Bird flu preparations

Mar 10, 2006
Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt warned states and municipalities to prepare now for a possible bird flu pandemic. But Curt Nickisch reports that some localities complain the feds need to pony up more money.
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The return of Tysabri?

Mar 9, 2006
A drug to treat multiple sclerosis is one step closer to returning to market despite concerns it could trigger a rare brain disease. Helen Palmer reports the debate over the drug may harbinger a shift in FDA regulatory policy.
Posted In: Health, Washington

Prescription for doctors: Admit mistakes

Mar 8, 2006
Physicians at Harvard's teaching hospitals have a new specialty to learn -- how to apologize. Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Harvard Medical School, says it's the right thing to do.
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Bellwether Vioxx trial

Mar 6, 2006
Opening arguments are scheduled today in the case of two men who each took Vioxx for more than two years and claim they suffered a heart attack as a result. Helen Palmer reports that the outcome of this trial could well determine the viability of other liability cases against the drug's maker, Merck.
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Celebrex study

Mar 2, 2006
We've all heard the charges that Vioxx can trigger heart attacks. Now comes word that rival pain reliever Celebrex may also exacerbate heart problems. Helen Palmer reports.
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Ban on French birds

Feb 28, 2006
The threat of bird flu has caused the US to ban some poultry and live bird shipments from France. Helen Palmer reports on the fallout.
Posted In: Canada, Health

Rising health costs hurt hospitals

Feb 28, 2006
A new study out shows high healthcare costs have left most hospitals in Southern California in the red. As Helen Palmers reports, healthcare facilities across the country face a similar bind.
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As parents work, children suffer

Feb 28, 2006
A comprehensive study finds increasing numbers of working parents around the globe don't have enough time off to care for ailing children. From the Work and Family Desk, Hillary Wicai has more.
Posted In: Economy, Health

Bird flu summit

Feb 27, 2006
Bird flu experts from around the world assemble in Washington today to discuss how businesses can prepare for a possible outbreak. Eric Niiler reports.
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Flonase injunction

Feb 24, 2006
A federal judge in Maryland has granted Glaxo Smith Kline's request for an injunction. The British company wants to stop sales of a generic version of its best-selling allergy drug Flonase. Generic drug makers want a piece of the $1.2 billion dollars Flonase brings in each year. And they say Big Pharma's using hard-ball tactics to shut them out. Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH.
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