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New U.S. Rule Pares Outpatient Medicaid Services

In the first of an expected avalanche of post-election regulations, the Bush administration on Friday narrowed the scope of services that can be provided to poor people under Medicaid’s outpatient hospital benefit.

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TVNL Comment: Another part of the Bush legacy: bail out the rich, screw the poor!

Harvard Psychiatrists Hide Millions of Dollars Received from Drug Companies

A congressional investigation has revealed that a group of Harvard psychiatrists, instrumental in pushing the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children and its off-label treatment with antipsychotics, concealed from university officials the millions of dollars they earned in consulting fees for the companies that make those drugs.

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Migraines linked to lower breast cancer risk: study

Women who suffer from migraines also seem to gain a much lower risk of breast cancer, according to a study released Thursday.

The study is the first of its kind to look at the hormonal relationship between breast cancer and the severe throbbing headaches that can cause vomiting, nausea and sensitivity to light, sound and smells.

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Probiotics 'may stop pneumonia'

Probiotics could be used to protect critically ill patients from developing pneumonia, according to scientists.

The friendly bacteria can block the colonisation by dangerous bugs of the airways of ventilated patients, the Swedish study concluded.

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A cancer patient's genome decoded for first time

Scientists for the first time have decoded the entire genome of a cancer patient, identifying a series of genes never before linked to the type of white blood cell cancer that ultimately killed the woman.

The study, published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, represents a new approach to grasp the genetic underpinning of cancer and pave the way for better treatments

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Medical marijuana approved in Michigan

Michigan voters approved the use of marijuana to treat debilitating illness today, according to an examination of key precincts by the National Election Pool, making the state the 13th to sanction so-called medical marijuana.

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Big Pharma May be Handed Blanket Immunity for All Drug Side Effects, Deaths

The Supreme Court may rule that pharmaceutical companies cannot be sued for dangerous or even deadly side effects from their drugs if those side effects arise from an FDA-approved use.

Under a legal argument known as "pre-emption," the FDA's approval of a drug absolves companies of any responsibility if that drug later turns out to be dangerous, even if information was concealed from the FDA during the approval process. While courts have rejected this argument for decades, the winds appear to be shifting.

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