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

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 31, 2008 9:15 PM

Spikes in blood sugar levels can take a toll on memory by affecting the dentate gyrus, a region of the brain within the hippocampus that helps to form memories. The effects can be seen even when levels of blood sugar, or glucose, are only moderately elevated, a finding that may help to explain normal age-related cognitive decline

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 31, 2008 8:06 PM

The former board chairwoman of a Chinese dairy company went on trial over a tainted milk scandal that killed six children and made nearly 300,000 more ill on Wednesday. Tian and three other executives may face the maximum penalty of death for producing and selling contaminated baby formula.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 31, 2008 12:38 PM

David Sinclair is a Harvard researcher who works in the area of anti-aging.  He resigned from his advisory position with the Shaklee company after the WSJ began uncovering his financial arrangement over the supplement, Vivix, reportedly, "The world’s best anti-aging supplement.”

Posted by Jane Akre
December 31, 2008 10:42 AM

Dr. Joseph Biederman, the father of child psychiatry, is suspended from participating in clinical trials while Harvard University and its teaching hospital, Massachusetts General, probe his conflicting interests with the pharmaceutical industry. At issue - why he failed to report $1.6 million from Big Pharma while his work with children promoted drug use. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 30, 2008 9:43 PM

The New Year may not feel quite so inviting as lingering hangover symptoms, which can last a few hours, up to a few days – dehydration, nausea, fatigue and headache – act as a reminder of the previous evening’s indiscretions. We have some advice whether you’ve tied on one too many – or need help after it’s too late.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 30, 2008 8:15 PM

Bayer filed a federal lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories for its best-selling drug, Humira, alleging it infringes a patent granted to Bayer in 1997. Bayer has asked the court to find that Abbott has infringed the patent, which expires on August 2014 and to award damages.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 30, 2008 3:42 PM

As the economy worsens, more employees are filing wrongful termination lawsuits, some labor lawyers note.  And employers are turning to insurance to shield themselves from the losses.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 30, 2008 2:13 PM

The 1918 flu pandemic may have killed up to 50 million people worldwide and now researchers believe they know why. Three genes allowed the virus to invade the lungs causing pneumonia and killing otherwise healthy young adults.  Pandemic watchers believe this is useful information in formulating new drugs to fight emerging pandemics.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 30, 2008 1:43 PM

The latest issue of the journal Pediatrics includes its new immunization schedule for kids and an analysis that harshly criticizes a popular book that poses an alternative vaccine schedule for infants and toddlers, calling it “flawed and misguided, stating it puts children at considerable risk of preventable diseases.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 30, 2008 12:25 PM

While the anti-drunk driving organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving has had an impact over the last two decades on reducing DUIs and saving lives on the road, critics now say it's zero tolerance policy amounts to a New Prohibition that extends to the social drinker.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 29, 2008 8:24 PM

Paying for information is nothing new for the CIA, but officers have begun employing unusual incentives to persuade Afghan local leaders to share intelligence about the Taliban’s movements including handing out Viagra, wrote the Post, citing unnamed sources.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 29, 2008 7:21 PM

A new study suggests Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery may reverse type 2 diabetes in extremely obese adolescents. Previous studies on adults with Type 2 diabetes have shown that gastric bypass weight-loss surgery can result in better disease control and disease remission.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 29, 2008 6:44 PM

He may jog and play basketball but President-elect Obama has not only the nation's health care to fix but his own personal health challenge. Like one in five Americans, he smokes cigarettes and quitting has proven elusive over the years.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 29, 2008 5:42 PM

It is an injectable drug that is the first new drug in several years to treat prostate cancer. Degarelix has been approved by the FDA and will begin a rollout in Europe during the first quarter of 2009.  The drug suppresses testosterone production, slowing the growth and progression of prostate cancer.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 29, 2008 12:03 PM

Obesity is considered a risk factor for a variety of ills, so choosing a diet plan from this Top 10 Healthiest Diets list might make weight loss a bit more pleasant as well as effective.    

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 29, 2008 11:56 AM

One thing is unlikely to change under the Obama administration: growing support for federally funded community help centers. President Bush has doubled federal financing for clinics which serve the poor and underinsured in urban neighborhoods and rural counties where health care is lacking, reports the New York Times.

