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All news posts from October 01, 2008 to October 31, 2008

Posted by Jane Akre
October 31, 2008 10:21 PM

Women should not lose the right to sue drug makers over dangerous drugs and devices, a New York nonprofit says, refering to an upcoming high-profile federal preemption case. Many unsafe drugs marketed to women concern reproduction, injuring and making infertile otherwise healthy women.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 31, 2008 3:06 PM

Fred Baron, past president of the American Association for Justice and a well known environmental trial lawyer, lost his fight for life to cancer, despite the use of a last-ditch experimental drug.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 31, 2008 2:50 PM

A new report by the CDC finds the incidence of new cases of diabetes has risen 90 percent or more among adults over the last decade. With the adult population of the United States projected to be obese or overweight in the next 40 years, should current trends remain unchanged, diabetes is a risk to all of us.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 31, 2008 12:34 PM

With the help of internal FDA emails, citizens can read how pre-emption language was inserted into FDA rules to benefit big business, despite objections, while headed by an industry lawyer who took the revolving door back into industry.  Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide on a case shaped by pre-emption, the outcome of which potentially affects the health and safety of all citizens for years to come.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 31, 2008 9:57 AM

Harvard Medical School researchers have found four new areas that affect the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. They say the findings may eventually help pave the way to new Alzheimer’s treatment options.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 31, 2008 12:15 AM

Public Citizen is petitioning the FDA for an immediate ban of Avandia because it can cause death from liver failure and many other life-threatening risks that far outweigh its benefits.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 30, 2008 10:16 PM

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that time changes associated with daylight saving time increase the risk of heart attack.

Posted by Nan Aron
October 30, 2008 6:42 PM

Three decades ago, as Diana Levine's career as a children's music producer and performer was just starting to take off, ultraconservatives and drug companies had their sights set on a different kind of breakthrough...

Posted by Jane Akre
October 30, 2008 4:35 PM

Anxiety can be debilitating in children and adolescents. In this, the largest study to date, those in the cognitive therapy combined with Zoloft group, had the most improvement.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 30, 2008 12:42 PM

A new study finds grapes may help fight the battle on heart disease and hypertension, for those people that consume a diet high in salty foods. Scientists suggest that flavonoids, a beneficial chemicals found in grapes, may be the substance that provides beneficial effects found in a study of lab rats.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 30, 2008 10:05 AM

The FDA is looking out for any candy with milk chocolate from China after melamine contamination was uncovered last month in milk products. Canada has found melamine in chocolate gold pirate coins, the U.S. has not, but urges consumers to watch out for specific foods and candies from China.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 30, 2008 12:14 AM

Key FDA career officials strongly objected to Bush Administration drug labeling regulations that would preempt state liability lawsuits, according to a new report by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 29, 2008 10:49 PM

A study presented at the American Public Health Association's annual meeting in San Diego looked at whether doctors subconsciously prefer white patients over black patients, which could explain some racial health disparities.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 29, 2008 3:15 PM

A new report by an independent scientific advisory panel finds the FDA failed to properly assess the potential safety risks posed by the chemical bisphenol A.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 29, 2008 12:51 PM

New research finds 75 percent of current smokers trying to quit are highly nicotine-dependent, an 15-year high. Experts note nicotine dependence widely varies from smoker to smoker.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 29, 2008 12:34 PM

The benefits of visiting the gym far outweigh the risk, you just need to use some common-sense and follow a few steps to keep yourself protected from bacteria, infection and fungus that lurks at most gyms - in the showers and on the equipment.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 29, 2008 12:27 PM

Six days and counting and a brief overview is presented here on both candidates health care plans.  Health care and the economy are the top issues. Elizabeth Edwards, who has made health care her top priority, says neither plan offers universal coverage, the cheapest way to go.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 29, 2008 10:20 AM

Older donated blood resulted in blood poisoning or pneumonia among hospital patients, according to a new study -  reinforcing the idea that donated blood should be discarded before 6 weeks, which is the current outside limit.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 28, 2008 4:12 PM

