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British prostitution

Jan 27, 2006
A leading medical journal in Britain advocated today for legalized prostitution there. From the Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports that health costs were a primary reason behind the endorsement.
Posted In: Canada, Health

Health Savings Accounts

Jan 27, 2006
President Bush is expected to make health savings accounts the centerpiece of his healthcare reform proposals. New numbers out yesterday indicate a three-fold increase in enrollment in similar programs over the past 10 months. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Health

Agent Orange compensation

Jan 26, 2006
Today, a South Korean court ordered two US manufacturers of Agent Orange to pay $62 million in medical compensation to Korean veterans of the Vietnam War. Helen Palmer has more.
Posted In: Health

No more free drug samples

Jan 24, 2006
A new study out today in a prominent medical journal calls for an end to the drug industry's practice of handing out drug samples to doctors. From the Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer has more.
Posted In: Health

J&J mulls new Guidant offer

Jan 24, 2006
Johnson&Johnson is likely to escalate the bidding war over Guidant Technologies today. As Helen Palmer reports, the red-hot medical device market makes Guidant attractive, despite its liabilities.
Posted In: Health

New diet drug

Jan 23, 2006
A diet drug, now available only by prescription, could soon be on store shelves if it wins approval from FDA, which takes up the issue today. Andrea Gardner has more.
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Tamiflu warning

Jan 19, 2006
Contradicting advice from the CDC, British researchers today warned people not to take Tamiflu for seasonal flu symptoms for fear indiscriminate use could give rise to a treatment-resistant flu strain that could trigger a pandemic. The warning comes at time when the US has already earmarked $1.8 billion to stockpile Tamiflu, and sales of the drug have sky-rocketed. Helen Palmer has more.
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Pledging for bird flu

Jan 19, 2006
In a summit that ended yesterday, global donors promised $1.9 billion to help fight bird flu. And it's not just governments promising support; business leaders flocked to London today to talk about how they could help. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
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Canadian healthcare refugees

Jan 17, 2006
Everyone knows Canada provides free healthcare to all its citizens. So why are a growing number of Canadians coming to the US for medical attention? Steve McNally has the answer.
Posted In: Canada, Health

Universal flu vaccine

Jan 16, 2006
Helen Palmer reports on the race among drug companies to find a universal flu vaccine to treat a possible outbreak of avian flu.
Posted In: Health, Science

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