WSJ: Wyeth to curb research on women's health drugs

plans to curb research on such women’s health products as hormone replacement therapies and contraceptives, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Researchers told the newspaper that instead, Wyeth’s research and development efforts will focus on such severe diseases as cancer and Alzheimer’s, rather than more general health disorders. As part of the shift, Wyeth plans to reduce the number of diseases it is developing drugs for from 55 Read the rest of this entry »

Want to keep your New Year's fitness resolution? Join the (health

The snow has fallen, the holiday meals have piled up, and your exercise regimen has ground to a halt.
New Year’s resolution season is right around the corner, and it’s time to find a gym. You won’t be alone in that quest.
January is a huge month for health clubs, with about a million people joining nationwide — 50% more than during any other month of the year, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportclub Association. And it notes Read the rest of this entry »

Sister to Sister Women's Heart Health Fair

on Saturday, January 31st (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) at the Prime Osborn Convention Center (1000 Water Street, Jacksonville FL).
–Over 50 healthy exhibitors (medical, nutrition and stress-reduction experts)
–Giveaways and more!
booth for a special raffle!
Heart disease is the leading killer of American women–and it is largely preventable! Each year, nearly twice as many women die of cardiovascular disease than from all Read the rest of this entry »

Dallas mother accused of neglect in 9-year-old's diabetes death

10:58 PM CST on Tuesday, February 3, 2009 / The Dallas Morning News
Nine-year-old Chasity Butler spent her last moments in her mother’s bed next to a bag of candy and a partially eaten cupcake. She died of complications related to diabetes.
To Dallas police, the sweets represent the final links in a chain of evidence showing the girl’s mother failed to help her manage the disease. At Read the rest of this entry »

Cincinnati house fire kills 3 children

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities in Cincinnati say three children have died in a house fire.
Fire Capt. Mike Washington says firefighters arrived after 2:30 a.m. Monday and found heavy flames throughout both floors of the single-family home.
The bodies of the children were found inside after firefighters extinguished the fire. All were under the age of 10.
District Fire Chief John Zompero says a man escaped the fire by jumping from a roof. Read the rest of this entry »

South Cameron Memorial Hospital, Rural Health Clinic and Calcasieu

MIAMI, Sept 12, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
Effective immediately, Pacer Health
Corporation has discontinued operations at its three Louisiana medical
facilities: South Cameron Memorial Hospital (Cameron, LA), South Cameron Rural
Health Clinic and Calcasieu Oaks Psychiatric Hospital (Lake Charles, LA), due
to the approaching Hurricane Ike. Responding to mandatory evacuations issued
by emergency management personnel in the Cameron parish Read the rest of this entry » – Apple's Steve Jobs Taking Leave Of Absence Over

Last week’s pre-Macworld statement came after months of speculation about whether his pancreatic cancer had returned, based on how thin Jobs looked at public appearances, stretching as far back as early last year. Rumors resurfaced again last month after Jobs said he would not give his traditional Macworld keynote, all of which has battered the company’s stock.
Apple’s stock was halted in after-hours trading following a free-fall that led the stock Read the rest of this entry »

FDA: No link between bone drugs and heart problems

Government health officials said Wednesday they have found no clear link between popular bone-strengthening drugs and irregular heart rhythms during an ongoing safety review.
The Food and Drug Administration advised doctors and patients to continue taking the drugs under investigation, including Merck & Co.’s Fosamax and Novartis AG’s Reclast.
The agency began investigating the medications last October, after two studies showed increased rates Read the rest of this entry »

Ban on kidney cancer drugs lifted

A ban on drugs that can give kidney cancer patients many months of extra life is to be lifted. At least two, and possibly all four, of the medicines that had previously been deemed too expensive to prescribe will be approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) early next year.
The move is a major victory for campaigners, patients and cancer specialists. They had described Nice’s refusal to approve the drugs – which Read the rest of this entry »

Privatization will worsen state’s mental health care

A for-profit company based in Florida is fast-tracking its way toward ownership of Georgia’s mental health crisis as state officials tout privatization as a solution to treating the mentally ill.
As a hospital-based psychiatrist who regularly treats very difficult —- sometimes life-threatening —- mental and addictive diseases, I applaud the urgency Department of Human Resources Commissioner B.J. Walker has brought to the state’s Read the rest of this entry »