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

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

A Tennessee jury awarded $6.65 million in damages last week to the mother of a 17-year-old girl who died in a tractor-trailer accident. Lindsey Garretson was killed August 8, 2000 when a truck driven by Stuart Foy slammed into the back of her car on Interstate 40. Foy failed to slow the tractor-trailer, owned by KLLM

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

More than 80 people aboard a Royal Caribbean Cruises ship became ill during a four-day trip to the Bahamas last week, the fifth vessel to report an outbreak in recent weeks. According to a health official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the illness is similar to the Norwalk-like virus that h

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

A California nursing home has agreed to pay nearly $1 million to the family of a 92-year-old man who died due to neglect at the facility. According to the lawsuit, in June 2001, doctors discovered Angelo George at Cedar Manor Homes in Vista malnourished and severely dehydrated. Insects had reportedly crawled into Geo

Posted by Staff Writer
December 27, 2002 12:00 AM

A Pennsylvania judge approved a class-action lawsuit last week alleging automobile maker Kia sells its Sephia model with defective brakes. According to the suit, the Kia Sephia's brakes are built with a design defect, which causes them to repeatedly wear out. The lawsuit was filed by Shamell Samuel-Bassett who claims

Posted by Staff Writer
December 27, 2002 12:00 AM

A lawsuit was filed last week against a West Virginia treatment center, which offers therapy to troubled teens through outdoor activities such as hiking and camping. In February 2001, the parents of 14-year-old Ryan Lewis brought their son to Ayne Institute, formerly known as Alldredge Academy, in Charleston to partic

Posted by Staff Writer
December 27, 2002 12:00 AM

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new use for the schizophrenia drug, Clozaril: to reduce the risk of recurrent suicidal behavior in patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. Clozaril was approved in 1989 for treatment of schizophrenia in patients who do not respond to other available

Posted by Staff Writer
December 26, 2002 12:00 AM

A new report published in Thursday's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that users of the arthritis medication Celebrex are not as protected from bleeding ulcers as once believed. According to the report, at the conclusion of a recent six-month study, which analyzed data from 287 patients who had a p

Posted by Staff Writer
December 26, 2002 12:00 AM

The British government agreed Saturday to officially ban medicines containing the herbal supplement kava kava after months of research found it may cause liver failure. According to a spokesperson for the Committee on Safety of Medicines, a government advisory panel, researchers found during their inquiry of the suppl

Posted by Staff Writer
December 26, 2002 12:00 AM

A new study on the safety of two arthritis drugs, Remicade (infliximab) and Enbrel (etanercept), indicates the medications may be associated with the development of lymphoma. The study, conducted by researchers with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Cancer Institute in Maryland, identified 2

Posted by Staff Writer
December 20, 2002 12:00 AM

A new study conducted by researchers with the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio suggests new sophisticated heart defibrillators may be associated with an increased risk of hospitalization and death. According to the study, which appears in next week's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, newer models featu

Posted by Staff Writer
December 19, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a new study on the safety of antipsychotic medications, the use of dopamine antagonists is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Published in this month's issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, the study, conducted by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, analyzed more t

Posted by Staff Writer
December 19, 2002 12:00 AM

The Allegheny County coroner confirmed Wednesday that a contaminated bronchoscope caused the October death of an Allegheny General Hospital patient. Earl W. Foster, 58, died October 14 from bronchopneumonia caused by a Pseudomonas bacterium that was resistant to antibiotics. Physicians at the hospital reported that t

Posted by Staff Writer
December 19, 2002 12:00 AM

The family of an Illinois teenager who suffered irreversible brain damage when a Chicago hospital botched his delivery will receive $18.4 million as part of a settlement reached Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court. Daniel Donohue was born at Palos Community Hospital on March 5, 1985 but suffered brain damage after ho

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

A California jury awarded $4.5 million last week to the family of a Tulare County man who died due to medical malpractice. Judy Staley and her two children filed the lawsuit against Dr. Parmod Kumar in connection with Stan Staley's death. According to the plaintiffs, on June 13, 2000, Kumar performed an unnecessary e

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

A study published in Wednesday's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that the cholesterol fighting medication Pravachol is ineffective against heart disease. The Federal study, known as Allhat, analyzed patients with high blood pressure over a period of eight years. According to researche

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

The second lawsuit involving the controversial ephedra-based dietary supplement Metabolife 356 ended last week with jurors ruling that the product was defective but not responsible for a California man's stroke. Tom Hendriksen and his wife Dena filed suit against Metabolife International alleging the Metabolife 356 pi

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

Physicians are receiving an increasing number of reports linking cholesterol drugs, commonly known as statins, to the development of several side effects associated with aging. Many patients using the medications are reportedly beginning to complain of muscle pain, weakness, fatigue, memory problems and erectile dysfu

