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All news posts from October 01, 2002 to October 31, 2002

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October 31, 2002 12:00 AM

A Florida hospital confirmed Tuesday that a patient recently died after undergoing robot-assisted surgery. Al Greenway, 53, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa on October 13, two days after an accident occurred during a kidney operation. Greenway's surgeon, who has been identified as urologist Tod J. Fusia,

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October 31, 2002 12:00 AM

In a letter sent to Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman Monday, several leading Congressional Democrats expressed concern over the USDA's handling of the recent listeria outbreak in the Northeast. Representatives Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, Nita Lowey of New York, Maurice Hinchey of New York, Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and H

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October 31, 2002 12:00 AM

A Missouri jury awarded $2 million last week to a 52-year-old man who suffered severe injuries when he was shot by a police officer during a drug raid on his house. David Doran, a Kansas City mechanic, was shot twice in 1998 when police raided his home searching for a methamphetamine lab an anonymous caller claimed wa

Posted by Staff Writer
October 31, 2002 12:00 AM

EPA is listing Libby, Montana on the final National Priorities List (NPL). The state of Montana designated this site as its highest priority for Superfund cleanup. With the addition of Libby, the NPL now contains 1,234 final sites, with an additional 61 proposed. EPA has already begun cleanups at the Libby site to addr

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October 31, 2002 12:00 AM

A West Virginia jury has ruled that the remaining defendant in an asbestos lawsuit involving more than 2,000 plaintiffs is liable for injuries caused by exposure to the toxic substance. In their suit, the plaintiffs alleged that Dow Chemical Co.'s Union Carbide unit's products and facilities caused serious asbestos re

Posted by Staff Writer
October 30, 2002 12:00 AM

A Superior Court judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in a landmark lawsuit brought against the nation's top lead-paint makers. The state of Rhode Island was attempting to prove that lead paint was a public nuisance and increased the risk of lead poisoning in children. But after four days of deliberations, jurors remain

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October 30, 2002 12:00 AM

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday that a large number of people prescribed antibiotics during last year's anthrax scare reported numerous adverse side effects or discontinued treatment before their 60-day course was finished. Last fall, physicians prescribed nearly 10,000 post

Posted by Staff Writer
October 29, 2002 12:00 AM

Specialists involved in a new study on the safety of CT scans, otherwise known as "CAT scans," claim children undergo the procedure too often, increasing the risk of unwarranted exposure to radiation. Researchers from the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. studied 1,000 patients who had received a

Posted by Staff Writer
October 29, 2002 12:00 AM

More evidence was revealed Monday linking West Nile Virus (WNV) to contaminated blood transfusions. In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Dispatch Report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that 17 states have reported 33 cases of WNV infection among persons who received a blood transfu

Posted by Staff Writer
October 29, 2002 12:00 AM

A report in this month's issue of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology reveals that the HIV medication ritonavir, sold under the brand name Norvir, has a cytotoxic (toxic to cells) effect on the human body, which researchers say may lead to DNA damage and atherosclerosis (degeneration of the inner layer of

Posted by Staff Writer
October 28, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a new study conducted by researchers from Harvard University, two popular pain relievers may increase the risk of hypertension (high blood pressure). In the study, published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, doctors examined data from a 1995 women's health inquiry on the use of acetaminophen an

Posted by Staff Writer
October 28, 2002 12:00 AM

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued an import alert on cantaloupes from Mexico because of insanitary conditions that have resulted in four Salmonellosis outbreaks in the last three years in the United States. These outbreaks were responsible for many illnesses including two deaths and at least 18 hospit

Posted by Staff Writer
October 28, 2002 12:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that irradiated meat will soon be available to more than 25 million children participating in the National School Lunch Program. During irradiation, foods are exposed briefly to a radiant energy source, such as gamma rays or electron beams, within a shielded facili

Posted by Staff Writer
October 25, 2002 12:00 AM

Johnson and Johnson announced Thursday that it has received 160 reports of pure red-cell aplasia (PRCA) among users of the anemia drug Eprex (erythropoietin). Eprex's link to PRCA, a condition characterized by a near absence of red blood cell precursors that leaves many patients dependent on transfusions to survive, h

Posted by Staff Writer
October 25, 2002 12:00 AM

Officials with the Bush Administration are preparing to ask Congress to establish a compensation program for persons injured or killed by the smallpox vaccine. Although routine vaccinations ended in the United States in 1972 and the disease was declared eradicated from the earth in 1980, the U.S. government fears terr

Posted by Staff Writer
October 24, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a new study conducted by consumer interest group Public Citizen, many blue-collar employers are continuing to expose their workers to hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen and industrial by-product of several manufacturing processes, including the production of steel, chrome plating and certain pigments.

