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All news posts from February 01, 2008 to February 29, 2008

Posted by Jane Akre
February 29, 2008 10:14 PM

The FDA tells reporters that more deaths may be attributed to anti-clot drug heparin.  Baxter International will pull all of the controversial drug from the shelves after 448 adverse health reports. An FDA team in China has not determined the cause of any contamination at the plant there.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 29, 2008 12:59 PM

The story just keep getting worse from Las Vegas where 40,000 are being urged to be tested for hepatitis and HIV. And a second clinic owned by the same group is reported to have reused fluids that clean colonoscopy equipment. One medical negligence lawsuit has been filed, others are expected to join in a class action.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 28, 2008 6:41 PM

Today President Bush signed into law the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act. It is aimed at regulating power window safety, rearward visibility and rollaway cars prevention that killed 230 kids in 2007. As cars get bigger, safety has not always been a priority in the U.S. as it has in the European Union. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 28, 2008 12:27 PM

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says look out for nursery equipment.  Cribs, high chairs, child walkers were involve in more than 66,000 injuries in 2006, a marked increase from the year before.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 28, 2008 12:17 PM

Thousands of patients of a Las Vegas clinic may have been exposed to the hepatitis C virus that destroys the liver. The clinic was changing out needles from one patient to another but not syringes, reinfecting the multi-dose vials of medication and underscoring your need to know proper infection control procedures.  

Posted by Jane Akre
February 28, 2008 11:54 AM

Patients who receive medication using a syringe or needle need to be knowledgable about safe infection control procedures. Unfortunately many clinics are not and that can mean the transmission of HIV or hepatitis C.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 27, 2008 2:18 PM

A CDC expert panel now urges all children ages six months to 18 be vaccinated against flu or influenza in the upcoming 2009-2010 flu season.  A panel of CDC vaccine advisers voted unanimously today that all children from six months to age 18 have a flu shot. Up to seven million additional children could be vaccinated as a result. Now what? The vaccines have a host of their own problems sending mindful parents to do their own research. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 27, 2008 11:29 AM

Mad cow disease is rare but if a person consumes any part of the diseased cow it always turns for humans into the fatal brain wasting Creutzfeldt Jakob disease. So the discovery of another animal with Mad Cow Disease is of concern especially since the U.S. has not banned one of the suspected modes of transmission.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 26, 2008 11:12 PM

Every once in awhile there is a good safety tip that circulates on the internet.  Sleep with your car keys within reach, the kind with the remote keyless entry system and alarm that puts you in control if someone tries to break in. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 26, 2008 12:47 PM

Two reports on those compact flourescent energy-saving bulbs warn you must know how to safety clean them up if they break because of the risk of exposure to mercury vapors.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 26, 2008 12:32 PM

Reading mammograms is made more difficult when women are on hormone replacement therapy so says this study from UCLA. This adds to the confusion already out there for women seeking relief from menopausal symptoms. Meanwhile bioidentical hormones go largely untested though many swear by them. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 26, 2008 1:05 AM

Lawyers for the family of Jessica Lunsford will file a wrongful death and negligence suit against Citrus County and law enforcement for failing to do their job to find the 9-year-old and protect her from a convicted sex offender who held her 100 yards away from her home before burying her alive.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 25, 2008 12:02 PM

A California for-profit insurer, Health Net says it will mend its ways after a judge awarded a woman $9 million, most of it in punative damages against Health Net for canceling her policy while she was undergoing breast cancer treatments.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 25, 2008 10:40 AM

The University of Minnesota’s Stroke Research Center studied 4,435 people between the ages of 30 and 75. Those who have never owned a cat had a 40 percent greater risk of heart attack than cat owners. Additionally there was a 30 percent increase in death from cardiovascular diseases among non cat owners.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 25, 2008 10:26 AM

The approval by the Food and Drug Administration of Genentech Inc’s Avastin drove the value up the stock up in premarket trading Monday. Last December an FDA panel voted 5-4 against approval because the drug does not extend the life of breast cancer patients. Has the FDA lowered the standards for approval at the urging of company officials?  

