New Data Show That Subcutaneous Injection Of An Investigational Formulation Of ORENCIA® Provided Similar Improvemnt Compared To Intraveous Therapy

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
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Article Date: 10 Nov 2010 – 3:00 PST

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BioCryst To Present New Data For BCX4208 Monotherapy At The 74th Annual American College Of Rheumatology (ACR) Scientific Meeting

Main Category: Gout
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Article Date: 10 Nov 2010 – 3:00 PST

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BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX) announced the presentation of new data related to the efficacy and safety of BCX4208 for the treatment of gout at the 74th ACR Scientific Meeting being held in Atlanta, Georgia.

The data will be presented during a poster session scheduled for today, November 8, 2010 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The poster to be presented during the session is entitled:

Interleukin Genetics And The University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Announce Presentation Of Additional Clinical Study Findings On Osteoarthritis

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Bones / Orthopedics;  Genetics;  Clinical Trials / Drug Trials
Article Date: 10 Nov 2010 – 4:00 PST

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Interleukin Genetics, Inc. (Pink Sheets: ILIU) and the Thurston Arthritis Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced additional findings from their previously reported 1,154-patient longitudinal study to evaluate the role of genetic factors in osteoarthritis (OA) progression. The new data, which will be presented for the first time at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta, GA, indicates patients with radiographic signs of early knee osteoarthritis were genetically different from those without radiographic signs of the disease and progressed to moderate or severe OA at a much greater frequency.

Drinks High In Fructose Raise Gout Risk For Women

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Main Category: Gout
Also Included In: Arthritis / Rheumatology;  Pain / Anesthetics;  Nutrition / Diet
Article Date: 10 Nov 2010 – 11:00 PST

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Women who regularly consume drinks with a high fructose content have a 74% higher risk of developing gout compared to females who consume such drinks once per month or less, researchers from Boston University School of Medicine wrote in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association). The authors add that because gout is not common among females, the total female incidence from fructose-rich beverages will not change the male-female ratio incidence balance by much.

Federal Inspectors Crack Down On Corrupt Drug Company Executives

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
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Article Date: 10 Nov 2010 – 5:00 PST

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“Federal inspectors want to prevent drug-company executives from doing business with the U.S. government when their companies are convicted of Medicare fraud,” The Washington Post reports.

New guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services say “executives can be barred from contracting with federal health programs when they knew, or if the inspector general concludes they should have known, about fraud at their firms.”

Nursing Homes Fear Medicaid Cuts Under GOP-Led House

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Article Date: 10 Nov 2010 – 5:00 PST

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The nursing home industry is concerned about pending Medicaid cuts, news outlets report.

Doctors Urge Congress To Delay Pay Cuts

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Article Date: 10 Nov 2010 – 5:00 PST

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States Slash Budgets For Tobacco-Prevention Programs; Florida Lawmakers Consider Medicaid Revision; Md. To Probe Nonprofit Mental Health Clinic

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Also Included In: Smoking / Quit Smoking;  Mental Health
Article Date: 10 Nov 2010 – 6:00 PST

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The Wall Street Journal: “Many cash-strapped U.S. states are slashing budgets for tobacco-prevention programs, raising alarms among public-health groups as the nation’s progress toward getting adult smokers to quit has stalled. The adult smoking rate was 20.6% in 2009, the same as a year earlier and largely unchanged since 2004, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Investigations Examine Medicare’s Dialysis System, CT Scanners And Drugs

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Also Included In: Urology / Nephrology;  Radiology / Nuclear Medicine;  Regulatory Affairs / Drug Approvals
Article Date: 10 Nov 2010 – 6:00 PST

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Several high-profile investigations probe health care issues.

Peyronie’s Disease Following Radical Prostatectomy: Incidence And Predictors

Main Category: Prostate / Prostate Cancer
Also Included In: Urology / Nephrology;  Erectile Dysfunction / Premature Ejaculation
Article Date: 03 Aug 2010 – 0:00 PDT

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UroToday.com – Peyronie’s disease (PD) occurs more frequently following radical prostatectomy (RP) than it does among men in the general population, according to a report by Dr. Raanan Tal and colleagues in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.