Christopher Bizilj, an 8-year-old boy, was testing a 9 mm Micro Uzi at the Westfield Sportsman’s Club in Westfield, Massachusetts, as part of the Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo when he accidentally shot himself Sunday.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 28, 2008 2:22 PM

Bayer is combining aspirin with plants and minerals and making false and misleading claims which it must stop, says the FDA. The herbal industry says it's looking for guidelines, not outright censorship.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 28, 2008 11:31 AM

The jury remains out on whether vitamin E and selenium help reduce the risk of prostate cancer. But with a little evidence that they may increase the risk, researchers have told 35,000 participants to stop taking their supplements.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 28, 2008 8:29 AM

Researchers at Johns Hopkins suggest metformin, also known as Glucophage, appears to be associated with a decrease in heart disease and other heart-related deaths despite controversy surround the diabetes drug Avandia.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 27, 2008 10:42 PM

Popular bone-building medications known as bisphosphonates may have a rare, but serious, cardiac side effect. A review of available research found these medications may increase the risk of atrial fibrillation -- a disorder that affects as many as 2.2 million Americans.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 27, 2008 3:06 PM

Removing drug-resistant staph from the noses of wrestling camp counselors cut the rate of potentially deadly skin infections by more than 50 percent. Researchers tested coaches' and counselors' noses for MRSA and found about half were carriers. The nose is a place for the bacteria to colonize since it prefers a wet and warm environment.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 27, 2008 11:58 AM

The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) has recommended the suspension of Acomplia (rimonabant) from Sanofi-Aventis. The agency concluded that the benefits of Acomplia no longer outweigh its risks and marketing should be suspended across the European Union (EU).

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 27, 2008 10:29 AM

There are very few surfaces that are truly germ free. We have a list of germy surfaces your cleaning supplies will be happy to get acquainted with. Some, you may never have realized as the worst germ offenders, while others may seem obvious.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 27, 2008 10:00 AM

The Southern Nevada Health District reports there are 105 cases of hepatitis C uncovered as a result of an investigation into two outpatient clinics. More than 7,000 former patients have been tested for the incurable blood disease. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 26, 2008 11:45 PM

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a new report that highlights key factors on why it is so difficult for hospitals to recruit and retain registered nurses. RNs are the biggest group of health care providers employed by the VA’s health care system.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 24, 2008 2:44 PM

Social mobility is defined as children doing better financially than their parents. That is not happening in the U.S. according to a 30-nation economic report, “Growing Unequal," released this week. Look for the "American Dream" in Denmark, Sweden and Australia.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 24, 2008 1:46 PM

Want to make a lasting impression? A warm cup of coffee may be all you need to slant the situation in your favor, suggests researchers. This study is most recent to show how physical properties such as distance or temperature can effect emotional reactions on an unconscious level.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 24, 2008 1:43 PM

Americans injured by the financial collapse of this country have to look at the housing industry and specifically Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve. He predicts more layoffs and says he was "shocked" that free markets did not act in the shareholders best interest. 

Posted by Jane Akre
October 24, 2008 1:15 PM

The CDC and FDA are both promoting the use of Gardasil in an unprecedented way.  Reporting on the two-year post-approval monitoring the the drug, the CDC says its safe and the 20 plus deaths are not related to the vaccine.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 24, 2008 11:15 AM

A new study in the journal Human Reproduction suggests women who experience depression early in their pregnancy are at twice the risk of preterm delivery, the leading cause of infant mortality.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 23, 2008 11:01 PM

American doctors regularly prescribe placebo pills that are intended only to have a psychological effect, according to new study findings in the October issue of BMJ.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 23, 2008 10:44 PM

Judge Roy Pearson's pants are still missing, and so is his job, but that didn't stop the former administrative law judge from Washington D.C. from appearing before an appellate panel to ask to revive his $54 million lawsuit against the dry cleaners that allegedly misplaced the pants.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 23, 2008 2:52 PM

