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All news posts from November 01, 2009 to November 30, 2009

Posted by Jane Akre
November 30, 2009 12:52 PM

A type of therapy called ESDM had the most success in this controlled trial of children with autism, in raising IQ levels and improving behavioral and motor skills.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 30, 2009 10:43 AM

Novartis has had a new seasonal flu vaccine fast-tracked by the FDA. Meanwhile a larger than normal number of bacterial infections is being seen among people who have had the swine flu, underscoring the need to monitor a patient's vaccine schedule.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
November 26, 2009 12:29 AM

Homeowners must sign up by Dec. 2 to participate in a class-action lawsuit against Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin, a manufacturer believed to be a source of defective Chinese drywall.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 25, 2009 10:38 AM

Toyota says it has a fix to the unintended acceleration problem that has caused some cars to race out of control. The company has also announced a recall of some Tundra trucks, to fix the potential for corrosion to the underside from salt-use on the roads in the winter.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 24, 2009 11:14 AM

Expect manufacturers to phase-out the drop-side crib after recalls and child deaths and strangulations. The new head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission says the agency is not working as swiftly as it could on defective cribs, many of which remain on the market.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
November 24, 2009 11:03 AM

Consumer Product Safety Commission “concedes to not acting as quickly as it should regarding crib safety problems.”

Posted by Chrissie Cole
November 23, 2009 8:00 PM

In one of the biggest crib recalls in U.S. history, Stork Craft Manufacturing announced a voluntary recall of more than 2.1 million drop-side cribs.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 23, 2009 1:23 PM

A poll says 51 percent of Americans would fly when sick with the swine flu or seasonal influenza because of the stiff penalties imposed by the airlines for changing plans.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 23, 2009 11:58 AM

Abilify by Bristol Myers Squibb was just approved by the FDA for treatment of autism-related irritability and acting out. It is among a group of antipsychotics that cause weight gain in users.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 23, 2009 10:45 AM

Senators barely squeaked by a vote to begin debate on its version of health care reform, but the public option remains a huge sticking point. The debate should begin after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 20, 2009 10:19 PM

Will 60 Senators agree to vote together in a rare Saturday session that sets the stage for the Senate health care reform debate? The vote is set for 8 p.m. Saturday and will determine whether health care reform advances or stalls.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 20, 2009 12:47 AM

Dr. Susan Lark, who reports online on women's health issues, is encouraging women to seek out thermography to measure the heat generated by breast cancers, as a more accurate tool than traditional mammography.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
November 19, 2009 7:14 PM

Three lots of Vicks Sinex nasal spray is being recalled in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany after bacteria B. cepacia was found during a routine quality control inspection.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 18, 2009 11:02 AM

Medtronic has received a warning letter from the FDA about problems at its Mounds View, Minnesota facility where heart implants are made. This is the latest in a long line of problems found with the company's medical devices.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 17, 2009 5:02 PM

With three law firms and Erin Brockovich involved, the still mysterious cancer cluster at The Acreage in Palm Beach County is slowly moving toward litigation and some answers that the state of Florida has, so far, been unable to provide.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 17, 2009 12:22 PM

There are 19 million newly diagnosed cases of sexually transmitted diseases(STD)a year, almost half among 15 to 24 year old females, finds this federal report from the CDC. African-American females have 20 times the gonorrhea rates than Caucasians showing the prevention message is not being heard.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 17, 2009 10:46 AM

In a sudden turnabout, a major policy setting organization is discouraing regular mammograms for women in their 40s, saying the anxiety from false positives and surgical procedures outweighs the benefits.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
November 17, 2009 12:05 AM

Food-borne infections can have long-lasting health effects that can be as serious as kidney failure, paralysis, hearing or visual impairments, according to a recent study by the Center for Food-borne Illness Research and Prevention.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
November 16, 2009 11:15 PM

A new report by the The U.S. Government Accountability Office finds work-related illnesses and injuries are often under-reported, calling into question, the accuracy of nationwide data that OSHA compiles each year.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 16, 2009 2:40 PM

This new CDC study finds that between 1997 and 2007 incidents of allergic reactions to foods shot up 18 percent and parents of almost four percent reported a food or digestive allergy in their child. No one really knows why and until two years ago, the CDC was not even tracking.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 16, 2009 12:43 PM

