Michael Smith


Microsoft Enters Health Information Domain with HealthVault

October 04, 2007

WASHINGTON -- Computer giant Microsoft is surfing into the health-care information field with a free service that allows consumers to store their medical information online.

FDA Approves New Flu Vaccine

September 28, 2007

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Afluria was approved today by the FDA as the sixth seasonal influenza vaccine on the U.S. market. Manufactured by Australia's CSL Limited, the company will produce about two million doses for this year's flu season.

Frozen Burger Recall Prompted by E. Coli Outbreak

September 27, 2007

ELIZABETH, N.J. -- Nearly two dozen illnesses from frozen hamburgers apparently tainted with Escherichia coli O157:H7 have prompted a meat company to recall more than 300,000 pounds of beef.

ICAAC: Day-Care Safer Thanks To Vaccines

September 20, 2007

This MedPage Today video features senior staff writer Michael Smith sitting down with Larry Pickering, M.D., an infectious diseases specialist at the CDC, and Janet Englund, M.D., of the University of Washington in Seattle, to discuss America?s day-care centers and how new vaccines attribute to a safer environment.

Warning Issued on Nelfinavir (Viraceprt) for Children and Pregnant Women

September 10, 2007

NEW YORK -- In the wake of a recall in Europe of nelfinavir (Viracept) because of a potentially carcinogenic impurity, Pfizer has issued new guidelines for the anti-retroviral drug's use in the U.S., the FDA reported.

Guantanamo Medical Role Likened to South Africa Under Apartheid

September 07, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS -- American military physicians at Guantanamo are acting in ways that seem reminiscent of those of doctors who fronted for the South African apartheid regime a generation ago, alleged 266 doctors and ethicists.

Lanreotide (Somatuline) Approved for Acromegaly

August 31, 2007

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The FDA has approved lanreotide acetate (Somatuline) for the treatment of the rare endocrine disorder acromegaly.

U.S. Death Rate Hits All-Time Low

August 22, 2007

HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- The U.S. death rate fell to a historic low in 2004 and the life expectancy at birth hit a record high, according to the National Center for Vital Statistics here.

After TB Surgery, Speaker Released as Non-Contagious

July 26, 2007

DENVER -- Controversial TB patient Andrew Speaker is a free man -- declared non-contagious, released from the hospital, and given medical clearance to fly on commercial aircraft without posing any risk to fellow travelers.

XDR-TB Turnabout Raises Questions

July 04, 2007

DENVER -- In a surprising turn of events, the tuberculosis that turned Andrew Speaker into an international cause celebre was misdiagnosed, physicians said today.