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All news posts from June 01, 2008 to June 30, 2008

Posted by Jane Akre
June 30, 2008 9:51 PM

On July 1, Washington State becomes the sixth state to ban the use of hand-held cellular phones while driving. However in this case, a driver must first be cited for some other motor vehicle violation such as speeding, before an officer can pull him over to issue a $124 ticket.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 30, 2008 12:54 PM

We may never know the source of the salmonella strain that has sickened more than 800 over 36 states and led to the hospitalization of 96 people. The FDA is considering the salmonella may be in water or on other produce besides tomatoes.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 30, 2008 11:59 AM

The big picture concerning medical and prescription errors is becoming clearer under a California law that forces hospitals to disclose serious medical errors that lead to injury. More than 100, largely preventable errors, are occuring a month in California. Other states are considering imposing disclosure laws.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 30, 2008 10:53 AM

Patients are hurt by the conflicts-of-interest between drugmakers and doctors, who are not required to reveal that they are paid consultants for drug companies. Legislation to address the problem is pending.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
June 27, 2008 11:07 PM

A new study suggests RFID may interfere with medical devices posing a safety hazard to patients. Scientist observed passive and active RFID systems during the study and based the findings on a critical-care adverse events scale.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
June 27, 2008 1:40 PM

While many shampoo products claim that they are made from all-natural, herbal ingredients, that is not always the case. The Consumer Guide to Safe Shampoos will help you understand the product label and what ingredients you should avoid when purchasing shampoo for your family.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 27, 2008 11:30 AM

HIV is not in the news lately, and that may partially account for the lack of safety precautions among young men having sex with other young men. Kids as young as 13, are among the group getting the bulk of new AIDS/HIV cases called a "second epidemic"  by the CDC. 

Posted by Jane Akre
June 26, 2008 11:38 PM

For migraine sufferers, drawing the curtains and taking a medication works for some. But a couple of new studies look at electrical stimulation to the brain to interrupt the course of a migraine. 

Posted by Jane Akre
June 26, 2008 3:02 PM

A newly discovered gene that increases the risk of late-onset Alzheimer’s by as much as 77 percent has been discovered. It may also present researchers with a target for therapy.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 26, 2008 11:58 AM

Kids often get alcohol from adults, a nationwide survey shows. With almost 11 million underage drinkers, the survey shows that there is a disagreement among adults just when it's okay to let kids drink, and as a result, many adults open their homes to underage drinking. 

Posted by Jane Akre
June 25, 2008 11:48 PM

The fast-track for Merck's Gardasil slowed a bit today when the FDA denied the drug maker's application to market the drug to older women ages 27 to 45. The FDA says there are "issues" yet to be resolved.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
June 25, 2008 10:39 PM

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 8 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes. An estimated 50.2 million people will be diagnosed with diabetes by the year 2025.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 25, 2008 6:49 PM

Soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder are not getting the mental health benefits they are entitled to, accuse veterans groups in a lawsuit. But today that action was dismissed by a federal judge who said district court is not the venue for action. Meanwhile 18 soldiers a day reportedly commit suicide. 

Posted by Jane Akre
June 25, 2008 2:52 PM

The CDC has issued a health advisory after lead has been found in some artificial turf, used in ballfields, school yards, and parks. New Jersey officials have replaced three parks of artificial turf. A California environmental group says it only found the lead in about a third of the turf it tested.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
June 24, 2008 1:30 PM

"Sunshine Vitamin" is essential for overall good health. As little as 10 minutes of sun exposure daily can be enough to prevent vitamin D deficiencies that can lead to increased health risks.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 24, 2008 11:47 AM

A survey of thousands of elderly Americans by the CDC, finds that falling can lead to more than a broken hip. Traumatic brain injuries resulted in 8,000 deaths and 56,000 hospitalizations in 2005.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 24, 2008 10:59 AM

Adding a blood test that looks for a tumor marker, to the "symptom index" for ovarian cancer, increased detection to more than 80 percent for early stages of the "silent killer" of women.

Posted by Jenny Albano
June 24, 2008 3:17 AM

The second class action trial over cell phone providers’ early termination fees began today in Alameda County, California. The first class action suit reached a verdict on June 6, 2008 in favor...

