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Experts debate the safety of newer oral contraceptives

Medical experts in the U.S. and around the world are beginning to review the safety of newer forms of oral contraceptive pills. The safety of these potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals has been debated due to the risk of blood clots and strokes they pose. Some studies have shown that newer, third- and fourth-generation birth control pills… read more

FDA says Pradaxa is unsafe for patients with mechanical heart valves

Drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim has started to inform physicians that its drug Pradaxa (dabigatran) is not safe for patients with mechanical heart valves. The German pharmaceutical giant says that its oral anticoagulant should not be given to patients with mechanical heart valves because it increases their risk of strokes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)… read more

Worldwide test proves that ALS drug is ineffective

Drugmaker Biogen Idec recently announced that one of its new pharmaceuticals has proven to be ineffective on patients who suffer from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The drugmaker’s Phase 3 EMPOWER trial found that the drug dexpramipexole failed to show efficacy in function and patient survival. This means that the pharmaceutical is defective and that the… read more

The top five most dangerous intersections in San Francisco

Most of San Francisco’s traffic accidents happen at intersections. Intersection car accidents continue to be an issue despite the city’s large investment in red light cameras and other safety measures. The majority of San Francisco’s most dangerous intersections appear to have a problem with signal timing and biker-vehicle crashes. Here are the top five most… read more

Officials: San Francisco bicycle accidents at record high in 2011

San Francisco is known as a national cycling leader. The city ranks third in the country for bicycle commuters, coming just behind Portland and Seattle. The number of bicycle riders has doubled in some parts of the city since 2002 and 3.5 percent of all trips in San Francisco are on a bike. The growing… read more