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  • Infection Control Top Concern for Hospitals
    Hosptials around the country are looking for new and improved methods of controlling infection. In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The study showed that an estimated 44,000 to 98,000 Americans ...More
    December 14, 2000 Posted in News
  • PacifiCare Health Systems Announces Cutbacks
    The nation's largest provider of Medicare health plans said it plans to cut 550 jobs and take a charge of $15-$17 million against fourth-quarter earnings. PacifiCare Health Systems said their financial problems are directly linked to rising medical costs related to ...More
    December 14, 2000 Posted in News
  • Review Calls for Mycotoxins Research
    Industrial hygienists are asking for more research about the presence of molds and mycotoxins in indoor environments. Epidemiological studies of exposure and effects are necessary for healthcare workers because of the importance of health risk detection. A new method of ...More
    December 14, 2000 Posted in News
  • New Research Reaffirms Genetic Parkinson's Link
    BOSTON-People who have family members with Parkinson's disease are more likely to develop the disease themselves, new research showed this week. Scientists in Iceland took 772 people affected by the disease and cross referenced their family history. The findings showed the ...More
    December 14, 2000 Posted in News
  • Beef Tainted by Mad Cow Likely Eaten
    FRANCE-British public health researchers are reporting that 100 French cattle slaughtered for human consumption this year may have been infected with Mad Cow disease. At least 1,200 French cattle have been infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or Mad Cow disease, ...More
    December 14, 2000 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Pharmacist Shortage
    WASHINGTON--The Department of Health and Human Services reported Tuesday that the nation's number of pharmacists is dropping rapidly, even though Americans are taking more prescription drugs. The number of unfilled drug store pharmacist positions rose from 2,700 to 7,000 ...More
    December 13, 2000 Posted in News
  • Consumers Need to Check for Drug Recalls
    WASHINGTON--In an alarming trend, top selling drugs are being pulled from pharmacies after researchers find new, and often fatal, side effects. Since 1997, 11 popular prescription drugs have been recalled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after causing deaths or ...More
    December 13, 2000 Posted in News
  • Pharmaceutical Companies to Merge
    It is expected that Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham will complete their merger on Dec.27, 2000-nearly a year after unveiling their plans to become a conglomerate. The British drug groups are waiting for approval of the deal from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ...More
    December 13, 2000 Posted in News
  • New STD Urine-Based Test
    Two companies have combined efforts to develop a urine-based test for three sexually transmitted diseases. Calypte Biomedical Corporation and Becton, Dickinson and Company will promote the Sentinel Testing Service for HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrehea. This could revolutionize ...More
    December 11, 2000 Posted in News
  • Government to Improve Immunization System
    President Clinton has ordered the federal government to study the immunization rates of children under 5 who receive government aid. The Agriculture Department will look at children involved in the Women, Infants and Children federal nutrition program (WIC) to develop a ...More
    December 11, 2000 Posted in News