Making antilock brakes standard on motorcycles could save thousands of lives a year, concludes the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in this report. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 23, 2008 2:44 PM

More than 3 million American children have an allergy to at least one type of food, an 18 percent increase from the previous decade, finds a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 23, 2008 12:39 PM

A drug developed to treat leukemia was significantly more effective than standard therapy in treating early multiple sclerosis.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 23, 2008 12:25 PM

Whoever is elected president in two weeks will have to face the realities of "Three Inconvenient Truths" about health care. The current delivery of the least health care for the highest dollar is not sustainable and will impact all other sectors, this Stanford professor of economics explains in a very understandable way. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 23, 2008 12:08 PM

A new study by The Tumor Sequencing Project (TSP) consortium identified 26 genes that are frequently mutated in lung adenocarcinoma — an achievement that more than doubles the number of genes known to be associated with the deadly disease.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 23, 2008 11:23 AM

Customizing therapies to individual patients may require a pre-screening of a patient's genes, as researchers looking into targeted colon cancer therapies are reporting.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 23, 2008 10:17 AM

Chantix, the smoking cessation drug, and heparin top the list of the drugs most likely to cause death and injury as compiled by this watchdog group.  They represent just a tip of the iceberg.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 22, 2008 4:18 PM

With less than two weeks before the election, serious gaps remain regarding the health of the presidential and vice-presidential nominees. The nominees have been sent letters by the Times requesting interviews about their health along with their physicians, to which none have agreed.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 22, 2008 12:14 PM

People feel pretty strongly about the flu shot, much of it depends on what kind of medical information they've received.  So we're throwing into the mix more medical information that might not be making it into the front pages.   Let us know if you are planning to get a flu shot.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 22, 2008 9:53 AM

A C-section death reminds us of the risks involved with the procedure, even though it is on the increase. Doctors wanting to avoid malpractice and women seeking convenience need to understand the dangers.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 21, 2008 11:49 PM

In the United States there are 19 million new STD cases diagnosed each year. inSPOT is an Internet service that allows people to notify their sex partners that they may have been infected with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Posted by Jane Akre
October 21, 2008 4:24 PM

Having employer-sponsored health coverage does not necessarily extend to the children in the family, this published study finds. Millions of children are going without insurance, even when one parent is covered.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 21, 2008 2:03 PM

A new book by the American Cancer Society, “What Helped Get Me Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope,” taps into the insight, wisdom and first-hand accounts of cancer survivors to help you find the strength, courage and understanding you need to get through.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 21, 2008 1:08 PM

Was it business as usual, complicated by some bad financial decisions, or was there outright fraud involved in the collapse of the U.S. financial markets?  The FBI should have launched a full-scale investigation by now, but the bureau's domestic division has gone unfunded since 9/11.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 21, 2008 11:52 AM

A group of scientists and researchers will be the first to post their most private personal information – their medical records and DNA sequence of some of their own genes on the Internet – all for the sake of research.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 21, 2008 10:47 AM

The rates of suicide are up among the group generally considered the happiest and most secure. Do prescription drugs have some bearing on suicide rates?

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 21, 2008 9:27 AM

The typical Western diet of red meat, fried foods, dairy products and salty snacks is responsible for 30 percent of the world's heart attacks, a new study suggests.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 20, 2008 1:55 PM

Dr. Leisha Emens, a Johns Hopkins oncologist has been working on a breast cancer vaccine. Her research efforts stretch back nearly 20 years and involve testing a combination of an experimental vaccine and low doses of cancer medications.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 20, 2008 1:42 PM

A hospital in Palm Beach County, Florida  has medical residents in training seeing patients for up to an hour at a time at a low cost. It seems to be working for everyone.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 20, 2008 12:33 PM

