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Friday, November 19, 2004

Friday November 19, 2004. I've been expecting the US health industry to begin having interesting times. This might be the start of that:

A veteran Food and Drug Administration safety officer said yesterday at a Senate hearing on the abrupt recall of the arthritis drug Vioxx that five other widely used drugs should either be withdrawn or sharply restricted because they have dangerous side effects.

Describing the agency he works for as incapable of stopping dangerous drugs from entering and staying on the market, David J. Graham, associate director of the Office of Drug Safety, told the senators that the FDA's role in reviewing and approving new drugs sometimes conflicts with its duty to address safety issues.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61157-2004Nov18.html (free subscription, or go via http://bugmenot.com )
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From the Volokh Conspiracy http://volokh.com:
[Orin Kerr, November 17, 2004 at 3:07pm]
New Blog Following State Attorneys General:

Available here http://tierney.blogware.com/, hosted by James Tierney of the Columbia Law School program on state Attorneys General. Thanks to Susan Crawford for the link.
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From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 18-Nov-2004
Major-party candidates wield the Web, with many challengers still offline
Third-party political challengers aren't using the Web as widely as expected, researchers find.

Public Release: 19-Nov-2004
New sampling method to track HIV-risk behavior
An innovative sampling method, respondent-driven sampling (RDS), developed by Cornell University sociologist Douglas Heckathorn, has been adopted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for recruiting and measuring HIV risk behaviors among injecting drug users in the 25 cities with the largest number of new AIDS cases.

Public Release: 19-Nov-2004
Space sentinels track desertification on Mediterranean shores
The severe droughts and forest fires of recent years underline Mediterranean Europe's continuing vulnerability to desertification – 300 000 square kilometres of territory are currently affected, threatening the livelihoods of 16.5 million Europeans. A new satellite-based service is set to provide a continuous monitoring of regions most at risk.

Public Release: 19-Nov-2004
Space sentinels track desertification on Mediterranean shores
The severe droughts and forest fires of recent years underline Mediterranean Europe's continuing vulnerability to desertification – 300 000 square kilometres of territory are currently affected, threatening the livelihoods of 16.5 million Europeans. A new satellite-based service is set to provide a continuous monitoring of regions most at risk.
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From http://www.eurekalert.org/econnews.php
Public Release: 19-Nov-2004
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Chernobyl disaster caused cancer cases in Sweden
Chernobyl disaster caused cancer cases in Sweden Study of development of cancer in seven Swedish counties establishes connection A statistically determined correlation between radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl accident and an increase in the number of cases of cancer in the exposed areas in Sweden is reported in a study by scientists at Linköping University, Örebro University, and the County Council of Västernorrland County.
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