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

They pledge to wait until marriage to have sex, but more often than not, teens who made that pledge were as likely to have intercourse as other U.S. adolescents, according to a new study.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 29, 2008 7:07 AM

As of January 1, 2009, asthma inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) propellant will no longer be sold, in favor of environmentally safer hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) inhalers. The old inhalers are being phased out as a result of U.S. participation in the 1987 Montreal Protocol, an international treaty to ban substances that are damaging the earth’s ozone layer.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 28, 2008 11:10 PM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Latisse, the first eyelash-thickening drug. Latisse is designed to treat a condition known as hypotrichosis of the eyelashes, another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 28, 2008 11:01 PM

A silver alert was issued for Ben C. Picauly, an 87-year-old man that went missing on Thursday, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Silver Alerts, similar to Amber Alerts, but for elderly people has helped to located 19 people since Florida adopted the system in October.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 24, 2008 1:53 PM

This Beverly Hills plastic surgeon admits he turned body fat into fuel for his SUV. That revelation comes as a result of several lawsuits from patients dissatisfied with extensive lipo-suction, they say was performed by assistants. The doctor has since left the country.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 24, 2008 11:59 AM

Men feel the effects of espresso faster than women in this study from the University of Barcelona. Interestingly, women displayed the effects of caffeine, even when they drank decaffinated coffee.  The peak effects from caffeine were noted about 45 minutes after drinking the espresso.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 24, 2008 11:30 AM

The controversial drug, Seroquel, will have additional application to treat depression in adults if the drug maker AstraZeneca receives approval from the FDA. Seroquel use has been linked to diabetes, and two serious complications known as Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome and Tardive Dyskinesia. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 24, 2008 11:25 AM

Women seeking post-breast cancer reconstructive surgery many not be made fully aware of options available to them, reports the New York Times. For many breast cancer patients undergoing mastectomies, reconstructive breast surgery is more about feeling whole again and less about restoring their appearance.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 24, 2008 12:06 AM

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has settled 63 class action lawsuits that accused the world's largest retailer of wage violations for at least $352 million but no more than $640 million. The settlement ends pending actions in several state courts and in Nevada federal court.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 23, 2008 11:16 PM

Nearly one in 25 older Americans — or 2.2 million people — are at risk for serious health problems from taking a dangerous combination of prescription, over-the-counter and dietary supplements, suggests a new nationwide survey.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 23, 2008 9:33 PM

Researchers have long known that lack of sleep is bad for your health. Now a new study suggests an extra hour of sleep each night may lower the risk of developing calcium deposits in the arteries, a precursor to heart disease.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 23, 2008 8:09 PM

The FDA has sent a warning letter to Coca-Cola about its Diet Coke Plus. Coke says the product is a "good source of several essential vitamins and minerals," namely B3, B12, zinc and magnesium.  But the FDA isn't buying it. 

Posted by Jane Akre
December 23, 2008 6:15 PM

Just in time for the holidays- Hot Chocolate that should not be consumed. Be sure to read whether your brand is on the recall list because of the industrial chemical, melamine. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 23, 2008 12:25 PM

Scientists find a new drug may help protect mice exposed to cigarette smoke from developing chronic lung disease, or COPD, raising hope for treatment in humans. COPD is the 4th largest killer, affecting as many as 210 million people worldwide.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 23, 2008 11:54 AM

The FDA is issuing a warning about diet pills, especially those with "natural"  or "herbal" ingredients. Many contain potentially dangerous ingredients that are not FDA approved and slipped in under, "supplements" which are not regulated.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 23, 2008 10:47 AM

A large new study that followed more than 21,000 male doctors for two decades, found that even a few extra pounds and a little inactivity increased the risk of heart failure. The findings suggest that overweight men who are not obese still have an increased risk of heart failure.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 23, 2008 12:07 AM

Emory University psychiatrist, Dr. Charles Nemeroff, has agreed to step down as chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, following an investigation of conflicts of interest. He will, however, remain a professor in the psychiatry department, focusing on clinical care and teaching.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 22, 2008 7:03 PM

A federal court dismissed a lawsuit against Amgen Inc., alleging illegal promotion of two anemia drugs, Aranesp and Epogen, saying the case should have been made to regulators not federal court.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 22, 2008 2:49 PM

New consumer laws have been passed in the aftermath of a wave of toxic toy recalls last year, but, experts urge parents not to let their guard down when it comes to picking and choosing this year’s gifts.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 22, 2008 2:36 PM

Chicago tops the list of ten most stressful cities as compiled by Forbes. Criteria such as population density, air quality and unemployment were considered among the nation's top 40 metropolitan areas.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 22, 2008 12:24 PM

A collision with a big truck nearly killed this nine-year-old boy. His head was essentially severed from his neck with connective tissues destroyed. Jordan Taylor not only survived but is walking and talking and returning to school in January.  Doctors call this a miracle. 

