June 17, 2010
Few Americans Using Electronic Medical Records
Despite years of hype
around the issue, less than one in 10 American adults now utilize
electronic medical records or turn to e-mail to contact their
doctor, a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll finds.
Shared Opinions Light Up Brain's 'Reward
Finding common ground with
others often leads to a sense of satisfaction, and a new study
suggests that the reason why is because the "reward" area of the
brain is activated when people agree with our opinions.
Botox May Temporarily Paralyze Emotions, Too
For Botox users concerned
that the muscle-paralyzing injections will rob their face of its
ability to show emotion, a new study suggests that people injected
with the toxin might end up with less strong emotion to display in
the first place.
H1N1 Flu Undergoing Genetic Changes in Pigs
Although the pandemic H1N1
"swine" flu that emerged last spring has stayed genetically stable
in humans, researchers in Asia say the virus has undergone genetic
changes in pigs during the last year and a half.
FDA Panel Backs New 'Morning After' Pill
A U.S. Food and Drug
Administration advisory panel voted unanimously on Thursday to
recommend approval of a new emergency contraception pill that is
effective for a longer period of time than the "morning after" pill
known as Plan B.
New Tobacco Regulations to Take Effect
As the first anniversary
of the signing of the Tobacco Control Act approaches, several key
provisions of the law that gives the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration the power to regulate tobacco products are set to
Jevtana Approved for Advanced Prostate Cancer
The chemotherapy drug
Jevtana (cabazitaxel) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration to treat advanced prostate cancer that worsens
despite use of a standard drug therapy, docetaxel.