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Mass. General-based research center will investigate why immune system fails to control hepatitis C

A research consortium based at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has been awarded $15 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to investigate how the hepatitis C virus (HCV) resists suppression and clearance by the immune system. The five-year grant will support a...

U.S. Health Care System Fails to Protect Patients From Deadly Medical Errors

Consumers Union Assesses Lack of Progress Ten Years After Institute of Medicine Found Up To 98,000 Die From Preventable Errors AUSTIN, Texas, May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ten years ago, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) sounded the alarm about the widespread toll of medical errors in a gro...

FDA Fails to Consider Risks of Over-the-Counter Plan B

WASHINGTON, April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Moira Gaul, Family Research Council 's Director of Women's and Reproductive Health, released the following statement regarding the Obama Administration's decision to sell the morning-after-pill to 17-year-olds without a prescription. (Logo: ...

Study Fails to Establish Link Between Cancer and Firefighting

WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A study released today titled Assessing State Firefighter Cancer Presumption Laws And Current Firefighter Cancer Research , found there is inadequate scientific research to determine a link between working as a firefighter and an elevated risk of co...

Hollow mask illusion fails to fool schizophrenia patients

Patients with schizophrenia are able to correctly see through an illusion known as the 'hollow mask' illusion, probably because their brain disconnects 'what the eyes see' from what 'the brain thinks it is seeing', according to a joint UK and German study published in the journal NeuroImage . The...

Drug Fails to Slow Progression of Atherosclerosis

Pactimibe also was associated with more risk of major heart problems, study finds TUESDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- A drug that blocks an enzyme involved in the accumulation of cholesterol does not reduce the progression of atherosclerosis, thickening and stiffening of the arterie...

FDA Fails to Protect Public: Remains Silent About Lead in Lipstick

Canada finds lead in kids' face paint, declares cosmetic chemicals toxic WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than a year after the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reported that popular brands of lipstick contain lead, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has still not relea...

Imaging of Low Back Pain Fails to Change Outcomes

Study finds no real difference whether people were scanned or not FRIDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Using medical imaging on people who have low back pain that has no apparent underlying cause doesn't improve clinical outcomes, a new study finds. This means that doctors should not...

Virginia Leaders Should Reject Flawed Smoke-Free Legislation That Fails to Protect Everyone's Right to Breathe Clean Air

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, was released today: (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080918/CFTFKLOGO ) The smoke-free restaurant legislation announced today in Virginia fai...

HIPAA privacy rule fails to adequately protect patient privacy and hampers health research

WASHINGTON -- The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule does not adequately protect the privacy of people's personal health information and hinders important health research discoveries, concludes a new report from the Institute of Medicine. Congress should ...

Sepsis Therapy in Preemies Fails to Boost Survival

Study suggests future treatments should focus on wider view of antibacterial defenses FRIDAY, Jan. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Boosting the immune systems of premature babies with blood cell growth factor fails to prevent sepsis or improve survival rates, a new study shows. Premature bab...

Common treatment for chronic prostatitis fails to reduce symptoms

Alfuzosin, a drug commonly prescribed for men with chronic prostatitis, a painful disorder of the prostate and surrounding pelvic area, failed to significantly reduce symptoms in recently diagnosed men who had not been previously treated with this drug, according to a clinical trial sponsored by t...

Study finds treatment fails to improve common form of heart failure

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. A medication used for high blood pressure does not improve a common form of heart failure, according to new results from a large, international study. The study, which included researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in key leadership positions, appear...

Nine Year Ban Fails to Eradicate Asbestos Related Diseases

Nine years after its use was banned, statistics show that nearly 4,000 people in the UK die each year from the effects of asbestos exposure whilst at work. Manchester,UK (PRWEB) November 27, 2008 -- On 24th November 1999, the Government's ban on the use of Asbestos cam...

