Daily Rounds: Avastin Nixed; Bone Marrow Enticement; Autism And Highways; Stabbed Psychiatrist

F.D.A. to Bar Avastin to Treat Breast Cancer - "The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday moved to revoke the approval of the widely used drug Avastin as a treatment for breast cancer, saying that new studies did not confirm that the medicine was helping patients." (The New York Times)

Mass., N.H., Take Aim At Bone Marrow Registry | WBUR & NPR "If New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney has it right, the Caitlin Raymond International Registry, part of the sprawling UMass Memorial Health Care system, is an organization run amok. The registry has seen explosive growth in donor registrations with a presence at Fenway Park, at kiosks in shopping malls and other places that draw thousands." (WBUR | 90.9 FM)

Medical News: Most Docs Would Decline Patients' 'Friend' Requests - in Public Health & Policy, Ethics from MedPage Today "While 73% of residents and fellows surveyed at a French hospital said they used the social networking tool, 85% said they would automatically decline friendship requests from patients, Ghassan Moubarak, MD, of Hopital Lariboisiere in Paris, and colleagues reported online in the Journal of Medical Ethics." ( Autism: Proximity to freeways increases autism risk, study finds - "Children born to mothers who live close to freeways have twice the risk of autism, researchers reported Thursday. The study, its authors say, adds to evidence suggesting that certain environmental exposures could play a role in causing the disorder in some children."(Los Angeles Times)

Doc: ‘it was an accident’ - A brave Hub psychiatrist who survived a savage knife attack by a deeply troubled patient is back on the job — and on a mission to convince the public not to fear the mentally ill. (Boston Herald)

This program aired on December 17, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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