Posted by Jane Akre
February 22, 2008 12:09 PM

Bayer responds to information in the New England Journal of Medicine that show patients using Trasylol to reduce bleeding in heart surgery had a higher risk of death and kidney failure. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 22, 2008 10:40 AM

Excessive dozing during the day is linked to stroke according to a new study. Particularly when the dozing occurs at inappropriate times, it may indicate one is not getting a restful night's sleep.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 22, 2008 10:33 AM

This years flu vaccine was not very effective so federal health officials are trying to prepare for this fall's formulation. But it is a guessing game at best. Predictions are three strains may hit the U.S., one of them from Australia. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 21, 2008 12:52 PM

Getting older just got easier. For those who assume that memory loss is part of aging, think again. In fact thinking is what this study is all about. Memory loss and dementia are decreasing among seniors over the age of 70 during the last decade with improvement seen in people who are in better health and have more education. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 21, 2008 12:37 PM

Google and the Cleveland Clinic want to provide patients with portable health records that are available to any practitioner or pharmacist. But just how available will those personal files be?

Posted by Jane Akre
February 21, 2008 11:55 AM

More evidence published in the New England Journal of Medicine confirms the link between Trasylol, given to reduce bleeding during heart surgery, and death and kidney failure. Bayer AG says the drug is on a "temporary marketing suspension."

Posted by Jane Akre
February 20, 2008 6:49 PM

Today’s Supreme Court decision was a victory for the $75 billion medical device industry. If a manufacturer makes a device and obtains federal approval before putting it in the marketplace - consumers are prohibited from suing under state laws. The family of Charles Riegel brought the lawsuit. He was injured when a Medtronic catheter malfunctioned during his surgery. He later died. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 20, 2008 11:32 AM

Your chances of surviving a heart attack in the hospital are much improved if you have it before 11 at night and during the week.  Whether the heart has difficulty restarting at night or their is fewer staff and less experienced is uncertain.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 20, 2008 11:31 AM

Music seems to lift the mood and improve the neurons in the brain in patients recovering from a stroke. In this single blind, randomized and controlled trial in Finland, patients selected the music of their choice and listened for a few hours a day.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 20, 2008 10:25 AM

The good news overall the death rate in this country from cancer has declined, a trend that began in the early 1990s.  The bad news – cancer will kill 565,650 Americans this year. That

Posted by Jane Akre
February 19, 2008 11:59 AM

The FDA says a mix-up in paperwork led to the failure of a plant in China to be inspected for its pharmaceutical export, herparin, now linked to four deaths and hundreds off allergic reactions.  There is no FDA requirement that every foreign plant producing pharmaceuticals for this country be inspected, Beijing doesn't do it either.  

Posted by Jane Akre
February 19, 2008 11:34 AM

Wikileaks, a site for whistleblowers to post internal company documents anonymously has been ordered shut down by court order after one subject of an expose complained.  The web site promises anonymity protecting those who want to warn consumers about a bad drug before it goes on the market.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 19, 2008 11:19 AM

A nationwide study of a dozen different types of cancers find if you are uninsured or underinsured you are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage when survival is less and the cost of treating is more.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 18, 2008 12:44 AM

143 million pounds of meat were recalled Sunday, the largest in history due to lapses in required inspections.Westland Hallmark Meat Company of Chino is the same company that was the subject of a Humane Society video that captured downer cows going into the food supply.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 17, 2008 6:16 PM

Joseph Randone, 52 and his wife Josephine joked about the day he checked into Stony Brook University Hospital for some pre-surgery tests, Friday, January 13th.  "We laughed, we're not superstitious," Josephine tells IB News.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 17, 2008 5:07 PM

"60 Minutes" profiles IB partner Marc Bern and his client Josephine Randone in her case against Bayer Pharmaceuticals, which is accused of hiding data that shows the drug was twice as likely to lead to kidney failure, exactly what happened to her husband. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 15, 2008 2:43 PM

British researchers looked at thousands of cancer cases and cross referenced them to obesity. What they found was having a BMI that puts you barely in the obese category can be hazardous to your health.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 15, 2008 2:09 PM

