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All news posts from October 01, 2009 to October 31, 2009

Posted by Jane Akre
October 30, 2009 11:22 AM

Children who go without insurance have 1.6 times the death rate during hospitalization of insured kids, this study from Johns Hopkins finds.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 30, 2009 3:41 AM

In a new report, the federal government says that Chinese drywall has elevated sulfur emissions. But, the preliminary findings stop short of linking it to health problems. More results will be released in November.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 30, 2009 12:19 AM

A new government report shows only one-third of adults are getting sufficient sleep or rest every night. According to the CDC, some 50 to 70 million American adults suffer from sleep and wakefulness disorders.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 29, 2009 6:18 PM

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce that fights "frivolous" lawsuits and tort reform has filed a lawsuit against a group polking fun at the chamber.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 29, 2009 1:44 PM

Stryker Biotech LLC and its executives were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday, accused of fraudulently marketing its bone-growth products and covering-up the misconduct. They face prison time and fines.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 29, 2009 10:32 AM

Diabetes affects about 24 million Americans and is rising globally in developing nations. This published study finds lifestyle changes, diet and exercise, worked better than the popular prescription drug, metformin, to reverse diabetes.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 29, 2009 12:06 AM

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) will devote $30 million over two years to study the safety of bisphenol A, an estrogen-like chemical used in many plastics including baby bottles.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 28, 2009 11:34 PM

Atypical antipsychotics used in young patients for the first time led to a weight gain of anywhere from 11 to 19 pounds in just 11 weeks and an increase in cholesterol and triglycerides, making some question whether the drugs are a long-term solution for young people with psychiatric disorders.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 28, 2009 10:48 PM

Sony Corp. is voluntarily recalling certain VAIO AC adapters because they pose an electrical shock hazard to consumers. And Target is recalling 610,000 mini Halloween flashlights because they can overheat and melt.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 28, 2009 2:13 PM

The FDA does no testing of cosmetics or face paints  so a consumer group, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, has taken over that job, testing 10 products from a Halloween store. The results are scary, but consumers aren't left in the dark if they are informed.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 28, 2009 11:46 AM

Distracted drivers can include airline pilots and now those at the helm of NWA Flight 188 have lost their pilots' license after missing the airport by 150 miles.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 27, 2009 10:24 PM

The Top-10 most-frequent workplace violations for 2009 has been released by the U.S. Department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Posted by Jane Akre
October 27, 2009 10:22 PM

Pregnant women and mothers of young children are wary of the the swine flu vaccine. According to a new Harris Interactive poll, only one out of four plans to be jabbed - mainly out of fear of the new formulations.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 27, 2009 4:14 PM

Halloween can be fun for the entire family, including the pets, if you take a few safety precautions.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 27, 2009 1:02 PM

The Obama administration has thrown out the longer hours-of-service rules the Bush administration had three times imposed allowing truck drivers to stay on the road more hours per week. New rules are being crafted.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 27, 2009 11:21 AM

The FDA has allowed many drugs that were fast-tracked to stay on the market while no post marketing surveillance has been undertaken and none have been pulled off the market, criticizes the Government Accountability Office in this report.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 26, 2009 1:21 PM

Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is deficient in at least six million U.S. children, reports this study from Harvard and published in the journal Pediatrics. Given its increasing recognition in health maintenance, the study author says this should be a call to action.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 26, 2009 11:41 AM

They are scary and season appropriate, but over-the-counter decorative contact lenses for Halloween are the focus of an FDA warning about safety.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 26, 2009 10:40 AM

In a landmark long-term study, the World Health Organization (WHO) is about to announce that long-term cell phone use is linked to a higher risk of developing brain cancer.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 23, 2009 5:12 PM

What happened to Northwest Flight 188? It overshot its destimation by 150 miles this week and air-traffic controllers lost contact with the pilots for 78-minutes. The pilots say they were in a heated discussion. They've both been suspended from flying.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 23, 2009 11:36 AM

Liraglutide shows promise in helping patients, even those without diabetes, lose weight says maker Novo Nordisk which is hoping for FDA approval. Both it and rival, Alli are being studied for their side effects.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 23, 2009 12:01 AM

Federal safety investigators are considering screening commercial bus and truck drivers, as well as merchant ship pilots for sleep apnea - a disorder which involves disruptions in breathing during sleep.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 22, 2009 6:13 PM

The creation of a Consumer Financial Protection Agency came one step closer to reality today with a House committee vote. The agency would regulate credit cards and home loans and tighten up the deregulation atmosphere that precluded the collapse of financial markets.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 22, 2009 12:52 PM

For the first time, Taser International, the stun gun maker, is issuing an advisory for law enforcement not to use the stun gun on the chest, head, or neck. The advice is being issued to help law enforcement defend itself against a multiple of lawsuits filed by suspects who have died after being shocked.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 21, 2009 5:37 PM

Gardasil will not become part of the childhood vaccination schedule for boys to prevent against genital warts, despite the fact that earlier this month the FDA recommended its use for boys.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 21, 2009 4:19 PM

