Thursday, September 21, 2006

Medical News

1. Two Republican senators (Jim DeMint, SC and David Vitter, LA) are planning on blocking the confirmation of FDA head nominee Andrew Von Eschenbach for political party reasons - halting sales of RU-486 and legalizing the importation of prescription drugs from Canada, respectively. In the entirety of Bush's presidency thus far the FDA has been without a confirmed head for all but 18 months (source).

2. The CDC, through the AMA, has recommended that HIV screening become a routine part of bloodwork during physical examinations for patients aged 13-65 (just like you might get a cholesterol test or a glucose test). They hope to remove the stigma of HIV testing and reach an estimated 250,000 Americans that are unknowingly infected with the virus (source).

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