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

A Maryland jury recently awarded $10 million to the family of a teenager who died after doctors failed to diagnose a fatal condition on time. On September 9, 1999, 19-year-old Benjamin Strange was admitted to the University of Maryland Hospital complaining of severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. After conducting sev

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

More than 200 passengers aboard Carnival Cruise Lines' Conquest fell ill last week due to a gastrointestinal disorder that has plagued the cruise industry over the last three months. Physicians say the Norwalk-like virus is believed to be the same that has sickened hundreds of passengers aboard at least three cruise

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

A Massachusetts jury awarded $7 million last week to an 84-year-old man who was the victim of medical malpractice. In November 1998, Ralph Penta of Revere went to Carney Hospital to have his bladder drained because he was having trouble urinating. During the procedure, Dr. Barbara Bassil punctured Penta's colon, caus

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

A Texas jury awarded $225 million last week to the families of two people killed in an automobile accident involving Ford Motor Company's F-150 four-door super cab pickup. Paul Alaniz, 34, and Laura Benavides, 20, died after they were ejected from the pickup when it rolled three times on a road outside of Benavides.

Posted by Staff Writer
December 13, 2002 12:00 AM

A White House spokesperson announced this week that the Bush Administration plans to make the smallpox vaccine available to all U.S. residents on a voluntary basis beginning in 2004. Under President Bush's plan, 500,000 soldiers and 500,000 healthcare workers will receive the vaccine within weeks, with the first publi

Posted by Staff Writer
December 13, 2002 12:00 AM

A Federal inspector accused the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Thursday of failing to take proper action against a meat processing plant linked to the recent listeria outbreak in the Northeast. Vincent Erthal, a meat and poultry inspector with the USDA, claims he filed two years of reports detailing pe

Posted by Staff Writer
December 13, 2002 12:00 AM

A Missouri jury recently awarded $7.2 million to the mother of a 17-year-old man who drowned in an apartment complex's swimming pool. On July 24, 1999, Carlos Sango drowned in the pool at Ashley Park Apartments in Kansas City when his shirt became entangled in a broken drain cover. According to a maintenance worker e

Posted by Staff Writer
December 12, 2002 12:00 AM

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials warned lawmakers at a congressional investigative committee hearing Wednesday that placing new restrictions on Hoffman-La Roche Inc.'s acne medication Accutane may increase illegal Internet sales as well as black market purchases in Mexico. Lawmakers are seeking new li

Posted by Staff Writer
December 12, 2002 12:00 AM

Fueling the ongoing debate over the safety of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) added the entire class of steroidal estrogens Wednesday to its registry of "known human carcinogens." Linked to ovarian cancer, estrogen therapy has been a hot topic in the m

Posted by Staff Writer
December 12, 2002 12:00 AM

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the blood banking community to assess and manage the potential risk of West Nile Virus transmission from blood and blood products. A small number of cases of West Nile Virus infection have been linked

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

A report issued this week by DoctorQuality Inc., an Internet-based healthcare management company, reveals that clinical errors pose the same dangers to patients as medication mishaps. As part of their study, researchers with DoctorQuality analyzed information from a database of 50,000 reported errors and adverse event

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

A Florida jury awarded $9.5 million last week to a man who was left a quadriplegic after a horrific car accident. In June 2000, David Medlin, 25, was a passenger in a car that overturned when driver Brandy Dickson lost control of the vehicle along State Road 60 east of Lake Wales. Medlin sued Dickson and her mot

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

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a congressional hearing this week over the safety of Roche Holding AG's Accutane acne medication. The committee, which has scheduled interviews with Roche and U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials as well as several medical experts, plans to focus on the

Posted by Staff Writer
December 10, 2002 12:00 AM

As part of its ongoing efforts to reduce preventable adverse events from the products it regulates, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that it is strengthening the controls designed to protect patients by restricting imports of certain prescription drugs that can be used safely only with specified c

Posted by Staff Writer
December 10, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a new draft report published by Federal investigators this week, a lack of grease on a tail fin mechanism caused the January 2000 Alaska Airlines crash that killed 88 people. The report, which will be reviewed Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board, says insufficient lubrication of the tail f

Posted by Staff Writer
December 10, 2002 12:00 AM

The children of an 86-year-old man who died of pneumonia at a Texas nursing home in November 2001 have filed a lawsuit against the facility's operators. Reyes Uresti, a stroke victim, was a resident at Friendswood Arms Convalescent Center outside of Houston when he was accidentally left in a shower overnight. Houseke

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

A provision added to the Homeland Security Act just days before Congress approved the legislation last month restricts families from filing lawsuits against the maker of Thimerosal, a mercury-based vaccine preservative linked to the development of autism. Instead, before they can take their claims to civil court, fami

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

Physicians who have administered the smallpox vaccine to hundreds of volunteers over the past several months are reporting side effects of pain, swelling and flu-like symptoms in users. Over 1,500 volunteers have participated in a nationwide study since September 11, 2001 to test the controversial vaccine's safety. A

