Drugwonks: We Report, We Decide

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  • 10/27/2006
Here are some of the more interesting headlines from this week's health and medical breakthrough news:

From Sciencenewsdaily.com

Elderly Men With Low Testosterone Levels More Likely To Fall
Low testosterone levels may be associated with a higher risk of falling in older men, according to a report in the October 23 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals....

Punchlines are welcome

And then there's this from that cutting edge healthcare system North of the border

Unique Bra Eases Women's Recovery From Heart Surgery
A national clinical trial led by a University of Calgary researcher has found that wearing a specialized compression bra significantly reduces women's breast pain following heart surgery.

So let's get this straight. HealthCanada will pay for this but not Plavix or Herceptin...

The autism aliens will not be convinced that mercury (the element, not the planet) does not cause that disease not matter how much scientific evidence is amassed and no matter how many death threats they send to scientists and public health officials...

Government rejects vaccine petition
By ANDREW BRIDGES, Associated Press Writer

A group called the Coalition for Mercury-free Drugs petitioned the Food and Drug Administration in 2004 seeking the restrictions on thimerosal, citing concerns that the preservative is linked to autism. In a reply dated Sept. 26 but made public only Tuesday, the FDA rejected the petition.

Federal health officials won't put new restrictions on the use of a mercury-based preservative in vaccines and other medicines, denying a petition that sought the limits because of health concerns.

"We're not accepting that answer," said Dr. Mark Geier, one of the petitioners.

Gee, what a surprise.

And speaking of not pleasing the paranoid, here's a headline that will make Steve Nissen, Curt Furberg and Ariana Huffington (who would ever think to see them in the same sentence?) miserable:

From Medical News Today

Popular ADHD Drug Safe And Effective For Pre-schoolers But Monitor Youngsters Closely For Side Effects, Researchers Caution

No heart problems guys. However, the study shows that in some kids side effects can include weight loss limits on height. It did not compare the impact of Ritalin with Strattera which is not a stimulant and does not have the same effect on appetite...

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