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The odds of
surviving breast cancer have improved in recent years not
only because treatments are so much better but also because
the average tumor is smaller, a huge new study shows.
Examining 25 years of cancer records nationwide,
researchers concluded that smaller tumor size
accounted for 61% of the improvement in survival when cancer
had not spread beyond the breast, and 28% when it had

August 09 2005 12:00 AM

Changing drug
treatment in women with early breast cancer can reduce the
risk of the disease recurring or spreading by up to 40%,
Austrian researchers said on Friday. Tamoxifen, a drug
that interferes with the activity of the female
hormone estrogen, has been the standard treatment
following surgery for women with hormone-sensitive tumors.
But scientists at Vienna Medical University said

August 06 2005 12:00 AM

Healthcare Foundation, the nation’s largest provider
of HIV health care services, and former employees of
pharmaceutical firm Serono are fighting over how to
divide a portion of a $725 million settlement Serono
recently paid to the Justice Department over illegal
marketing practices on its HIV wasting drug Serostim,
The Wall Street Journal reports. Several

August 06 2005 12:00 AM

Officials in
Riverside County, Calif., have given the green light for the
$1 million purchase of five acres of land in Palm Springs to
build a new medical clinic and a housing facility for
HIV-positive people, the Riverside Press-Enterprise
reports. The land is located adjacent to the Desert
AIDS Project offices. St. Louis-based developer
McCormack Baron will build an 80-unit apartment complex on

August 06 2005 12:00 AM

A Canadian judge
this week ordered that a doctor involved in a scandal in
which Canadian hemophiliacs were given blood products known
to be contaminated with HIV will stand trial, despite
being in poor health, The
Ottawa Sun reports. Roger Perrault, the former
director of the blood transfusion service of the Canadian
Red Cross, has been charged with four counts of

August 06 2005 12:00 AM

Former president
Clinton spoke to a cheering, applauding crowd of
hundreds Wednesday as he addressed the nation's largest and
oldest minority journalism organization. Clinton,
speaking at the opening ceremony of the annual
convention of the National Association of Black
Journalists, addressed his efforts to combat AIDS in the
United States and abroad.

August 06 2005 12:00 AM

On Wednesday the
gay rights group Jamaica Forum for Lesbians,
All-sexuals, and Gays welcomed the government's recent
announcement that a parliamentary panel will study
whether legalizing homosexuality and prostitution
would encourage people to learn about HIV prevention and
seek treatment for the disease. "Both of these matters need
to be debated evenhandedly with discussion rooted in

August 06 2005 12:00 AM