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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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Reporting on healthcare benefits

Dec 21, 2005
Earlier this year, new accounting rules required businesses to add pension obligations to their bottom lines in quarterly earnings reports. Now there's talk of adding retiree healthcare obligations as well. Cheryl Glaser looks at what impact the move could have on shareholders.
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A hostile environment

Dec 20, 2005
A recent explosion at a chemical plant in Northeast China dumped 100 tons of benzene into the Songhua River. Which leads eventually to Russia. Which leads to an international incident. Jeremy Page, the Moscow correspondent for the Times of London, talks to Kai about it.
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When kids don't smoke

Dec 20, 2005
A new report out shows teen smoking has dropped by more than half, costing the tobacco industry billions. Helen Palmer reports from the Marketplace Health Desk.
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A bad idea for Medicaid

Dec 20, 2005
Healthcare provider and commentator Stefan Kertesz argues against proposed cost-sharing plans for Medicaid patients.
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No really -- they're GOOD for you!

Dec 15, 2005
The Illinois Supreme court today threw out a $10 billion judgment against Philip Morris parent company Altria in a consumer fraud case over "light" cigarettes. But the story doesn't end there. Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH.
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Do they cause light lung cancer?

Dec 15, 2005
A decision is expected today in a case over whether cigarette maker Phillip Morris must pay more than $10 billion for allegedly marketing light cigarettes as a healthy alternative to regular ones. Helen Palmer has more.
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It's not just for poor people anymore

Dec 14, 2005
The House passed a bill a couple weeks ago cutting $50 billion from the budget; some of that money came from Medicaid. The cut's running into more political opposition than its backers might have expected. Robert Reich explains why.
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Health plan shopping

Dec 14, 2005
It's the end of the year and many of us are shopping for a new health plan. Consumer Advocate Jamie Court warns us that we better read the fine print.
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