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

Posted by Jane Akre
January 31, 2008 11:48 PM

In an alert to healthcare professionals on Thursday, the FDA says 2 of 1,000 people experience suicidal thoughts on antiseizure medications for epilepsy and migraines.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 31, 2008 12:02 PM

Downed or sick cows aren't supposed to be allowed into slaughter houses to be turned into beef, but this video shot by the Humane Society shows exactly that happening. The USDA says don't worry. Meanwhile 2 employees in the video have been fired.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 31, 2008 10:58 AM

A University of Rochester study suggests that thimerosal, a vaccine presevative, does not stay in an infants systems long enough to cause harm.   The study coincides with the airing of the ABC drama Eli Stone, about a vaccine maker sued over thimerosal.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 31, 2008 10:30 AM

Friday, February 1st is National Wear Red Day and thousands of organizations, companies cities and women across the country will be wearing red that day to encourage women to take care of themselves and take charge of

Posted by Jane Akre
January 30, 2008 10:57 PM

It’s been long suspected that besides genetics, there may be some environmental causes behind the rising number of Alzheimer's cases. Lead exposure, even at an early age, may have a residual effect speed up the aging of brains. Phasing out leaded gasoline has helped the younger generation.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 30, 2008 9:23 PM

Consumers can join the Prescription for Change campaign and encourage that TV ads for prescription drugs prominently display a toll-free number to voice adverse reactions. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 30, 2008 11:08 AM

A new study says the U.S. is in for a major health and economic crisis when the number of uninsured collides with the soaring number of Americans contracting type 2 diabetes. This study published

Posted by Nick Carroll
January 30, 2008 9:51 AM

A pilot study is now underway on deep brain stimulation (DBS) as a sort of pacemaker for the brain to jolt memories long lost. Early predictions are that this could signal a major breakthrough in addressing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 29, 2008 10:25 AM

A study from 80 countries on happiness gives a fascinating look at what makes us happy and the consistent happiness peaks and lows among developing nations. Women in their 40s and men in their 50s are the least happy.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 29, 2008 10:24 AM

Evidence is accumulating against the use of kids cough and cold medications. In CDC data, more than 7,000 kids were rushed to the ER. Data was collected  from 63 emergency rooms in 2004 and 2005.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 29, 2008 10:16 AM

Research from South Korea finds that one day we might administer the flu vaccine under the tongue (sublingual) as opposed to a nasal spray or vaccine. The new method not only takes care of patients

Posted by Jane Akre
January 28, 2008 11:52 PM

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) , a medical group of 60,000 pediatricians around the nation is playing television producer.   The AAP is asking ABC Entertainment, producer of the new drama, Eli Stone, to cancel

Posted by Jane Akre
January 28, 2008 11:52 AM

In the race to find a cure for or even the cause of Alzheimer’s disease, British researchers say a helmet may begin to reverse the symptoms in weeks if it is worn just ten minutes a day.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 28, 2008 10:52 AM

Consuming four cups of coffee a day is bad news for diabetics according to a new study by Duke University researchers. Blood sugars rose an average of eight percent. But taking caffeine in pill form may not translate to coffee consumption. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 28, 2008 9:56 AM

Five more lawsuits have been filed over bacteria tainted syringes.  Sierra Pre Filled of Angier, North Carolina makes the syringes, filled with heparin or saline are used to flush IV or catheter lines.  In December

Posted by Jane Akre
January 25, 2008 11:56 PM

The cholesterol lowering drug Vytorin has been in the news lately and it's not all good news. Last week questions arose whether the drug did any good at all to lower cholesterol. Now the FDA

Posted by Jane Akre
January 25, 2008 11:51 AM

Consumers who were previously conflicted about eating fish have more to worry about. There are more serious warnings today about the dangers of mercury found in fish both in Manhattan and nationwide. On Wednesday, the New York Times found

Posted by Jane Akre
January 25, 2008 10:23 AM

The California Supreme Court has ruled that employers do not have to follow the state Compassionate Use Act and can legally fire employees who use medical marijuana to fight chronic pain.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 25, 2008 9:23 AM

Tiny pet turtles have been linked to another rash of salmonella that's hospitalized at least 24, mostly young children. The pet reptiles are banned from sales but found anyway. They shed salmonella in their feces. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 24, 2008 11:24 PM

Public Citizen today petitioned the FDA to put a black box warning on Botox and to send letters to doctors warning about adverse effects the group has gathered including 16 deaths linked to the cosmetic drug's use. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 24, 2008 10:24 PM

The residual effect of taking birth control pills may protect women from developing ovarian cancer for 30 years. That is the good news coming from British researchers Thursday who believe birth control pills may have prevented 100,000 cases of ovarian cancer deaths.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 24, 2008 5:24 PM

A Los Angeles consumer has filed a lawsuit she is hoping to take to class-action status, against Dannon for its Activia probiotic line of yogurt claiming false advertising. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 23, 2008 12:15 PM

As supporters of a right to know label on artificial milk hormones were celebrating in Pennsylvania, the Indiana legislature quietly introduced legislation that would prohibit milk labels on dairy coming from injected cows. Farmers say they want a right to choose too.  

