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Drugmakers rush to produce a swine flu vaccine

LONDON (AP) — With swine flu now an official pandemic, the race is on among drugmakers to produce a vaccine.

GlaxoSmithKline said Thursday after the World Health Organization declared a global flu epidemic that it would be ready within weeks to begin large-scale vaccine production. Sanofi-Aventis also said it had started working on its own version. On Friday, Swiss pharma giant Novartis announced it had created an experimental vaccine that has been tested in people. Novartis' vaccine was made via a cell-based technology that may prove faster than the traditional way of making vaccines, which relies on chicken eggs.

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$2.5 billion spent, no alternative med cures found

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Ten years ago the government set out to test herbal and other alternative health remedies to find the ones that work. After spending $2.5 billion, the disappointing answer seems to be that almost none of them do.

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US pledges to put women, girls first in AIDS fight

WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) ‚ U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the Obama administration will put women and girls first in the fight against AIDS.
Rodham Clinton addressed an international AIDS conference in Namibia by video hookup Wednesday.
She says her government will prioritize preventing mother-to-child transmission of the virus that causes AIDS, and work to ensure girls are not forced into prostitution or early marriages.
Africans have welcomed the election of Barack Obama, who has roots in Kenya and is America's first black president. But Africans also have applauded George W. Bush, Obama's predecessor, for an AIDS campaign launched in 2003 that expanded AIDS prevention, treatment and support programs in 15 hard-hit countries, 12 of them African.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

FDA panel OKs schizophrenia drug for adolescents

ADELPHI, Md. (AP) ‚ Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration say a powerful psychiatric drug from AstraZeneca is safe and effective to treat schizophrenia in adolescents.
The FDA's panel of experts voted overwhelmingly that the pill Seroquel is a useful treatment for schizophrenia in patients ages 13 to 17.
A vote on the drug's use for pediatric bipolar disorder is slated for later Wednesday.
The group also is weighing expanded approval of drugs from Eli Lilly and Pfizer for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
The FDA is not required to follow the group's advice, though it usually does.
A positive FDA decision would allow the companies to expand marketing of drugs that already make up the top-selling class of prescriptions in the U.S.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

Government probes chelation-heart disease study

Heart attack survivors are again being enrolled in a controversial federal study of an alternative treatment while the government investigates whether they were told enough about possible health risks.
The $30 million study, with 1,500 participants so far, is one of the largest alternative medicine experiments ever launched. It tests high doses of vitamin and mineral supplements and chelation, a treatment used for lead poisoning that has not been proved safe or effective for heart disease.
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The Axe Files with David Axelrod
David Axelrod, the founder and director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, brings you The Axe Files, a series of revealing interviews with key figures in the political world. Go beyond the soundbites and get to know some of the most interesting players in politics.
  • Ep. 45 - Arthur Brooks
    Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute and author of “The Conservative Heart,” chats with David about his time living in Europe, the U.S. Immigration debate, how to combat the current political polarization, and more.
  • Ep. 44 - Mike Murphy
    Republican strategist Mike Murphy sits down with David at the Institute of Politics to discuss his time at Georgetown as a member of the College Republicans, his time on the McCain campaign’s Straight Talk Express in 2000, his assessment of Jeb Bush’s failed bid for the Republican nomination, and more.

  • Ep. 43 - David Plouffe
    David Plouffe, former campaign manager for President Obama and currently a top adviser at Uber, chats with David Axelrod about his start in politics working for Sen. Tom Harkin in Iowa, Obama’s election in 2008, the use of data in campaigns, and his assessment of the 2016 race for the White House.
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  • First U.S. Zika death reported
    A 70 year old Puerto Rican man died from complications of the Zika virus in February, the Centers for Disease Control and the Puerto Rico Department of Health announced today. This is the first death in the United States or territories where Zika infection contributed to the death, said the CDC.

  • Teen birth rate hits historic low, but sex ed still a struggle
    Teenage girls are catching up to teenage boys in one way that does no one any good: lack of sex education, according to a recent report.
  • NASA maps Zika's potential spread in the U.S.
    NASA scientists have created a map to better target future search-and-destroy missions for the Zika-spreading female Aedes aegypti mosquito.

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