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Pharmaceutical companies collaborate on hepatitis C treatment
Date: 2012-11-05 22:52:01

Bloomberg News recently reported that Vertex Pharmaceuticals plans on testing its hepatitis C treatment, Incivek, with drugs from pharmaceutical companies Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline in two separate 12-week clinical trials.

"We view this as a best case path forward for Vertex, as it allows the company to explore VX-135 with two different classes, partnered with major pharmaceutical companies who are fairly dependent on the success of these respective combinations to remain competitive in the all-oral hepatitis-C virus race," said Wells Fargo Securities analyst, Brian Abrahams in a research note, the news source reported.

According to Bloomberg News, other pharmaceutical companies such as Gilead Sciences, Abbott Laboratories and Bristol-Myers Squibb, have all been engaging in combination therapy, which health professionals believe is the most effective way of treating hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C facts... Full Story

Adolescents' activities online may contribute to risky sexual activity
Date: 2012-11-12 21:56:36

A recent Dutch study revealed that teenagers who engage in sexually-related online activities, like sending naked pictures or looking for sexual partners, are more likely to have casual sex, HealthDay News reported.

Study author Susanne Baumgartner, a graduate student at the University of Amsterdam, and her colleagues analyzed 1,700 Dutch adolescents who were between of the ages of 12 and 18. The results, which were published in the journal Pediatrics, also showed that subjects who were less satisfied with their lives and had lower education levels were more likely to seek pleasure and participate in risky online, sexual behavior.

Jeff Temple, Ph.D., a psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Texas, told HealthDay News that the difference between how people act online and their behaviors offline is slowly diminishing and healthcare providers should become increasingly aware of their patients' online behaviors. He also noted that parents should also be more conscious of the activities that their kids are participating in when it comes to "sexting," or sending sexual content via text messages.

Adolescent sexual participation... Full Story

ACOG reports that birth control should be sold over the counter
Date: 2012-11-26 18:18:33
CBS News reported that a written statement by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) suggests that women should have over-the-counter access to oral contraceptives.... Full Story

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