January 19, 2006 Labels for Elidel cream and Protopic ointment will now include warnings about a possible risk of cancer, and Democrats are pressing for revisions of the new Medicare drug benefit.
January 11, 2006 The high number of human cases of bird flu in Turkey is apparently due to widespread infections among wild and domestic birds, according to a senior World Health Organization official.
January 6, 2006 Among the week's stories: The World Health Organization confirms that two teenagers in Turkey have died of the bird flu strain that up to now has infected people only in eastern Asia. And Congress bans the Bush administration from asking candidates for scientific advisory committees their political affiliations.
December 28, 2005 Among the week's stories: Scientists say they've found out how a high-fat diet can trigger Type 2 diabetes. And patients with small but serious heart attacks sometimes receive too much anti-clotting drugs, according to a new study.
December 23, 2005 Among the week's stories: A Korean scientist once considered one of the most important stem-cell researchers in the world continues to face serious questions about his work. And only slightly over a million seniors sign up for the new Medicare prescription-drug coverage plan on their own.
December 9, 2005 A new survey finds patients with high-deductible health plans are more cost-conscious — and more likely to skip needed care.
November 30, 2005 In the third Vioxx case to go to trial, plaintiffs argue the painkiller caused the fatal heart attack of 53-year-old man.
November 23, 2005 There's plenty of evidence that breastfeeding makes babies healthier. Now, researchers suggest it may also do the same for mothers.
November 16, 2005 A follow-up to a 1990s trial indicates a 50 percent decrease in breast cancer in women who took the drug.
November 11, 2005 Despite a record supply of flu vaccine, many Americans report trouble finding a flu shot.
November 3, 2005 Details of the Bush Administration's plan to deal with a flu pandemic paint a potentially grim picture.
October 25, 2005 Flu vaccine makers are slated to produce at least 70 million doses this year — enough to vaccinate every American who wants a flu shot.
October 21, 2005 An experimental drug for diabetes could cause disease and death if the Food and Drug Administration approves it, according to a new analysis.
October 14, 2005 Among this week's news: European health officials have identified avian flu in poultry from Turkey. The disease may also have spread to Romania.