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Carotid artery stenting shown to be cost-effective alternative to endarterectomy

Researchers determined that carotid artery stenting (CAS) with embolic protection is an economically attractive alternative to endarterectomy (END) for patients at increased surgical risk. The study, based on data from the Stenting and Angioplasty w...

Speedy generic approval may not benefit consumers as much as expected,...

Toronto -- Faster approval times for generic drugs will get them into consumers' hands quicker, but may not make the price any better, a pricing and marketing researcher has found. A mathematical model created by Andrew Ching shows that fewer f...

AADR testifies to the FDA advisory panel on dental amalgam

Gaithersburg, MD -- On December 14-15, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened an Advisory Panel to discuss several scientific issues that may affect the regulation of dental amalgam. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Panel v...

No difference in nonsuicide mortality between 2 anti-psychotic drugs

PHILADELPHIA - The potential for harmful side effects associated with anti-psychotic medications for treating schizophrenia is a frustration for mental-health professionals who must balance this with the positive benefits of drugs. For example, the ...

JDRF clinical panel recommends next steps for artificial pancreas clinical testing

Diabetes experts at a meeting convened by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) took the next step in advancing efforts toward the development of an artificial pancreas: putting forth clinical recomm...

Treating cancer with light

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Can skin cancer be treated with light? Scientists at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine), believe so. They're exploring new ways to image cancerous lesions using LEDs that might advance a technique for treating c...

New task force report on bisphosphonate use and atypical femur fractures...

Washington, DC, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010 -- A widely prescribed class of drugs is highly effective in reducing common bone fractures in people with osteoporosis, but an expert panel announced today that these same drugs -- when used long term -- may be ...

BMJ report into top-selling diabetes drug raises concerns about the drug...

A BMJ investigation into the top-selling diabetes drug rosiglitazone (Avandia) raises concerns about its safety and the whole system by which drugs are evaluated, regulated, and promoted around the world. BMJ Editor in Chief, Dr Fiona Godlee, bel...

McMaster study contradicts reports of problems with blood-thinner

New findings by McMaster University researchers contradict earlier reports that people with a certain genetic make-up don't benefit from the blood-thinner clopidogrel, also known as Plavix. After researchers from the United States, France and Germ...

New nuclear breast imaging technologies associated with higher cancer risks

OAK BROOK, Ill. -- Some nuclear-based breast imaging exams may increase a woman's risk of developing radiation-induced cancer, according to a special report appearing online and in the October issue of Radiology. However, the radiation dose and ris...

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