November 26, 2008 11:55 PM
Lori Drew was convicted by a Los Angeles jury of three misdemeanor counts for the internet hoax that led to a 13-year-old girl's suicide. She could have spent 20 years in prison. The precedent setting case has established law in the area of cyberbullying.
November 26, 2008 1:46 AM
Cardiac patients who are depressed are less likely to exercise, which increases their risk of a cardiac event such as a heart attack or stroke, a new study in The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests.
November 26, 2008 12:13 AM
A two-year study of a drug that previously showed some potential for helping people with Lou Gehrig's disease or ALS, found that it gave no benefit at all, researchers said. The study is published in the November issue of the journal Neurology.
November 25, 2008 5:11 PM
The language "good manufacturing practices" were "used to segregate" any potential allergens, can be found on the labels of many products at Whole Foods Market. Only the claim is untrue finds an investigation by the Chicago Tribune.
November 25, 2008 5:06 PM
More information is surfacing about conflicting interests involving a Harvard psychiatrist, renowned for promoting antipsychotics, and the research center that bears the name of Johnson & Johnson, which he heads.
November 25, 2008 1:31 PM
A controversial new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests it may be possible for breast cancer and other cancers to regress without medical intervention.
November 25, 2008 1:06 PM
A confidential out-of-court settlement has been reached with the Kaitlyn Lassiter's family who sued Kentucky Kingdom amusement park for negligence. Kaitlyn was 13 when a cable broke and severed her feet while riding the Superman Tower of Power ride.
November 25, 2008 11:58 AM
Medicaid has paid more than $200 million since 2004 for unapproved drugs. These drugs pose a public health concern and many have been linked to several of deaths. 2008 data is not yet available, but unapproved drugs are still being sold.
November 25, 2008 12:11 AM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), proposes improved testing of bottled water to detect bacteria. Consumers receive annual test results regarding any contaminants found in tap water, but the bottled water industry does not disclose its findings.
November 24, 2008 11:55 PM
The producer of the science radio program, "The Infinite Mind," says he had no idea his host had a consulting arrangement with the pharmaceutical industry he occasionally reported on. That is a violation of his contract, which the producer has posted for everyone to see.
November 24, 2008 3:50 PM
A study out of a London University finds that phthalates in hairspray are linked to a genital birth defect in boys. The UK is ahead of the US in phasing out phthalates, a chemical used to make plastics soft that may be an endocrine disruptor.
November 24, 2008 1:32 PM
The children of centenarians seems relatively free of heart disease and that partially accounts for their long life too. Whether it's in the genes or healthy life style or both, remains uncertain.
November 24, 2008 11:39 AM
NPR is distancing itself from the independent program, "The Infinite Mind," which it provided to the Sirius Satellite Network, after its host was found to have a lucrative relationship with the pharmaceutical industry.
November 24, 2008 10:58 AM
Due to a continuing vaccine shortage, expected to continue until 2009, the CDC is urging doctors and state agencies to be more careful in suspected cases of invasive Haemophilus influenzae type B (HiB) in children younger than 5 years of age.
November 24, 2008 1:07 AM
The equivalent of a 30-minute walk five times a week can help to prevent breast cancer, slow progression of the disease, enhance recovery and prevent the disease from recurring, according to a new study in the December issue of Cancer Causes and Control.
November 24, 2008 12:26 AM
Banzel (rufinamide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an added treatment for a severe form of epilepsy known as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. This approval offers another treatment option for those patients who suffer from these debilitating, severe seizures.
November 21, 2008 1:57 PM
It's long been known that drug makers offer attractive consulting agreements to doctors and researchers, now Sen. Charles Grassley uncovers a conflict between drug makers and a science/health radio host for NPR, whose show has now been taken off the air.
November 21, 2008 12:31 PM
The strangulation death of a 1-year-old child and the near strangulation of another has prompted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to announce voluntary recalls of two types of window shades sold nationwide by IKEA and Green Mountain Vista.
November 21, 2008 12:07 PM
Falls account for one out of three deaths at construction sites and the numbers are not getting any better. 100,000 are injured at construction sites every year. Unfortunately, OSHA is criticized for not using the leverage it has to impose fines on job sites that are not safe.
November 21, 2008 10:44 AM
Want to lessen your chance of having a child with asthma? Plan a birth in months other than the fall. Babies conceived in December or January have a nearly 30 percent higher risk of developing asthma,according to a survey of 95,000 children living in Tennessee.