Posted by Jane Akre
December 22, 2008 11:43 AM

Runway accidents, particularly landing, make up the bulk of airline accidents, such as the Continental near-disaster in Denver.  During the last 20 years, 96 percent of airline accidents involved runway excursions, the industry reports. Safety features are being put into place to make passengers safer.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 22, 2008 12:22 AM

The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a woman who pulled her friend out of a car after an accident isn't immune from civil liability because the care she provided wasn't medical.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 19, 2008 3:28 PM

Anyone from a cashier to a surgeon involved in the medical field can opt out of treating a patient under a new rule of conscience, approved in the 11th hour by the Bush administration.  Those expected to be most impacted are low-income women who do not have the luxury of shopping around for the practitioner of their choice, or those in the ER.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 19, 2008 12:09 PM

On Thursday, a panel of experts urged U.S. regulators to examine whether a controversial class of chemicals, known as phthalates, found in many plastic products including children's toys and baby bottles can be harmful.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 19, 2008 11:46 AM

The third death associated with the controversial drug Tysabri has been reported. Four cases of a rare brain infection have been reported over the last five months. The drug is used to treat multiple sclerosis but was pulled from the market in 2005, after three patients contracted the virus. 

Posted by Jane Akre
December 19, 2008 10:55 AM

Actor Jeremy Piven drops out of a Broadway play with symptoms of mercury toxicity. He reportedly ate sushi twice a day for health.  While the NIH is conducting studies to see if chelation will remove heavy metals from an overloaded body, the FDA is considering softening recommendations on fish consumption, something an environmental consumer group is calling the wrong direction.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 19, 2008 10:01 AM

A group of military veterans filed a class action lawsuit against the federal government on Wednesday claiming they were illegally denied disability benefits despite being diagnosed with severe cases of post-traumatic stress disorder, that should qualify them for lifetime free care.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 18, 2008 11:42 PM

Former Judge Roy L. Pearson will not get a new trial over the valuable pants he used to own. The D.C. Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected his request to overturn a ruling that denied him damages. The former Judge argued the dry cleaner sign said “Satisfaction Guaranteed”  - to the tune of $54 million. Finally, three appellate judges agreed that Pearson’s argument defied logic.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 18, 2008 10:44 PM

While previous studies have observed how a cancer diagnosis can affect the quality of a marital relationship, this is the first study to examine how the marital relationship affects long-term recovery of breast cancer.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 18, 2008 3:37 PM

Consumers can test for lead in children's toys, fashion jewelry and all products with these lead-test kits that are available for home use. Consumer Report rates them, while the CPSC says they are not reliable.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 18, 2008 2:26 PM

A woman’s likelihood of surviving ovarian cancer may be linked to two levels of two different proteins, finds a new study. Women with high levels of both proteins had a median survival of 11 years compared with just over 2.6 years for those with low levels of both proteins.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 18, 2008 1:28 PM

Three adults and five children were hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning in unincorporated San Mateo County, California.  In this case, the adults started a 4,000-watt portable generator after their power was turned off. The three unconscious children were quickly revived with oxygen.  

Posted by Jane Akre
December 18, 2008 11:30 AM

Under the nursing home rating system, which is to go into effect today, the nation’s 16,000 nursing homes would receive stars based on state inspections, staffing levels, quality assessment such as the number of residents with pressure sores and even the cracks in the walls.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 18, 2008 6:20 AM

A new pilot study presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium suggests alternating mammography and MRI at six-month intervals can detect breast cancers not detected by mammography alone. Current standards are yearly screenings.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 18, 2008 12:10 AM

An FDA advisory panel unanimously voted to approve a new, cheaper version of the female condom. The product has been unpopular in the past, largely because it is priced much higher than the traditional male condom. But the second generation FC2 product is expected to be 30 percent less making them more affordable.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 17, 2008 11:35 PM

