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Junior insomniacs?

Oct 26, 2005
A new study finds that youth under 18 are the fastest growing segment of the sleeping pill market. As Helen Palmer reports, Big Pharma is encouraging the trend.
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Performing surgery on Medicare and Medicaid

Oct 25, 2005
Congress is making a big push this week to come up with spending cuts to help lower the federal budget deficit. In the spotlight today were proposals to trim Medicare and Medicaid. John Dimsdale reports from Washington.
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Say what you will about WalMart...

Oct 24, 2005
...but the country's biggest employer knows when to beat a strategic retreat. Today it will introduce a cheaper health plan for workers. Helen Palmer reports that it's not a simple story, though.
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Supply, demand, and Tamiflu

Oct 21, 2005
Everyone wants Tamiflu made by Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche, but there's not enough of it. Now Roche say it will meet with generic drug companies. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Stephen Beard in London.
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A diabetes treatment: worth the risk?

Oct 20, 2005
Merck and Bristol Myers-Squibb have developed a new diabetes drug, Pargluva. Last month, an FDA panel recommended approval. But it seems it can double the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Cheryl Glaser has more.
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Medicaid changes in Florida

Oct 20, 2005
Washington has approved sweeping changes to Florida's Medicaid plans. State and federal officials are hoping to make the program "more sustainable." Critics say that means less care. Hillary Wicai reports.
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More Tamiflu on the way

Oct 18, 2005
Governments are trying to stockpile Tamiflu, the anti-viral made by the Swiss company Roche. But it's in short supply. Today Roche is trying to do something about that. Helen Palmer reports.
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A generic Tamiflu

Oct 17, 2005
A maker of generic drugs based in Mumbai plans to manufacture the Roche anti-viral Tamiflu — even though it's under patent protection for another 11 years. Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH.
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Bird flu: Migrating our way?

Oct 14, 2005
Bird flu is in Asia and parts of Europe. Can North America be far behind? From the Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer checks in with America's poultry producers.
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Bird flu lands on the edge of Europe

Oct 13, 2005
Health officials confirmed today the flu virus found in Turkish birds is the one that has killed more than 60 people in Asia. The EU may set aside $1.2 billion to fight a possible pandemic. Stephen Beard reports.
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