November 21, 2008 9:10 AM
Despite government recommendations in 2006, only 5 percent of patients with signs of serious illness are being tested routinely in hospital emergency rooms for the virus that causes AIDS, finds a new study. HIV is a life-threatening disease that is severely under-diagnosed and undertreated in the U.S.
November 21, 2008 12:12 AM
Amgen and Takeda, Japan’s largest pharmaceutical maker, have suspended enrollment in the last-stage trial of a key experimental cancer drug, after patients on the drug died more often than those taking placebo.
November 20, 2008 7:10 PM
A new plan released this week by the National Working Group for ACTTION says by 2020, all cigarette smokers will have access to smoking cessation treatments. But for now, start by joining Smokeout 08 and quit for a day, then quit for life, urges the American Cancer Society.
November 20, 2008 2:13 PM
In a routine pediatric safety review on Tuesday, an outside panel of experts unanimously requested more long-term data on the side effects of prescribing powerful antipsychotic drugs to children including Risperdal and Zyprexa.
November 20, 2008 1:26 PM
Could banning fast food advertisements from children’s television programs help reduce the number of overweight children in the U.S.? Economists suggest it would – 18 percent for overweight children and 14 percent for overweight teens.
November 20, 2008 1:19 PM
The first day of the cyberbullying trial of a mother, sounded more like a murder trial of a 13-year old girl who killed herself after being harassed online. The case will set a legal precedent for cyberbulling, which impacts about 40 percent of teenage girls.
November 20, 2008 11:07 AM
While they flew to Washington to ask for federal bailout money, the Big Three automakers flew their private $35 million jets, vowing to streamline their businesses. They were called on the carpet for "tone deafness".
November 19, 2008 11:01 PM
Patients receiving Avastin for colon cancer, were 33 percent more likely to develop blood clots than those who did not receive the drug, researchers announced after reviewing 15 clinical trials involving nearly 8,000 patients with advanced cancer.
November 19, 2008 4:16 PM
The FDA opened its first food safety office in China today with two more to follow. The offices will oversee $2 trillion in exports of food and drugs to the U.S. The trick will be to find a third party verifyer to certify the products before they are shipped.
November 19, 2008 2:32 PM
Not only is Claudia Castillo living but she is thriving after the successful transplant of a new trachea that had been customized to her body using her stem cells. As a result, she does not have to be on immuno-supressive drugs. This operation, the first of its kind, is being called a pioneering break-through.
November 19, 2008 11:18 AM
On Tuesday, an FDA advisory panel convened to review the many questions about dermal fillers. The panel suggests stronger, more specific warning labels about potential adverse side effects on dermal fillers injected to soften facial wrinkles.
November 19, 2008 11:06 AM
A newly published study on the herb, Ginko biloba, says it's not effective in fighting memory loss. That contradicts 5,000 years of Chinese medicine and smaller studies. This is a case where the consumer is left to consider his own options.
November 19, 2008 12:01 AM
A study involving mice suggests pregnant women may be better off opting for canola oil over most types of vegetable oil. Researchers found that canola oil in the maternal diet during pregnancy and nursing reduced the risk of breast cancer in babies.
November 18, 2008 11:40 PM
A recently published analysis by the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel revealed that plastic products labeled "microwave safe" release "toxic doses" of the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA).
November 18, 2008 7:03 PM
Return frozen packages of Lean Cuisine to the grocery store if you have any doubt whether it is included in a recall after plastic was found in seven dinners. The USDA is overseeing the Nestle product recall of 900,000 pounds.
November 18, 2008 1:04 PM
A new study by U.S. researchers suggests babies conceived using in vitro fertilization are two to four times more likely to be born with certain birth defects compared to babies that are conceived naturally.
November 18, 2008 10:17 AM
Gulf War syndrome, dismissed by many as a psychosomatic disorder, is a very real illness that still afflicts 25 percent of the 700,000 U.S. veterans who took part in the 1991 Gulf War, finds a new report by a federal panel of scientific experts.
November 18, 2008 12:15 AM
An Upper East Side building is accused of discriminating against an 11-year old boy, Aaron Schein, by preventing him from having a dog. His doctors deem a service dog medically necessary and believe it will help to relieve his anxiety associated with Asperger's syndrome.
November 17, 2008 11:09 PM
Regular physical activity can help to reduce a woman’s overall risk of cancer, but only if she gets a good night’s sleep, according to findings presented at the meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) this week.
November 17, 2008 10:19 PM
Access Denied?: The Fight for Corporate Accountability - a new documentary about the real human faces of federal pre-emption, and how it takes a toll on those already sick and injured. Alliance for Justice is premiering the film to the nation, Tuesday, November 18th and providing viewers with an opportunity to have an on-line chat with the woman's who is the face of federal pre-emption, Diana Levine.