Parenting an autistic child presents many challenges, both emotionally and financially. According to the Living with Autism Study, 52 percent of parents say the family’s finances are drained and 80 percent are extremely concerned about their child's independence as an adult.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 17, 2008 8:28 PM

Friday is the deadline for public swimming pools and hot tubs to close if they do not meet new federal guidelines. Last year, Congress passed a law requiring new hump-shaped drain covers be installed to prevent young children from being sucked to the bottom of the pool. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 14.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 17, 2008 4:05 PM

A national trade association representing 1,300 member companies such as WellPoint Inc., United Health Group Inc., Humana Inc. and Aetna Inc., has spent more than $1.6 million on lobbying efforts in the third-quarter. Meanwhile Big Insurance and Pharma as well as AMA doctors are expected to show up at meet and greet gatherings with the incoming president.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 17, 2008 11:44 AM

FDA Commissioner, Dr. Andrew Eschenbach will resign his post January 20 to make way for a new FDA head, yet unnamed. On the short list are a vocal critics of child cold medications and a critic of the pharmaceutical industry.  Eschanbach had made some progress in beefing up the agency in his last year there.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 17, 2008 10:55 AM

A diet rich in nuts, beans, pasta and lentils was superior to a high cereal-fiber diet in controlling symptoms of diabetes and heart disease, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 17, 2008 10:48 AM

Add smoking to the long list of risk factors for contracting colorectal cancer. Italian researchers find the risk of developing colorectal cancer increases by about 18 percent and the risk of dying  - about 25 percent.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 17, 2008 10:00 AM

Using parts from a cadaver, the Cleveland Clinic has transplanted 80 percent of a woman's face onto a donor. The patient will at least partially resemble the donor and must stay on immunosuppressing drugs for the rest of her life.  Others are lined up for the procedure.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 17, 2008 12:58 AM

Women who have unsafe sex could be at a greater risk of contracting HIV than originally thought, following tests that showed the virus could penetrate through healthy vaginal tissue.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 17, 2008 12:29 AM

U.S. health regulators are requiring manufacturer's of twenty-one anti-seizure drugs to add a warning about increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors (suicidality) to the products’ prescribing information and labeling.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 16, 2008 11:51 PM

Airborne Health Inc. did not admit any wrongdoing, but they have agreed to pay $7 million to settle investigations by 32 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia over past marketing and labeling of its dietary supplement products.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 16, 2008 10:10 PM

The case of Adam Walsh, and the passion and pain of his parents, led to much of the momentum behind the child protection laws that target pedophiles today. Other laws on the books result from high-profile cases of child exploitation and murder.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 16, 2008 5:14 PM

This holiday season it's easy to become distracted and put your child's safety aside, but The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reminds parents about the rules in stores and malls and what to do if your child is missing.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 16, 2008 4:12 PM

It's been 27 years, but Hollywood police have finally ended the cold case of Adam Walsh.  Ottis Toole, the drifter from Florida, has officially been named as the person who killed Adam in 1981. He's been a suspect all along and John Walsh says he knew Toole was the killer, but the case was botched and left unresolved for the Walsh family- until today.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 16, 2008 12:59 PM

A new study finds colonoscopy prevents an estimated 60 to 70 percent of deaths from colorectal cancer, not 90 percent as previously thought. While the procedure does a good job of detecting early signs of disease to the left side of the colon, or large intestine, it is not as effective at detecting potential problems on the right side of the colon.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 16, 2008 12:58 PM

The lawsuit against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by actor, Dennis Quaid and his wife has settled for $750,000.  Their newborn twins received an overdose of the drug heparin and they bled out nearly dying. The twins have since recovered, but the Quaids have formed a foundation to inform the public about the "conspiracy of silence" of medical errors that kill 100,000 a year. 

