Archive for January, 2008

Sticker Shock Upgrades Perception of Plonk

Bring on the expensive stuff — not necessarily the highest quality — next time you want to really enjoy wine. The region of the brain associated with subjective perceptions of pleasantness, or orbitofrontal cortex for those in the neurological know, lighted up more strongly in people who thought they were drinking pricier Cabernet Sauvignon, even […]

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Genentech’s Avastin Loses a Bit of Luster

Genentech, a star of the ailing drug business, couldn’t quite match analysts’ stellar growth expectations for 2007. Its biggest selling drug, the cancer treatment Avastin, had sales growth of 23% in the fourth quarter, to $603 million, the company said yesterday in its earnings announcement. But that growth — which would be the envy of […]

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Novo Nordisk Shelves Inhaled Insulin

Another inhaled insulin has gone up in smoke. Denmark’s Novo Nordisk, a leader in insulin, said it’s halting development of its AERx inhaled insulin system being developed in partnership with Aradigm. “Fast-acting inhaled insulin in the form it is known today is unlikely to offer significant clinical or convenience benefits over injections of modern insulin […]

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Waits Grow in Emergency Rooms

If you felt like the wait to see a doctor was interminable the last time you were in the emergency room, you were right. ER times dragged out 36% longer between 1997 and 2004, according to a Health Affairs study by a gaggle of Harvard docs out today. Researchers say there’s every reason to think […]

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Supremes Back FDA on Limits for Unapproved Drugs

The U.S. Supreme Court refused today to hear an appeal arguing that terminally ill patients have a constitutional right to experimental drugs that haven’t been approved by FDA, letting stand a lower court’s decision in favor of the agency. It’s a setback for advocates of lower hurdles to new therapies for patients facing death, even […]

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Insurers: Hospitals Should Pay for Mistakes

Aetna and WellPoint are following the lead of Medicare and are moving to ban payments for care resulting from serious errors, the Wall Street Journal reports. Aetna is beginning to stipulate in hospital contracts that it won’t cover the cost of care for 28 “never events,” a list compiled National Quality Forum, a coalition of […]

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Unenhanced Results for Zetia and Vytorin

Now that the findings of the Enhance study are out and show that the combination of Zetia and Zocor is no better than taking Zocor alone when it comes to a marker for atherosclerosis, what’s it all mean for Zetia and the combo pill Vytorin? We talked to a couple of cardiologists to get their […]

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Snoop’s Family Values

Posted by Bossip Staff Posh Spice was concerned that Snoop Dogg would have a negative influence on her husband David Beckham and their family. Snoop managed to change her opinion through his new show: “But now she’s seen my (reality TV) show, and I think I’m cool with her now that she knows that I’m […]

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Eva Mendes Almost Slips Out…

of her dress while promoting her new film “Live” @ the premiere in Paris on Monday. Although the film has already made it’s debut in the US via the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC, it is still waiting to be released in France… with the release date slotted for January 23rd. This gives Eva a […]

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Blaaaaaaakey is Jealous!

Amy has gone for somewhat of a makeover as of late. Maybe she is trying to kick the winter blahs, or perhaps she just wants a pick-me-up while her hubby is rotting away in the clink, or perhaps Amy’s new companion has a thing for blondes. Who knows. She recently shocked Kelly Osbourne when appearing […]

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