November 17, 2008 12:11 PM
The Seattle Times finds that no one is tracking the explosion in MRSA rates and there is no consistent policy for screening for the staph infection in hospitals. Testing and isolation of infected patients and carriers is the only way of containing the infection as well as washing your hands.
November 17, 2008 11:30 AM
While community gardens, grass-fed beef, hiking and college degrees are the norm in Burlington, Vermont, unemployment, southern fried food and a lack of exercise underscore life in Huntington, West Virginia. Guess which is healthier?
November 17, 2008 10:22 AM
Amphibians are being killed by a cocktail of common pesticides that blend downstream. They are considered a foreshadow of human harm. In the meantime, the USDA has stopped issuing reports of national pesticide use, saving $8 million.
November 16, 2008 10:29 PM
Sooner than you might think, genetically engineered animals may be heading to your local supermarket. Now is the time to Take Action. The FDA is accepting public comments on its draft guidance for the commercialization of GE animals, paving the way for grocery stores to sell food made from genetically engineered animals.
November 16, 2008 8:05 PM
A new study suggests that most all fast foods contain chemical elements or ingredients derived from corn either in forms of meat, oil or others. Researchers claim cows were predominantly fed a diet of corn, which makes them as fat as possible in the shortest span of time.
November 14, 2008 7:55 PM
An FDA expert panel will convene on Tuesday to consider whether wrinkle fillers need additional warnings after 930 side effects were reported to the agency.
November 14, 2008 7:12 PM
An FDA alert has been issued on all milk products from China. They now must be checked before coming into the U.S. for the presence of melamine. The FDA says there are no products in the U.S. but this represents increased security.
November 14, 2008 2:02 PM
The number of Americans who smoke cigarettes has fallen below 20 percent, for the first time since the mid-1960s, according to a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While this is good news, deaths related to cigarette smoking are still on the rise.
November 14, 2008 1:39 PM
A new study says raising state taxes on alcohol can save lives. The findings, based on experiences in Alaska, found raising alcohol taxes resulted in a reduction of alcohol consumption which in turn saved lives. Also, most states have had the same taxes on alcohol for 20 years or more.
November 14, 2008 11:57 AM
Can salmon be organic? The short answer is no, but that's not stopping the National Organic Standards Board from meeting Monday to discuss that possibility. There are too many variables out at sea, critics charge, pointing to the industry as a slight improvement over industrialized factory-farming agriculture at sea.
November 14, 2008 10:36 AM
The Commonwealth Fund's survey of 7,500 from eight countries finds the U.S. spends the most and offers the least for chronic conditions. 82 percent of the uninsured go without care because of the cost, half of the insured. Patients raise the cost for all when they go without care.
November 13, 2008 10:51 PM
A follow-up look at reports of atrial fibrillation among those taking medication for osteoporosis, showed no signifigant association. The FDA may launch another look as it follows adverse reports.
November 13, 2008 10:40 PM
The Gardasil vaccine, intended to prevent cervical cancer in girls and women shows strong signs of preventing genital warts in men, according to a new study funded by Merck, who manufactures Gardasil.
November 13, 2008 3:23 PM
The benefits of omega-3s are far reaching and include reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke, symptoms of high blood pressure and more. Stocking up on omega-3s is fairly simple once you know what foods to look for next time you stock the fridge with groceries.
November 13, 2008 1:43 PM
Results of the EPIC Study provide striking evidence that body weight and distribution of body fat are both major factors for assessing death risk. Fat is a serious problem. You need to eat right, exercise often and reduce stress to live the healthiest life possible.
November 13, 2008 12:48 PM
A report and live webcast on the I-35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis, August 1, 2007 is underway and about to be issued. Structurally too-thin gussets connecting the steel span will likely be the conclusion. 13 people died and 145 were injured while more bridges are in similar shape around the country.
November 13, 2008 11:37 AM
What consumers need to watch out for is contained in this, the fourth in a series of reports on the "Tricks of the Trade" behind the multi-trillion dollar insurance industry. The sick and vulnerable are often the victims of denied or cancelled policies.
November 12, 2008 10:55 PM
A large recent study suggests millions of people could benefit from taking cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins, even if they have low cholesterol. However, a few simple lifestyle changes can help you naturally lower excess inflammation without the side effects accompanied by statin drugs.
November 12, 2008 10:37 PM
A new study published in the journal Nature, finds 35 percent of women who take the drug tamoxifen to prevent the return of breast cancer do not respond to the drug -- and scientists think they have figured out why.
