Placebo Effect: All in the Brain
Scientists at the University of Michigan found a brain mechanism that increases the release of pain-fighting endorphins when the subject was given a placebo. The implication? Better clinical trials, and maybe, new methods of pain relief, researchers say.
FDA Approves Genetic Test to Customize Dosage for Pfizer Cancer Drug
An ingenious pharmacogenetic test from Third Wave Technologies tests for the presence of a genetic change that inhibits metabolism of irinotecan. Oncology specialists explain how it works, and why it matters.
Merck Found Liable in First Vioxx Trial
Legal experts play Monday-morning quarterback with Merck's first Vioxx loss. The lessons, they say: learn to present science better, pay attention to jury emotion and, oh yes, worry about shareholder lawsuits.
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