Daily Rounds: Birth Control Sabotage; Downsizing Patent Protection; Budget Cuts Hit Children's; The Condom App; Brain Surgery Mistake

Report Cites Link Between Abuse and Birth Control Sabotage - "Men who abuse women physically and emotionally may also sabotage their partners’ birth control, pressuring them to become pregnant against their will, new reports suggest." (

Obama budget targets brand name medicines | Reuters "President Barack Obama, as part of his 2012 budget proposal, called for cutting the number of years drugmakers could exclusively market brand-name biologic drugs to 7 years from 12. He also set his sights on ending controversial "pay-for-delay" deals that affect traditional, chemical drugs by giving the U.S. Federal Trade Commission power to block them. Under such pacts, brand-name and generic drugmakers settle patent challenges with payoffs that delay lower-cost rivals from reaching the market." (Reuters)

Doctor training, asthma program targeted in Obama cuts - White Coat Notes - "Children's Hospital Boston stands to lose $21 million that is used to prepare the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists as part of a federal program that supplements training dollars at freestanding children's hospitals. The $318 million Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program is eliminated in the proposed budget."

For the City that Never Sleeps Alone: The Condom Finder App - TIME Healthland - StumbleUpon Want protection from STD's and unwanted pregnancy? "There's now an app for that too: the NYC Condom Finder, created by New York City's Health Department. Using GPS, the app alerts you to the nearest locations that stock the free "NYC Condom." There are more than 3,000 venues, from restaurants and clubs to health clinics and community organizations, around the city." (

Concern About Brain Surgery for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - "In a paper in the current issue of the journal Health Affairs, these experts say approving the surgery for O.C.D. was a mistake — and a potentially costly one. They argue that the surgery has not been sufficiently tested, that neither its long-term effectiveness nor its side effects are well known and that even calling it “therapy” raises people’s hopes well beyond what is scientifically supportable." (

This program aired on February 15, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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