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October 24, 2002 12:00 AM

Postmenopausal women who suffer from Alzheimer's disease may worsen their memory loss by undergoing estrogen replacement therapy (ERT), says a new study conducted by researchers with the University of Arizona. As part of the study, seen in this month's issue of Behavioral Neuroscience, a journal published by the Ameri

Posted by Staff Writer
October 24, 2002 12:00 AM

In a recent CBS news report, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accused the Red Cross of repeatedly taking blood from high-risk donors infected with hepatitis and other diseases. According to the FDA, which is asking a Federal judge to fine the organization over its inadequate blood-collecting procedures, the

Posted by Staff Writer
October 23, 2002 12:00 AM

A severe nursing shortage in the United States contributes to an estimated 20,000 hospital deaths each year, says a new study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. As part of their analysis, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania surveyed 10,000 nurses at nearly 170 hospitals

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October 23, 2002 12:00 AM

A new report released Tuesday by the General Accounting Office (GAO), a special investigative branch of Congress, says a high percentage of service members in the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve are leaving their posts to avoid or delay receiving the mandatory anthrax vaccine. In May 2000, the GAO mailed

Posted by Staff Writer
October 23, 2002 12:00 AM

Michelin settled a lawsuit Tuesday with the families of four people who died when their church van overturned due to a faulty tire. In a press release issued yesterday, consumer interest group Public Citizen accused the tire giant of settling the suit to avoid the release of incriminating documents concerning the safe

Posted by Staff Writer
October 22, 2002 12:00 AM

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers about serious risks of permanent eye injury, potentially leading to blindness, presented by non-corrective, decorative contact lenses distributed without a prescription and without proper fitting by an eye care professional. FDA has learned that these products

Posted by Staff Writer
October 22, 2002 12:00 AM

Scientists are currently researching Mifeprex, also known as mifepristone, RU-486 or the "abortion pill," to see if the medication may be useful to treat a form of severe depression. A new report published in the journal Biological Psychiatry analyses a recent study that found Mifeprex to be highly effective in people

Posted by Staff Writer
October 21, 2002 12:00 AM

A new report published in Sunday's issue of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reveals that there is no relation between high medical malpractice jury awards in Cuyahoga County (the greater Cleveland area) and a recent increase in the cost of insurance. As part of its analysis, the newspaper examined all 6,726 medical malprac

Posted by Staff Writer
October 21, 2002 12:00 AM

German pharmaceutical manufacturer Bayer AG announced Monday that the company is facing an additional 1,500 lawsuits over its cholesterol-lowering medication Baycol. A spokesperson for the company, which had previously maintained that only 2,000 claims were pending, said the majority of the now 3,500 lawsuits are in t

Posted by Staff Writer
October 21, 2002 12:00 AM

A Washington jury awarded $17.5 million Friday to a man who suffered severe injuries in a power-line accident four years ago. In 1998, James Kuntz was working as a subcontractor for Lamar Corporation, an advertising business based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when he was sent to Athol, Idaho to work on a project. While

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October 18, 2002 12:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Thursday that nearly 1.8 million pounds of ready-to-eat turkey recalled this week because of listeria contamination was sent to dozens of schools across the country as part of the USDA's school lunch program. On Sunday, Pilgrim's Pride Corporation recalled 27.4 milli

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October 18, 2002 12:00 AM

The Florida Department of Health (FDH) announced Friday that a seven-year-old Alachua County boy recently diagnosed with the West Nile Virus may have contracted the disease from a contaminated blood transfusion. Investigators told health officials that the child recently received "multiple blood products," but insiste

Posted by Staff Writer
October 18, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a new study conducted by researchers with the University of California, Davis, the number of reported autism cases in California increased by over 270 percent between 1987 and 1998. Puzzled by the mounting number of cases, researchers involved in the study admitted that the health community should rethink

Posted by Staff Writer
October 17, 2002 12:00 AM

Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley presented evidence to members of the American Association for Cancer Research this week that suggests short-term use of pregnancy-level estrogen may reduce a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. Because a full-term pregnancy at an early age greatly reduces