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

A New York woman who suffered permanent eye damage when a laser blade snapped during vision-correction surgery has filed a lawsuit against the blade's manufacturer for $40 million. In March 2001, Sharon Guess underwent laser vision-correction surgery at a clinic in Rochester. During the procedure, a blade made by Bau

Posted by Staff Writer
December 06, 2002 12:00 AM

The Federal Trade Commission filed suit Thursday against the marketers of the widely advertised product, Body Solutions Evening Weight Loss Formula (Evening Formula). The FTC charged Mark Nutritionals, Inc., based in San Antonio, Texas, and its officers, Harry Siskind and Edward G. D'Alessandro, Jr. with making false a

Posted by Staff Writer
December 06, 2002 12:00 AM

A woman whose son was born with cerebral palsy 19 years ago has settled a lawsuit with a suburban Chicago hospital for $19 million. In 2000, Patricia Townsend filed suit against Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park for negligence, alleging nurses failed to act when monitors showed the fetus' heart rate dr

Posted by Staff Writer
December 06, 2002 12:00 AM

Families seeking retribution against a Kansas City pharmacist who diluted cancer drugs in an effort to boost profits received heartening news Thursday when a federal judge sentenced him to 30 years in prison. In February 2002, Robert R. Courtney pled guilty to 20 counts of drug tampering, admitting he diluted over 100

Posted by Staff Writer
December 05, 2002 12:00 AM

A new medical malpractice study conducted by a consumer interest group has shed new light on the prevalence of prescribed medication errors in the United States. Released Wednesday, the US Pharmacopeia study examined 100,000 cases of medication error, determining that over 7,000 Americans die each year from taking the

Posted by Staff Writer
December 05, 2002 12:00 AM

The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Thursday that dozens of passengers aboard another Caribbean cruise ship have fallen ill due to a gastrointestinal disorder. Nearly 115 passengers and three crew members aboard P&O Cruises' Oceana have developed a Norwalk-like virus, the third cruise l

Posted by Staff Writer
December 05, 2002 12:00 AM

A Missouri man severely injured in an automobile accident two years ago will receive $3.9 million as part of a settlement reached with the state's Department of Transportation. In 2000, Gary Nettell, a passenger in a Missouri Department of Transportation truck, suffered permanent injuries when driver Jerry Russell bla

Posted by Staff Writer
December 04, 2002 12:00 AM

Just days after European health regulators announced they were considering a ban on use of the anemia drug Eprex in patients with chronic kidney failure due to its link to pure red cell aplasia (PRCA), Janssen-Cilag, a European subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, said it will change the prescribing information of the medi

Posted by Staff Writer
December 04, 2002 12:00 AM

Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove signed a bill Tuesday that places caps on product-liability damages. In November, state lawmakers passed the legislation, which emerged from an 83-day special session, allowing punitive damages to be capped at $20 million for the largest corporations. Businesses with a valuation o

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

A Pennsylvania family has settled a two-year-old negligence lawsuit with pharmaceutical maker Eli Lilly and Co., the maker of the antidepressant medication Prozac. In their suit, Diane and Melvin Cassidy of Monroeville alleged Prozac caused suicidal thoughts and led Diane Cassidy to slit her wrists and overdose on a p

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

European health regulators are considering banning the use of the anemia drug Eprex in patients with chronic kidney failure due to an increasing number of reports that the medication may cause pure red cell aplasia (PRCA), a condition characterized by a near absence of red blood cell precursors that leaves many suffere

Posted by Staff Writer
December 02, 2002 12:00 AM

Nearly 200 passengers aboard a Carnival Cruise Line ship returned to port Monday suffering from a Norwalk-like virus, the latest incident involving a gastrointestinal illness to plague the cruise line industry. A spokesperson for Carnival revealed that 190 guests and four crew aboard the Fascination , which was carry

Posted by Staff Writer
December 02, 2002 12:00 AM

The Canadian health ministry has issued a warning to health care professionals about the possible dangers of using the breast cancer medication tamoxifen. Sold in the United States under the brand name Nolvadex, tamoxifen has been linked to stroke, pulmonary embolism and cancer of the uterus. Although Canadian health

Posted by Staff Writer
December 02, 2002 12:00 AM

The rapid rise in popularity of wireless phones has contributed to an increased number of automobile accidents reveals a new study conducted by researchers from Harvard University. According to the inquiry, which was released Monday by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, the number of cell phone subscribers has incr

Posted by Staff Writer
December 02, 2002 12:00 AM

The family of a Missouri woman who died of mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure as a child was awarded $5.1 million by a St. Louis jury. Plaintiff attorneys argued that Stephanie Foster, who died in March 2001 at the age of 42, was exposed to deadly asbestos fibers as a toddler due to her father's occupation with Aer

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