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4:10pm

Thu April 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

New Type Of Resistant Malaria Appears On Thai-Burmese Border

A micrograph shows red blood cells infected by the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.
John C. Tan AP

Malaria experts have been holding their breath and hoping it wouldn't happen. But it has.

Malaria parasites resistant to the last, best drug treatment, called artemisinin combination therapy, or ACT, are infecting people along the border of Thailand and Myanmar.

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1:18pm

Thu April 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Fox In Socks! Dartmouth Names Its Medical School After Dr. Seuss

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 3:04 pm

An imagined new facade for Dartmouth's school of medicine (with apologies to Dr. Seuss).
Adam Cole NPR

At the college of Dartmouth, in the year '24
There lived a young humorist named Theodor.
Though boozing was banned as a crime and a sin,
Theo hosted a party with plenty of gin.
But then in through the door without even a knock
Burst the grinch who stole gin-mas: Dean Craven Laycock.

The dean started shouting. His face turned bright red.
"Put down your tumbler and listen up, Ted!
I'm kicking you out of those clubs that you're in.
Your work won't be published at Dartmouth again!"

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12:17pm

Thu April 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Across America, The Grip of Prescription Painkillers Tightens

Originally published on Sat April 7, 2012 6:58 am

Hydrocodone is a key ingredient in the prescription painkiller Vicodin.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Tens of millions of Americans turn to powerful painkillers to ease their sufferings. But an analysis on the sales of two prescription drugs over a decade is particularly worrisome.

Check out The Associated Press' interactive map at the end of this post. It uses data from the Drug Enforcement Agency to show how sales of oxycodone and hydrocodone ballooned from 2000-10.

You can click on individual states to see which areas had the biggest increases.

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6:31am

Thu April 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Cancer Diagnosis Raises Risk Of Death From Heart Attack, Suicide

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 8:51 am

The danger of death by heart attack or suicide is greatest in the first week after a cancer diagnosis.
Max Delson Martins Santos iStockphoto.com

Finding out that you have cancer greatly increases the risk of death by heart attack or suicide, according to a new study. That risk is especially big in the first week after getting the bad news.

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2:51pm

Wed April 4, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Drug Spending Levels Off, But Not For The Usual Reasons

Originally published on Wed April 4, 2012 4:10 pm

The one group for whom prescription drug spending rose last year was young adults ages 19 to 25.
Roel Smart iStockphoto.com

U.S. spending on prescription drugs grew just barely in 2011, according to the annual report from IMS Health, which keeps track of these things.

But the reason for the barely discernible increase of 0.5 percent, to $320 billion, was not the expected one.

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