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Upjohn The Pharmaceutical Blog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Efforts to treat everyone in Africa infected with the AIDS virus are virtually futile, and public health experts should instead focus on preventing new cases, a committee of experts reported on Monday.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The chance that a teenager or young adult will receive a prescription for a controlled medication has nearly doubled in the last 15 years in the U.S., according to a new report.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The last of a trio of diet drug hopefuls faces scrutiny next week, after two rivals failed to convince U.S. regulators that marginal weight loss associated with their drugs made up for major health risks.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women undergoing surgery for endometrial cancer can confidently opt for a minimally invasive hysterectomy performed by a skilled surgeon — with or without a robot’s help — suggests a new review of surgical outcomes.

LONDON (Reuters) - Cash-strapped governments can no longer raise spending to improve healthcare at the breakneck pace of recent decades, so they must make systems more efficient to offer quality care at no extra cost, the OECD said Monday.

LONDON (Reuters) - Around one in a hundred deaths worldwide is due to passive smoking, which kills an estimated 600,000 people a year, World Health Organization (WHO) researchers said on Friday.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who use donated eggs to get pregnant by in vitro fertilization (IVF) might be more at risk for a common but potentially dangerous pregnancy complication than women using traditional IVF, a small study suggests.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will ban the use of organic compound Bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic baby bottles from 2011 with the backing of a majority of EU governments, the EU’s executive Commission said Thursday.

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haiti needs a surge of foreign nurses and doctors to stem deaths from a raging cholera epidemic that an international aid operation is struggling to control, the United Nations’ top humanitarian official said.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Infertility is probably the last thing on teenage boys’ minds. However, a new study out of Brazil suggests that early treatment of a common testicular condition could preserve future fatherhood potential for some adolescents.