The Wisconsin Medical Society has joined a growing number of professional societies, academic medical centers and legislators that agree physician gifts from the pharmaceutical industry are questionable, if not unacceptable forms of influence.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 20, 2008 11:03 AM

In the last days of the Bush administration, school bus safety rules also contain protections for the manufacturing industry. What parents should know about federal pre-emption and keeping their kids safe. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 20, 2008 11:03 AM

A newly released report finds some bottled waters are “no different than that of tap water.” Pain medication, fertilizer residue and other various chemicals were found in some major brands of bottled water.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 20, 2008 9:49 AM

The brain neurotransmitter, dopamine, may have a link to obesity.  In this study, researchers found that cells in the brain released dopamine when participants consumed a pleasant meal, registering a feeling of pleasure that you are full.   So blame being overweight on sluggish dopamine receptors. 

Posted by Darren Wilson
October 17, 2008 6:11 PM

Should corporations be given complete immunity from liability for dangerous and defective products? 

Posted by Jane Akre
October 17, 2008 3:17 PM

A nicotine-based pesticide, neonicotinoid, may explain the collapse of bee colonies. The insecticides, made by Bayer and Syngenta, move through a plant’s vascular system.  Bees pick up the pollen from the plants, which may impact their immune system and behavior.  Billions in agriculture, such as fruits and nuts, are at stake.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 17, 2008 1:47 PM

Prominent lawyer, Fred Baron, after initially being turned down, will now receive a drug that is experimental and in clinical trials. He is fighting multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells. Other families wanting experimental drugs are watching this case.  

Posted by Jane Akre
October 17, 2008 12:02 PM

Following federal litigation, the EPA has agreed to slash the amount of allowable airborne lead to one-tenth the amount currently allowed.  The problem is the lead recycling industry must comply and there is a lack of lead monitors nationwide. 

Posted by Jane Akre
October 17, 2008 10:20 AM

Prizer today announced it's agreed to a $900 million settlement to address the bulk of the Celebrex and Bextra lawsuits filed. Bextra is off the market because of its link to heart attack and stroke. Celebrex carries a black box warning.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 16, 2008 11:56 PM

As the Bush administration winds down, there is a last minute push toward adding pre-emptive language to agencies that oversee everyday products, which essentially block consumer product liability lawsuits.  

Posted by Jane Akre
October 16, 2008 3:10 PM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) final ruling on seat belts could actually prevent you from taking an action to court if you are injured. Essentially the language says if an auto design is approved by the federal NHTSA, an injured consumer cannot challenge that authority in a state court lawsuit. 

Posted by Jane Akre
October 16, 2008 12:03 PM

Obama and McCain are looking for a solution to our health care crisis, and now with a $10 million prize, private citizens are being incentivized to do the same. The X PRIZE Foundation along with WellPoint want the public to compete to "make health care available to everybody." 

Posted by Jane Akre
October 16, 2008 11:00 AM

More than half of Americans undergoing angioplasty to open their arteries are not having a recommended cardiac stress test in advance. That means the procedures are being performed without first determining who will benefit and who will not. 

Posted by Jane Akre
October 15, 2008 10:59 PM

The U.S. has not improved its infant mortality ranking since 2000, partially due to an increase in premature births.  As it stands now, about 28,000 infants die in the U.S. before their first birthday every year making it 29th in the world in infant mortality, lagging behind other developed nations.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 15, 2008 12:11 PM

Dr. Martin Philbert heads an FDA expert panel about to make a pivotal ruling about the safety of the bisphenol A- the plasticizer found in baby bottles and consumer products. The FDA and Congress is looking into why he failed to disclose a $5 million donation from industry.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 15, 2008 11:24 AM

New research suggests vitamin B supplements do not slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. In a randomized study of 409 patients, the group taking vitamin B supplements showed no decrease in disease progression when compared to the placebo group.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 14, 2008 10:42 PM

A prominent Emory University researcher is resigning his role in all National Institutes of Health grants until a federal investigation into his relationship with drug companies is resolved.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 14, 2008 2:03 PM

