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Socialist Worker

by Larry Bradshaw and Lorrie Beth Slonsky

September 9, 2005

Two days after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the Walgreens store at the corner of Royal and Iberville Streets in the city’s historic French Quarter remained locked.

They were attending an EMS conference in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck. They spent most of the next week trapped by the flooding--and the martial law cordon around the city. Here, they tell their story.

Guardian Unlimited (UK)

by Sarah Boseley

August 26, 2005

Homeopathy, favoured medical remedy of the royal family for generations and hugely popular in the UK, has an effect but only in the mind, according to a major study published in a leading medical journal today.

A hard-hitting editorial in the Lancet, entitled "The end of homeopathy", demands that doctors recognise the absence of real curative powers in homeopathic medicine. Around 42% of GPs in England will refer patients to a homeopath. In Scotland, where homeopathy has taken off to an even greater extent, 86% are said to be in favour of it.

Guardian Unlimited (UK)

by Alex Kumi

August 26, 2005

An autistic boy who travelled to the US to undergo a controversial treatment for his condition has died. Abubakar Tariq Nadama, five, died after receiving his third chelation therapy.

The boy, who died on Tuesday, went into cardiac arrest following the intravenous treatment, which is designed to remove heavy metals from the body, a coroner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, confirmed. A police investigation has been launched.

The Washington Post

by Ceci Connolly

August 26, 2005

Flooded with 1,300 comments by employees and threats of high-level defections, the head of the National Institutes of Health agreed yesterday to loosen some of the ethics rules he unveiled in February.

Under the final regulations, about 200 senior staff members will be required to divest large stock holdings in drug and biotechnology companies, NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni said. That is far fewer than the 6,000 employees who would have had to divest under his original proposal to strengthen conflict-of-interest rules at the world's premier biomedical research agency. Congress prompted the new regulations after lawmakers discovered that dozens of scientists had not revealed income and other perks they received from for-profit companies, as required.

Guardian Unlimited (UK)

by Catherine Bennett

August 25, 2005

In 1982 the Prince of Wales was elected president of the BMA, and promptly used this platform to lecture doctors on the attractions of healing. Naturally, he anticipated some resistance.

"Perhaps," he told the doctors, "we just have to accept it is God's will that the unorthodox individual is doomed to years of frustration, ridicule and failure in order to act out his role in the scheme of things, until his day arrives and mankind is ready to receive his message."

Bloomberg (Europe)

by Christopher Elser

August 22, 2005

GlaxoSmithKline Plc's Paxil antidepressant is linked to a higher risk of suicide attempts in adults, according to a review of 16 studies by researchers in Norway and published in BMC Medicine journal.

The review looked at adult patients in studies comparing the Glaxo medicine against a placebo. In April, European health regulators warned that Paxil, Eli Lilly & Co.'s Prozac and other antidepressants shouldn't be used to treat children due to a risk of suicide. Aursnes said his study may convince doctors and regulators to more closely monitor all use of the drug. Glaxo got 1.06 billion pounds ($1.9 billion) in sales from Paxil last year.

First Coast News (FL)

by Melissa Ross

August 22, 2005

JACKSONVILLE -- A verdict from a Texas jury is giving hope to dozens of Jacksonville famlies suing drug maker Merck over its arthritis medication, Vioxx.

Last week, that jury awarded more than $250 million to a Texas familiy, ruling that the maker of Vioxx was liable for the death of their loved one. Jacksonville widow Toni Raices says Vioxx killed her husband, too.

Business Week

by Amy Barrett

August 22, 2005

The costly Vioxx verdict makes its plan to take on each claim individually more difficult. But a big settlement is no easy cure, either

Unfortunately for Merck, the Aug. 19 decision by a Texas jury raises big questions about how the company can fend off the mountain of Vioxx suits it faces. It has two possible routes: Strike a big settlement to resolve most of these cases, or take on each case individually. But both approaches are fraught with risk for the drugmaker.


by Lynn Landes

August 22, 2005

Pesticides pose a much greater health hazard than the West Nile virus.

I'm reminded of the 1950's...TV newscasts showing clouds of DDT sprayed on a clueless public, compromising their health and contaminating the environment for decades to come, as Rachel Carson writes "Silent Spring." Pesticides pose a much greater health hazard than the West Nile virus.


by Terry Messman

August 20, 2005

Whitaker exposes the massive lies that have corrupted the Food and Drug Administration's drug review process, and conceal the serious hazards and even deadly side-effects of brand-name drugs like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Zyprexa.

Investigative reporter Robert Whitaker, author of the groundbreaking book Mad In America, is now pursuing a fascinating line of research into how the mammoth psychiatric drug industry is endangering the American public by covering up the untold cases of suffering, anguish and disease caused by the most widely prescribed antidepressants and antipsychotic medications.

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