Exercise Testing for Cancer Fails to Follow Guidelines

Study urges national, international standards to ensure safety, reliable results TUESDAY, July 29 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise testing has become a common part of cancer care and research, but most tests aren't administered according to American Thoracic Society guidelines, say Duke Un...

Vytorin Fails to Lower Heart Valve Problems

Latest multi-country study shows troubled cholesterol drug no better than placebo at easing cardiovascular events in targeted patients MONDAY, July 21 (HealthDay News) -- The controversial cholesterol drug Vytorin does not lower the risk of major heart valve problems, according to a r...

New Research Shows Cadaver Tissue Fails Nearly a Quarter of the Time in Young, Athletic ACL Reconstruction Patients

Graft Type and Patient Activity Level May Contribute to Failure Rate, Authors Say ORLANDO, Fla., July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- With an estimated 80,000 Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears happening each year in the United States (Source: American Journal of Sports Me...

New Research Shows Cadaver Tissue Fails Nearly a Quarter of the Time in Young, Athletic ACL Reconstruction Patients

Graft Type and Patient Activity Level May Contribute to Failure Rate, Authors Say Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) July 10, 2008 -- With an estimated 80,000 Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears happening each year in the United States (Source: American Journal of Sports Medic...

Cadaver tissue fails nearly 25 percent of the time in young ACL reconstructions

ORLANDO, Florida With an estimated 80,000 Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears happening each year in the United States (Source: American Journal of Sports Medicine 2006 ; 9:1512-1532), including recently to famed golfer, Tiger Woods, choosing the best replacement ligament for surgery is one ke...

Bill Allowing Medical Privacy Intrusion Fails in Sacramento; Anti-Privacy Bill by Auto Insurers Faces Vote Wednesday

Consumer Watchdog Hails Assembly Push Against Sale of Patients' Prescription Information to Marketers; "Big Pharma's Lobbying Steamroller Is Out of Gas," Says Advocate. SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A bill allowing marketers hired by drug companies to secretly access...

Reducing blockage fails to improve access to the bloodstream for kidney dialysis

Reducing early blockages in bloodstream access for kidney failure treatment does not increase the likelihood that the access will function adequately for long-term treatments, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Results were published May 14, 2008, in the Journal of t...

New Anal Cancer Therapy Fails to Improve Outcomes

Experimental use of cisplatin no better than standard treatment, researchers say TUESDAY, April 22 (HealthDay News) -- Compared to the standard treatment regimen for anal canal cancer, the use of the chemotherapy drug cisplatin before other treatments didn't improve disease-free survi...

High-Dose Chemo Fails Against Small Cell Lung Cancers

Tripled dose was ineffective and toxic, so strategy should be abandoned, study says WEDNESDAY, April 9 (HealthDay News) -- High-intensity chemotherapy does not improve the survival rate of patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC), a new Swiss study concludes. Testing on 140 patie...

Broad Stakeholder Coalition Concludes that the 'Pathway for Biosimilars Act' Fails to Ensure Timely Access to Safe, Affordable Biogeneric Medicines for Patients

WASHINGTON, March 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Coalition for a Competitive Pharmaceutical Market (CCPM) -- the organization representing a broad range of pharmaceutical stakeholders, including large national employers, insurers, pharmacies and generic drug manufacturers -- strongly u...

Post-Op Chemo Fails to Boost Survival in Stomach Cancers

Drug-surgery combo showed no significant improvement in outcomes, study finds TUESDAY, March 11 (HealthDay News) -- Chemotherapy following surgery does not improve survival in stomach cancer patients, says an Italian study. Currently, surgery is the only treatment that can potential...

Progress toward an alternative for EPO: Gas6 offers remedy where EPO fails today

Leuven, Belgium − Many patients with a chronic disease or cancer have to contend with anemia − and the severe fatigue that accompanies anemia impedes the patient considerably in his or her daily activities. At present, the hormone EPO is administered to a large number of these patients...

