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All news posts from November 01, 2001 to November 30, 2001

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November 30, 2001 12:00 AM

A recent study conducted by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) reviewed over 5,000 medication errors to discover why and how such errors occurred. According to the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCCMERP), a medication error is any preventable event th

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November 30, 2001 12:00 AM

A jury recently concluded that DaimlerChrysler was responsible for the death of a woman who was killed in an auto accident on a New Jersey highway in 1998. Annette Boryszewski, 38, was driving her three children in a Plymouth Voyager minivan when a wayward tire slammed into the van's roof and windshield. Annette Bory

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November 30, 2001 12:00 AM

HandsOn Toys Inc. of Wilmington, Massachusetts recalled 100,000 infant rattles after evidence was revealed that suggested the toys could break open exposing a noisemaker that a toddler could choke on. The Consumer Product Safety Commission disclosed that the company had received eleven reports of rattles breaking, inc

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November 30, 2001 12:00 AM

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Icon Health & Fitness Inc., of Logan, Utah, has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $500,000. The penalty resolves a lawsuit filed against Icon in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland last May. The government charged Icon with failin

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November 29, 2001 12:00 AM

Attorneys representing the Country of Spain recently decided to proceed with a lawsuit against Baxter International after the Spanish Health Ministry concluded that there was a distinct connection between the deaths of eleven kidney patients and the use of the now recalled Baxter dialyzer. The device was recalled last

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November 29, 2001 12:00 AM

A class-action lawsuit alleging that the State of Arkansas violated the rights of mentally ill inmates by delaying necessary psychological treatment is scheduled to begin next month. U.S. District Judge Stephen Reasoner recently granted the plaintiff's request for class-action status. Attorneys for the plaintiff

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November 29, 2001 12:00 AM

Pembroke Pines, Florida drivers who regularly travel through the intersection of Pines Boulevard and Flamingo Road, deemed by State Farm Insurance to be the most dangerous intersection in the United States, may soon see additional safety features. City officials, in response to the State Farm report, have requested a

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November 29, 2001 12:00 AM

Dozens of people were injured early Sunday morning at a nightclub in Rochelle Park, New Jersey when a temporary dance floor constructed over an indoor pool collapsed, sending over 50 partygoers into the water. Thirty-five people were taken to the hospital and dozens more were treated for minor injuries when the floor

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November 29, 2001 12:00 AM

Investigators are searching for clues that may determine why a Swiss airliner crashed last week just short of its final destination outside of Zurich. Authorities report that the flight recorders have been found in the airliner's wreckage. Twenty-four people died in the accident. Only nine survived. The four-e

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November 29, 2001 12:00 AM

The driver of a tractor was killed and seventeen train passengers were injured last week when an eight-car Amtrak Surfliner carrying 150 passengers collided with the farm vehicle in Camarillo, California. Investigators say the driver of the tractor was killed instantly. Witnesses report that the tractor caught fire a

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November 29, 2001 12:00 AM

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Tracleer, a new oral medication for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a rare but fatal type of high blood pressure. PAH causes abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries connecting the heart and lungs. Tracleer, made by Actelion Pha

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November 29, 2001 12:00 AM

The owner of an Englewood, Florida nursing home was arrested and her assisted living facility was cited with 27 license violations after a patient died from a broken hip. Donald Holden, 89, refused to go back to his room when a night watchman confronted him in the early hours of December 10, 2000. While trying to pun

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November 28, 2001 12:00 AM

At a meeting of the Nation's top drug regulators and driving safety experts, researchers warned that cold, allergy, and anxiety medications may impair drivers. Investigators suggest that such drugs may slow users' reaction times even though they don't feel tired. Nevertheless, doctors rarely warn against driving

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November 28, 2001 12:00 AM

Certain women who are exposed to contaminated tap water during pregnancy may face an increased risk of delivering smaller-than-average babies according to a new report published in this month's American Journal of Epidemiology. University of New England researchers examined 12,000 infants born between 1968 and 1985 at

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November 28, 2001 12:00 AM

The recent near-fatal auto accident involving supermodel Niki Taylor has prompted seatbelt advocates to reemphasize the importance of lap belt use in cars equipped with automatic seatbelt systems. Taylor was almost killed in an accident involving a 1993 Nissan fitted with automatic restraints because she failed to wea