New research in the Archives of Neurology suggests vitamin D, the "sunshine vitamin" can help ease the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Researchers found that vitamin D deficiencies may have a unique association with Parkinson’s disease, which warrants further investigation.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 14, 2008 1:30 PM

The AARP reports that many Americans 45 and older are tapping into the future retirement accounts just to cover day-to-day expenses. The lobbying group for Americans over the age of 50, is encouraging the use of automatic IRA enrollment to jump start savings and the economy.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 14, 2008 12:32 PM

New research suggests caffeine consumption is not linked with an overall increase in breast cancer. Previous studies suggested caffeine found in tea, soft drinks, coffee and various drugs, one of the world’s most commonly ingested drugs, could play a possible role in breast cancer.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 14, 2008 12:06 PM

Nebraska's latest Safe Haven law abandonment is a teenager whose mother had to travel 12 hours from Michigan to leave him at a licensed state hosptial. The cases highlight the few solutions for frustrated parents who are out of options. What should be done?

Posted by Jane Akre
October 14, 2008 10:39 AM

Not waiting for the FDA to take any action on the plastic component BPA, three state Attorneys General have sent urgent letters to 11 manufacturers telling them to get the BPA out now. Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor that may affect children and adults.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 13, 2008 11:43 PM

When Vioxx was pulled from the market in 2004, due to concerns that it increased the risk of heart attack, stroke and death – many assumed that discontinuing use would end the associated health risks. But, now, a new study suggests that the risks increased nearly twofold, and persisted for a year or more after stopping use.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 13, 2008 5:44 PM

A small amount of alcohol consumption has been found to benefit the heart, but not the brain. Even a small amount of alcohol may lead to brain shrinkage, a new study reorts. The study concludes if you drink a lot you’re going to hurt your brain, the impact being more noticable in women. 

Posted by Jane Akre
October 13, 2008 1:33 PM

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is raising the guidelines on vitamin D for infants, children and adolescents as rickets appears to be on the rise in the U.S. once again.  The recommendation is to have at least 400 IU a day for children beginning in infancy. For adults 1,000 IU daily may not be enough.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 13, 2008 10:43 AM

New research published in the journal Stroke, suggests Gingko biloba, a tree native to China, may help prevent brain damage in stroke patients because it increases enzyme levels that work to remove free radicals around the stroke site.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 12, 2008 11:51 PM

A new study suggests that while men are at high risk of contracting human papillomavirus (HPV), most infections last a year or less, about the same amount of time the disease persists in women.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 10, 2008 2:19 PM

There are three family tragedies that help transcend party lines and led to the signing of the mental health parity bill. It requires insurance to cover mental health issues like other physical ailments.  Previously sufferers faced limited coverage and higher co-pays.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 10, 2008 2:01 PM

Upon returning for a new term on Monday, the Supreme Court justices weighed a complicated legal battle, whether state laws can be used to challenge deceptive advertising of “light” cigarettes. Altria Group v. Good is the latest case in a growing debate over preemption.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 10, 2008 1:29 PM

12 out of every 100 people suffer a mental disorder, yet three out of four people in developing countries receive no treatment. That according to the World Health Organization, which issued a report, on this World Mental Health Day.  

Posted by Jane Akre
October 10, 2008 11:58 AM

Seroquel's new extended release formula will have an extended patent, and presumably bring expanded profits for AstraZeneca, despite the controversy about the drug's side effects.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 10, 2008 7:41 AM

The school district in Gloucester, Massachusetts voted unanimously to allow birth control pills and condoms to be made available at the high school, which had at least 18 pregnant students last school year.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 10, 2008 12:49 AM

A new report by the U.S. Census Bureau provides estimates of the uninsured population in the United States, providing a breakdown by county, state and demographic groups. The report found Texas had the greatest percentage of uninsured residents under 65, with 26.3 percent of the population having no insurance coverage.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 10, 2008 12:03 AM

