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24 June 2010 4:59 PM | Tagged: national health service
LONDON (Reuters) GlaxoSmithKline leukemia drug Arzerra, licensed from Denmark's Genmab, has been rejected by Britain's cost watchdog NICE in preliminary draft guidance.The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) said on Thursday it could not recommend the drug for reimbursement on the National Health Service (NHS) because evidence did not yet show how well it compared with s

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24 June 2010 3:17 PM | Tagged: home workouts
NEW YORK Adults whose asthma is not fully controlled by medication might gain some benefits from adding an exercise routine to their lives, a small study suggests.While exercise can trigger asthma symptoms in some people, there is also evidence that physically active asthmatics tend to have better overall asthma control than their sedentary counterparts.But whether that signals a benefit of exe

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24 June 2010 2:07 PM | Tagged: northeastern bulgaria
SOFIA (AFP) Kuna, a pretty eight-year-old girl, lives in an orphanage in Bulgaria, abandoned by her family, but her Roma origins mean her chances of adoption are almost nil. Kuna's features do not reveal her origins, but her documents dissuade adoption candidates, said Nadya Dzhunova, director of the Slaveykov children's home in Sofia.Indeed, Bulgarians are still highly prejudiced against the p

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24 June 2010 1:27 AM | Tagged: federal food and drug administration
From long-term cancer risks to radiation overdose mistakes, CT scans pose a growing danger to the American public and need more regulation to improve their safety, imaging experts write in a leading medical journal.The articles in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine come a week after a story by The Associated Press detailed the overuse of imaging tests and how much the average American's r

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CHICAGO Patients will be told when they're being treated by rookie doctors, who would get shorter shifts and better supervision under proposed work changes for medical residents.The draft regulations aim to promote patient safety and reduce medical errors by enhancing work conditions for sometimes sleep-deprived junior physicians.The proposal slightly revises regulations adopted seven years ago

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23 June 2010 11:57 PM | Tagged: radio frequency emissions
San Francisco has become the first city in the US to require mobile phone retailers to post radiation levels next to the handsets they sell.The board of supervisors, or council, voted 10-1 to approve the measure. This is about helping people make informed choices, said the law's chief sponsor, Supervisor Sophie Maxwell.The mobile phone industry has pointed to studies that it says show mobile pho

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23 June 2010 7:59 PM | Tagged: mbabane swaziland
MBABANE, Swaziland Swaziland's death rate more than doubled in a decade, proof of the toll of AIDS, statisticians in this southern African kingdom said Wednesday.Nombulelo Dlamini of the Central Statistical Office discussed a new study comparing censuses in 1997 and 2007 in an interview on Wednesday.The study shows that in 1997, the death rate was 7.6 people in 1,000.By 2007, it was 18.03 per 1,

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23 June 2010 12:17 PM | Tagged: mobile phone masts
LONDON (Reuters) British scientists who conducted the largest study yet into cell phone masts and childhood cancers say that living close to a mast does not increase the risk of a pregnant woman's baby developing cancer.In a study looking at almost 7,000 children and patterns of early childhood cancers across Britain, the researchers found that those who developed cancer before the age of five w