Posted by Jane Akre
December 16, 2008 11:32 AM

Researchers from the University of Kentucky surveying about 10,000 students from Kentucky on their sleep habits – found a reduction in auto crashes when the school hour started one hour later at 8:30 a.m. There may be a biological reason teens do better with a later start.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 16, 2008 11:05 AM

The Environmental Working Group says it’s a waste of taxpayer dollars and places millions of babies yet to be born at risk, for the FDA to spend more years of research to conclude what thousands of scientists already know about the toxic chemical bisphenol A, or BPA.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 16, 2008 10:19 AM

Saying things like they find it a "dirty habit," increasingly teens are turning away from smoking, according to this survey from the University of Michigan of 45,000 high school students.  That reflects the trends among adults, although the number of deaths from smoking are on the rise.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 16, 2008 12:17 AM

New research presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, suggests dense breast tissue contains more cells known to produce breast cancer than that of non-dense tissue.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 15, 2008 11:40 PM

Outsourcing clinical drug trials to India is investigated in this St. Petersburg Times special report.  Thousands of trials are underway with little or no FDA oversight. Deaths have resulted, and unlike U.S. trials, participants often don't even speak English yet must sign waivers they don't understand.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 15, 2008 11:25 PM

Adding radiation therapy to standard drug treatment can cut half the death rate from advanced prostate cancer and should become the standard of care globally, suggests Swedish researchers.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 15, 2008 1:19 PM

Tobacco makers have a duty not to deceive the public in advertising or marketing, says the U.S. Supreme Court ruling 5-4 that a group of Maine smokers can continue their lawsuit against Philip Morris under state consumer protection laws. 

Posted by Jane Akre
December 15, 2008 12:25 PM

Not having your internal clock working properly may disable your immune response making you more susceptible to bacterial infection. This study on fruit flies out of Stanford, found that most ability to fight invading bacteria occured at night when the body is restoring. 

Posted by Jane Akre
December 15, 2008 11:06 AM

Despite the progress that’s been made in death rates from colorectal cancer in the U.S. a racial gap still exists – black men and women are 45 percent more likely to die from the disease than whites.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 15, 2008 8:24 AM

An intra-agency controversy has the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) challenging the scientific accuracy of a 270-page draft by the FDA that suggest the health benefits of fish consumption outweigh the possibility that dangerous amounts of mercury would be ingested.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 15, 2008 6:48 AM

The digital age of teenage flirting is called “sexting” (instead of “texting”) and it involves sending nude or semi-nude photos from cell phone to cell phone. The troubling combination of teenagers acting impulsively and provocatively is not new, but the accessibility to technology is.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 14, 2008 10:07 PM

New analysis of a large federal study suggests menopause hormones taken for five years doubles the risk of breast cancer, revealing compelling findings of the dangers associated with these still-popular pills.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 14, 2008 10:07 PM

Wyeth pharmaceutical company has been paying ghostwriters to produce favorable medical journal articles for its drugs. Particularly the female hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drug Prempro, according to Congressional letters seeking more information about the company’s involvement in medical ghostwriting.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 12, 2008 6:38 PM

Two former employees of Medtronic Inc. have filed a whistle-blower lawsuit against the company, alleging it paid spine doctors to use a bone graft product in a way not yet approved by the FDA.  

Posted by Jane Akre
December 12, 2008 5:04 PM

DuPont says the chemicals in the coatings are safe, but 89 people claim they got sick from Teflon-coated cookware. They had hoped to form a class-action in preparation for a lawsuit, but now they’ve been dealt a set-back.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 12, 2008 12:02 PM

An experimental drug, Qnexa, helped obese patieints lose an average of 9.2 percent of their weight during a 28-week trial. Drug maker Vivus Inc, says the drug is well-tolerated. One component is the other half of the drug fen-Phen that has not been taken off the market.  

Posted by Jane Akre
December 12, 2008 11:28 AM

This report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, indicates that half of high school seniors will have tried a prescription drug for recreational use before they graduate high school. While marijuana and alcohol use has declined, the painkillers Vicodin and OxyContin use has increased among primarily white, middle-class teens.  

