US Bill proposes to strengthen drug safety laws

Leaders of four committees in the US House of Representatives have introduced a bill -- Drug Safety Enhancement Act (Bill HR 6543) -- which would upgrade America’s prescription drug safety laws.  This Bill proposes to equip the FDA with the authorities and resources it needs to adequately regulate the growing global marketplace for drugs.

HR 6543 would:

Google and Microsoft help fight illegal internet pharmacies

Bloomberg reports that Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are helping to establish a nonprofit organization targeting illegal Internet pharmacies in support of Obama administration efforts.  The group is comprised of companies that serve as Internet choke points and was in response to a call from the administration for private efforts to police illegal pharmacies, said Victoria Espinel, the White House intellectual property enforcement coordinator.

Stem cell transplant has cured HIV infection in 'Berlin patient'

National AIDS Manual (NAM) reports that doctors who carried out a stem cell transplant on an HIV-infected man with leukaemia in 2007 say they now believe the man to have been cured of HIV infection as a result of the treatment, which introduced stem cells which happened to be resistant to HIV infection.

Children breathe easier with smoke-free laws

(Reuters Health) - Children with asthma who live in areas with "smoke-free" laws may suffer fewer bouts of coughing and wheezing as a result, a new study suggests.

The findings, reported in the journal Pediatrics, add to evidence that smoking bans in workplaces, restaurants and bars have produced health benefits. But until now, most research has focused on adults.

Lower education level tied to heart failure risk

A recent report from Reuters Health highlights results from a new study which found that the less education people have, the greater their risk of eventually developing chronic heart failure.

Researchers say lower education levels are basically a stand-in for people's overall economic condition, and that their findings add to evidence connecting poverty to heart disease.


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