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November 28, 2001 12:00 AM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting certain prostate cancer patients in South Florida to the possibility that they may have been given inadequate levels of the anti-cancer drug Lupron. This alert applies only to prostate cancer patients who have been treated at Urology P.A. - operated by Dr. Victor

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November 27, 2001 12:00 AM

A parasail operator involved in an accident that killed a Kentucky woman and her daughter has regained his operating license, sparking controversy among parasailing watchdog organizations. Fort Myers Beach, Florida issued Chris Schaab, owner of AA Parasail, a new license last week, four months after Lisabeth Hope Bail

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November 26, 2001 12:00 AM

The August 25, 2001 plane crash that killed pop singer Aaliyah has spurred a criminal investigation into the plane's owner, Gilbert Chacon. Agents with the U.S Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General are investigating claims that Chacon may have lied to authorities about his connection to the crash.

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November 26, 2001 12:00 AM

A State of Florida law that urges nursing home workers and their managers to report unusual or harmful activities is stirring controversy among activists for the elderly. Since the law was approved last spring, employees from the state's 678 nursing homes have submitted over 4,000 reports to the Agency for Health Care

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November 26, 2001 12:00 AM

A Jacksonville, Florida teenager acquitted last year of murder charges intends to file a lawsuit against the state's Department of Juvenile Justice. Brenton Butler, 15, and his family allege that juvenile justice workers and Jacksonville Police Department officers beat a confession out of the young man and then collab

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November 26, 2001 12:00 AM

A federal jury awarded a Chicago woman $300,000 in damages after determining that two police officers falsely arrested the woman. Officers Kevin Osborn and Mark Gibson were led to the home of Felicia Tolson while searching for a teenager who had escaped their custody. According to Tolson, the officers entered her hom

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November 26, 2001 12:00 AM

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed last week against DaimlerChrysler Corporation by the family of a Zephyrhills, Florida man who died from injuries sustained when his van was rear ended in 1999. Robert Herman Crawford was killed when his 1993 Dodge Minivan was struck from behind by a 1988 GMC pickup truck driven by An

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November 26, 2001 12:00 AM

In an effort to ensure safety in America's skies, President Bush this week signed the aviation security bill, which will place airport security in the hands of the federal government for the first time in aviation history. Under the new law, federally employed U.S. citizens will screen passengers and luggage, the numb

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November 25, 2001 12:00 AM

In a report to the state legislature, Health Department officials in Rhode Island recently declared that hospitals in the state are "under stress." Officials visited 14 hospitals from January through August of this year, spending several days a week studying the hospitals' operations. What surveyors found was sh

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November 25, 2001 12:00 AM

One year after Boeing agreed to redesign rudder-control systems on nearly 2,000 737 jets, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently required U.S. carriers to install the redesigned rudder system on all 737 aircraft. The new design includes dual hydraulic valves and several other adjustments that will signific

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November 25, 2001 12:00 AM

Drugs used to control Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are becoming evermore popular, but not necessarily among doctors. ADD drugs are increasingly sold on the black market and the number of unprescribed users is soaring. Popular ADD drugs include Adderall and Ritalin-"vitamin r" to many college users. Experts say y

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November 23, 2001 12:00 AM

Zapper Toys (940,000) distributed by nine firms. Small balloon tongues and the cylinders holding the tongues can detach posing a choking hazard. One firm received a report of a 3-year-old boy who inhaled a balloon tongue that detached from a Zapper toy into his sinus cavity. He required medical treatment to r

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November 23, 2001 12:00 AM

FDA today approved the first biologic treatment for the most serious forms of sepsis, a life-threatening illness caused by severe infection. The new treatment is a genetically engineered version of a naturally occurring human protein, Activated Protein C, which interferes with some of the body's harmful responses to se

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November 21, 2001 12:00 AM

Safety 1st, the largest producer of baby bath seats, has revamped its bath seat design after Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairwoman Ann Brown challenged the company to assemble a safer bath aid for infants. The new concept is designed to limit the number of newborn fatalities associated with baby bath se

