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2004-11-30 05:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Government questions about "basic data integrity" derailed publication of a report raising safety concerns about arthritis drug Vioxx on the eve of a contentious congressional hearing, according to an e-mail exchange. Without a clear agency go-ahead, Food and Drug Administration safety reviewer David Graham withdrew the paper from consideration for publication in The Lancet medical journal. The paper said high doses of Vioxx tripled the risk of heart problems compared with a...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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