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All news posts from October 01, 2001 to October 31, 2001

Posted by Staff Writer
October 30, 2001 12:00 AM

It was supposed to be a short course of treatment with tranquilizers after the death of her infant son 15 years ago. But Lynn Ray, 46, of Germantown, Md., says her abuse of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax and other prescription drugs led to a long struggle with addiction that nearly ruined her life. Tranquilizers, whic

Posted by Staff Writer
October 29, 2001 12:00 AM

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that a federal grand jury in Houston, Texas has indicted Chuck Bai-Fun Chen on various charges stemming from an investigation by the CPSC of Mr. Chen's Houston businesses, including Wholesale World, Inc., Texas Tech Mart, Inc., and USA Maxam, Inc.

Posted by Staff Writer
October 25, 2001 12:00 AM

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is alerting consumers to a tougher safety standard that should prevent children from becoming entrapped in automatic security gates. These sliding or swinging gates are typically found at the entrances of residences, apartment buildings, condominiums, parking

Posted by Staff Writer
October 22, 2001 12:00 AM

The families of five Columbine shooting victims have filed a lawsuit against Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc., claiming that the company's drug Luvox influenced shooter Eric Harris' decision to attack the school in April 1999. The lawsuit alleges that Solvay failed to properly inform Harris' doctor that Luvox may impair jud

Posted by Staff Writer
October 17, 2001 12:00 AM

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously today to require child-resistant packaging for some common household products and cosmetics containing hydrocarbons that can poison children. This safety standard will help prevent injuries and deaths to children under 5 years of age who swallow

Posted by Staff Writer
October 16, 2001 12:00 AM

Gases for medical use are prescription drugs that must be carefully regulated and handled. Adaptors should never be used and fittings never changed on medical gas containers. If a connection doesn't fit, it isn't supposed to fit. Contact the supplier immediately. Store medical grade products separately from industr

Posted by Staff Writer
October 15, 2001 12:00 AM

The families of two tourists killed in a 1998 scuffle at the New Smyrna Beach Ocean Palms Beach Club will share a $300,000 settlement. The only survivor of the fight will also share in the settlement. Although the condominium had filed bankruptcy three months before the April 16th fight, it maintained insurance which

Posted by Staff Writer
October 15, 2001 12:00 AM

Mercury found in landfills throughout the United States may transform into a more toxic compound known as dimethyl mercury. A recent study conducted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee examined landfills in Central Florida. In the study, researchers discovered that dimethyl mercury is being produced in l

Posted by Staff Writer
October 15, 2001 12:00 AM

Those living in areas surrounding the World Trade Center disaster site are worried about the potential long term effects of exposure to dangerous materials released when the towers collapsed. Of main concern are materials such as asbestos and fiberglass. Following September 11th, health officials detected asbest

Posted by Staff Writer
October 12, 2001 12:00 AM

Minnesota health officials are investigating an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 14 children, two seriously. One child has contracted a potentially fatal kidney condition caused by E. coli exposure. The children all attend the Berry Patch preschool in Edina, Minnesota. Officials suspect that the children may hav

Posted by Staff Writer
October 12, 2001 12:00 AM

A single engine Cessna 208 Caravan operated by PenAir, Alaska's largest commuter airline, went down on Wednesday killing nine and critically wounding one. Officials are not sure what caused the accident. Weather reports indicate clear skies and calm winds prevailed over the crash scene. Many of the passengers abo

Posted by Staff Writer
October 12, 2001 12:00 AM

The family of Ellen Roche, the Johns Hopkins University asthma study participant who died during a clinical trial, recently announced that a settlement had been reached with the school over Roche's death. Roche, an otherwise healthy 24-year-old lab worker, died on June 2, 2001 after inhaling hexamethonium, a drug know

Posted by Staff Writer
October 11, 2001 12:00 AM

The two most widely prescribed arthritis pain medications, Vioxx and Celebrex, have recently been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks. News about the unexpected link to cardiovascular problems has taken many people by surprise. Researchers note that the risk of heart attack caused by Vioxx or Celebrex is