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November 21, 2001 12:00 AM

A West Virginia jury ruled that four of the world's largest tobacco companies will not have to pay for screening of healthy smokers in order to detect early stage lung disease. 250,000 smokers from across West Virginia had filed a class action lawsuit against the tobacco giants in hopes the companies would be forced t

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November 21, 2001 12:00 AM

The judge overseeing a high profile murder trial in Jacksonville may move the proceeding after a health consultant examining the Jacksonville Federal courthouse found large amounts of mold and mildew that could cause serious respiratory problems. The consultant told U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams Jr. that people

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November 21, 2001 12:00 AM

Victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks have a decision to make regarding how they want to pursue monetary compensation. Even though Congress has established the Victim Compensation Fund, a taxpayer-funded program designed to settle payment issues in lieu of litigation, many attorneys are recommending that

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November 21, 2001 12:00 AM

A report published in this month's issue of the American Journal of Critical Care reveals that fewer nurses in intensive care units (ICU) may lead to more patient complications and higher hospital costs. The study, conducted by Dr. Justin B. Dimick and colleagues from Johns Hopkins University, collected data from 569

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November 21, 2001 12:00 AM

Relatives of family members who died on Alaska Airlines Flight 261 want more answers as to why the flight crashed on January 31, 2000. Boeing, though, is asking a federal judge to limit the amount of information the company must provide to relatives of the deceased. Attorneys for the plaintiffs claim that more i

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November 21, 2001 12:00 AM

South Florida's intricate system of canals, originally designed to drain water from Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades, was responsible for nearly 100 auto-related deaths between 1996 and 2000 according to a report conducted by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. 99 people in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties d

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November 21, 2001 12:00 AM

Cargill Inc., one of the leading marketers of agricultural, food, financial, and industrial products and services, is under attack by African-Americans who claim that the company discriminates against black employees. In a lawsuit recently filed in the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, 25 current and former Cargill

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November 21, 2001 12:00 AM

A welder working on a natural gas pipeline near the mouth of Tampa Bay died early Saturday morning when he fell 25 feet, hitting his head and shoulders on steel decking. The man, who worked for Stolt Offshore, was aboard a company barge used in the construction of a natural gas pipeline that will eventually extend fro

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November 21, 2001 12:00 AM

The Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida is facing lawsuits from 89 patients and their families. The lawsuits allege that the hospital did not take necessary precautions to prevent patients from contracting staph infections after open-heart surgery. Attorneys for the plaintiffs say the hospit

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November 21, 2001 12:00 AM

Dawn Brudie, a former patient at Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation, a Massachusetts nursing home, filed a lawsuit against the health care facility after she lost an eye in an August 2001 assault. Sokkohn Chrun, a fellow patient, was charged with assault and battery after he allegedly attempted to fondle Brudie and the

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November 21, 2001 12:00 AM

Mazda Motor Corporation will pay a Starkville, Mississippi woman $2.7 million after an Oktibbeha jury found against the automaker in a product liability case. Velma Ruth Seavy filed the lawsuit after a September 11, 1993 accident left her paralyzed from the waist down. Seavy's attorney told jurors that when the

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November 20, 2001 12:00 AM

California's largest HMO, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc., was fined $500,000 last week after Kaiser failed to provide a timely referral to a 19-year-old man who later died from complications associated with Duchennes muscular dystrophy. Doctors at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, turned Timothy

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November 20, 2001 12:00 AM

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators are examining the theory that wake turbulence from another airliner contributed to the November crash of American Airlines Flight 587. Preliminary airline industry analysis of the flight data recorder has revealed that the Airbus encountered turbulence from a J

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November 20, 2001 12:00 AM

Three mobile-phone carriers, CTIA, TIA, and Motorola, are facing a $1.8 million lawsuit filed by a man who claims that his brain tumor was caused by mobile phone use. Michael Murray, the plaintiff and a former Motorola employee, filed the personal injury suit last week. The lawsuit is one of many filings against sever

Posted by Staff Writer
November 19, 2001 12:00 AM

The dangers of toxic mold are an increasing concern for lawmakers and medical researchers as more cases involving the wood and drywall infesting fungus make headlines. In the last year, numerous buildings, including hotels, schools, and government institutions have been forced to close due to toxic mold contamination.