Posted by Jane Akre
June 23, 2008 3:29 PM

Summertime, the warm summer weather welcomes fun in the sun, barbeques and pool parties but it also brings out the pesky bugs. Did you know you can remove a bee stinger with a credit card?  

Posted by Jane Akre
June 23, 2008 12:30 PM

Harvard researchers may be closer to pinpointing the type of plaque that causes Alzheimer's disease. Injecting beta-amyloid plaque into mice, they found that the two-molecule form caused the disease. That may explain why some people with brain plaque never develop symptoms of Alzheimer's.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 23, 2008 11:40 AM

The Veterans Administration is sending out warning letters to veterans using the drug Chantix to stop smoking. The letters warn of suicidal thoughts. They are the latest in a string of warnings to users of Chantix, which have included pilots, air traffic controllers, and truckers. 

Posted by Jane Akre
June 23, 2008 11:04 AM

This summer is time to learn about the West Nile virus that can have mild or severe symptoms and is already in five states. One CDC expert who contracted West Nile says, "it will ruin your summer." 

Posted by Jane Akre
June 20, 2008 10:53 PM

The Justice Department wants to know when GlaxoSmithKline knew about a possible link between Paxil, the antidepressant, and suicidal tendencies. Senator Charles Grassley says GSK "bamboozled" the FDA.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 20, 2008 12:07 PM

The key to surviving sudden cardiac arrest is timely initiation of CPR, which can include a shock from an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The editor of The Zapper believes a more timely application may have increased the chance of survival for newsman,Tim Russert. The American Heart Association offers training and says tens of thousands of lives could be saved if the public was trained in AEDs.

Posted by Jenny Albano
June 20, 2008 12:01 AM

New evidence finds that weight-loss surgery for the morbidly obese can be beneficial to your health by reducing the risk of cancers, especially breast, and colon cancer. 

Posted by Jane Akre
June 19, 2008 12:32 PM

Patient Four recovered from advanced melanoma using immunotherapy, an emerging cancer therapy that uses the body's own immune fighting cells and multiplies them to target the cancer.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 19, 2008 11:06 AM

Comparing it to a "spider's web of suppliers and distributors," an FDA official says the agency may never be able to pinpoint the exact source of the salmonella Saintpaul contamination that has sickened 383, including a cluster of nine people who reportedly ate at a Chicago area chain restaurant.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 18, 2008 7:07 PM

When the electricity goes out- how do you know if your food is safe to eat? The general guideline is to keep the freezer and refrigerator doors closed as much as possible to maintain cold temperatures for as long as possible. If unopened, the food will stay cold for up to 4 hours. A full freezer will hold the temperature for about 48 hours (about 24 hours if only half full) but only if the doors have remained shut. If in doubt, toss it.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 18, 2008 12:04 PM

Fighting plaque buildup in the brain is the target of the newest class of drugs aimed at reducing the cognitive dysfunction of Alzheimer's and dementia. Incidents are expected to triple among Baby Boomers over the next 40 years. 

Posted by Jane Akre
June 18, 2008 11:01 AM

Why do depression and diabetes go hand in hand? No knows for sure, but this study is just the latest to confirm that depression and diabetes tend to co-exist. The stress hormone may be to blame, as well as lifestyle.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 18, 2008 8:49 AM

For dieters, being able to eat a full, satisfying breakfast including carbohydrates, protein, and calories, resulted in the most weight loss in this study.  Those dieters were also to keep the weight off, their energy level throughout the day was high, and food cravings low.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 17, 2008 4:32 PM

Vinyl shower curtains tested by The Center for Health, Environment, and Justice (CHEJ) from five popular retailers, were found to contain high concentrations of polyvinyl chloride (PCV) chemicals associated with cancer and other health problems. The amount of chemicals present was 16 times greater than the guideline for indoor air quality. 

Posted by Jane Akre
June 17, 2008 11:25 AM

With a new stronger authority, the FDA will now mandate that the conventional antipsychotics carry the same black box warning as atypical antipsychotics, used on elderly patients with dementia to quiet agitation, and behavioral problems. 

