Doctor’s Mishap Sheds Light on Ebola Vaccine’s Effects

NYT, 5 March 2015
Author: Denise Grady
“Dr. Lewis Rubinson, an intensive-care specialist and associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, was quickly given a shot of an experimental vaccine after he felt a needle jab into his thumb last September on an Ebola ward in Sierra Leone. As it turns out, it is not clear whether the vaccine could have protected him against Ebola, because blood tests indicate he was almost certainly never infected. when it was all over blood tests suggested that he was probably immune to Ebola.”
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Dentists might be able to screen for diabetes

Reuters, 5 March 2015
Author: Lisa Rapaport
“Dentists may be able to screen patients for diabetes while cleaning their teeth, a small study suggests. Researchers found that testing for diabetes using blood that appears on the gums during a routine oral cleaning might be just as accurate as a standard screening that gets a blood sample by pricking the finger with a tiny needle.”
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Indigenous Peruvians win Amazon pollution payout from US oil giant

The Guardian, 6 March 2015
Author: Dan Collyns
“Members of the indigenous Achuar tribe from the Peruvian Amazon have won an undisclosed sum from Occidental Petroleum in an out-of-court settlement after a long-running legal battle in the US courts. They sued the company in 2007, alleging it knowingly caused pollution which caused premature deaths, birth defects and damaged their habitat. It is the first time a company from the United States has been sued in a US court for pollution it caused in another country.”
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Nurofen maker faces court over ACCC claim ads are misleading

SMH, 5 March 2015
Sources: AAP
“The company that markets Nurofen faces legal action over claims it has misled consumers about the popular painkiller. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission alleges that Reckitt Benckiser’s Nurofen Specific Pain Products are identical, despite being advertised to treat different kinds of pain, such as migraines and tension headaches.”
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Children with gender dysphoria deserve better from the law

The Conversation, 4 March 2015
Author: Malcolm Smith
“An increasing number of Australian children are accessing specialist health services for gender dysphoria treatment, largely because of a growing awareness among doctors about available specialist health services. But the law is not in step with the needs of these children. Recent legal developments are a step in the right direction, but further review of the law is needed as the current process remains burdensome for children with gender dysphoria and their families.”
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FDA issues warning on testosterone-boosting drugs

CBS News, 4 March 2015
“The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors against over-prescribing testosterone-boosting drugs for men, saying the popular treatments have not been established as safe or effective for common age-related issues like low libido and fatigue. The agency says drugmakers must clearly state in their labeling and promotions that the drugs, currently taken by millions of U.S. men, are only approved to treat low testosterone levels caused by disease or injury, not normal aging.”
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Heroin Overdose Deaths Nearly Quadruple In 13 Years

Huffington Post, 4 March 2015
Author: Rachael Rettner
“In a worsening trend, deaths from heroin overdose in the United States increased even more dramatically in recent years than they did over the previous decade, according to a new report. The researchers also reported changes in the age group and ethnic group with the highest rates of death from heroin overdoses.”
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Medical Council of India orders doctors’ suspension for drug industry junket

BMJ 2015;350:h1106
Author: Ganapati Mudur
“The Medical Council of India has ordered a six month suspension of the licences of 15 doctors who travelled to the United Kingdom in 2012 on what the council says was a trip paid for by a drug company. The order, issued last week, came amid longstanding concerns that some doctors in India may be accepting travel support and hospitality from drug companies, thus breaching ethical guidelines issued by the council nearly six years ago.”
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