Posted by Staff Writer
October 11, 2001 12:00 AM

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will soon enact new rules requiring manufacturers of certain household products to utilize child resistant caps in order to prevent inhalation and poisoning from hydrocarbons and other oily substances. The CPSC has considered requiring child proof caps for years, yet the a

Posted by Staff Writer
October 11, 2001 12:00 AM

Boeing Company and Bell Helicopter Textron recently agreed to pay Lt. Col. Keith Sweaney's family "substantially more" than $1 million after a V-22 Osprey manufactured by the two companies crashed and killed Sweaney and three other marines. The accident occurred near Jacksonville, N.C. in December 2000. The Osprey

Posted by Staff Writer
October 10, 2001 12:00 AM

A Philadelphia jury recently found glove manufacturer Safeskin Corporation liable for producing and distributing defective latex gloves. The plaintiff was awarded $842,000 after she alleged that the latex gloves she wore as a dental hygienist caused asthma, rhinitis, hives, contact dermatitis, sore throats, headaches,

Posted by Staff Writer
October 10, 2001 12:00 AM

A recent study by The Degge Group found that many doctors are uneducated when it comes to prescribing drugs that may negatively interact with one another. Researchers studied the prescribing habits of doctors who dispensed the now banned heartburn drug Propulsid. Figures indicate that between 1993 and 1998, 4,41

Posted by Staff Writer
October 10, 2001 12:00 AM

Recently, Sun Healthcare Group, Inc., a nationwide nursing home operator, settled criminal and civil complaints relating to the company's Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation Home in Burlingame, California. As part of the settlement agreement, Sun Healthcare admitted no civil wrongdoing and pleaded no contest to felony c

Posted by Staff Writer
October 08, 2001 12:00 AM

Ephedra and other stimulants in herbal supplements are blamed for a Maryland woman's case of bloody diarrhea. A military doctor at Andrews Air Force Base treated the 26-year-old woman's ischemic colitis, a disease primarily diagnosed in elderly people when too little blood flows through the walls of the colon. Dr. Co

Posted by Staff Writer
October 05, 2001 12:00 AM

As the weather turns colder throughout much of the country, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges consumers to have a professional inspection of all fuel-burning appliances - including furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, clothes dryers, water heaters and space heaters - to detect deadly carbon mono

Posted by Staff Writer
October 05, 2001 12:00 AM

The American Academy of Pediatricians announced new recommendations regarding the popular children's pain medication acetaminophen. The association maintains that the medication is generally safe, but is used in so many different products that it can lead to accidental overdoses. For instance, all Tylenol products co

Posted by Staff Writer
October 05, 2001 12:00 AM

Responding to overwhelming requests for advice in treating attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the American Academy of Pediatrics recently announced its first treatment guidelines on the subject. The Academy suggests that a combination of behavior techniques and medications such as Ritalin may be effectiv

Posted by Staff Writer
October 05, 2001 12:00 AM

The United States Agriculture Department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is tightening restrictions on meat imports from Japan. Previously, Japanese livestock and some meat products were banned out of concern for foot-and-mouth disease. The new restrictions may ban all cooked beef and sheep products from

Posted by Staff Writer
October 05, 2001 12:00 AM

Pressure treated wood delivered around the country will soon carry a small business-card sized label warning consumers that the pesticide applied to the wood contains arsenic. The pressure treated wood industry buckled to pressure from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and agreed to place the labels on all woo

Posted by Staff Writer
October 05, 2001 12:00 AM

Florida nursing home regulators recently cited four nursing homes for violations which could eventually close the facilities. During the 2001 legislative session, new regulations were implemented that require officials to close nursing homes in which certain serious problems exist. Of Florida's 700 nursing homes

Posted by Staff Writer
October 05, 2001 12:00 AM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has made an initial decision that a defect related to motor vehicle safety exists in certain P235/75R15 and P255/70R16 Firestone Wilderness AT tires manufactured before May 1998 that are installed on sport utility vehicles (SUV). This Engineering Analysis Repor

Posted by Staff Writer
October 04, 2001 12:00 AM

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted (3-0) today to begin developing a safety standard to reduce the severity of mattress fires and to make mattresses less flammable. The new standard will address fires ignited by sources such as candles, matches and lighters. The goal is to minimize the dea

