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All news posts from September 01, 2002 to September 30, 2002

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

Automakers are expressing concern over the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) new regulation requiring car manufacturers to install enhanced airbags in a large percentage of 2004 models. The NHTSA is demanding the installation of the safety devices, known as "smart" airbags, because of their abil

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

A report in next month's issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases links the HIV medication Ziagen to Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Authored by French physicians from Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris, the article analyzes the case of a 37-year-old HIV-infected man who contracted Stevens-Johnson 13 days after beginning trea

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

Four families in St. Charles County, Missouri settled wrongful death lawsuits Friday with three nursing homes. The families of Joseph Mudd, Mary Ann Grezaffi, Stacey Hillis and Harmon Holmer filed the lawsuits against the nursing facilities after determining their loved ones' deaths were due to poor care at the homes.

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

According to a new study on the safety of sexual lubricants, women who sleep with partners infected with HIV increase their chances of contracting the disease when they use the spermicide nonoxonyl-9 several times a day during intercourse. As part of the study, which appears in the September 28th issue of The Lancet,

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State Health Departments are investigating a cluster of Listeria infections. Thus far, Listeria bacteria isolated from 32 patients have been shown to have matching DNA patterns; this strongly suggests that these patients acquired illness from the same food. Case-

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

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that will restrict medical malpractice awards and limit the time frame in which a potential plaintiff can file a malpractice lawsuit. Backed by President Bush, the bill aims to cap pain and suffering awards at $250,000 and punitive damages at twice the amount of

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

The US House is scheduled to meet today to debate a new bill that will restrict medical malpractice awards and limit the time frame in which a potential plaintiff can file a malpractice lawsuit. The House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Judiciary Committee approved the bill, named the "Help Efficient, Acce

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

A new warning has been added to the label of the impotence drug Viagra due to its association with fainting when used within four hours of taking an alpha-blocker, a group of medications used to treat high blood pressure and enlarged prostates. Because Viagra already lowers a user's blood pressure, researchers say it

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

According to a report in Wednesday's issue of New Scientist magazine, transmission-related acute lung injury (TRALI), a preventable adverse immune reaction caused by antibodies in donated blood, is causing close to 500 deaths a year. Physicians usually see TRALI cases after a patient has received donated blood that ha

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

According to a new report published by the General Accounting Office (GAO), a special investigative branch of Congress, a law that allows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rush new medication approvals may be responsible for a high rate of drug recalls. Under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act of 1993, ph

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

In a continuing effort to strengthen food safety programs and protect public health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), through its Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), announced yesterday a series of new measures designed to reduce the incidence of E. coli O157:H7 contamination of raw ground beef. The a

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

Honeywell International announced this week that the company has reached out-of-court settlements with plaintiffs in a West Virginia asbestos lawsuit involving 259 defendants. A spokesperson for the company would not comment on the claims, only that all had been settled or dismissed. The trial, involving over 8,

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

A new study on the safety of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) suggests the risk of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke increases during the first six months of treatment. In a report published in this month's issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle describe a case-

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

Eating seafood containing high amounts of methyl mercury may cause infertility in men and women, according to a new study conducted by Chinese researchers in Hong Kong. As part of the study, published in next month's issue of the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, researchers at the Chinese University of H

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

According to a new study conducted by a cardiologist in California, patients taking statin medications may suffer muscle damage even though the body's level of creatine kinase (CK), an enzyme of vertebrate skeletal and myocardial muscle, does not suggest myopathy. In the October 1 issue of the Annals of Internal Medic

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

A U.S. District Court judge in New York last week certified a nationwide, punitive damage class action lawsuit brought against the world's leading cigarette manufacturers. In his ruling, Judge Jack Weinstein granted class certification to anyone in the United States who has smoked the defendant companies' cigarettes a

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

An asbestos trial involving over 8,000 plaintiffs and 259 defendants is scheduled to begin this week in West Virginia despite the fact that the case is being contested in the United States Supreme Court. The lawsuit's defendants, which include ExxonMobil and Honeywell International, have been seeking the suit's dismis