The sky is not falling here, but you might want to be aware of what some microbiologists found when they took a closer look at those pretty lemon wedges that compliment your glass of iced tea.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 15, 2008 1:42 PM

In an effort to get a handle on cases of MRSA, California will now require mandatory reporting of the illness, but only those outside of a hospital and nursing home setting. Critics say that doesn't go far enough.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 15, 2008 12:10 PM

No one knows exactly how many young people have died from playing the deadly “choking game,”  but the CDC counts at least 82 mostly young teen boys from 1985 to 2007.  Luke Austin is not counted among them even though his mother knows the deadly game took her 13-year-old's life.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 14, 2008 12:23 PM

A French study finds that among women who had post-partum depression, three-quarters had given birth to sons. Depression and lower quality of life were both measured and researchers overwhelmingly found lower scores among women who had boys. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 14, 2008 11:51 AM

About 100,000 occupants of FEMA trailers will be moved after the CDC confirms the high levels of formaldehyde fumes make them uninhabitable. In some trailers exposure was nearly 40 times normal exposure.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 14, 2008 12:23 AM

The FDA says it never inspected the Chinese plant that makes Baxter Healthcare's heparin which has been linked to four deaths and hundreds of allergic reactions.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 13, 2008 3:22 PM

Kim Sjostrom felt faint on her wedding day during a dance with her new husband. She fainted and died from diabetes and heart disease. Millions of American women do not know they have diabetes which, if not controlled along with high blood pressure and cholesterol, can be fatal. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 13, 2008 12:23 PM

Johnson and Johnson’s 25 microgram Duragesic Pain Patch is being voluntarily recalled because defects could lead to an accidental overdose.  Patch technology has had a variety of problems including the Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 13, 2008 11:55 AM

Blue Cross of California had been trolling for patients it could drop from its rolls by sending out letters to doctors asking for their help.  The practice has been going on for years with the company sending

Posted by Jane Akre
February 13, 2008 10:04 AM

So far Genentech, maker of Avastin, a drug used to slow the growth of colorectal and lung cancers, is having a tough time convincing regulators it should be used to treat breast cancer. There are simply too many side effects for the gain and the FDA seems to be slowing down on drug approvals, despite pressure otherwise.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 12, 2008 11:22 AM

Even adding healthy habits later in life such as weight, diabetes and blood pressure control, not smoking and adding exercise, tended to result in a longer life of a higher quality for men, researchers find. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 12, 2008 11:21 AM

Breaking the Unhealthy Habit Leaving Diet Sodas Behind " The number one source of calories in the American diet is high fructose corn syrup in sodas.  This contributes to obesity, diabetes and increased risk for heart

Posted by Jane Akre
February 12, 2008 10:55 AM

Heparin has been in the news lately as the anti coagulant given in the IVs of the newborn twins of actor Dennis Quaid at 1,000 the intended dose. The Quaids sued. Now heparin is being recalled and the FDA is investigating hundred of adverse reports allergic reactions and possibly four deaths.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 11, 2008 11:04 AM

Diet foods specifically low calorie sweetners in soda, has been linked to weight gain in rats according to Purdue University researchers. The body may be tricked by artificial sweetners. The diet food industry disagrees.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 11, 2008 10:04 AM

Applegate Farms has received a consumer complaint about an allergic reaction to an organic all beef hot dog so has pulled the lot of more than 8,000 hot dogs. The good news is they don't contain sodium nitrates, which preserve meats but have been linked to cancers.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 09, 2008 12:03 AM

Allergan Stock for the popular anti-wrinkle drug Botox took a plunge Friday after the FDA warned that some 16 children had died. Public Citizen is calling for a black box warning and letters to be sent to all doctors in the country.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 08, 2008 12:11 PM

Western medicine is slowly catching up to its eastern counterpart and acupuncture is being more widely used as a remedy for pain. Now it appears to be useful as a fertility aid. Researchers found in vitro fertilization paired

Posted by Jane Akre
February 08, 2008 11:42 AM

A nationwide study finds medical residents who are depressed, make about six times more errors. This study was conducted before resident hours were restricted to just 80 hours per week.

