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  • Gene Therapy for Hemophiliacs Promising
    BOSTON, Ma-Scientists successfully used a form of gene therapy to help reduce spontaneous bleeding in hemophiliacs. Preliminary findings reported several patients were treated with weakened viruses for the inherited bleeding disease. This practice was thrust into the media ...More
    December 7, 2000 Posted in News
  • STDs on the Rise
    Americans have taken one step forward and two steps back in the battle against sexually transmitted diseases. Federal health officials reported that gonorrhea rates in the US have increased for the last two years. The STD has been on the decrease since the 1970s, however ...More
    December 7, 2000 Posted in News
  • Malfunctioning IV Devices Prove Fatal
    The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is sending a safety bulletin to more than 5,000 hospitals nationwide to warn staff of the dangers of infusion pumps. Hospitals could loose their Medicaid accreditation if they cannot document the safe use of ...More
    December 7, 2000 Posted in News
  • Cardinal Health Looks To Buy BWI
    DUBLIN, Ohio--Cardinal Health Inc. is seeking to buy Bindley Western Industries for about $1.7 billion, its first attempt at acquiring another wholesale drug distributor since the federal government blocked an effort in 1998. If successful, the deal would expand Cardinal ...More
    December 5, 2000 Posted in News
  • Fight on Blinding Infection Expands
    KIPWISI, Tanzania-Julia Msongo is led from a thatched mud hut through a dusty front yard onto a traditional three-legged stool and admits that her husband of more than 20 years and four children are ``just voices in the darkness.'' The 54-year Kipwisi villager is among 6 ...More
    December 5, 2000 Posted in News
  • Mutated Polio Vaccine Causes Outbreak
    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- A mutated strain of polio traced to a vaccine has infected at least three people in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, causing the first cases of the disease in the Western Hemisphere since 1991, a regional health organization said. ...More
    December 5, 2000 Posted in News
  • Unicef, Baby Formula Makers Fight While Infants Die
    Women in Africa, who have recently given birth, are being sent home from the hospital with a warning that breastfeeding could kill their children. Unfortunately, many of these women have no alternative. They are forced to choose between watching their child starve to death, ...More
    December 5, 2000 Posted in News
  • African Leaders Gathering on AIDS
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Dec. 2 -African leaders, international donors and the U.N. secretary-general will discuss a common front to curb the epidemic during a five-day conference that opens Sunday in the Ethiopian capital. THE U.N. Economic Commission for Africa has invited ...More
    December 4, 2000 Posted in News
  • Leukemia Pill Raved as `Holy Grail'
    HOUSTON-A leukemia drug that patients say has fewer side effects than aspirin has shown surprising success in early trials, researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center say. The drug, STI571, a new treatment for chronic myelogenous leukemia, was a ...More
    December 4, 2000 Posted in News
  • Study Mulls Hepatitis Vaccine Rate
    CHICAGO-- A study of three large Vietnamese-American communities found extremely low rates of vaccination among youngsters for hepatitis B, a sometimes fatal liver disease that is prevalent among Vietnamese adults. Poor access to health care as well as treatment by doctors ...More
    December 4, 2000 Posted in News