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November 19, 2001 12:00 AM

In September 2001 a mentally ill Dade County, Florida man won his eleven-year battle against the Miami-Dade police department when a jury awarded the man $1.2 million for injuries suffered during an episode of police brutality. Arthur Walker was arrested in 1986 after police officers responded to a "lewd and lasciviou

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November 19, 2001 12:00 AM

The mysterious deaths of three men who became ill after undergoing elective knee surgery at two hospitals in Minnesota has led the State Health Department to request a suspension of all elective knee surgeries for one week. Brian Lykins, 23, and Wayne Hulterstrum, 78, died November 11 after knee surgery at St. Cloud H

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November 19, 2001 12:00 AM

For years many women have preferred to drink decaffeinated coffee, choosing to avoid the risks associated with drinking regular coffee loaded with high amounts of caffeine. But according to two new reports presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology's annual meeting in San Francisco, decaf coffee may i

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November 19, 2001 12:00 AM

URGENT NOTICE: In many instances, if you have not filed a complaint you may lose your rights to bring a claim or receive compensation for any valvular heart damage that you sustained from Fen-Phen diet drugs. While there are some exceptions available to class members who timely requested a free echocardiogram under

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November 19, 2001 12:00 AM

The parents of a University of Indiana freshman who died last February from head injuries sustained at a Theta Chi fraternity party filed suit last week against the fraternity and a Bloomington hospital. Seth Korona, 19, struck his head when he fell backwards while doing a handstand over a beer keg. The maneuver is k

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November 19, 2001 12:00 AM

Thomas L. Morris III, the son of a postal worker who died after being exposed to anthrax, has filed a $37 million lawsuit against the facility that misdiagnosed his father last month. The suit claims that a doctor at the Kaiser Permanente facility in Maryland treated the postal worker for the flu and sent him home wit

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November 19, 2001 12:00 AM

Patients who took Propulsid, Janssen Pharmaceutica's heartburn drug banned in 2000 after it was linked to serious heart problems, are seeking retribution. If the results of the first case against the drug maker are any indication, Propulsid victims will succeed. A Mississippi jury recently awarded ten plaintiffs $100

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November 19, 2001 12:00 AM

In the wake of the Baycol recall, the safety of statins, a class of cholesterol reducing medications, has come under attack. Nevertheless, results from a recent study on heart disease and stroke have provided valuable answers concerning the positive effects of statins. The study, involving 20,536 patients over a peri

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November 15, 2001 12:00 AM

Closing statements ended this week in a historic class-action lawsuit against the Nation's four largest cigarette makers: R.J. Reynolds, Philip Morris, Lorillard, and Brown & Williamson. Attorneys for the plaintiffs, 250,000 West Virginians who smoked at least one pack of cigarettes a day for at least five years, argu

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November 15, 2001 12:00 AM

A wrongful death civil rights lawsuit has been filed against the St. Johns County Sheriff's office, the Flagler County Sheriff's Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement by the family of man murdered in 1998. The family says that the man charged with the slaying told police ten days before the murder that

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November 15, 2001 12:00 AM

A Lehigh County, Pennsylvania woman was awarded $2.9 million by a jury last week, almost doubling what the defendant previously offered as a settlement. Jane Baker sued her former friend, Judith Fulmer, after Fulmer's truck hit Baker as she was walking home from a dinner party. Fulmer failed to stop after striking Ba

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November 15, 2001 12:00 AM

Oklahoma State University's men's basketball team suffered a great loss last January when eight people associated with the team, including two players, died in a plane crash while returning home from a game against the University of Colorado. Now the families of four of those killed as well as the family of the co-pil

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November 15, 2001 12:00 AM

In a recent development concerning the American Airlines A300 jet that crashed into New York City's Queens borough, investigators are focusing on the plane's General Electric CF6-80C2 engines. Examiners with the National Transportation Safety Board reported this week that "uncontrollable rattling" was heard in the coc

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November 15, 2001 12:00 AM

The trial of four Florida State Prison guards accused of beating an inmate to death in July of 1999 was recently delayed until at least January 2002 because of difficulties selecting an unbiased jury. Prosecutors are facing a challenging test in the small Florida community of Bradford County where it is estimated that