Gardasil protects against four types of human papillomavirus and so far, one quarter of teenage girls ages 13 to 17 have received the vaccination.   That despite the adverse reports that have been reported to the FDA including 18 deaths associated with its use.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 09, 2008 2:24 PM

All of the leading health and hospital organizations are on the same page with this new set of recommendations aimed at reducing 1.7 million incidents of six major hospital infections a year. Washing your hands is still the leading and least expensive measure. Not everyone is doing it.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 09, 2008 12:52 PM

Don't have time to exercise?  How about ten minutes.  The new Health and Human Services guidelines suggest that everyone has time to exercise and needs to, no excuses!

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 09, 2008 12:02 PM

A lawsuit was filed against Pfizer alleging the company suppressed medical studies that did not support the company's campaign to boost sales of its epilepsy drug, Neurontin.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 09, 2008 12:49 AM

A new study finds one in four terminally ill patients in Oregon who elect physician-assisted suicide have clinical depression and may not be capable of making an informed, rational decision about ending their lives. Oregon became the first state to enact a law allowing for physician-assisted suicide in 1997.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 08, 2008 11:49 PM

LabCorp has been issued a warning letter by the FDA for illegally marketing a drug test to detect ovarian cancer. First introduced in June, the test promises to detect ovarian cancer in early stages, when it is still treatable.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 08, 2008 11:40 AM

Manufacturers of over-the-counter (OTC) pediatric cough and cold medicines are voluntarily transitioning the labeling to state “do not use in children four years of age and under." Medications baring new warning labels will begin appearing in pharmacies and stores immediately, although, experts are still debating at what age they may be safe and effective.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 08, 2008 11:32 AM

Injuryboard asks: Is health care a right or a privilege?  Consider the IB Talking Points - More health care is delivered in developed countries for less, while more Americans are going without insurance. Given the realities of today- what direction should we go in? 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 08, 2008 8:35 AM

A 14-year old Iowa girl was abandoned at an Omaha hospital under Nebraska's safe haven law. She is the 17th child and the first from another state to be abandoned. However, because the child is from Iowa, not Nebraska, the safe haven laws legal protection may not apply.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 07, 2008 2:32 PM

Researchers have developed a new, safer approach for diagnosing Down syndrome and other chromosomal disorders which requires only a sample of the mother's blood. Current prenatal gene tests include amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS) which pose a risk of infection and miscarriage.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 07, 2008 12:45 AM

A new government report found more children have been getting seriously ill from the flu because they also had a staph infection, most commonly (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) MRSA.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 06, 2008 11:49 PM

New findings from the US Preventive Services Task Force suggest routine colorectal cancer screenings can be stopped in patients over the age of 75. The results are based on patients who began screenings at age 50 and have had consistently negative screenings up to the age of 75.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 06, 2008 10:54 PM

While the cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) remains a mystery, new data shows that infants sleeping in a room with circulating air from a ceiling fan, had a 72 percent reduction in deaths. It may help circulate carbon dioxide the infants exhale.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 06, 2008 3:27 PM

Consumers are increasingly wary about what FDA approval means in light of food and product recalls, unsafe drugs and novel new foods that go virtually unregulated. Yet "FDA approved" is increasingly carrying the weight of the law of the land, stripping you of your right to go to court.  