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

A new report presented by researchers from the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor suggests cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors may cause acute urinary retention. According to several physicians at the facility, three elderly patients developed urinary retention after taking Vioxx and Celebrex for muscl

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

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Drugs Advisory Committee is recommending stronger warning labels for the pain reliever acetaminophen. Mainly sold in the United States under the brand name Tylenol, acetaminophen has been a concern for health regulators for years due to its link to liver toxicity. But rec

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

Experts who insist wireless phones do not cause brain cancer received supportive news earlier this week when the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority released a report that found no "consistent evidence" between cellular phone use and an increased risk of cancer. As part of a Protection Authority sponsored review co

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

A new study conducted by British researchers on the effects of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) confirms a Women's Health Initiative report that revealed HRT increases a female's risk of breast cancer, stroke and blood clots. Appearing in this month's issue of The Lancet medical journal, the study analyzed four major

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

According to a new report, the State of Missouri is facing a potential healthcare crisis due to the lack of people entering the medical community. Released by the Missouri Hospital Association, the report, entitled "2002 Workforce Status in Missouri Hospitals: An Overview," indicates that by the year 2020, 44 percent

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

Publix announced this week that starting early next year, the supermarket chain will begin to sell irradiated beef and chicken at 700 of its stores in the Southeast. According to a Publix spokesperson, consumers have become increasingly cautious when purchasing beef and chicken products because of concerns over harmfu

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

Three more New York residents have reportedly died due to a string of Listeria infections caused by contaminated food, bringing the total number of fatalities in the state to five. Health officials in New England have yet to identify the source of the infections, but since a Listeria outbreak was discovered earlier th

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

According to a new report published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, radiologists, especially those recently graduated from medical school, report false-positive cancer readings up to nearly 16 percent of the time when reading mammogram X-rays. As part of a study on the benefits of mammography, researc

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

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will decide this week whether to strengthen warning labels on ordinary pain relievers such as ibuprofen, aspirin and acetaminophen. According to the FDA, common pain medications are safe when used as directed but may cause serious injury when consumers overdose on the pills.

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

A new report released this week by the General Accounting Office (GAO), a Congressional investigative agency, reveals that childhood vaccines are in short supply nationwide, forcing schools and day care centers to reduce immunization requirements. According to the report, which will be reviewed Tuesday at a hearing of

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

Ten people in three Northeastern states are now believed to have died due to a string of Listeria infections caused by contaminated food. On Friday, the United States Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a warning about a recent increase in cases of Listeria monocytogenes in Penns

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

The Federal Trade Commission charged a Canadian corporation operating in the United States under the name Bio Lab and its president with deceiving consumers through false advertising for their weight-loss and cellulite-treatment products in violation of the FTC Act. The FTC announced today a law enforcement action agai

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

A victim of the Columbine High School shootings has filed a lawsuit against the maker of the antidepressant drug Luvox, alleging the medication's side effects contributed to the attacks. In 1999, Columbine students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed one teacher and 12 of their classmates before killing themselves.

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

A new report published in this month's issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine indicates that antibiotic use by mothers during pregnancy may cause asthma in newborns. As part of a study conducted by researchers from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, 24,690 British chil

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

A U.S. District Court judge in New York denied class action status for 4,000 plaintiffs suing Pfizer Inc. over the diabetes drug Rezulin. In his ruling, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said that differing circumstances and injuries made a single class action lawsuit unfeasible. Plaintiffs' lawyers were seeking reimbursement fo

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

Several patients at an Oklahoma hospital contracted hepatitis C after a nurse reused hypodermic needles. James C. Hill, a nurse-anesthetist at Norman Regional Hospital outside of Oklahoma City, admitted to reusing needles on hundreds of patients from December 2001 through August 19 of this year. Six patients have con

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

Government health officials announced yesterday that they have discovered the West Nile Virus in blood collected from three donors. Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are now warning that the incidence of West Nile contaminated blood in t

