Health News On 14 Sep 2007

  • Fentora Cancer Pain Drug Linked To Deaths
    Drug company Cephalon has sent out a Dear Doctor and a Dear Healthcare Professional letter about safe use of its cancer pain drug Fentora (fentanyl buccal tablet) which has been linked with four deaths recently.
  • Children With Lazy Eye Need Only Wear Patches A Few Hours A Day
    A child with amblyopia (lazy eye) does not have to wear a patch all day; three to four hours daily for a total of twelve weeks is all that is usually needed to improve vision, according to an article published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The writers say that wearing a patch all day long for several years is too much.
  • Cytopia Compounds Show Potential As Treatment For Bone Loss
    Cytopia Limited (ASX: CYT) announced that novel compounds from its FMS project have demonstrated potent activity in a model of bone degradation. Bone degradation is a cause of osteoporosis, a debilitating bone disease which can lead to serious clinical issues such as fractures.
  • Virus Experts Step Closer To Treatment For Hepatitis C, UK
    Scientists working on hepatitis C have discovered a powerful new drug, which has been shown to inhibit the virus in laboratory tests. The research findings represent an early but promising step towards treating the 170 million people worldwide estimated to be infected with hepatitis C.
  • “Lumpectomy” Possible For Some Prostate Tumors
    Treating or removing just the part of the prostate that is cancerous may be an effective and less invasive approach for a considerable minority of men with early prostate cancer that is confined to the prostate, according to doctors in Durham, North Carolina.
  • Erectile Dysfunction Drug Helps Men With Spinal Cord Injury
    Tadalafil (Cialis) may help some men with spinal cord injuries have erections sufficient for satisfactory sex, reported European investigators.