• In tough economy, many people are cutting back on health care

In tough economy, many people are cutting back on health care
GRAND RAPIDS — Every month, Deb Vickers faces a tough decision: Which of the drugs her doctors prescribe to keep her muscular dystrophy under control should she do without?
She’s supposed to take 23 prescription drugs and nutritional supplements each day, one five times a day, plus use three inhalers and a breathing machine. All that costs about $1,200 a month more than her insurance Read the rest of this entry »

Ahead of the Bell: Health services and hurricanes

NEW YORK (Associated Press) – Emergency medical services companies may get a lift after providing emergency services during hurricane season, a JPMorgan analyst said Thursday, but hospital operators will probably lose some third-quarter revenue.
Analyst Dawn Brock noted that four major storms have made landfall in the last few weeks, most recently Hurricane Ike on Saturday. She said Emergency Medical Services Corp. and Pediatrix Medical Group Inc. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Keep Your Family Safe From Bird Flu

, it’s time to think of how best to be safe, even if this latest case of the virus doesn’t spark the long-feared global pandemic.
“We shouldn’t be complacent,” says Kathy Neuzil, an infectious-disease expert who specializes in flu through her work with the PATH global initiative and as a member of the pandemic flu task force for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. While there haven’t been many human cases in the past two years, Neuzil says, Read the rest of this entry »

Businessman killed during office 'robbery'

A businessman was killed and another man seriously injured during an apparent robbery and hostage-taking at a recruitment agency in South Wales. The offices were set on fire and a further two men were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
Last night, Gwent police were hunting for the attacker, who escaped after the incident at the headquarters of the transport recruitment company Driverline 247 in New Inn, Pontypool, at about 1pm Read the rest of this entry »

Rafa – Torres near full fitness

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is confident star striker Fernando Torres is close to full fitness.
Torres started his first game since November in Monday night’s clash with Everton and hit the post in the 1-1 draw at Anfield.
He is in line to face the Reds’ Merseyside rivals again in Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie and Benitez feels his fellow Spaniard is nearing peak condition.
“I was impressed with him on Monday,” Benitez told the club’s
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Fertility Drugs Do Not Increase Ovarian Cancer Risk

FRIDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) — Women who take fertility drugs do not have an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to a large study by Danish researchers.
There’s been ongoing debate about whether fertility drugs boost the likelihood of ovarian cancer. Previous studies have yielded conflicting findings, and concerns endure, especially for women who undergo several cycles of fertility drug treatment or those who never become Read the rest of this entry »

Rule will strengthen right to refuse care

Proponents of the rule, including the Christian Medical Association and the
, say it is not limited to abortion. It will protect doctors who do not wish to prescribe birth control to unmarried girls or to provide artificial insemination, said Dr. David Stevens, the president of CMA.
“The real battle line is the morning-after pill,” he said. “This prevents the embryo from implanting. This involves moral complicity. Doctors should not be required Read the rest of this entry »

Health Hero Network Says Recent Successes of Deployments With

Health Hero Network said today that the first
large-scale, multi-year rollouts and evaluations of its Health Buddy®
System have shown success in helping improve the care of high-cost Medicare
beneficiaries and veterans while reducing costs and hospitalizations —
signaling a new era of telehealth that will reshape an American healthcare
landscape strained by an aging population, a reduction in caregivers and
shrinking financial Read the rest of this entry »

FDA Grants Orphan Drug Status to Reata's RTA 402 for Treatment of

IRVING, Texas – (Business Wire) Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announces that RTA 402 has been granted orphan drug designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. RTA 402 is currently being studied in a Phase 1/2 trial in patients with pancreatic cancer, and is also in Phase 2 development for chronic kidney disease.
Pancreatic cancer is a devastating disease with Read the rest of this entry »

Coca-Cola Rejects FDA Regulations

In an American diet of hot dogs and potato chips, nothing goes better with a plate of salty food than a nice cold soda. We consume more soda on average than any other country. According to a 2005 survey published in Beverage Digest, over 10 billion cases of soda were purchased in one year alone. On average that guarantees two and a half 12-ounce cans of soda for every adult and child in the United States every day. Needless to say we have an addiction Read the rest of this entry »