November 12, 2008 1:45 PM
In a new study, researchers found, obese children as young as 10 had arteries of a 45-year-old, as well as other heart abnormalities, that greatly increase their risk of heart disease.
November 12, 2008 11:59 AM
The debate about whether or not to require government mandates for immunizing girls with Gardasil, against human papillomavirus (HPV) is again the center of debate as three scholars argue that local and state government should not require cervical cancer vaccinations for constitutional and public health reasons.
November 12, 2008 11:42 AM
Having a "cognitive reserve" that may come from formal education, helped participants in this study withstand the ravages of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
November 12, 2008 10:37 AM
Google Flu Trends will track search engine queries about the flu and send them along in an aggregate to the CDC. Theoretically that will help the feds spot influenza trends across the country, but there is still that Big Brother question.
November 12, 2008 12:48 AM
A nasty and often deadly stomach bug is more common in U.S. hospitals than previously believed. C. difficile, an intestinal bacteria, that can cause intestinal infections and diarrhea is resistant to most antibiotics.
November 12, 2008 12:01 AM
A neck ultrasound to examine the carotid arteries can help to identify people at the higher end of a low risk range for heart disease, according to new research presented at the the American Heart Association’s annual meeting.
November 11, 2008 11:49 AM
The link between gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and asthma may remain a mystery, but researchers have found that anti-reflux drugs can sometimes have positive effects on asthma symptoms.
November 11, 2008 11:19 AM
Victoria's Secret is getting the kind of exposure it doesn't want. Formaldehyde, the carcinogan, has been found in some bras and women are saying they've experienced skin rashes, hives and scarring. Fabrics can contain formaldehyde as there are no U.S. restrictions. The bras remain on the shelf.
November 11, 2008 9:59 AM
Crestor's maker sees sales surge after a cardiac meeting releases findings of an inflammation study. A test for inflammation may be added to routine heart screenings. The Pauling Institute suggests a Mediterranean diet also reduces inflammation in the body.
November 10, 2008 10:53 PM
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulator Agency (MHRA) has issued an update linking Chantix sold as Champix (in the UK), to reports of depression and suicide related events.
November 10, 2008 10:03 PM
Death rates for older drivers in Florida decreased following a 2004 vision screening law for drivers age 80 and older, according to new research from UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham).
November 10, 2008 3:50 PM
A new study finds MP3 and iPod headphones may dangerously interact with implantable defibrillators and heart pacemakers. Researchers suggest patients with defibrillators and pacemakers not keep headphones in their shirt or coat pocket near the chest or around their neck when not in use.
November 10, 2008 2:30 PM
Using the power of the heart beat, energy may be used to supplement the power needed for pacemakers and defibrillators, reducing or even eliminating the need to replace the batteries. Initial tests on a pig have been successful it's revealed at the American Heart Association's annual meeting.
November 10, 2008 12:35 PM
With 9 million children without health care coverage, the children's SCHIP coverage program is at the top of an agenda of the new Obama White House. Also included is more affordable coverage, and increasing stem cell research.
November 10, 2008 11:05 AM
Millions of people could benefit from taking cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins, even if they have low cholesterol, because the drugs can significantly lower their risk of heart attacks, strokes and death.
November 10, 2008 10:26 AM
Heart failure is diagnosed in more than a half-million people each year and often women are most affected. During three decades the rate of heart failure doubled in people over the age of 65, while artery disease and the rate of strokes has fallen. Many risk factors leading to heart failure are preventable.
November 09, 2008 10:14 PM
There may have been unknown factors at work; or it may be a fluke. But the case of a 42-year-old AIDS patient who underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia gives new hope that gene-therapy strategies may one day hold a cure for AIDS.
November 07, 2008 1:02 PM
Eight new cases of salmonella infection have been linked to dry pet food, according to US health officials. Salmonella Schwarzengrund, a specific strain of salmonella, has been linked to 79 cases of infection reported in 21 states.
November 07, 2008 11:08 AM
U.S. Marshals seized 11 lots of Heparin from Celsus Laboratories Inc. The FDA found the products, manufactured from material imported from China, to be contaminated with OSCS, a substance that imitates heparin’s blood thinning activity.
November 06, 2008 9:30 PM
For many, severe migraines can leave them bed ridden for the day, sometimes more. But a new study offers some good news. Women with a history of severe, chronic headaches have a thirty percent lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who do not suffer from such headaches.
November 06, 2008 1:31 PM
The FDA is notifying doctors and patients that Tyco Healthcare Group LP (Covidien) is recalling 471,000 single-use disposable, hypodermic insulin syringes that could pose a serious health risk to diabetic users.
