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California nurse-to-patient ratios

Nov 14, 2005
Nurses in California have come out ahead in a fight to increase the state-mandated nurse-to-patient ratio. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently abandoned a lawsuit to set the ratio 1-to-6. As Lisa Napoli reports, the current 1-to-5 ratio is being considered by other states.
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Prescription drugs, what a headache

Nov 11, 2005
A new survey shows a plurality of seniors have a negative view of the new Medicare prescription drug program. At the same time, a separate study shows more prescription drugs are being brought illegally into the U.S. from other countries. John Dimsdale reports.
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Let my vaccines go

Nov 9, 2005
Unlike in other pharmaceutical areas, there is no free market in the vaccine industry. Commentator and author Sally Pipes says that decades of disastrous vaccine policy have left us unprepared.
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SARS lessons

Nov 7, 2005
This year, the disease on everybody's mind is bird flu, but two years ago it was SARS, which left hundreds dead in Asia and also hit Toronto. As Steve McNally reports, the city learned some valuable lessons.
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Merck gets a win

Nov 3, 2005
Drug company Merck won big today in New Jersey when the jury in the second Vioxx trial found that the company properly warned doctors and patients of the drug's risks. Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH.
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Where will the Saints go marching in?

Nov 3, 2005
Sports business consultant David Carter discusses the future of the hurricane-displaced New Orleans Saints football team with host Lisa Napoli.
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The high cost of depression

Nov 2, 2005
Employers are becoming increasingly aware of the long-term productivity costs associated with employees' mental health issues. In response, Aetna has a new program aimed at treating employee depression. Sarah Gardner reports.
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Google your prescriptions

Nov 2, 2005
The FDA wants all prescription drug labels available online, so patients and doctors can look them up for themselves. As Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH, reaction to this new requirement is mixed.
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Bush decides to be prepared for bird flu

Nov 1, 2005
At the White House this morning the President rolled out his plan to protect the country from a bird flu pandemic. <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/reporters/palmer.html">Helen Palmer</a> reports from the Marketplace Health Desk at WGBH.
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Vioxx: Adding new meaning to "drug trials"

Nov 1, 2005
Jurors are expected to begin deliberations Tuesday in the second liability trial involving Merck's arthritis drug Vioxx. Helen Palmer reviews the case and looks at what's at stake for Merck.
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