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November 15, 2001 12:00 AM

A New York woman won her eleven-year battle against her neurosurgeon last month when a jury awarded her $1.75 million in an eye surgery malpractice case. Dawn Montagna was 12 when she was diagnosed with fibrous dysplasia, an abnormal growth that appeared around her right orbit. Dr. Edwin Chang, the defendant, met wit

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November 15, 2001 12:00 AM

Dawn Mist Mouth Rinse may have been responsible for the deaths of six hospital patients in Fargo, North Dakota. In fact, the maker of the mouthwash and its distributor settled with families of the deceased patients rather than risk a court proceeding. The 1999 deaths at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo were attributed to

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November 15, 2001 12:00 AM

The victims of a 1997 traffic accident in Newburgh, New York caused by a missing stop sign settled their lawsuit in June 2001 for $585,000. Kim Ogonowski, a defendant, unknowingly drove through the intersection where the stop sign was missing and slammed into Vincent Denisi's car. Witnesses testified that the stop si

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November 15, 2001 12:00 AM

A 62-year-old woman, who broke her left hip when a dog tried to attack her, settled a lawsuit against the dog's owner in September of 2001. Anna Rischer was walking her own dog in the Bronx when the defendant's dog, a small, mixed breed, began chasing her. While trying to escape, Rischer became wrapped in her own dog

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November 13, 2001 12:00 AM

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking steps to ensure computerized tomography (CAT or "CT") scans do not pose a radiation threat to children. The FDA has issued new guidelines that the agency hopes will limit radiation overexposure. CT scans, which help in early detection of disease, have been under attack

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November 13, 2001 12:00 AM

As many analysts expected, Swiss medical device maker Sulzer Medica announced this week that it will file for Chapter 11 protection for its American subsidiary, Sulzer Orthopedics, if a $780 million legal settlement is rejected. Sulzer is facing 1,800 lawsuits, 300 in Federal court and 1,500 in various state courts, s

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November 13, 2001 12:00 AM

Ritalin, a drug once considered a "quick fix" for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), may actually cause permanent cerebral changes in children who use it. Researchers at the University of Buffalo are comparing Ritalin's long-term effects on children to the effects of amphetamines and cocain

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November 13, 2001 12:00 AM

A standard blood transfusion could have saved a newborn from the effects of jaundice and severe brain damage. It also could have saved St. Francis Hospital of Washington a $10 million verdict in a jury trial. The jury awarded Nathaniel Johns, 4, and his parents the multi-million dollar verdict after concluding that t

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November 13, 2001 12:00 AM

Originally, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) was added to gasoline in order to help the environment. Unfortunately, today it seems to be having the opposite effect. The chemical, which is added to gasoline to limit air pollution, is now thought to be a carcinogen. MTBE is contaminating soil and water across the Nat

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November 13, 2001 12:00 AM

A Florida woman will not have to pay for her lung transplant and other medical bills after a judge ruled in November of 2000 that her exposure to bacteria, fungi, mold, and other toxic substances at work caused her to contract a sometimes-fatal pulmonary disorder. Jo Ann Holder of Haines City, Florida was employed by

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November 13, 2001 12:00 AM

A Greyhound bus collided with a car Monday night in Gainesville, Florida resulting in several injuries. Two passengers were sent to the hospital. Fire fighters helped passengers escape through a window, as the bus door was jammed in the crash. Police are investigating the accident. Greyhound made headlines in Oct

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November 13, 2001 12:00 AM

Tragedy struck New York City once again yesterday morning when an American Airlines A300 Airbus, en route to the Dominican Republic, crashed into the Rockaway Beach area leaving an estimated 265 dead and several others missing. The crash comes as the city is trying to recover from the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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November 13, 2001 12:00 AM

Johns Hopkins University announced today that a scientist employed by the university violated the school's research guidelines and would be banned from further medical studies involving human subjects. In a report released by the university, investigators said the researcher, who was testing a cancer drug in India, co

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November 13, 2001 12:00 AM

Oxycontin, a narcotic analgesic used to relieve pain, made headlines once again this week when the State of Florida announced it will commence an investigation into the marketing practices of Purdue Pharma, the drug's manufacturer. The announcement is another crushing blow to the drug maker, which has been in the news