Posted by Jane Akre
June 17, 2008 8:11 AM

Coffee lovers have some good news to cheer. In this published study, drinking up to six cups a day, may cut your risk of dying from heart disease. For women who consumed two to three cups a day, there was a 25 percent lower risk of death from heart disease when compared to non-drinkers.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 16, 2008 10:23 PM

SAFE HOME 101- Homes older than 15 years may not be constructed with ground fault circuit interruptors (GFCIs), which prevent electrocution when electricity and water meet with you in the middle. If GFCIs were installed in every U.S. home, nearly 70 percent of the approximate 400 electrocutions that occurred last year could have been prevented.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 16, 2008 5:16 PM

An FDA advisory panel will meet Wednesday to consider the mounting adverse reports on Enbrel and other TNF blockers, used for psoriasis. Drug manufacturers would like to expand the recommendations to include children, but what's concerning is the number of cancer cases reported.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 16, 2008 1:09 PM

As two more states are cleared by the FDA as being free of the source of salmonella-tainted tomatoes, Florida and Mexico are still the central focus. Meanwhile, the FDA refuses to identify a restaurant chain that had nine people sickened from the Saintpaul strain of salmonella.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 16, 2008 10:09 AM

The death of Tim Russert from a heart attack has many considering their risk factors, which remains the best predictor of a sudden fatal heart attack. For about one-third with coronary heart disease, death is the first symptom.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 13, 2008 12:26 PM

While Congress is still undecided and the FDA is waffling, major retailers are responding to consumer demand and voluntarily removing a controversial chemical BPA, used to make baby bottles, toys and cups.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 12, 2008 11:30 PM

As the FDA's Food Protection Plan lags behind in enforcement, the salmonella scare in the U.S. widens to include 25 hospitalizations, 23 states, and 228 sickened. The agency still doesn't know the source of the bacterial contamination.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 12, 2008 12:44 PM

The Kids Count annual report finds the number of low birth weight infants is rising due to prematurity and poverty. The southern U.S. is particularly hard hit.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 12, 2008 11:32 AM

Microsoft and the Kaiser Permanente health plan are joining forces to take member health files online. Microsoft and Google are the latest in a field of technology companies taking private information online.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 12, 2008 10:24 AM

The life expectancy in the U.S is now 78 years, the highest it's been. The increase is actually due to the decrease in deaths from the top diseases, with the exception of Alzheimer's.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 11, 2008 5:00 PM

A recent insurance industry study shows teens are not heeding laws banning the use of cell phones while driving. The study concludes that parents should take a more active role in helping to curb this unsettling trend, as auto accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers. 

Posted by Jane Akre
June 11, 2008 3:38 PM

Sleep apnea results in low blood oxygen levels, and now a study out of UCLA shows that it may lead to brain injury, and disrupted memory and thinking. The damage occurs in regions that help store memory and researchers can measure the impact.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 11, 2008 2:26 PM

St. John's Wort is not effective in treating children with ADHD, Bastyr University researchers find. What's unusual about this published study is that it comes from a leading institution in alternative and complimentary natural medicine.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 10, 2008 11:48 PM

There is far more to know about taking a cruise than the brochures tell you.  Look at the fine print and see that the cruise lines have very little liability if you are injured at sea. (Part Two)  

Posted by Jane Akre
June 10, 2008 11:38 PM

Don and Marlene Bryce were planning to celebrate aboard a Holland America cruise. Instead, Don collapsed in their cabin and Marlene says the doctor showed up two minutes after Don died. (Part One)

Posted by Jane Akre
June 10, 2008 12:57 PM

Men who have low levels of vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” may be at higher risk for a heart attack, according to a newly published study. Researchers found that men classified as deficient in vitamin D, were approximately 2 1/2 times more likely to suffer a heart attack than those with adequate levels of the vitamin. 

Posted by Jane Akre
June 10, 2008 10:54 AM

Three Harvard psychiatrists are the focus of congressional investigators for not reporting about $3 million in payments from pharmaceutical companies, which happen to make drugs the doctors promote for hyperactive children.  

 

Posted by Jane Akre
June 09, 2008 3:02 PM

The FDA is expanding its warning to consumers, retailers, restaurants, and food service companies concerning certain types of tomatoes and salmonella contamination.   

