Centre at Vancouver Coastal Health and the University of British Columbia have published important data in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) about the impact of a common drug therapy on the progression of multiple sclerosis for people with the relapsing‑remitting form of…

Dangerous caregivers for elderly

Agencies place unqualified, possibly criminal caregivers in homes of vulnerable seniors CHICAGO — If you hire a caregiver from an agency for an elderly family member, you might assume the person had undergone a thorough criminal background check and drug testing, was experienced and trained for the job. You’d be wrong in many cases, according…