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  • 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
  • Latin America Rocked by Dengue Fever
    An infectious disease is rolling through Latin America, leaving many victims in its wake. Dengue Fever has plagued the area since 1982 when the disease traveled to the region from Southeast Asia. The mosquito-borne virus preys on children and the elderly. Victims have ...More
    December 11, 2000 Posted in News
  • Patients Suffer from Drug Ban
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned a heartburn medication in July not realizing many people counted on it to be able to eat. Propulsid was pulled from shelves after 80 people died from irregular heartbeats. However, for some people suffering from more than just ...More
    December 11, 2000 Posted in News
  • Infectious Diseases Rising Again in Russia
    VORONEZH, Russia-Russian doctors are being forced to use old methods of medicating tuberculosis patients because the medication is not accessible and is too expensive. Many are injecting air into their patients' abdomens as a final method of treatment. This archaic and ...More
    December 8, 2000 Posted in News
  • Flu Vaccines on the Way
    By mid-December, Americans can expect that desired and anticipated pain in the arm-a flu shot. The vaccine shortage is slowly coming to an end. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the shortage was created because manufacturers had difficulty growing the ...More
    December 8, 2000 Posted in News