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Talcum Powder Possible Cancer Concerns Warning - J & J to payout $417m

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Talcum Powder Possible Cancer Concerns Warning - J & J to payout $417m

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $417m (£323.4m) to a woman who says she developed ovarian cancer after using products such as baby powder. The California jury's decision marks the largest award yet in a string of lawsuits that claim the firm did not adequately warn about cancer risks from talc-based products. A spokeswoman for Johnson & Johnson defended the products' safety. The firm plans to appeal, as it has in previous cases. "We will appeal today's verdict because we are guided by the science," Carol Goodrich, spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc, said in a statement....

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Finish The Antibiotics Course - Myth !

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Finish The Antibiotics Course - Myth !

Doctors should stop telling people to "complete the course" of some antibiotics, experts have warned. Patients are put at unnecessary risk from antibiotic resistance when treatment is given for longer than necessary, according to an article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Professor Martin Llewelyn at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and colleagues say the warning given to patients not to stop a course early is not supported by evidence and that research is needed to develop an alternative approach, such as stopping when you feel better. They say such an approach would prevent the overuse of drugs, which can...

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Hunt For HIV Cure, Turns To Cancer Drugs

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Hunt For HIV Cure, Turns To Cancer Drugs

  The outstanding progress in boosting the immune system to treat cancer may help unlock a cure for HIV, according to scientists meeting in Paris. The body's normal defences struggle to clear the body of HIV and cancer. But the rapidly emerging field of immunotherapy has seen some patients with terminal cancer go into complete remission. The hope is that a similar approach could clear someone of HIV, although some experts have urged caution. HIV treatment requires daily antiretroviral drugs to kill any active virus. Left unchecked, HIV can destroy the immune system, causing Aids. A cure is currently impossible...

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NHS Cyber Attack - how to protect yourself

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NHS Cyber Attack - how to protect yourself

The risk of being infected by ransomware similar to the recent NHS type, can be reduced significantly by taking the usual computer security steps Installing new patches and computer updates, avoiding dubious websites and downloads, and backing up important files are key steps to prevent this Many experts think this type of attack and demands for payment to release your files back ( which these criminals rarely ever do by the way ! ) will become more and more common Watch Out !!!

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GP Shortage

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GP Shortage

Some medical practices are being forced to close after failing to recruit GPs as the number of vacancies soar to 12.2%, research suggests. The survey was carried out amongst 860 GPs and found that the average time taken to recruit a GP partner has risen from 6.6 months to 7.4 in the last year. The research, carried out by the GP news magazine Pulse, found that 18% of GPs said they had to give up recruiting in the past 12 months after being unsuccessful. While some practices are having to resort to hiring non-GPs to fill the gaps, others have...

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