Posted by Jane Akre
December 12, 2008 10:33 AM

Consuming huge amounts of sugar after starvation caused rats to display the same addictive behaviors as you'd see with heroin or cocaine. That may explain why some people crave sugar and cannot stop, even when they know they should.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 12, 2008 7:00 AM

New research presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium suggests adding the bone-strengthening drug Zometa to chemotherapy shrinks breast tumors more than chemo alone, helping more women to avoid mastectomy.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 12, 2008 12:16 AM

The Children's Hearing Institute reports hearing loss among children and young adults is rising in the United States and one-third of the damage is caused by noise. An estimated one child in every eight has noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), according to the American Academy of Audiology.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 11, 2008 11:32 PM

Federal health regulators said Thursday they will add the strictest safety warnings available to OsmoPrep and Visicol, bowel prep drugs used before colonoscopies, following reports of kidney damage in several patients.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 11, 2008 10:36 PM

A new study suggests, a combination of GlaxoSmithKline's drug Tykerb and Novartis's drug Femara can significantly delay the progression of breast cancer in some patients.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 11, 2008 5:30 PM

From the collapse of the World Trade Towers in September 11, 2001 until the first lawsuit is heard against NYC for failing to protect first responders - will be nine years. Today both sides agreed to a May 2010 date, but some who are suffering health problems today, may not be around by then.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 11, 2008 2:51 PM

On Thursday, an FDA panel of experts will weigh whether to allow certain drugs to continue to be marketed for asthma treatment in adults and children amid lingering concerns that the products increase the risk of asthma-related deaths and side effects.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 11, 2008 12:40 PM

Following several toy recalls last year, parents are likely to feel confused as they shop this holiday season. But, we assure you, there are safe toys out there and we have suggestions and tips to help make finding them easier.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 11, 2008 12:27 PM

Children that always reach for the sugary donuts and candy instead of the apples and grapes, may have a gene that has been linked to an increased risk of obesity, say researchers at the University of Dundee in Scotland.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 11, 2008 12:06 PM

Whether it's the cost of traditional health care, or the appeal of taking charge of your own health, Americans are increasingly choosing alternative and complementary (CAM) medicine for pain and colds.       

Posted by Jane Akre
December 11, 2008 11:43 AM

While Americans are advised to go get a flu shot - in reality, this Rand Corp. survey shows, they are not heeding that advice. A survey of 4,000 shows only one-third have received an influenza shot, mostly because they just don't have the time.  Careful- Glaxo sponsored this survey.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 11, 2008 10:06 AM

Cover Florida offers low-cost health insurance to those who have been without for at least six months or whose COBRA payments have run out. It's predicted up to 3 million Floridians could take advantage of the 25 plans which are not subsized by the government.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 10, 2008 11:52 PM

New research in the Journal of the American Medical Association confirms the growing dangers posed by the abuse of prescription painkillers and calls on clinicians to help prevent future cases of addiction and overdose.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 10, 2008 3:41 PM

“Justice delayed is justice denied," in New Hampshire where the Superior Court system will suspend trials for one month in the face of a $250 million revenue shortfall.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 10, 2008 12:18 PM

California’s Air Resources Board will convene this week to review study findings that suggest workers continuously exposed to diesel exhaust from vehicles on the highway, loading docks and city streets have an elevated risk of developing lung cancer compared to other workers.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 10, 2008 12:08 PM

An estimated six percent of U.S. doctors currently use “e-prescribing” although doing so may save millions, improve efficiency and reduce medication errors such as a pharmacy technician misreading a doctor’s messy handwriting or dispensing a different drug with a similar name.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 10, 2008 11:55 AM

A British analysis finds Avandia and Actos, widely prescribed for type 32 diabetes, doubles the risk of fractures in women (not men). The drugs have already been in the news because of concerns about the risk for heart failure. Women should consider other options, says researchers. 

Posted by Jane Akre
December 10, 2008 11:30 AM

The World Health Organization in its 2008 World Cancer Report shows that developing countries that adopt increasingly Westernized lifestyles and tobacco use are catching up to developed nations in the number of cancer deaths annually.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 10, 2008 12:39 AM

A new study suggests, when financial rewards are involved, losing weight becomes easier. Researchers found weight-loss programs that financially reward participants provided a powerful incentive to lose weight, when compared to conventional approaches.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 10, 2008 12:08 AM

100,000 current and former hourly workers joined a class-action against Wal-Mart, and on Tuesday the giant retailer agreed to settle with Minnesota employees. They will receive more than $54 million after Wal-Mart cut into worker's breaks and had them working off the clock, a violation of state labor laws.   

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 10, 2008 12:06 AM

Giving regulators the authority to impose a two-year ban on consumer ads when a drug first reaches the market is a priority for Rep. Henry Waxman as he prepares to take the reins as Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce in January.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 09, 2008 12:01 PM

The gender bias continues in the treatment of heart attack patients rushed to the ER. The quality of your care may depend on your gender this Baylor College of Medicine study finds.  Women with severe symptoms are nearly twice as likely as men to die within the first 24 hours of hospitalization. 

