Nun admits care home children were involved in medical trials

Almost 300 children resident in care homes in the 1960s and 70s were used in medical trials, it has been reported.

298 children in ten different care homes were involved, it was reported on Dublin radio station Newstalk this morning.

In one of the trials, 80 children became ill after they were accidentally administered a [...]

Ten mother and baby homes carried out vaccine trials on almost 300 children – report

MORE THAN 298 children across ten mother and baby homes were subject to experimental vaccine trials during the 1960s and 1970s, reports Newstalk.

Newstalk Breakfast claims that vaccine trials were conducted at homes at Bessborough in Cork, St Peter’s in Westmeath, St Clare’s in Stamullen, and The Good Shepherd in Dunboyne, as well as six [...]

Supreme Court: State can immunize children in its custody

The Department of Human Services can order children in its custody to be immunized, even if the child is in temporary custody and even if the parents object to the immunizations on principle, according to an Oregon Supreme Court ruling issued Thursday.

The state took custody of the eight children involved in the case — [...]

Groups call for safe reduction of C-sections

In a bid to reduce rates of cesarean sections that have climbed more than 60% in the past 15 years, two major medical societies issued guidelines today that urge women and doctors to have more patience during labor, allowing nature to take its course rather than rushing to surgery.

The growing use of C-sections, accounting [...]

Former DEA chief says pot legalization a ‘disaster’

These days, former DEA administrator Peter Bensinger is like a lonely voice crying out in the wilderness – an anti-drug crusader who served three American presidents, now battling the perils of pot at a time when legalization is all the rage.

“I think it’s a disaster,” he told “Power Players” of the rapid [...]

Girl who falls asleep 30 times a day since taking flu vaccine: Teenager to receive pioneering drug in battle against narcolepsy

It was supposed to be a simple vaccine against swine flu, but since she had it, Chloe Glasson’s life has been like a bad dream.

Just four months after being given the Pandemrix injection, the 15-year-old schoolgirl developed the sleeping disorder narcolepsy.

Now, without warning, she falls asleep up to 30 times a day wherever [...]

Christie agrees to ease some rules on medical marijuana for kids, but conditionally vetoes bill

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie agreed today to make it easier for severely ill children to participate in the medical marijuana program, but said he would not go along with one provision of the measure and sent it back to the state Legislature.

The bill was inspired by the plight of 2-year-old Vivian Wilson, who [...]

Yaz, Yasmin birth control pills suspected in 23 deaths

At least 23 Canadian women who were taking two of the most commonly prescribed birth control pills in the world have died, CBC News has learned.

According to documents obtained from Health Canada, doctors and pharmacists say Yaz and Yasmin are suspected in the deaths of the women, who mostly died suddenly from blood clots.


Wary of Attack With Smallpox, U.S. Buys Up a Costly Drug

The United States government is buying enough of a new smallpox medicine to treat two million people in the event of a bioterrorism attack, and took delivery of the first shipment of it last week. But the purchase has set off a debate about the lucrative contract, with some experts saying the government is buying [...]

New drug being developed using compound found in red wine ‘could help humans live until they are 150′

Drugs that could combat ageing and help people to live to 150-years-old may be available within five years, following landmark research.

The new drugs are synthetic versions of resveratrol which is found in red wine and is believed to have an anti-ageing effect as it boosts activity of a protein called SIRT1.

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline [...]