Posted by Jane Akre
October 06, 2008 3:07 PM

What Does FDA Approval Mean?  While that promise has traditionally meant an assurance of safety, the FDA is having a difficult time keeping up with its responsibilities. At the same time, "FDA approved" is increasingly being used to strip consumers of their right to take defective products to court.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 06, 2008 12:48 PM

Medicaid will no longer reimburse hospitals for the extra cost of treating patients who are injured due to their own mistakes. For decades hospitals have been reimbursed for their own mistakes and the cost to correct them. But now, the federal government is tired of doctors and hospitals profiting from their mistakes.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 06, 2008 12:38 PM

Emory University psychiatrist, Dr. Charles Nemeroff has been accused of breaking federal research rules by taking in $2.8 million from a drug company and not reporting half of the income. Sen. Charles Grassley is shaking up the rampant conflict-of-interest relationships between doctors and pharmaceutical makers.  Two drug companies say they will voluntarily disclose payments to doctors online next year.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 06, 2008 10:15 AM

Doctors distribute drug samples to their patients routinely as a way to save them an immediate trip to the pharmacy. But a new study analyzing data from 2004, finds that often dangerous drugs are being distributed to children this way without the appropriate accompanying warning. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 06, 2008 12:51 AM

The National Children’s Study, launching in January 2009, will track the health and well-being of 100,000 children from birth to age 21 to examine factors behind birth defects, pregnancy-related problems and other health conditions, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 06, 2008 12:01 AM

The USDA is urging consumers to thoroughly cook frozen chicken dinners after 32 people in 12 states were sickened with salmonella poisoning.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 03, 2008 3:00 PM

New research suggests overeating activates a metabolic response usually inactive in hypothalamus - middle region of the brain - contributing to increased levels of caloric consumption.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 03, 2008 11:13 AM

Merck is pulling plans to continue developing an antiobesity drug after it wasn't able to get the dosing right enough to be effective while minimizing psychiatric effects.  Pfizer has such a drug in the pipeline. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 03, 2008 8:47 AM

Vitamin C supplements and chemotherapy aren't a good combination. Vitamin C reduced the effectiveness of many cancer drugs, found in laboratory and animal studies, according to a team of New York researchers.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 02, 2008 5:04 PM

Eight states including Florida are suing drugmaker Merck & Co alleging deceptive marketing of the recalled painkiller Vioxx. The state wants to recover $80 million it reimbursed consumers under federal health plans. Olympians Dorothy Hamill and Bruce Jenner once fronted ads for Merck, though there is no indication they knew about the downside of the drug.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 02, 2008 1:33 PM

A new study published in the European Heart Journal suggests hormone therapy replacement, or HRT, does not raise the risk of heart attack in women, but rather how and when it is administered.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 02, 2008 12:31 PM

New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests, a computer together with one expert has the same effectiveness at detecting breast cancer as two different radiologists.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 02, 2008 11:57 AM

The FDA held hearings today on whether children's medications for colds and cough should remain over-the-counter, and at what doseage. Physicians remain divided with many saying they should be recalled and made available by prescription only because they are untested.  

Posted by Jane Akre
October 02, 2008 11:03 AM

MRSA has taken the life of an otherwise healthy 18-year old football player in Orlando. Warning letters are going out to parents not to panic. MRSA frequently responds to other stronger antibiotics, just not methicillin.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 02, 2008 9:13 AM

23 of the top 27 breakfast cereals that are marketed to children in the U.S. are more than half sugar by weight and many received fair or good scores based on nutritional values, according to a new ranking of kids’ breakfast cereals published by Consumer Reports.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 01, 2008 5:57 PM

The National Transportation Safety Board confirms today that the train engineer of a Metrolink commuter train sent his last text message 22 seconds before he ran head-on into a freight train, killing 25 passengers aboard. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 01, 2008 12:22 PM

“Country of Origin Labeling,” or COOL, is set to take effect from September 30, 2008 after years of delayed implementation. The new regulations require food retailers to disclose where many types of produce, meat and other food products are from.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 01, 2008 12:08 PM

While the pink bandwagon will be raising funds to fight breast cancer during October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, few resources are focused on the causes of breast cancer.  Many supporters of the month are industries with something to gain.   

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 01, 2008 9:25 AM

A new study finds strong evidence that women who are longer and heavier at birth are at increased risk of developing breast cancer as an adult. Researchers found birth weight, length and head circumference were each linked to an increased risk of cancer. Although, length was the strongest independent predictor of risk.

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