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November 12, 2001 12:00 AM

A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that 4,000 people die because they have surgery in hospitals lacking the appropriate amount of experience. Researchers reviewed records from 1983 to 1998 and compared surgical volume in hospitals to their rates of death. The report found t

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November 12, 2001 12:00 AM

The government moved one step closer this week to demanding a full recall of 1.8 million of DaimlerChrysler's Jeep Grand Cherokees when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced it was widening an investigation into claims that the SUV shifts from park to reverse on its own. NHTSA says it ha

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November 12, 2001 12:00 AM

Seven Central Florida parks are anxiously awaiting word from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as to whether park playground equipment was built with treated wood contaminated with dangerous levels of arsenic. Astor Park, Paisley Park, Lake Mack Park, Lake Jem Park, Marsh Park, Mount Plymouth Park, and Scott P

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November 12, 2001 12:00 AM

Once used as industrial coolants and lubricants, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were banned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1976 when the chemicals were found to cause cancer in animals. Unfortunately, the substances have a nasty habit of hanging around the environment. Today, the EPA says almost on

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November 12, 2001 12:00 AM

Ford Motor Company will pay over $15 million to a Miami girl and her parents after a jury decided that the billion dollar automobile company was responsible for installing a faulty tire air valve that led to a tragic accident in 1999. Mary "Phoebe" Jimenez, 12, was left in a vegetative state and her aunt was killed wh

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November 12, 2001 12:00 AM

A California family was awarded nearly $3 million by jurors last week in an unprecedented personal injury toxic mold case. The Mazza family took legal action against Sacramento's Partridge Point Apartments after they were forced to move out when they became seriously ill due to toxic mold buildup in their apartment.

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November 12, 2001 12:00 AM

Home improvement stores such as Lowe's and Home Depot are standing by their policy of selling arsenic-treated wood. The two retailers, under increased pressure from several environmental organizations to stop selling pressure-treated lumber, are awaiting direction from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Th

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November 11, 2001 12:00 AM

The Environmental Working Group and the Healthy Building Network are pressuring home improvement stores such as Lowe's and Home Depot to stop selling arsenic coated wood. A new report released by the two groups revealed that in a recent test, dangerous levels of arsenic were found on pressure-treated lumber sold at ho

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November 09, 2001 12:00 AM

Robert Jorg, 30, a Cincinnati police officer recently acquitted of assaulting a black man who died in police custody, will not face involuntary manslaughter charges. Jorg's case is one of several in recent months highlighting the increased problems between black residents and police officers in Cincinnati. African-Am

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November 09, 2001 12:00 AM

Florida's health care industry is facing its worst nursing shortage in over ten years, according to a recent study by The Florida Hospital Association. The Association reported that Florida hospitals have a nursing vacancy rate of 16 percent. Over 8,400 nursing jobs were reported unfilled in 2000, up four percent fro

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November 09, 2001 12:00 AM

Another chapter in one of the worst defective tire cases in history began today when Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. announced it will pay up to $51.5 million to 50 states and three territories to settle a pending lawsuit. The settlement includes payment of $500,000 to each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and

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November 09, 2001 12:00 AM

A 16-month-old infant died yesterday after he was left alone in a closed day care van for several hours. Shawana Stacey of Lotta Lovin Day Care Center in Tampa picked up the baby and several other children around 7:30 a.m., but mistakenly left the 16-month-old in the van when the group returned to the day care center.

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November 09, 2001 12:00 AM

Employees of the Department of Energy (DOE) who believe they contracted cancer or lung disease due to overexposure to radiation, beryllium or silica while working in a DOE facility are now eligible for compensation from the government. The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program provides eligible and

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November 09, 2001 12:00 AM

Pentagon and Defense Department officials have acknowledged that the military's blood tracking program, the Defense Blood Standard System, is being restructured due to problems with the program's configuration. The system, which cost $70 million to operate throughout the 1990's, was designed in 1991 to keep track of

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November 08, 2001 12:00 AM

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in an effort to ensure child safety on airplanes, is seeking regulations that will require parents to use restraint devices on their infants during air travel. The AAP is seeking an end to the longstanding rule that children under the age of 2 can sit on their parents' laps du