Posted by Jane Akre
January 23, 2008 12:08 PM

Florida insurance regulators would love to their their hands on secret internal documents that show how Allstate Insurance makes rates and settles claims.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 22, 2008 1:51 PM

  Autism families are calling a California study “flawed” that minimizes a link between autism and thimerosal.  The study says cases are continuing to skyrocket in California even though the mercury based preservative has been removed. Critics say it's too early to tell.   

Posted by Jane Akre
January 22, 2008 11:41 AM

Should New Yorkers who want to eat in fast food restaurants have the calorie count jammed in their faces? Mayor Bloomberg thinks so.

 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 22, 2008 11:03 AM

Some promising news on understanding the strain of staph infection, community associated MRSA shows that it actually attacks the body's white cells to allow it to survive, therefore compromising your immune system. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 21, 2008 4:17 PM

Parents may turn to more natural tried and true remedies when their little ones have a cold--this after a strong FDA warning about the dangers of OTC cold medications for babies under age 2.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 21, 2008 2:35 PM

  Traditionally doctors have told pregnant women they can have coffee in moderation. Time to revise that thought to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to miscarriages.  

Posted by Jane Akre
January 21, 2008 11:32 AM

One and a half million Americans and five million worldwide who suffer from the auto immune disease lupus have some good news this morning. Two rival companies have published studies that uncover the genetic causes of the mysterious autoimmune disease. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 19, 2008 1:53 AM

  Pennsylvania's Gov. has overturned a scheduled ban on milk labels that identify whether products contain artificial growth hormones. For now farmers can continue to label but the fight isn't over.  

Posted by Jane Akre
January 18, 2008 12:31 PM

A Los Angeles hospital has been sued for negligence for dumping a patient in the streets with no wheelchair. The hospital says it will change its ways but it alone can't solve the problem of homelessness.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 18, 2008 11:08 AM

Chantix is receiving a tougher warning from Pfizer asking doctors to look out for aggressive and irrational behavior and suicidal thoughts. One family says the stop-smoking drug led to their son's death.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 17, 2008 4:44 PM

Children who send sexually explicit photos to their friends on MySpace risk being charged with felony child pornography.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 17, 2008 12:19 PM

The CDC will launch an 18-month investigation into a skin lesion that appears in families around the world and seems to have a fibrous component. 11,000 families report the symptoms.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 17, 2008 11:51 AM

The country's abortion rate is down 25 percent indicating fewer abortions are being performed and women are chosing non-surgical options such as medication according to a report by the Guttmacher Institute.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 17, 2008 10:17 AM

The FDA is reissuing a stronger warning that parents should not give over-the-counter cold medications to children under the age of two. Too many children are being accidentally overdosed and a number of deaths are on record.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 16, 2008 12:48 PM

Dr. Robert Jarvik was known as the creator of the Jarvik artificial heart decades ago. But it's his role as celebrity pitchman for Lipitor and drug maker Pfizer that's being questioned as ethically-challenged. Dr. Jarvik defends himself on Good Morning America. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 16, 2008 11:44 AM

50,000 returning U.S. veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are reporting at least 9 percent have post-traumatic stress disorder. Other reports say the numbers are higher.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 16, 2008 10:18 AM

A faulty design, a half inch metal gusset that holds girders together, apparently was not thick enough to do its job leading to the Minneapolis bridge collapse last August that killed 13 and injured 145.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 15, 2008 11:29 PM

The FDA says milk and meat from cloned animals are safe to consume. The meat industry is not exactly embracing the new technology and neither are consumers.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 15, 2008 12:03 PM

A Harvard Medical School study finds that waits for emergency rooms are up to 30 minutes, even worse in urban areas which can mean the difference between life and death.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 15, 2008 10:56 AM

Blood clots, previously though to originate from surgery or being immobile, might also come from even a minor injury to the leg or thigh. Patients with a leg injury and trouble breathing shouldn't ignore the symptoms.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 15, 2008 12:36 AM

Vytorin, the cholesterol drug, had double the rate of artery clogging plaque formations as compared to taking Zocor alone. This was revealed in a study by the drug makers actually completed in 2006 but partially released today.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 14, 2008 11:43 AM

Pharmacy-clinics will open in the greater Boston area under new regulations by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 14, 2008 9:54 AM

This published study looks at an anti inflammatory drug  for rheumatoid arthritis used off- label to reverse the inflammation in the brain in Alzheimer's patients. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 14, 2008 8:22 AM

The idea is being called an amazingly simple one. University of Minnesota scientists have created a beating heart in a lab. The implications are vast for human organ regeneration.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 12, 2008 12:18 AM

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has begun its investigation into the foggy and smoky conditions that led 70 cars to pileup on Interstate 4, and four dead. Lawsuits have already been filed and more are expected. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 11, 2008 1:08 PM

Consumers are paying too much and getting too little from their property insurance at a time the industry is enjoying major profits according to consumer groups.  

