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28/01/2013
Daily Mail
By: Presswatch
Astra's Growth precription
AstraZeneca's new-broom chief executive Pascal Soriot is set to insist its research labs will inject life into the product pipeline as the company posts fourth quarter figures this Thursday. Britain's second biggest pharmaceuticals firm is forecast to post sales of around £4.4bn in the 3 month period and earnings of around £1.4bn.
 
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28/01/2013
The Guardian
By: Presswatch
French agency links deaths to drug used as contraceptive
A confidential report by the French drug safety authority has concluded that 125 women had suffered "undesirable" and possibly life-threatening side effects linked to an acne drug prescribed as a contraceptive, Diane-35, and its generic versions. Le Figaro newspaper, which obtained a copy of the confidential internal document produced by the agency, said 37 of the women had not fully recovered after taking the pills made by Bayer, the German pharmaceutical company.
 
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28/01/2013
International Herald Tribune
By: Presswatch
Bird flu experiments
Scientists who had stopped research during the past year on a newly created bird flu virus because of safety and terrorism concerns have announced plans to resume their work. The scientists published their first papers last year in two leading journals, Science and Nature, after agreeing to a voluntary moratorium on further research until governments and research organizations could decide on ground rules to protect the public. Now, they say, the work can resume in countries that have set conditions to ensure safety and security.
 
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28/01/2013
International Herald Tribune
By: Presswatch
U.S. panel votes to toughen restrictions on painkillers
In an action that advocates said could help ease the growing problem of addiction to narcotic painkillers, a U.S. government advisory panel has voted to toughen restrictions on Vicodin and other hydrocodone products.
 
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28/01/2013
Daily Mail
By: Presswatch
Cancer patients who say No to a mastectomy 'more likely to survive'
Women stand a better chance of surviving breast cancer if they don't have a mastectomy, a major study has found. Those aged over 50 who have only the lump removed, followed by radiotherapy, are almost a fifth more likely to survive the illness than patients who lose the whole breast. Many women diagnosed with breast cancer choose to have a mastectomy thinking it will remove the tumours as quickly as possible and give them the best chance of survival.
 
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28/01/2013
By: Presswatch
NHS and Health Sector News
The Times reports that dozens of countries have inquired about buying the "NHS brand" after its starring role in the Olympic opening ceremony, according to Howard Lyons, the managing director of Healthcare UK.

The Daily Telegraph reports that a grandmother has died after doctors failed to notice she had colon cancer despite her complaining of severe abdominal pain for at least 6 months.

The Daily Telegraph reports that trainee doctors have been encouraged to breach European restrictions on working hours, a leading Surgeon has claimed. Professor Norman Williams, the president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said doctors will lose their professionalism if they develop a "clock in, clock off attitude".

The Daily Mail reports that the NHS has spent £4million on sending fat people to Weight Watchers over the past five years. GPs now routinely refer patients to the classes, which cost 'private' visitors around £45 for three months.
 
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