Posted by Staff Writer
October 04, 2001 12:00 AM

On September 3, 2001 the Greyhound Bus Company suspended all operations nationwide after one of its buses crashed on Interstate 24 outside of Manchester, Tennessee. Damir Igric, a 29-year-old Croatian immigrant, slit the throat of the driver, causing the bus to careen out of control. The FBI is investigating the accid

Posted by Staff Writer
October 04, 2001 12:00 AM

The makers of certain third generation birth control pills are facing a massive lawsuit in Great Britain. Schering-Plough Corporation, Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, and Organon Pharmaceuticals were recently sued by women who claim that the contraceptive medications caused pulmonary embolism , deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

Posted by Staff Writer
October 04, 2001 12:00 AM

Recently, a class action lawsuit was filed seeking to force several pharmaceutical companies to investigate whether the mercury containing preservative thimerosal, a one time common ingredient in childhood vaccines, causes autism and other brain damage in children. Thimerosal is no longer used in vaccines; however, va

Posted by Staff Writer
October 03, 2001 12:00 AM

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices recently issued a warning about the names of three pairs of drugs, and the potential that both doctors and pharmacists could accidentally dispense one in place of the other. Prescribing errors often occur because of doctors' poor handwriting, as well as confusing drug names.

Posted by Staff Writer
October 03, 2001 12:00 AM

From May through September 2001, influenza A(H1N1), A(H3N2), and B viruses have continued to circulate worldwide and the majority of viruses are well matched to the components of the 2001-02 influenza vaccine. The optimal time period for persons at increased risk for influenza-related complications to receive an annual

Posted by Staff Writer
October 03, 2001 12:00 AM

Thimerosal, a preservative once used in many childhood vaccines, may be related to abnormal brain development in children. However, a panel of doctors appointed by the Institute of Medicine recently reported that there is not enough evidence to either prove or disprove a link between thimerosal and developmental disor

Posted by Staff Writer
October 02, 2001 12:00 AM

In late September 2001, a Mississippi jury awarded ten plaintiffs $100 million in compensatory damages after they alleged that the heartburn drug Propulsid caused their serious heart rhythm disturbances. The defendant and manufacturer of Propulsid, Janssen Pharmaceutica, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, said it woul

Posted by Staff Writer
October 02, 2001 12:00 AM

Congressional observers say that a legislative solution to the Nation's nursing crisis is at least a few years away. Congress had been considering nursing legislation, yet the Attack on America has forced congressional attention elsewhere. At present, Federal assistance on the nursing front likely will not be conside

Posted by Staff Writer
October 02, 2001 12:00 AM

In scenes reminiscent of the Middle East, Americans are becoming accustomed to an armed military presence in U.S. airports. President Bush has ordered thousands of National Guard troops to 420 of the country's busiest airports. Guardsmen will perform security duties including aiding in screening of passengers and pat

Posted by Staff Writer
October 02, 2001 12:00 AM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it is fining 15 businesses throughout California, Hawaii, Nevada and Guam a collective $202,614 for selling unregistered insecticides that pose health risks to children. The EPA penalized the companies for selling illegal naphthalene and paradichlorobenzen

Posted by Staff Writer
October 02, 2001 12:00 AM

The September 11 Victim Compensation Fund of 2001, part of the so-called airline bailout legislation signed by President Bush on September 22, 2001, creates a unique system to compensate the families of victims of the Attack on America. Under the legislation, families can follow one of two legal routes in seeking redr

Posted by Staff Writer
October 01, 2001 12:00 AM

In a recent letter to Merck & Co., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that the drug maker stop misrepresenting Vioxx's drug safety profile and diminishing its side effects. Of particular concern to FDA officials was Merck's cursory treatment of the risks of heart problems and excessive bleeding in patient

Posted by Staff Writer
October 01, 2001 12:00 AM

A new study conducted by researchers at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati, Ohio found that many fabrics used in hospitals serve as fertile fields for infection-causing fungi and bacteria. Researchers tested the survival of many different fungal strains on several different fabrics, including polyester, c

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