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November 08, 2001 12:00 AM

Pfizer Inc., a top drug making company, settled a $20 million lawsuit out of court this week. The lawsuit is one of several against the leading drug maker resulting from the negative effects of Rezulin, a Pfizer diabetes drug pulled from the market last year after users reported liver complications. Pfizer settled

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November 08, 2001 12:00 AM

A psychiatric hospital's negligence led to a $725,000 settlement in October of 2001. Defendants Long Beach Medical Center and Dr. Ashok Bhatt settled out of court with the family members of a 32-year-old locksmith who committed suicide during his stay in the hospital. The decedent hung himself in October of 1998 w

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November 08, 2001 12:00 AM

Statisticians are striving to recognize the causes of disease clusters involving cancer and leukemia. One method that has piqued the interest of several statisticians deals with mapping geographic areas of diseases to determine if certain regions of the country suffer from higher rates of cancer and leukemia. Mich

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November 08, 2001 12:00 AM

Research is now being conducted in Italy to determine if asbestos-laden ovens have caused respiratory tract cancers in professional bakers and pastry cooks. In a recent issue of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Dr. Valeria Ascoli of La Sapienza University in Rome presented evidence to suggest that asbestos

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November 08, 2001 12:00 AM

The FDA is investigating reports of over 50 patient deaths worldwide, including four in the United States, that may have been caused by certain dialyzers made by Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Deerfield, Ill. Baxter voluntarily recalled the dialyzers in mid-October after reports of deaths associated with its product in

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November 06, 2001 12:00 AM

While the benefits of computed tomography are well known in diagnosing diseases and trauma and in the guidance of interventional and therapeutic procedures, those benefits are not without risks. This Notification is to emphasize the importance of keeping radiation doses during CT procedures as low as reasonably achiev

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November 02, 2001 12:00 AM

At a recent American Academy of Pediatrics meeting, physicians debated the increasing pediatric use of Prozac and Ritalin. Pediatric physicians focused on the psychiatric drugs following a report published last year demonstrating that between 1991 and 1995, Ritalin prescriptions more than tripled in preschoolers. Dur

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November 02, 2001 12:00 AM

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman announced on October 31 that the arsenic standard in drinking water will be 10 parts per billion (ppb). "Throughout this process, I have made it clear that EPA intends to strengthen the standard for arsenic by substantially lowering the maximum accepta

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November 02, 2001 12:00 AM

Juices provide many essential nutrients, but consuming untreated juices may not be so healthful. When fruits and vegetables are fresh-squeezed, harmful bacteria from the outside of the produce can become a part of the finished product. If these bacteria are ingested, children risk serious illness or even death. In fact

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November 02, 2001 12:00 AM

Norwegian researchers recently found that 18 percent of the deaths in a group of 732 elderly patients studied were either direct or indirect fatal reactions to administered medications. The results establish a significantly greater rate of prescription drug related deaths in elderly patients than in other age groups.

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November 02, 2001 12:00 AM

A study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that twenty percent of poultry and ground meat sampled from grocery stores contained salmonella bacteria. Similar to studies conducted by the Food and Drug Administration, the current study found that the strains of salmonella were generally resis

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November 01, 2001 12:00 AM

At the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States Marshals seized unapproved drug products from Biogenics Inc., of St. George, Utah, doing business as E'OLA International, and at its contract manufacturer, Nature's Energy, Inc., of Pleasant Grove, Utah. About 140,000 bottles of AMP II Pro Drop

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November 01, 2001 12:00 AM

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today is advising consumers and health care providers about significant changes to the Accutane risk management program for pregnancy prevention. The new program is called S.M.A.R.T. (System to Manage Accutane Related Teratogenicity). S.M.A.R.T. was developed in consultation with

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

Although critics claim that BioPort Corporation's anthrax vaccine has injured many people and killed others, experts say that lawsuits against the company are unlikely to succeed. BioPort is the United States' sole supplier of anthrax vaccine. In light of recent anthrax hysteria, the military has deemed the vaccin

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

The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Honeywell Consumer Products Inc. (HCP), of Southborough, Mass, has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $800,000. The penalty settles allegations that Duracraft Corp. failed to report to the CPSC in a timely manner incidents associated with its

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