Posted by Jane Akre
January 10, 2008 11:55 PM

Donda West, 58, mother of rapper Kanye West died within 24 hours of undergoing multiple cosmetic surgery procedures. The coroner believes West “died from some pre-existing coronary artery disease and multiple post-operative factors following surgery.” The final cause of death is inconclusive.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 10, 2008 3:29 PM

As a result of the overdosing of the newborn twins of actor Dennis Quaid and another infant, the state has issued a 20-page report blasting Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles for putting pediatric patients in danger.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 10, 2008 11:29 AM

  The FDA is telling seven compounding pharmacies making bio-identical hormones for menopausal women to stop making false claims often online.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 10, 2008 10:15 AM

Friday is the deadline for thousands of cigarette smokers to file individual cases against big tobacco companies after a class action verdict of $145 billion was dismantled in 2006.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 10, 2008 9:51 AM

About five percent of American teenagers or 3.1 million kids are getting high on cough and cold medicines and young teenage girls, 12 to 17 are the most frequent abusers.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 09, 2008 9:42 AM

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds testing for a mutation in two breast cancer genes reveals a lower risk of developing breast cancer by the age of 70.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 09, 2008 8:12 AM

A new type of vaccine made by Novartis AG is being promised to fight meningitis in children as young as three to 12 months.   

Posted by Jane Akre
January 09, 2008 8:02 AM

Cialis the drug that treats erectile dysfunction has a daily dosing approval from the FDA.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 08, 2008 9:46 PM

Baby Boomers are always looking for ways to stop the aging process and scientists are there to fill the void.  The latest new compound comes from the red wine ingredient resveratrol and may be helpful in the fight against diabetes and age related disease.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 08, 2008 11:39 AM

The U.S. spent $2 trillion in health care or $7,000 per person with the poorest outcome for preventable deaths among 20 nations.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 08, 2008 11:39 AM

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington has upheld two seperate 2005 jury verdicts  in  Johnson & Johnson's patent infringement cases against Medtronic and Boston Scientific.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 07, 2008 8:02 PM

  Actress Sally Field doesn't mention it in her ads for bone density drug, Boniva. In an alert posted on its website, the FDA is warning that patients treated with many of the commonly used osteoporosis drugs occasionally develop disabling pain that doctors may be overlooking and failing to link to the drug's use.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 07, 2008 6:44 PM

Nurses in California call it “ChenyCare”- that is guaranteed national, publicly-funded health care for all Americans.  The campaign, by the California Nurses Association/  National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) includes print, online ads and a petition drive in support of guaranteed health care for all.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 07, 2008 12:12 PM

The FDA is warning men against turning to "dietary substances" for erectile dysfunction.  Many contain  prescription drugs than can interact with other drugs driving blood pressure dangerously low. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 07, 2008 11:29 AM

Parents who have felt guilty about contributing to their children’s allergies can breath a small sigh of relief.  The American Academy of Pediatrics says there is no evidence that avoiding certain foods during pregnancy helps prevent food allergies.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 07, 2008 10:54 AM

Presidential candidate John Edwards believes in fighting for the middle class against the corporate greed of insurance and drug companies and he's made that a central theme of his campaign. He was joined Sunday by three families who have been hurt by the medical system that exists today as proof it needs to change. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 05, 2008 12:12 AM

  Dozens of dogs died nationwide in 2005 when a Gaston, South Carolina plant failed to make sure the product was safe. Today the company, Diamond Pet Foods settled with pet owners for $3.1 million. The pet food contained aflatoxin, a naturally

Posted by Jane Akre
January 03, 2008 3:08 PM

This is the largest study ever to look at just how effective our nation’s hospitals are at delivering care when heart abnormalities strike and minutes count. In at least one third of cases, care was delivered outside of the two minute recommended time.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 03, 2008 2:18 AM

A newly approved rapid blood test will cut down the time it takes to determine if a patient suspected of having a staph infection has the antibiotic resistant variety.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 03, 2008 12:35 AM

Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles find that, particularly for women, a good marriage helps them cope with the stress of the workday. Levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, drops more when happily married women return home. The same is not true for men. Cortisol is associated with illness, depression, chronic fatigue, obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 02, 2008 1:21 AM

President Bush has put a band-aid on the controversial national child health insurance program, extending the present program until March 2009.  The president quietly signed SCHIP without adding extra funding sought by Democrats and some Republicans that would have expanded the popular program to cover as many as 10 million children.  

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