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

With a billion users worldwide, the answer is vitally important to know yesterday. Heavy cell phone use may be affecting the quality and quantity of a man’s sperm. Preliminary research from the

Posted by Jane Akre
February 07, 2008 3:20 PM

Merck and Co. will pay $671 million to reimburse Medicaid for overcharging for four prescription drugs and for offering incentives to doctors to prescribe their drugs over others.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 07, 2008 12:04 PM

With some form of universal health care on the horizon, companies are positioning themselves for a windfall by increasing walk-in clincs in retail outlets. But is there a viable business model?

Posted by Jane Akre
February 07, 2008 11:38 AM

Sometimes it takes "celebrity" to bring to light a national issue, in this case a chronic condition for many everyday Americans.  Heath Ledger's death on Jan. 22 was due to an accidental mixture of prescription drugs-a national epidemic which now kills more Americans than illegal drugs. 

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

A government-funded four-year study to determine if controlling diabetes helps control heart disease, finds drugs didn't put patients at risk. Lowering blood sugar too dramatically did. The study has stopped 18 months short of its conclusion after more than 200 died. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 06, 2008 12:02 PM

FDA advisers are listening considering whether to approve a longer-lasting injectable form of Zyprexa given to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, even though the billion-dollar best-selling drug is controversial, given off label to children and has been the subject of millions in lawsuits. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 06, 2008 10:46 AM

The old saying is you don’t want to know how laws and sausage are made.  Never was that more true than in Mississippi.   Mississippi has the highest obesity rate

Posted by Jane Akre
February 05, 2008 1:33 PM

The  wrongful death trial of the late actor John Ritter begins in Los Angeles Superior Court today. His widow and four children are suing the two doctors involved in his care, a cardiologist and a radiologist who failed to find a tear in his aorta, a genetic condition.  They plan to set up an educational foundation in his name.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 05, 2008 12:23 PM

Drug-coated stents are more effective than bare-metal ones in treating clogged arteries after angioplasty says a study funded partially by Boston Scientific. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 05, 2008 11:03 AM

Many drugs are derived from plants or are plant-based in their formulations. Therefore it shouldn’t be too surprising that an herbal supplement, hawthorn extract, is being shown effective in treating symptoms of chronic heart failure.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 05, 2008 10:53 AM

British scientists have created a human embryo using the DNA from a donor mother, essentially an embryo with one father and two mothers.  While the purported intent is to avoid genetic disease, critics say designer babies are just around the corner.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 04, 2008 11:40 PM

An Iowa couple knew they had a problem when they could push a finger through the siding of the $250,000 home. Water from shoddy construction had damaged walls and created mold. But they were not the original owner and the builder refused to do anything. A state Supreme Court decision Friday changed all that. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 04, 2008 2:12 PM

          The journal Pediatrics is warning parents not to use baby powder and lotions because they increase exposure to phthalates (pronounced THAL ates) a hormone disrupting chemical. It sounds like an extreme claim, but this study

Posted by Jane Akre
February 04, 2008 2:02 PM

A woman goes to her doctor with chest pains. He determines she's had a heart attack. But before the ambulance leaves, his receptionist insists the woman, on a gurney, dig through her purse for the $5 co-pay. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 04, 2008 1:38 PM

The FDA issued an Alert Friday saying Chantix, the Pfizer smoking-cessation drug is linked to suicidal thoughts, anxiety and depression. Pfizer says that may be the result of quitting smoking.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 01, 2008 11:50 AM

Under a 1950 Supreme Court decision, military families cannot sue over medical malpractice, even thought they are fighting for a country that allows civilians the same right.  "Fight" said the late Sgt. Carmelo Rodriguez whose own case has been called a "major screw-up" by the military. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 01, 2008 11:11 AM

Epsom salts can cut the rates of preterm labor and therefore reduce the risk of the delivery of brain damaged children, a study finds. This study replicates those from an Australian study in 2003.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 01, 2008 11:04 AM

 A drug resistant strain of this year influenza has been found in Europe, Canada and to a lesser extent in the U.S. The most drug-resistance was found among influenza isolated in Norway. 

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