Plum Organics of Emeryville, California blames a mixing error for a recall of one batch of baby food, undertaken as a precaution due to a risk of potential contamination with Clostridium botulinum, which can -- but does not necessarily -- cause botulism.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 21, 2009 2:53 PM

Jamie Leigh Jones Daigle still has not had her rape case heard by a jury because former employer KBR/Halliburton wants the issue to be decided by arbitration. Sen. Al Franken's amendment to next year's defense bill does away with arbitration for violent assault cases.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 21, 2009 12:03 PM

Hospital or health panels of experts would determine whether medical malpractice took place and what the victim should be offered, in this plan offered by the American Hospital Association. Doctors and hositals say without a neutral panel of experts, they must practice defensive medicine.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 20, 2009 2:49 PM

Allergens including pollution, pollen count, mold, humidity, and a lack of smoke-free laws have the Asthma and Allergy Foundation creating its Top Ten List of Allergy Capitals. St. Louis tops the list for 2009.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 20, 2009 11:48 AM

Merck along with other drug companies realize that transparency will be required under health care reform. As promised, it has issued a list of doctors who it pays to promote its products and educate the public.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 19, 2009 8:35 PM

Pfizer has combined operations with Wyeth, following the closure of a $68 billion acquisition last week. The deal included its subsidiary Fort Dodge Animal Health, which is now part of Pfizer Animal Health.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 19, 2009 6:05 PM

The FDA is finding fraudulent products marketed on the Internet to fight the swine flu. It warns consumers to deal only with U.S.- based pharmacies because criminals are ready and willing to capitalize on the swine flu outbreak.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 19, 2009 4:56 PM

The purpose of Drug-Free Work Week is to highlight the benefits of drug-free workplace programs and to raise awareness of the many resources available to achieve safe, healthy and drug-free work environments.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 19, 2009 4:28 PM

Facing a lack of forthcoming information about the dangers and concerns of vaccines in general, and the swine flu vaccine specifically, a citizens' group plans a protest at the CDC this week as experts in immunization gather.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 19, 2009 11:41 AM

Cervarix has been approved for use in girls and women to fight cervical cancer, the FDA announced on Friday, the same day that Gardasil got approval for expanded use in boys and men to fight genital warts.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 18, 2009 10:54 PM

An Etowah County Circuit Court jury awarded an Alabama woman $8.5 million in an SUV product liability case. The trial concerned a 2005 lawsuit filed against Ford Motor Company over a rollover crash in 2003.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 16, 2009 6:15 PM

For the ninth time in 10 years, Ford is recalling vehicles that have a cruise control switch with the potential to come in contact with flammable brake fluid. 4.5 million vehicles are being recalled this time around after 550 vehicle fires and at least one death.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 16, 2009 2:57 PM

GlaxoSmithKline must pay $2.5 million to settle a claim that Paxil caused significant heart defects in a 3-year-old Bensalem boy.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 16, 2009 1:39 PM

Target Corp will pay $600,000 for allowing lead-containing toys on its shelves. The responsibility for assuring no foreign made toys are continuing to be imported with excessive lead levels, lies with the retailer.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 15, 2009 5:02 PM

About 800,000 doctors are being warned that their personal data was stolen when a laptop computer was removed from a parked car in a lot in Chicago. Included in the heist were addresses and social security numbers.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 15, 2009 3:34 PM

Microsoft said a minority of Sidekick users lost personal contacts, calendars, notes, tasks, and pictures due to a system failure of its "cloud" technology, the largest failure so far.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 15, 2009 12:24 PM

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a flush list for certain medications, but another federal agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says don't flush any medication.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 15, 2009 4:25 AM

Mattel and its Fisher-Price unit agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit related to a 2007 recall of millions of toys made in China.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 14, 2009 11:00 PM

Two airlines, US Airways and United, are facing record fines for safety violations. Both airlines assure the public they are committed to safety.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 14, 2009 12:45 PM

Forty years later, the U.S. government will add three ailments to the list of those caused by exposure to Agent Orange, the toxic herbicide sprayed in the jungles of Vietnam during Operation Ranch Hand. The recongition could mean disability benefits for an additional 200,000 military personnel

Posted by Jane Akre
October 14, 2009 11:36 AM

Insuring millions of Americans without health care is one step closer to a reality with a committee vote Tuesday of Sen. Baucus plan. Expect to see a barrage of special interest ads opposing it.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 13, 2009 2:18 PM

In 2007, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared October 13 Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. An estimated 155,000 women in the United States are currently living with metastatic breast cancer.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 13, 2009 1:39 PM

The formation of a consumer financial agency to oversee financial products offered to the public, is meeting opposition from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and U.S. banks. Already some of their lobbying is working.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 13, 2009 11:11 AM

More than 200 patients who went in for a CT scan to diagnose stroke at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles received more than eight times the dose of radiation. The FDA has issued a warning for other hospital that override the General Electric machine settings.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 12, 2009 10:48 PM