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

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that it will re-evaluate the safety of livestock medications because of concerns that antibiotic overuse on animals is creating drug-resistant pathogens that may harm consumers. An estimated 20 million pounds of antibiotics are given each year to pigs, ch

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

A new study conducted by Swedish and French researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm reveals that nicotine alone may cause sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). In the past, scientists have warned expectant mothers to immediately stop smoking upon the onset of pregnancy due to its link to SIDS, but the Sw

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

A House panel has approved a plan that will restrict medical malpractice awards and limit the time frame in which a potential plaintiff can file a malpractice lawsuit. Physicians and Republicans, who have been seeking malpractice legislation because of rising health care and insurance costs, welcomed Tuesday's announc

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

According to a report in the August 20th issue of the International Journal of Cancer , females who smoke multiple cigarettes a day for several decades may place themselves at an increased risk of developing breast cancer. As part of a comprehensive study, researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New Y

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

A recent study conducted on the safety of wireless phones may be used as evidence in an on-going lawsuit against Motorola that alleges the company's wireless products caused a former physician's brain cancer. Last month, an article published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention indicated that users of a type o

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

A new study conducted by researchers from the University of California San Diego Medical School confirms a recent report on the contamination of the herbal supplement PC-SPES. On February 8, 2002 California State Health Director Diana M. Bontá warned consumers to immediately stop using the herbal products PC SPES and

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

According to a new survey conducted by the American Association of Health Plans (AAHP), hundreds of thousands of elderly Americans may be forced to search for new health care plans next year as HMOs continue to withdraw from Medicare's managed care program. Citing rising health care costs, 58 plans withdrew from Medic

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

General Motors Corp. (GM) announced a recall today of 280,000 Cadillac DeVilles due to faulty seat belts. According to the automaker, company officials recently discovered that pretensioners installed on model years 2000 through 2002 DeVilles functioned improperly. Pretensioners help seat belts decrease the forward m

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

A report published in September 9th's issue of Archives of Internal Medicine raises questions over the safety of drug administration at hospitals nationwide. The article describes a 1999 study in which pharmacy care researchers from Auburn University analyzed drug procedures at 36 hospitals and nursing homes in Colo

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

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked Pfizer Inc. to immediately pull all magazine advertisements that suggest the company's cholesterol-lowering medication, Lipitor, causes fewer side effects than the drug's competitors. According to the FDA, recent advertisements appearing in magazines such as Reader

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to work with state and local health departments to help control West Nile Virus (WNV). To date there have been a total of 854 human cases of WNV infection reported to CDC from 28 states, the District of Columbia and New York City. There have been 43 fatalit

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

Under a new agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Cryolife Inc. will resume distribution of donor tissue to medical facilities with new restrictions. In August, the FDA ordered Cryolife to recall distributed human tissue processed from October 3, 2001, to August 2002 after determining that the co

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

In an effort to make tires safer for consumers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to implement new regulations that will require tires to run at higher temperatures, for longer periods of time and at faster speeds. The new standards, which may take effect later this month, extend from th

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

Drug maker Roche Pharmaceuticals has added a new warning to the label of the anti-malaria medication Lariam that alerts consumers to the drug's possible link to suicide. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Roche added the warning to "heighten awareness" of the medication's side effects after rece

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration, the Georgia State Department of Health, the Florida Department of Health, and the Health Resources and Services Administration continue to investigate possible West Nile Virus transmission through organ transplantation. The CDC'

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

A report released Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveals that diesel exhaust can cause cancer in humans. A spokesperson for the EPA told health officials that data obtained from numerous animal tests and occupational studies indicate a clear link between long-term exposure to the hazardous s

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

Pharmaceutical maker Wyeth announced today that it has changed the prescribing information on its hormone replacement medications Prempro and Premarin in light of recent reports questioning the safety of the drugs. In July, a study conducted by The Women's Health Initiative found that women using Prempro faced an incr

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

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Abbott Laboratories, Inc., has initiated a worldwide recall of 32 lots of laboratory kits used to diagnose gonorrhea. The kits have been shown to be unreliable because they may give false negative results. These test kits were distributed to hospitals and laboratori

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