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Archive: March, 2013

If markets are so great, try one for Pharma and Medicare

Thursday, March 28, 2013, 6:00 AM
In 2003 Gerard Anderson of Johns Hopkins University and Uwe Reinhardt from Princeton, together with two of their colleagues, published a study that concluded Americans pay health care costs that are as much as four times higher per person than other advanced countries. Just this week, the International... Read more

Not so far from selling medicine in Conestoga Wagons

Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 6:00 AM
An email from a reader last week contained a link to an article (see here) about the FDA's proposal to ease the efficacy and safety standards for approving new Alzheimer's drugs. His terse comment was, "If it goes through, it will open great opportunities for snake oil salesmen." His brief remark... Read more

Kids can confuse nicotine lozenges as candy mints

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7:00 AM
In Chicago last month 16 elementary school children were taken to local hospitals with a sudden illness. The children were 9- and 10-year olds who began vomiting after eating “mints” given to them by a classmate. It was later found that these “mints” were actually nicotine replacement... Read more

I'm in my 30s and starting to notice some of my teeth are yellowing. Is this normal? What are safe ways to whiten?

Monday, March 11, 2013, 9:43 AM
I'm in my 30s and starting to notice some of my teeth are yellowing. Is this normal? What are safe ways to whiten? Is there anything that I can do the slow down the yellowing? Markus B. Blatz, DMD, PhD, is a professor of restorative dentistry, and chairman of the department of preventive and restorative... Read more

How big pharma discourages innovation

Monday, March 4, 2013, 9:50 AM
Big Pharma has been keeping itself afloat for some time on a number of myths. For several years, as investors saw the industry's business model breaking down, pharma tried to assuage them by perpetrating the myth that the emerging global markets (China, India, Russia) will restore earlier profit levels... Read more
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