Three studies are looking at the small percentage of patients who become critically ill requiring ICU care. While the majority of cases are mild, the average age of those critically ill is remarkably young, in the mid-30s. The studies express the concern that there may not be enough ICU units available to accommodate patients who need them.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 12, 2009 1:45 PM

Aside from rhetoric and divisiveness, NPR is tackling the entire health care debate by looking at how Americans contribute to their own rising health care costs. In this story, direct-to-consumer advertising is shown to have a huge impact on our prescription spending, the third most expensive cost in the U.S. system.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 12, 2009 11:50 AM

With a Senate Finance Committee vote looming on the Sen. Bacus reform plan, the insurance industry has quit the pretense of working cooperatively, and has issues an ominous report that costs will rise for all Americans.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 09, 2009 11:30 PM

Summer may be over and most pools may now be closed, but drowning dangers still remain. Second to pools, more children drown in bathtubs than in any other product in and around the home.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 09, 2009 12:54 PM

The parents of Nataline Sarkisyan cannot sue insurer CIGNA because under ERISA, employee-offered plans can't be challenged on the basis of decisions they make. However, following an incident where a CIGNA employee gave the finger to Mrs. Sarkisyan, the couple can sue for emotional distress.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 09, 2009 11:27 AM

The House and Senate are considering a bill, named after Sgt. Carmelo Rodriguez who was unable to sue the military for medical malpractice under the Feres Doctrine. Pending legislation could overturn the 1950 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 09, 2009 10:29 AM

XMRV is a retrovirus that embeds in the body and is linked to both chronic fatigue syndrome and prostate cancer. Whether it is a cause or a correlation remains a mystery.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 08, 2009 1:46 PM

The water intoxication wrongful death trial of Jennifer Strange is about wrapped up in a Sacramento courtroom. The family says the owner of the radio station that held a contest for a Wii in which Strange participated, is liable. The station owner says her death was unforeseeable.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 08, 2009 12:02 PM

Some glucose test strips cannot distinguish between blood glucose and other sugars. As a result, they reflect elevated readings potentially masking significant hypoglycemia. 13 deaths are reported to the FDA which advises avoiding monitors with the GDH-PQQ glucose test strips.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 08, 2009 11:04 AM

Insurance scams target female drivers, usually in a newer-type car, or distracted drivers, and create an accident that appears to be her fault. The scammers then claim they are the "victims" of injury and are costing insurance companies, and ultimately us all, billions in fraudulent claims.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 07, 2009 7:19 PM

A second study now finds that alcohol consumption prior to an injury reduced the risk of death, in this study by 65 percent. No one is advocating drinking and driving but there may be a therapeutic use for alcohol to speed healing.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 07, 2009 11:32 AM

Internet addiction is increasingly being recognized as a mental health problem that can be identified in adolescents - those who are depressed, have social phobias and ADHD are at-risk, and therapists say intervention should start early.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 06, 2009 10:08 PM

The Top Ten contaminated foods list is compiled by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Modern agriculture, contaminated waste water, and dirty handling is blamed for many of the cases of bacterial contamination, and proposed improvements are pending in Congress.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 06, 2009 4:43 PM

GlaxoSmithKline is bring home about $3.5 billion from its swine flu vaccines while the government protects drug makers under the assumption that vaccine production is not profitable.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 06, 2009 11:05 AM

Jeep Grand Cherokees made before 2005 should be recalled because of a fatal fire danger, says the Center for Auto Safety in a petition to the federal government. The Center points to 254 deaths resulting from the flaw.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 05, 2009 12:39 PM

With about 40 percent of the public saying they will not be vaccinated against H1N1, Americans appears sharply divided on whether they will be vaccinated. Whatever your leanings - A Warning! - Pregnant women should not receive the live virus contained in the nasal spray.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 05, 2009 10:48 AM

A survey of more than 78,000 parents finds autism rates are higher than previously thought. More than 85 million in research money is now going to find a cause which remains a mystery.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 03, 2009 11:23 PM

A 37-year-old mother goes to a tanning medspa to have liposuction and has a seizure and is now brain dead. The clinic was not licensed to do medical procedures using general anesthesia, and the doctor was an occupational physician, not a plastic surgeon.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 02, 2009 2:00 PM

In Colorado and 15 other states, drugs now kill more people than auto accidents as powerful painkillers, both legal and illegal, are becoming more commonplace.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 02, 2009 12:13 PM

The nasal spray, FluMist, will be available beginning next week to help fight the swine flu. Vaccines are not expected from five manufacturers until mid-October. the five vaccine makers are immune from liability in case there are adverse effects.

Posted by Jane Akre
October 01, 2009 5:31 PM

The Distracted Driving Summit has resulted in President Obama signing an executive order that bans 4.5 million federal employees and the military from texting and driving. Truckers are not included at this time.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
October 01, 2009 4:32 AM

Many kids are hooked on social networking sites such as MySpace, Twitter and Facebook, but most are unaware of the dangers associated with the Internet and these various Web sites. Find out how to keep your kids safe online.

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