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2008-08-11 03:00:47

COVENTRY health chiefs are supporting a draft decision to reject four new cancer drugs for patients with advanced kidney cancer. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) decided that sunitinib, bevacizumab, sorafenib and Torisel are not a cost-effective use of NHS cash. For example bevacizumab costs around pounds 23,000 per patient per year. Dr Peter Barker, public health consultant at Coventry Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT) said: "Coventry PCT is supportive...

2008-08-07 12:00:18

By JANE KIRBY Broadcaster James Whale accused a health watchdog today of being "barbaric" in denying kidney cancer patients access to four drugs. The star, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2000 and set up a charity to raise awareness, said the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) was a "very badly named organisation". He slammed Nice's decision - which is subject to appeal - to deny patients access to Sutent (sunitinib), Avastin (bevacizumab), Nexavar...

2006-04-09 15:22:54

By Arthur Spiegelman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mel Brooks thinks it is almost time for Frankenstein to sing and dance on Broadway. The comic filmmaker, who made a monster hit musical out of his 1968 movie "The Producers," says he is adapting another of his classic film comedies for the stage -- this time the 1974 "Young Frankenstein," a spoof on the Frankenstein saga which he says is perhaps the best movie he ever made. With no deadline set, Brooks says he is in the middle of writing...

2006-04-09 15:19:45

By Arthur Spiegelman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mel Brooks thinks it is almost time for Frankenstein to sing and dance on Broadway. The comic filmmaker, who made a monster hit musical out of his 1968 movie "The Producers," says he is adapting another of his classic film comedies for the stage -- this time the 1974 "Young Frankenstein," a spoof on the Frankenstein saga which he says is perhaps the best movie he ever made. With no deadline set, Brooks says he is in the middle of writing...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'