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Bird flu deaths in Turkey

Jan 5, 2006
Two people in Turkey have died from bird flu, the first such cases outside Southeast Asia. European public health officials are now concerned the deadly disease may have reached their doorstep.From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.
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Viagra's other benefits

Jan 3, 2006
A new study points to the possibility that erectile dysfunction drugs could help improve cognition in Alzheimer's patients. As Helen Palmer reports, the application could help revive flagging sales of ED drugs.
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New Medicare plan takes effect

Dec 30, 2005
The government's new Medicare drug program goes into effect this weekend, but as Helen Palmer reports, less than 9% of one of its main target demographics has signed on.
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Flex plan rush

Dec 29, 2005
Eye doctors and dentists are experiencing an end-of-the-year rush of patients, as health care consumers scramble to finish up their flex plan allotments before the year ends. Rachel Dornhelm reports.
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Guidant troubles

Dec 27, 2005
Today, Boston Scientific said it will continue with plans to acquire rival medical device maker Guidant, despite Guidant's profit warning last week. Also, Guidant is in more trouble with the FDA - it sent a letter to the company today about problems at a Guidant facility. Marketplace's Helen Palmer explains.
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Harry Potter prevents injuries

Dec 23, 2005
It may not be magic, but the release of Harry Potter books coincides with a drop in traumatic injuries to children, studies show. Helen Palmer reports.
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Healthcare at auction

Dec 22, 2005
Turns out you can buy everything on eBay - including pacemakers and other medical devices. But as Kai Ryssdal discovers from Washington Post reporter Alec Klein, not everything on eBay is safe for hospital patients.
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Medical device glitches

Dec 22, 2005
Recent problems with a blood sugar monitor are the latest in a series of medical device glitches this year. Helen Palmer looks at what's behind the trend.
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Tamiflu - not the magic bullet?

Dec 22, 2005
Shares in the Swiss pharmaceuticals firm Roche dipped on European markets today. Further doubts about the company's anti bird flu treatment Tamiflu have worried investors. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
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Vaccine indemnity

Dec 21, 2005
In an effort to spur production of a possible bird flu vaccine, the Senate is considering legislation that would exempt drug-makers from liability related to the use of those treatments. Some say the provisions are necessary; others say they're too broad. Helen Palmer reports.
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