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Will Obama's Executive Order Alleviate Drug Shortages?

President Obama's executive order to help alleviate drug shortages could help cancer patients and others who are discovering that their drugs aren't available, sometimes for months at a time. Doctors say they've been able to work around some of the shortages by prescribing alternatives, but that the growing number of shortages are making that more difficult.
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Controversial Cholesterol Pill Vytorin Shows Promise For Kidney Patients

A Food and Drug Administration analysis shows a drop in heart attacks and strokes among people taking Vytorin in the early stages of chronic kidney disease, before they need dialysis.
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Kids And Teens See More Ads For Sugary Drinks

Kids and teens saw double the number of ads for soda in 2010 than they did in 2008, according to a report. The author says the industry's efforts to regulate its advertising to kids haven't worked.
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Obama Targets Prescription Drug Shortage

President Obama signed an executive order Monday afternoon to target shortages in certain prescription medications. The order instructs the FDA to address the shortages with more reporting about drug shortfalls, faster approval of new production, and added investigation of possible price gouging. It's one in a series of initiatives the White House is undertaking to highlight congressional inaction.
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Improving Foster Care For Native American Kids

An average of 700 Native American children in South Dakota are removed from their homes and placed in foster care each year, often in violation of federal law, an NPR investigation found. Native American children make up less than 15 percent of the state's child population, but represent more than half of kids in foster care.
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Obama Tackles Rx Drug Shortages

The president's executive order asks companies to speed up production of key drugs when shortages occur. Companies will also be asked to report potential supply problems more often.

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