Posted by Jane Akre
June 09, 2008 9:11 AM

A Long Island woman is hospitalized with bird mites after accidentally touching a wild bird. The infection is not a public health concern, says her doctor, but mites can infest your house and your skin.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 06, 2008 1:27 PM

A CDC survey finds that rates of risky behavior in teens, such as multiple sex partners, taking drugs, and suicide, have stabilized for white and black students, but not so for Hispanic students.

June 06, 2008 11:47 AM

The FDA is now saying that the mercury found in dental fillings may pose a risk to children and unborn babies.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 05, 2008 2:30 PM

Expect "nutraceuticals" (nutrients and pharmaceuticals) to top anti-aging research. In this case, health benefits from the naturally occuring compound, resveratrol, found in red grape skins and wine, is shown to decline heart aging, as does a calorie-restricted diet. 

Posted by Jane Akre
June 05, 2008 11:14 AM

Public health officials are trying to solve a mystery after 86 peoplein several states have fallen ill from Salmonella poisoning. The common denominator in all of the cases is raw tomatoes. The...

Posted by Jane Akre
June 05, 2008 9:36 AM

Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that people who drink up to five glasses of wine a week have the risk of rheumatoid arthritis reduced by up to 50 percent, compared to those who drink very little. 

Posted by Jane Akre
June 04, 2008 7:44 PM

In an apparent contradiction, a family history of colon cancer, increases your chances of contracting it but also your chances of surviving it.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 04, 2008 3:04 PM

Merck & Co had a court victory today, when the New Jersey Supreme Court threw out a class-action lawsuit by plaintiffs who wanted to continue being monitored for heart problems after taking the painkiller, Vioxx.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 04, 2008 1:34 PM

The FDA is investigating whether drugs given to treat rheumatoid arthritis and Chrohn’s disease over a decade, led to the development of lymphoma and other cancers in children and young adults.   Among young people and children given TNF blockers, between 1998 and 2008, 30 have developed cancers.  

Posted by Jane Akre
June 04, 2008 11:54 AM

Hyperactivity and allergies are just a couple of the health problems linked to food dyes. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, and other scientists have petitioned the FDA to study the problem further, and to label and eventually ban the use of dyes, which have quadrupled since the 1950s.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 04, 2008 12:40 AM

While U.S. drug companies take in billions annually, they usually try to start early to influence doctors-in-training. Two groups want to stop that practice and restore faith in medicine for people, so are shining the light on medical schools and their conflict of interest policies.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 03, 2008 10:47 PM

Use the same disinfectant wipe on a toilet, then a sink, then a keyboard, and you are likely undermining the reason you turned to a disinfectant wipe in the first place, say researchers presenting a study in Boston today. Washing hands with soap and water is still considered the best anti-bacterial method to use in a hospital setting. 

Posted by Jane Akre
June 03, 2008 12:19 PM

Actress, author and Mom of an autistic child, Jenny McCarthy will lead a march on Washington Wednesday asking for a safer vaccine schedule. The latest research on autism links it to low birth weight in girls.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 03, 2008 9:53 AM

New published research out of Children's Hospital, Boston, finds that 28 percent of young children are facing a risk of vitamin D deficiency while 12 percent are already deficient. Breast-fed infants are often deficient and supplementation is suggested.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 02, 2008 11:07 PM

During a 16-year study period, there were more than 500,000 bunk bed related injuries that send more than 36,000 kids to the emergency room.  A surprise of this study was how many 18 to 20-year-olds are injured in bunk beds as well as young children. 

Posted by Jane Akre
June 02, 2008 12:30 PM

Katrina trailer residents have been displaced again.  The federal government has booted Katrina victims from their “temporary” trailers, partially because of high levels of formaldehyde.  Ironically, they were told the deadline to leave was June 1, this past Sunday, the first day of hurricane season. 

Posted by Jane Akre
June 02, 2008 11:14 AM

A new study finds that U.S. childhood cancers are more commonly found in the Northeast region of the country, affect more boys than girls, and more adolescents than younger children. Leukemia, brain tumors, and lymphoma affect 166 of every million U.S. children.

Posted by Jane Akre
June 02, 2008 8:06 AM

A new study on colon cancer may help doctors pinpoint who will benefit from the drug, Erbitux (Cetuximab).  Erbitux is most effective in treating colon cancer if the patient does not have a certain gene mutation, which applies to about two-thirds of patients treated.

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