Archive for September, 2011

India Says ‘No’ To Policy That Would Block Access To Affordable Medicines

Thursday, Sep. 29th 2011 6:40 AM

At the United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS in early June, India announced that it will not accept data exclusivity, a provision harmful to access to affordable medicines, as part of a free trade agreement (FTA) currently being negotiated with the European Union (EU).

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Share of Cost: Allergy Fears From New Foods

Tuesday, Sep. 27th 2011 6:40 AM

People who suffer from – or have a genetic predisposition to – allergies may face new risks from GM foods and new varieties of fruit and vegetables, say experts from France and Austria today. The challenge for scientists is to assess the risk and prevent the numbers of people with food allergies increasing.

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Cure Summertime Allergies It’s Worth A Shot

Sunday, Sep. 25th 2011 6:40 AM

Summer’s lush lawns and landscapes bring sneezing, itching and stuffy nose misery to the millions of Americans with grass allergies. But no one needs to suffer from the symptoms caused by this common culprit. A treatment developed 100 years ago actually gives you substantially more than a shot at a cure.

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Friday, Sep. 23rd 2011 6:40 AM

Summer’s lush lawns and landscapes bring sneezing, itching and stuffy nose misery to the millions of Americans with grass allergies. But no one needs to suffer from the symptoms caused by this common culprit. A treatment developed 100 years ago actually gives you substantially more than a shot at a cure.

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State/Federal Partnership Has Reduced Illegal Tobacco Sales To Minors To An All-time Low

Wednesday, Sep. 21st 2011 6:40 AM

A new report on the Synar Amendment program – a federal and state partnership aimed at ending illegal tobacco sales to minors – shows that all the states and the District of Columbia have continued to meet their goals of curtailing sales of tobacco to underage youth (those under 18).

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Researchers Validate Concerns With Internet Addiction Among College Students, And The Link Between Media Use And Sleep Problems Among Children

Monday, Sep. 19th 2011 6:40 AM

In today’s society where access to media is ever present, many parents worry about what is appropriate media usage for their children and how media consumption can potentially affect them. Two new studies led by Dr. Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH and Dr. Michelle M.

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Implications For Safety As 1 In 20 Australian Workers Confess To Drinking At Work

Saturday, Sep. 17th 2011 6:40 AM

A national survey has found that more than one in twenty Australian workers report using alcohol while at work or just before work, and more than one in fifty report taking drugs during or just before work. These findings, published online in the journal Addiction, have implications for workplace safety.

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Cocaine Being Mixed With Animal Drug Can Scar For Life

Thursday, Sep. 15th 2011 6:40 AM

Cocaine is one of the most used illegal substances. So much so that cocaine “cut” with byproducts is rampant and in a new report, it seems that cocaine is now being diluted from its pure form with levamisole, a cheap and widely available drug used to deworm livestock. Considering the rampant use, this could result in a tremendous health epidemic in the United States. The U.S.

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Pharmacoeconomic Value Of Addiction Treatments, Including VIVITROL(R), Published In Leading Healthcare Policy Journal

Tuesday, Sep. 13th 2011 6:40 AM

Alkermes, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALKS) today announced the publication of two new studies in the June issue of The American Journal of Managed Care1,2 evaluating pharmacoeconomic data on addiction treatments, including VIVITROL® (naltrexone for extended-release injectable suspension), with the endpoint of total healthcare costs.

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Share of Cost: City And Country People’s Brain Structures Respond Differently To Social Stress

Sunday, Sep. 11th 2011 6:40 AM

We all knew that city dwellers are more susceptible to mental disorders than their rural counterparts – a new study has shown that specific brain structures respond differently to social stress, depending on whether you are an urban or countryside dweller, researchers from the University of Heidelberg’s Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany, reported in the journal Nature.

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Asthma UK Comment On: Drug Side Effect Linked With Increased Health Risks For Over 65s

Friday, Sep. 9th 2011 6:40 AM

You may have seen some stories in the media today about a study into the risks of elderly people taking combinations of common medicines, some of which are used to treat asthma and allergies. Cher Piddock, Lead Asthma Nurse at Asthma UK, says: ‘This interesting study highlights the possible risks of combining several common medicines including some used to treat asthma and allergies.

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Phadia First Company To Receive FDA Clearance Of Recombinant Allergen Component Tests

Wednesday, Sep. 7th 2011 6:40 AM

Phadia, the global leader in allergy and autoimmunity diagnostics, today announced the FDA clearance of recombinant ImmunoCAP┬« Allergen Components for marketing in the United States. The FDA clearance applies to all of Phadia’s instrument platforms.

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5.9 Million US Kids Have Food Allergies

Monday, Sep. 5th 2011 6:40 AM

Approximately 8% of US children have some kind of food allergy, researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine reported in the journal Pediatrics. 38.7% of those with a food allergy have a history of severe reactions, while 30.4% are allergic to several foods, the authors added.

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8 Percent Of U.S. Children Have Food Allergies

Saturday, Sep. 3rd 2011 6:40 AM

A large, national study of food allergies in the U.S. finds that more children have allergies, including severe allergies, than previously thought. The study, “The Prevalence, Severity and Distribution of Childhood Food Allergy in the United States,” published in the July 2011 issue of Pediatrics (published online June 20), found 8 percent of children under age 18 had a food allergy, or roughly 5.

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Childhood Food Allergy In The US Affects 8 Percent Of Children Under 18

Thursday, Sep. 1st 2011 6:40 AM

A national study of food allergies in the US, the largest of its kind, finds that more children have food allergies than previously reported.

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