Pharmaceutical market fails pregnant women; and more

Anti-tumor activity of rapamycin in glioblastoma In a clinical trial published this week in PLoS Medicine, Charles Sawyers and colleagues looked at the safety of a drug called rapamycin in a selected group of patients who were undergoingsurgery after recurrence of glioblastoma (a highly malig...

Steroid Fails to Ease Meningitis in Trials

But results from Asia, Africa may not apply to patients in the West, experts say WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12 (HealthDay News)-- Disappointing the hopes of researchers, new trials using a powerful steroid to treat deadly bacterial meningitis have shown little or no benefit from the drugs. "It...

MedPAC Again Fails to Evaluate Overall Economic Conditions in Assessing SNF Funding Requirements

New NGA Report on Worsening State Budget Picture, Ongoing Medicaid Funding Crisis Cited WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Commenting on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) draft recommendation that skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) should receive no inflationar...

NSAID Drug Therapy Fails to Ease Back Pain

Trial also found no benefit from spinal manipulation FRIDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Two widely used treatments for acute low back pain -- nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and spinal manipulation -- did not help patients in a carefully controlled study, Australian resea...

Experimental Drug Fails Against Heart Failure

Tezosentan didn't change outcomes for patients with sudden, life-threatening attacks, trial shows TUESDAY, Nov. 6 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental kind of medication has failed as treatment for the emergency condition known as acute heart failure, a new trial finds. The drug, t...

Emergency Care for Heart Attacks, Pneumonia Fails to Meet Goals

Poor compliance and racial disparities found, study finds FRIDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) -- As many as 22,000 preventable deaths occur each year in the United States because emergency departments across the country aren't meeting national goals in treating heart attack and pneumonia patients, a...

State's HMO 'Report Card' Fails in Meaningful Evaluation of Health Care Quality and Ignores Affordability

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The annual HMO report card released today by the Schwarzenegger administration is so vague and incomplete that it does not allow consumers to accurately evaluate HMO quality or safety. The report omits key consumer information including ...

Federal research plan to determine nanotech risks fails to deliver

WASHINGTON, DCAlmost a year in the making, a federal plan to prioritize research on the potential environmental, health, and safety (EHS) impacts of nanoscale materials has so many failings that its begs the question as to whether the governments 13-agency nanotechnology research effort is able to...

MS Drug Fails The Test For Treating Crohns Disease

Biogen Idec's chief executive, James Mullen is not a happy man. The Cambridge biotechnology company is not likely to receive approval from European regulators to use its drug Tysabri to treat patients with Crohn's disease, a debilitating intestinal ailment. Results from drug trials that were in...

Anti-inflammatory Drug Fails to Improve COPD Symptoms

A promising anti-inflammatory drug failed to improve symptoms of moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease , or COPD, in a large, multi-center trial. The results of the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of infliximab were published in the first issue of the ...

Anti-inflammatory Drug Fails to Improve COPD Symptoms

A promising anti-inflammatory drug failed to improve symptoms of moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease//, or COPD, in a large, multi-center trial. The results of the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of infliximab were published in the first issue of the M...

Steroid Use Fails to Boost Pregnancy Rates in Infertility Treatments

There is no clear benefit from a hormone commonly prescribed to enhance the effectiveness of infertility treatments//, according to a new review of studies. The steroid hormones called glucocorticoids have potent effects on the body’s inflammatory and immune responses, so many fertility speci...

Support Fails Rural Heart Patients

Chronic heart failure (CHF) patients in rural and remote areas of Australia are missing out on much-needed health and support services//, according to health research consultants. CHF management programs target recently hospitalised patients to help optimise the continuum of care after they ...

Smartcard Legislation Fails The Privacy Test - AMA

AMA President, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, today urged Federal MPs to vote against the Government’s proposed Health and Social Services Access Card //(Smartcard) legislation because it fails to offer adequate protection of private information and discriminates against younger Australians. Dr Haiker...
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