October 26, 2011
For Those With Mystery Illnesses, a 'Clinic of Last
A sibling pair with a
puzzling condition that made even walking a short distance an
agony; a 20-year-old man with a rare respiratory ailment forcing
him to live on a ventilator; a woman with a potentially fatal
buildup of a protein in her muscles -- all rare cases that were
difficult to diagnose, let alone treat.
Newer 'Pill' May Raise Blood Clot Risk
Birth control pills with
newer types of progestogen hormones (drospirenone, desogestrel or
gestodene) are more likely than others to cause serious blood
clots, a new study confirms.
Ghost Writing Persists in Major Medical
Honorary and ghost
authors were involved in 21 percent of articles published in six
leading medical journals in 2008, which shows that this type of
inappropriate authorship remains a problem, a new study says.
Flu Vaccine Isn't Foolproof
The most widely used flu
vaccine in the United States is only about 60 percent effective in
healthy adults, new research indicates.
National Drug Take-Back Day Scheduled for
In an ongoing effort to
fight prescription-drug abuse by adults and teenagers in the United
States, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has
scheduled Saturday, Oct. 29 as another National Prescription Drug
Death Toll From Listeria Outbreak Hits 28
The death toll in the
listeria outbreak traced to cantaloupes produced at a Colorado farm
has reached 28, with another 133 people sickened in 26 states, U.S.
officials said late Tuesday.