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Structural and clinical barriers keep 3 of 4 cancer patients from participating in trials

In Clinical Trials by Barbara Jacoby

By: Diane Mapes From: A new meta-analysis led by Dr. Joseph Unger of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has revealed that structural and clinical barriers prevent more than 3 out of 4 cancer patients from participating in clinical trials. The study is part of an ongoing effort to understand why patient participation is so low in cancer clinical trials. …

Statins Plus Certain Antibiotics May Set Off Toxic Reaction: Study

In In The News by Barbara Jacoby

From Doctors should avoid ordering certain antibiotics for older patients who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, such as Lipitor, Canadian researchers say. Statins, which are taken by many millions of people, don’t mix well with the antibiotics clarithromycin or erythromycin, according to a study, published in the June 18 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. These two commonly used …