Duke Sued Over Clinical Trials

According to ABC 11 News and an article on ABClocal.go.com, a lawsuit filed in Durham Superior Court names Duke University, Duke University Health System, and five doctors. They are accused of participating in a fraudulent clinical trial, and exposing participants to unnecessary treatment—including chemotherapy. The lawsuit alleges the clinical trial relied on the work of …

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Strong Cautions on Bone-Building Drugs

About 4 million women in the United States—more than 10 percent of women over age 50—take medications called bisphosphonates as a treatment for osteoporosis or osteopenia (pre-osteoporosis). Unfortunately, many of those women may not have been informed about the risks of these so-called bone-building drugs. There are serious risks associated with these medications…risks that aren’t …

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Excess Stroke Risk Halts Brain Stent Study

Stents have been used successfully for years in people with atherosclerosis to keep arteries around the heart open and prevent a first, second, or third heart attack. About six years ago, stents were approved for use in the brain, with the hopes of preventing strokes. The brain stents failed miserably. A study designed to test …

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Congratulations Again, Terrell Grice!

The 2010 winner of our “My PSA Contest!” was Terrell Grice of Fayetteville. We received the following update from Terrell’s high school video teacher (Patricia Barnard, of Douglas Byrd High School): Terrell Grice has graduated and is now attending Full Sail University in Florida after receiving a generous scholarship based on his video work. He …

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How To Pack a Safe School Lunch

When it comes to school lunches, parents might have concerns about the nutritional quality of cafeteria food, or about whether their children will trade their healthy, homemade lunches for junk food. But most parents don’t even think about whether their children’s lunches put them at risk for foodborne illnesses. According to an article in The …

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