Posted by Jane Akre
December 09, 2008 10:56 AM

Dieters are being told they must eat MORE! - of the right things that is.  The Mediterranean Diet plus a handful of nuts added to the health overall of those apple shaped people who have high cholesterol. Just make sure the nuts aren't in addition to snack foods, but replace them. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 08, 2008 10:53 PM

People are injured on metro Atlanta escalators several times a week. While only a handful of cases involve disfiguring entrapments, several escalator riders suffer serious injuries when their luggage or clothing becomes entangled or they fall on the machinery.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 08, 2008 10:03 PM

Families dealing with diabetes, which affects about 1 in 500 under age 20, are challenging school policies that make it hard to test blood sugar and inject insulin at school.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 08, 2008 3:22 PM

Allergan, the maker of Botox, has high hopes for marketing a glaucoma drug that has a side effect of creating long, dark lashes. Expect Latisse to be approved in 2009 for cosmetic use, despite the side effects.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 08, 2008 2:45 PM

The continued use of four popular asthma drugs, including SereVent, increases risk of asthma-related deaths and asthma attacks, according to two federal drug officials. But not all regulators universally agree. This week the agency will convene a committee of experts to help reach an agreement.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 08, 2008 1:16 PM

With 13 million US children living in poverty, a new study indicates they may be lagging behind middle-class children in brain function as well, with results as dramatic as the symptoms of a stroke, in some cases.  

Posted by Jane Akre
December 08, 2008 11:17 AM

Brain boosters, stimulants such as ritalin, are increasingly being used on campus and at work. Some experts think they actually serve a role to enhance learning and can be used responsibly, while others warn they are a dangerous precedent.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 05, 2008 4:11 PM

Cleveland Clinic, one of the nation’s leading medical centers, will announce this week on its Web site, the decision to fully disclose all of its scientists’ and doctors’ financial ties with drug companies and medical device makers.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 05, 2008 11:43 AM

Americans are falling short of meeting recommended exercise minimums, according to a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More efforts need to be done to educate Americans about the new guidelines and the health benefits of exercise

Posted by Jane Akre
December 05, 2008 10:20 AM

This Institute of Medicine report finds that traumatic brain injury among returning Gulf War vets has long-term consequences, sometimes resulting in Alzheimer's like symptoms and often, unemployment.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 05, 2008 12:31 AM

The Ecology Center has released the 2nd annual consumer guide to toxic chemicals in toys at HealthyToys.org. One-third of the toys tested had medium or high levels of chemical concern this year, including arsenic, lead, mercury and other harmful chemicals.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 04, 2008 11:57 PM

Happiness a collective phenomenon.  That is the conclusion of a study of more than 4,700 people, followed over 20 years, all part of the Framingham Heart Study social network. This large study finds that happiness can ripple through a cluster of people who may not even know each other and can spread through your social circle. Unhappiness does not permeate as well.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 04, 2008 11:47 PM

HealthyToys consumer guide to toxic chemicals tested 1,500 toys and found one third of them contained medium to high levels of arsenic, cadmium, lead and other harmful chemicals.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 04, 2008 1:20 PM

The health of the nation, as a whole, has declined for the fourth consecutive year. Rising obesity rates, persistence of unhealthy behavior such as alcohol and tobacco use and more are all contributing factors, according to the 19th annual state-by-state rankings, compiled by the American Public Health Association,.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 04, 2008 11:59 AM

The final report is now in on the contaminated blood thinner heparin that caused as many as 81 deaths in the U.S. A man-made chemical was added to batches of the drug, oversulfated chondroitin sulfate (OSCS) is also responsible for 152 adverse reactions.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 04, 2008 11:14 AM

In a federal lawsuit filed on December 1, Public Citizen claims that records showing the connection of driver cell phone use and traffic fatalities are being withheld from the public by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Posted by Jane Akre
December 04, 2008 10:22 AM

Ethicist Kirk O. Hanson, the Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University in California talks to IB news to try and make sense of the actions of abusive teen girls charged with harming elderly Alzheimer's patients. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 04, 2008 12:18 AM

