Daily Rounds: Mass. Drug Shortages; Teaching Good Sex; Broken Heart Syndrome; Pizza A Vegetable?

Massachusetts rangs high among states suffering critical drug shortages (The Boston Globe) - "Shortages of critical drugs used to treat cancer, infections, cardiovascular disease, and pain have become a nationwide issue, but the shortages are particularly acute in Massachusetts. According to a new report by a health care analytics company, IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, the supply of 64 injectable drugs in the state over three months this summer declined by a third, compared to last year. The IMS report found that a dozen other states faced similarly steep drops in the availability of sterile injectable drugs." (The Boston Globe)

Teaching good sex (The New York Times Magazine)- "In its breadth, depth and frank embrace of sexuality as, what Vernacchio calls, a “force for good” — even for teenagers — this sex-ed class may well be the only one of its kind in the United States. 'There is abstinence-only sex education, and there’s abstinence-based sex ed,' said Leslie Kantor, vice president of education for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. 'There’s almost nothing else left in public schools.'" (

Women may face more health risks from broken hearts ( - "Think “broken heart” is just a figure of speech? Actually, it’s a real health condition triggered by romantic loss or other emotional turmoil, and women appear to be far more likely to experience broken heart syndrome than men. In a research paper presented yesterday at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting." (

Is pizza a vegetable? Congress will decide (Los Angeles Times) - "Buried in a thick spending bill before Congress that must be approved to prevent a government shutdown is one line dealing with tomato paste. The line would ensure that two tablespoons of tomato paste slathered on school pizzas can continue to be classified as a vegetable serving. " (

This program aired on November 18, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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