DEA Lookup.com Healthcare Industry Breaking News: May 2009



VA HIV Infections: 10,000 At Risk
Officials from the Department of Veteran Affairs will be facing some tough questions next month from a congressional panel regarding shoddy medical practices at several VA hospitals that have put thousands of former soldiers at risk of possible exposure to HIV and other infectious diseases. More...

Decreased HRT Leads to 37% Fewer Cancer Deaths
The decrease in deaths from breast cancer accounted for 37 percent of the reduction in the death rate among women during the 15-year period. This is largely due to a decreased use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which has been shown to increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. More...

J & J Asked to Remove Chemicals from Baby Shampoo
Johnson & Johnson is being asked by a coalition of organizations to remove two chemicals, considered probable human carcinogens, from its baby shampoo and other personal care products. More...

Greater Cancer Risk for Child Survivors
Chemotherapy for children increases risk for additional cancers like brain cancer by 300%, and can also lead to other health issues - from cardiovascular to reproductive. More...

RI health insurers want 16.3% rate increase
Health Insurance Commissioner Christopher Koller says Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is proposing a 16.3-percent rate increase for businesses with 50 or more employees. More...

Idea on Hill: Taxing Health Benefits
Experts lined up Tuesday before the Senate Finance Committee and said it is one of the best ways to pay for a health-care overhaul. Many top Democrats support taxing health benefits. More...

Big Chains Serve 'Shocking' Amounts Of Salt
Some Chain Meals Contain 4 Days Worth Of Sodium. More...

Heparin Stirs New Fears
Two Delaware patients died last weekend after taking heparin, a widely used blood thinner made by Baxter International Inc., sparking concerns about a repeat of fatal heparin contamination in 2008. More...

Folic Acid Cuts Risk Of Premature Births By 70%
Thousands of premature births a year could be prevented if women took folic acid in the run-up to pregnancy, research suggests. More...

Early Tests For Autism
New findings from researchers at the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven hint at one possible way to identify autism earlier: track a child's eye movement. More...

Federal Healthcare Budget: $879 Billion
President Barack Obama's budget carves out $879 billion for health and human services spending, a 7.7% increase that includes more money for items such as cancer research and food-safety inspectors. More...

Public Healthcare Insurance to Compete
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius tells Congress that the administration wants to create a government-run program to encourage competition. More...

G.E. Plans Lower-Cost Health Products
General Electric is shifting the strategy in its $17 billion-a-year health equipment and technology business, seeking to broaden its reach with more lower-cost products. More...

FDA: Suicide Warning On Epilepsy Drugs
The Food and Drug Administration has alerted physicians to new warnings on anti-seizure drugs about heightened risks of suicidal tendencies, following an earlier announcement that the labels would be required. More...

Mexican Outsourcing Hurt by Swine Flu
Concerns over swine flu outbreaks in Mexico have led to many governments issuing warnings against non-essential travel to the country. More...

Antiviral Sales Surge on Flu Scare
Americans frightened by the swine flu are snapping up two antiviral medicines that treat the virus, whether they have it or not. More...

FDA: Bristol-Myers diabetes drug safe
A potential blockbuster diabetes medication from Bristol-Myers Squibb appears free from heart-related side effects that have plagued similar treatments, federal health officials said Monday. More...

Wyeth CEO gets $53 million
Wyeth's chief executive is in line to get a whopping $53 million in severance payments if the drugmaker's pending acquisition by Pfizer Inc. is completed, according to a regulatory filing Friday. More...

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