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March 2003 Archives

Anti-Smoking Support Helps Mothers

Smoking Among Mothers of Young Children March 28, 2003 -- Low-income mothers who receive support to stop smoking from their children's doctors and other staff are more likely to quit the habit, according to a recent study at the University of Illinois (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2003 Mar; 157(3): 295-302)....

Group Recommends Improving Patient Safety

Small Group of NY Doctors to Blame for Most Malpractice Claims ALBANY, NY -- March 28, 2003 -- A small percent of New York doctors are responsible for a large share of malpractice payouts, according to a report by Public Citizen, a national nonprofit consumer advocacy organization. The group suggests...

Serzone Linked to Serious Liver Problems

FDA Asked to Ban Nefazodone (Serzone) WASHINGTON, DC-- March 14, 2003 -- The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen has petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the antidepressant nefazodone, marketed as Serzone by its manufacturer, Bristol-Myers Squibb. Prescribed for 4.5 million Americans, Serzone may cause severe liver...

Agent Orange Contains Toxins, Including Dioxin

High Court Considers Agent Orange Case WASHINGTON, D.C. -- March 7, 2003 -- The Supreme Court is considering whether to allow Vietnam veterans who filed claims after 1994 to sue chemical companies over Agent Orange exposure (Seattle Post Intelligencer, February 28, 2003). In 1984, a class action settlement created a...