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Archive: January, 2012

A New Year’s Surprise: Medicare Spending is Slowing on Its Own

Friday, January 6, 2012, 6:00 AM
Here’s some good news to start the New Year. Without any major change in its structure, Medicare’s spending growth has started to slow down on its own. Medicare costs have risen by an average of about 12% a year since the early 1970s, and they grew by about 9% a year between 2000 and 2009... Read more

In a Big Year for Autism Research, Penn Findings are Cited

Thursday, January 5, 2012, 4:08 PM
The year 2011 was a big one for autism research, with major findings that non-genetic factors play a larger role in who develops the disorder than many scientists had previously suspected. A University of Pennsylvania study that found very low-birth-weight babies were five times as likely to later... Read more

Durezol and Durasal - how two drugs can be easily confused

Sunday, January 1, 2012, 9:05 PM
You may have read in The Inquirer about a health professional alert that FDA sent last week about potential injury due to look-alike/sound-alike drug name confusion between the FDA-approved eye medicine Durezol and an FDA-unapproved prescription wart remover called Durasal, which is salicylic acid... Read more
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