Posted by Staff Writer
October 17, 2002 12:00 AM

At the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US Marshals seized dietary supplements making drug claims from the Humphrey Laboratories of Lake Oswego, Oregon, doing business as Kirkman Laboratories. U.S. Marshals seized hundreds of bottles of Kirkman's HypoAllergenic Taurine Capsules after FDA determined th

Posted by Staff Writer
October 17, 2002 12:00 AM

Officials are investigating whether ten patients at a Nebraska health clinic contracted hepatitis C because of hypodermic needle reuse at the clinic. A spokesperson with the Nebraska Health and Human Services System announced Thursday that authorities are currently contacting over 600 patients treated at the Fremont A

Posted by Staff Writer
October 16, 2002 12:00 AM

The maker of the antidepressant Prozac recently settled a nine-year-old lawsuit that alleged the medication contributed to an Illinois man's suicide. Businessman Charles Berman was taking the drug shortly before he leapt to his death from a Chicago high rise in 1991. Berman's wife and children filed suit against Eli

Posted by Staff Writer
October 16, 2002 12:00 AM

The U.S. government issued a warning Tuesday regarding the use of estrogen and progestin supplements to prevent osteoporosis and other ailments. In July, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that long-term treatment with hormone-replacement therapy (HRT) might cause breast cancer, strokes, heart attacks,

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October 16, 2002 12:00 AM

In this month's issue of the Journal of Neurotrauma, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania reveal that roller coasters do not cause brain damage. In recent years, several reports have been published blaming the thrill rides' jarring G forces for brain injuries. High G forces may pull blood away from the bra

Posted by Staff Writer
October 15, 2002 12:00 AM

A Missouri newspaper is publishing an in-depth report this week on the health hazards that nursing home patients face in the United States. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, hundreds of elderly nursing home patients die each year from neglect, mostly due to inadequate facility staffing. In the weeklong series

Posted by Staff Writer
October 15, 2002 12:00 AM

Several public interest groups are blaming a recent listeria outbreak that has killed seven people and led to this weekend's recall of more than 27 million pounds of poultry meat on the lack of regulation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). According to the Consumer Federation of America's Food Policy Instit

Posted by Staff Writer
October 15, 2002 12:00 AM

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday that deli products made at Pilgrim's Pride Corporation's Franconia, Pennsylvania plant are the likely source for a recent listeria outbreak in the Northeast that has caused 46 illnesses and at least seven deaths. According to a CDC spokesperso

Posted by Staff Writer
October 14, 2002 12:00 AM

As part of the largest recall in the history of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Wampler Foods recalled 27.4 million pounds of poultry Sunday because the company's deli products may be contaminated with listeria. The announcement came just four days after the company recalled 295,000 pounds of turkey and chi

Posted by Staff Writer
October 14, 2002 12:00 AM

Less than two months after ruling that the drug maker GlaxoSmithKline could not advertise its depression and anxiety medication Paxil as "non-habit forming," a federal judge reversed her decision last week. In late August, U.S. District Judge Mariana Pfaelzer determined that Paxil advertisements were misleading, sayin

Posted by Staff Writer
October 14, 2002 12:00 AM

A new study published by Americans for Insurance Reforms (AIR) reveals that medical malpractice rates fluctuate according to the state of the nation's economy. According to the insurance industry, malpractice rates have increased in recent years because of considerable rises in medical malpractice jury awards. But le

Posted by Staff Writer
October 11, 2002 12:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced a recall of turkey deli meat from a production plant in Pennsylvania because Listeria was detected in a turkey product package. The Listeria strain detected in this product is different from the strain that is causing the outbr

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October 11, 2002 12:00 AM

A Missouri jury awarded $2.2 billion Thursday to a victim of Kansas City pharmacist Robert Courtney, who pled guilty to twenty Federal counts of drug tampering in February. Georgia Hayes brought the first of 400 lawsuits against Courtney after he admitted to diluting cancer medications for several years to earn a prof

Posted by Staff Writer
October 09, 2002 12:00 AM

Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove signed a bill Tuesday that places a cap on future pain-and-suffering awards in medical malpractice cases. Advocates of the bill, which limits pain-and-suffering damages at $500,000, increasing to $750,000 in 2011 and $1 million in 2017, allege multimillion-dollar verdicts in the st

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October 09, 2002 12:00 AM

A Senate subcommittee concluded Tuesday that Metabolife International Inc., a leading herbal supplement seller, intentionally hid consumer complaints about its products from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during the 1990s. Last August, the FDA asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation

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October 08, 2002 12:00 AM

In a new report on the safety hazards children face during hospital emergency room visits, researchers say that ten percent of pediatric patients receive the wrong amount or type of medication. As part of a study published in this month's issue of Pediatrics, physicians with the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto a

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October 08, 2002 12:00 AM

The debate over the safety of a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins widened this week after a new report suggested the controversial medications may be useful against multiple sclerosis (MS). In the study, published in the October 8th issue of the journal Neurology, researchers with Karl-Franzens Univ

Posted by Staff Writer
October 07, 2002 12:00 AM

CDC and several state health departments are continuing their investigation of an outbreak of listeriosis, primarily affecting persons in the northeastern U.S. Thus far, 40 ill persons with the outbreak strain of Listeria have been detected; all were hospitalized, 7 died, and 3 pregnant women had miscarriages or stillb

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October 07, 2002 12:00 AM

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday made by several companies named in a West Virginia asbestos lawsuit involving 8,000 plaintiffs. Well-known defendants Exxon Mobil and Honeywell International argued to the high court that the lawsuit should be dismissed because the consolidated cases are too unrelated.

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October 07, 2002 12:00 AM

A report in the October 5th issue of The Lancet summarizes a recent study linking high doses of the arthritis medication Vioxx (rofecoxib) to the development of coronary heart disease (CHD). As part of their research, physicians from Vanderbilt University analyzed data from 375,000 patients enrolled in the Tennessee M

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October 04, 2002 12:00 AM

CDC and state health departments are continuing their investigation of an outbreak of Listeria infections. Thus far, Listeria bacteria isolated from 40 patients have been shown to have matching DNA patterns; this strongly suggests that these patients acquired illness from the same food. These 40 patients live in Pennsy

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October 04, 2002 12:00 AM

Oregon health officials announced today that as many as 40 people may have received organs or tissue contaminated with the liver disease hepatitis C. Investigators with the Oregon Health Department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that the tainted organs and tissue came from one O

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October 04, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a new report released by physicians with the University of Florida, the painkiller methadone, sold under the brand name Dolophine, is being misused. Doctors have significantly increased Methadone prescriptions in the last few years due to the high rate of Oxycontin abuse. However, researchers say that pa

Posted by Staff Writer
October 03, 2002 12:00 AM

Emmpak Foods Inc. announced Wednesday that it has expanded a recall of contaminated ground beef linked to E. Coli bacteria to include the entire United States. In late September, Emmpak, which is owned by Excel Corporation, a subsidiary of Cargill Inc., recalled 416,000 pounds of ground beef in Illinois, Wisconsin and

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October 03, 2002 12:00 AM

Concern over the West Nile Virus' link to organ transplants and blood donations intensified this week when a Maryland woman died of the illness less than one month after receiving a kidney transplant. Although initial tests on the organ donor for the virus were negative, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preven

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October 02, 2002 12:00 AM

A new study conducted by German researchers from the University of Ulm reveals that patients who live in large nursing homes or in elderly-care facilities that house residents longer than six months increase their risk of contracting an infection. In the study, researchers examined 47 nursing homes accommodating anywh

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October 02, 2002 12:00 AM

A new study on the effectiveness of breast self-examination (BSE) reveals that the procedure does not reduce a woman's risk of dying from cancer. Designed to detect lumps at an early stage, BSE requires women to use their fingers to search for any abnormalities on their breasts that may be an early indication of cance

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October 02, 2002 12:00 AM

A bullet-resistant vest company is facing allegations that its product fails to prevent ammunition from penetrating armor. Last week, the New York State Labor Department concluded that at least 900 vests purchased from Oakland Park, Florida-based Point Blank and worn by New York City police officers were defective. A

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October 01, 2002 12:00 AM

Claiming they were the victims of racial slurs and biased supervisors, five New York field agents filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.). The minority employees, Wilfred Baptiste, Kendall Hobson, Nathan Tucker, Paul Sutherland and Carlos Tucker, filed the suit in the Federa

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October 01, 2002 12:00 AM

US District Judge Catherine Blake ruled Monday that evidence presented in an $800 million cell phone lawsuit against Motorola was not extensive enough to warrant a trial. In the case, plaintiff attorneys argued that cell phone usage led to the development of a brain tumor in Christopher Newman, a former doctor. The t

Posted by Staff Writer
October 01, 2002 12:00 AM

Agricultural company Cargill Inc. has announced the recall of more than 400,000 pounds of ground beef after meat produced at one of its Wisconsin plants was linked to an Escherichia coli outbreak. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, at least 56 people have become ill i

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