November 06, 2008 11:05 AM
Intrinsa, a female testosterone patch by Proctor & Gamble, showed promising results in boosting the enjoyment of sex in post-menopausal women, but preexisting concerns about the cancer risk of hormone therapies means U.S. women won’t be getting an equivalent Viagra anytime in the near future.
November 06, 2008 12:04 AM
Pfizer Inc is the latest drug maker to abandon an obesity treatment that works by blocking the receptors in the brain that makes people hungry after smoking marijuana.
November 05, 2008 8:55 PM
Scientists have decoded the entire genome of a cancer patient and found a set of mutations that might have caused the disease or aided its progression. Researchers are hopeful that the newly discovered genes will give them more ways to attack cancer in the future.
November 05, 2008 3:32 PM
A new study published in the journal Cell Metabolism finds an experimental drug, by GlaxoSmithKline, that imitates a health-boosting compound found in red wine may offer promise in the fight against diabetes and obesity, according to researchers.
November 05, 2008 1:16 PM
Emerging technology stops cell phone calls coming in while you drive. The software senses you are in motion and retains your calls and text messages for later. It has immediate application for parents, but also corporations that want to cut down on the thousands of highway deaths each year due to inattention.
November 05, 2008 11:35 AM
Researchers find that as many as 400,000 adolescents are playing with medications such as Vicodin and Oxycontin to get high. The best way to treat these teens? With an extended treatment of detoxification medication, this study finds.
November 05, 2008 12:46 AM
Genentech is seeking accelerated FDA approval of its drug Avastin, to fight gliobastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer with no cure and limited treatment options.
November 05, 2008 12:01 AM
Taking a daily supplement of folic acid and other B vitamins doesn't lower a woman's risk of cancer, a study of more than 5,000 women found.
November 04, 2008 12:13 PM
University of Colorado researchers found, human hands not only harbor far greater numbers of bacteria species than previously believed, but women have a significantly higher amount of bacteria on their palms than that of men.
November 04, 2008 12:03 PM
When Diana Levine turned 63 recently, her daughter made her a birthday card drawing her as Diana the Huntress of Greek mythology, except without a right arm. The character pulls back a bow string ready to strike the Wyeth monster. In her case before the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, consumers should question whether they can believe a drug's label?
November 03, 2008 10:38 PM
A new study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine suggests that counties with higher levels of precipitation also have higher autism rates, further deepening the mystery of the causes of autism.
November 03, 2008 10:30 PM
Twenty-five thousand cases of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers occurred in 38 states and the District of Columbia annually during 1998-2003, according to studies conducted by CDC.
November 03, 2008 3:57 PM
A new study in the journal Pediatrics is the first to establish a link between teenagers' exposure to sexual content on TV and either pregnancies among girls or responsibility for pregnancies among boys.
November 03, 2008 2:57 PM
The Medical Device Safety Act of 2008 attempts to overturn the Riegel decision concerning the immunity of medical device makers who harm the public. Alliance for Justices' Simon Heller, who was at the U.S. Supreme Court today, says the Diana Levine case may very well end up being addressed by Congress.
November 03, 2008 1:14 PM
The Diana Levine case went before the U.S. Supreme Court this morning and Simon Heller of the Alliance for Justice was there.... He talks to IB News.
November 03, 2008 11:53 AM
A new study recently found that maternal exposure to bisphenol-A (BPA) could decrease or eliminate the sex difference in certain behavioral responses. The study adds to the mounting evidence that suggests BPA exposure affects behaviors of the brain among other health conditions.
November 03, 2008 11:03 AM
Before the U.S. Supreme Court today- the issue of Diana Levine, which pits an injured consumer against drug giant, Wyeth. The outcome will set the stage for whether a federal standard can trump any state lawsuits. The outcome affects all consumers of products, drugs, and medical devices.
November 03, 2008 10:29 AM
A new study finds 40 percent of women report sexual problems, but only 12 percent are distressed about it. According to the National Institutes of Health, sexual dysfunction can be classified as a lack of sexual desire, an inability to become aroused, a lack of orgasm or painful intercourse.
November 03, 2008 9:51 AM
Prescriptions for teens ages 15 to 19 jumped dramatically from 2002 to 2005 according to this published study. Most dramatic is a 147 percent jump for teen girls' prescrptions. Many are struggling with obesity and are prescribed medication for type-2 diabetes.
November 02, 2008 11:23 PM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Toviaz, extended relief tablets - a new prescription drug to treat overactive bladder (OAB), a bothersome medical condition affecting more than one in six Americans.