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U.S. approves first study to test safety of stem cell treatment

NEW YORK – A U.S. biotech company says it plans to start this summer the world’s first study of a treatment based on human embryonic stem cells – a long-awaited …


Where are all the miracle medicines?

Drug companies justify the high cost of prescription medicines to help pay for breakthroughs of the future. One company even advertises: “Today’s medicines finance tomorrow’s miracles.” The implication is that …


Brain ‘pacemaker’ may help Parkinson’s patients

CHICAGO – Parkinson’s sufferers who had electrodes implanted in their brains improved substantially more than those who took only medicine, according to the biggest test yet of deep brain stimulation. …


Family doctors vanishing

BOISE – Many classmates of Dr. Chip Roser ended their medical training ready to practice a specialty. They morphed into neurologists, cardiologists, pathologists, dermatologists or other “gists.” Despite advice to …


Living with challenges of MS

Val Vissia has always been plagued by poor vision. “I need to put my glasses on to find my contacts,” she said. But after she turned 40, her vision problems …


Problems of hunger, obesity pose paradox

WASHINGTON – The worsening economic crunch is causing the tab for food assistance programs to balloon, and with the rising costs has come an intensifying debate over whether – and …


Drug pairings often risky, study warns

CHICAGO – At least 2 million older Americans are taking a combination of drugs or supplements that can be a risky mix – from blood thinners and cholesterol pills to …


First face transplant performed in U.S.

A woman being treated at the Cleveland Clinic has an almost entirely new face following the most extensive facial transplant ever performed, the medical center said Tuesday. The surgery is …


Epilepsy medicine can hamper sex life

Q. Does Topamax cause complete lack of sexual desire? And I do mean complete! A. Topamax (topiramate) is prescribed for epilepsy, but it also is used to prevent migraine headaches. …


Regaining control

Jackie Kittel returned to her yoga practice as soon as she was able following breast-cancer surgery four years ago. Kittel had been an Iyengar yoga instructor since 1994, so it …


Aids Sufferers’ Latest Hope May Reach Market Soon Ritonavir, Crixivan Slow Virus With Fewer Side-Effects

A new line of potent AIDS drugs is expected to reach the market within weeks. An advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration recommended Thursday that the drug Ritonavir, …


Man Vs. The Super Bugs Hospitals Battling The Rise Of Lethal Microbes Resistant To Antibiotics

Hospitals across the country are beginning to restrict the use of their most potent antibiotics and isolate their sickest patients to try to stop the evolution of “super bugs” - …


Cholesterol Drug Can Save Heart Patients

The anti-cholesterol drug Zocor can prolong the lives of heart disease patients, the government said Wednesday, the first time it has declared such an effect for cholesterol medicine. Doctors urged …


Method In Spokane Depends On Hospital Many Local Doctors Prefer Angioplasty, But Not All Facilities Set Up For It

How patients are treated for heart attacks in Spokane may depend on where they’re treated. Only Sacred Heart and Deaconess medical centers are equipped for primary angioplasties, and doctors there …


Angioplasty Or Drugs? Cardiologists Debate Merits Of Methods To Treat Heart Attacks

Drugs or balloons? A rancorous debate over how to treat heart attacks, already a plot twist in the hospital drama “ER,” is sharply dividing one of the world’s largest gatherings …


Doctors React To Bad News About Drugs Study On Hypertension Drugs Surprises Cardiologists

A TV news report stopped Spokane heart doctor Donald Canaday in his tracks as he exercised at home last Friday. A new study had linked a hypertension drug - one …


Pain Victims Make Case Before Board Patients Hope To Ease Fears About Prescribing Narcotics

A half dozen chronic pain sufferers pleaded with the Idaho State Board of Medicine late Wednesday to ease apprehension among doctors who prescribe narcotics. Jan Lambert, a Moscow resident, said …