A new study suggests obesity during childhood may alter the shape of the thyroid gland affecting metabolism and growth. While some studies have found that thyroid disorders may lead to obesity, this recent study shows that in some cases, it is the obesity that may cause the disorder.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 03, 2008 11:26 PM

Two teenage girls are facing years in jail and thousands in fines, charged with abusing and sexually humiliating elderly Alzheimer's disease and dementia nursing home patients who couldn't fight back. Other teens allegedly watched and said nothing.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 03, 2008 1:10 PM

A wrongful death lawsuit will be filed by the siblings of a man who was hired as a temporary worker at a Long Island Wal-Mart. He was trampled to death when the store opened its doors to about 2,000 bargain-hunters on Black Friday.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 03, 2008 11:38 AM

Reducing medical residents work shifts to 16-hours would go a long way toward patient safety, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.  The changes would cost hospitals about $1.7 billion, and not go far enough, critics charge.  

Posted by Jane Akre
December 03, 2008 9:35 AM

The first of thousands of lawsuits against Big Tobacco is being heard in Florida following the dismantling of the $145 billion Engle case. Plaintiffs will not have to prove that the companies put out a defective product and committed fraud and that cigarettes cause at least 16 diseases. They will have to prove they were addicted to smoking. Plan on Big Tobacco to discredit the plaintiffs.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 03, 2008 12:59 AM

Researchers suggest that pregnant women who take the epilepsy drug valproate during pregnancy increase their child’s risk of developing autism. However, experts say the benefits of the drug and the high risk of seizures during pregnancy may outweigh the risk of autism.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 03, 2008 12:05 AM

In a new study released in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found no evidence that brand-name drugs used to treat heart disease are any better in terms of clinical outcomes than that of FDA-approved generic drugs.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 02, 2008 12:33 PM

The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends all patients 13 and older be screened routinely for the HIV virus, whether or not they have engaged in risky behavior.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 02, 2008 12:02 PM

It's the most comprehensive assessment yet of what the last 30 years of media has delivered to our youth. "A wake-up call" to parents, the studies conclude in finding that overwhelmingly sexually-saturated content and hours of immobility are having an adverse health impact on children and teens.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 02, 2008 10:21 AM

Who knew the "Sunshine Vitamin" could do so much?   The latest findings link a deficiency of vitamin D to the risk of heart attack and stroke. Half of adults, and at least 30 percent of children are deficient in this vitamin that is so easy and inexpensive to acquire. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 01, 2008 11:58 PM

A new study suggests, nearly one in five young adults in the United States has a personality disorder that interferes with everyday life, and even more abuse of alcohol or drugs.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 01, 2008 10:57 PM

Earlier studies have found exercise helps prevent cognitive decline and maintains the brain as people age. New research suggests people who engage in long-term, regular exercise had substantially more small blood vessels in their brains and more blood flow than people who performed little exercise over the years.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 01, 2008 4:06 PM

Seven passengers were injured when an automatic terminal-to-terminal train at Miami International Airport crashed into a building near Concourse E on Friday. This is the first crash on the track in nearly 30 years of operation.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 01, 2008 2:14 PM

It was the discounts of Black Friday that saw a Long Island crowd burst through the doors of a Wal-Mart and knock down a security guard trampling him to death. Others were injured including an 8-month pregnant woman.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 01, 2008 12:44 PM

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released details about the progress of its Food Protection Plan, which was launched last year to protect domestic and imported food from accidental and intentional contamination.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 01, 2008 11:40 AM

20 years after the World Health Organization declared the first World AIDS Day, there are still 33 million with the disease around the world. In the developing nations, getting needed medications to pregnant women so they don't transmit the virus to their children, is a huge stumbling block.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 01, 2008 10:49 AM

Ontario officials are encouraging everyone take a home colorectal cancer test to find polyps in their early stages when they are 90 percent curable.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
December 01, 2008 10:31 AM

Researchers report in the journal, Cell that they have discovered a fatty substance made in our gut that signals the brain to stop eating. A finding that could help lead the way to more effective drugs to suppress appetite and reduce obesity.

Posted by Jane Akre
December 01, 2008 9:52 AM

Johnson & Johnson will acquire the troubled Mentor Corporation, the subject of a multitude of lawsuits concerning its ObTape product and breast implants.

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