They come with names such as Evil Eye, Max Fury, and Slingshot Party Gel. The FDA wants to make sure that so-called energy products combined with alcohol are safe since the agency has never approved the combination caffeine/alcohol.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 16, 2009 11:20 AM

Zetia did not do as well in reducing plaque in the artery wall of the neck as the simple B vitamin, niacin, in this published study, which was curtailed early because of the results.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 13, 2009 1:53 PM

Baby Boomers are fast becoming the elders of our time, but the rates of disability among people in their 60s exceeded those in their 70s and 80s, a disturbing trend that is blamed, in part, on obesity.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 13, 2009 10:51 AM

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common brain change seen in about one in five veterans returning from Iraq and Afganistan. Now researchers are scanning the brain and are able to see subtle traumatic brain injuries - the first step to effective treatment for all kinds of neurological disorders that come from trauma.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 12, 2009 2:00 PM

The state of Connecticut may be facing a $150 million lawsuit by the family of Charla Nash as it did not enforce the law against owning primates over 50 pounds. Meanwhile Nash revealed what's left of her face on Oprah Wednesday. She doesn't remember the attack by Travis the 200-pound chimp last February.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 12, 2009 11:41 AM

The CDC now has revised upwards its estimate of the number of people who've died from swine flu to 4,000 when it tallies in those with bacterial infections and pneumonia. Meanwhile a Virginia teen has suffered a serious reaction and critics say we need to tighten up adverse event reporting to get a better handle on the big picture.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 11, 2009 8:31 PM

BPA exposed factory workers in China experienced a nearly four-fold increased risk of reduced sexual desire, a greater than four-fold increased risk of erection difficulty, and more than seven-fold increased risk of ejaculation difficulty, in this first look at how the plasticizer may be impacting human health.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 11, 2009 2:08 PM

The vast majority of the $4.5 billion advertising budget for Big Pharma is spent on TV and magazine ads. The drug industry wants to move into the Internet and will seek guidelines and push its case when it meets with the FDA this week.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 11, 2009 12:24 PM

A United Airlines Boeing 767 pilot has been charged with having too much alcohol in his system before taking off with 135 passengers onboard. The good news is the system worked for detecting such behavior. The bad news is this is the third arrest of a U.S. pilot in 13 months for being over the alcohol limits, eroding the once sterling image of pilots.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 11, 2009 12:55 AM

Yaz and Yasmin oral contraceptives are generating so many lawsuits that the state of New Jersey is considering consolidating them into a class action.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 10, 2009 11:50 AM

Patient safety was highly controversial on the House floor Saturday night when members shouted "trial lawyer" to one representative. But patient safety is generally agreed to be one key to bringing down health care costs and to save at least 98,000 deaths a year, as emphasized in this AAJ campaign.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
November 09, 2009 10:44 PM

A survey of physicians finds many doctors perform unneeded pap smears, ignoring guidelines issued by major medical organizations and adding to health care costs.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 09, 2009 7:29 PM

The insurance industry is on the hot seat as health care reform clearly points to insurance industry reform. When the Senate version is introduced it will include repealing an act that since 1945 has given insurers the freedom to charge what they want for consumers' health insurance and doctors' medical malpractice insurance.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
November 09, 2009 5:01 PM

A new study published in the medical journal Current Eye Research suggests St. John’s wort, an herbal remedy often used as a natural treatment for depression, has been linked to the development of cataracts in humans.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 09, 2009 11:01 AM

A million Maclaren strollers will be recalled beginning Tuesday because a hinge that can trap little fingers and has amputated a dozen fingertips.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 07, 2009 11:19 PM

The House just pass health care reform moments ago in a historic change to the way health care is delivered in this country.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 07, 2009 10:56 PM

Saturday night a historic vote on health care reform is nearing with a few changes - an abortion amendment was added in some last minute wrangling and the Boehner substitute amendment was defeated.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 07, 2009 8:52 PM

A House vote is expected tonight on HR 3962.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 07, 2009 7:35 PM

Medical errors are costing Americans at least $17 billion a year, but is not the focus of health care reform. In fact, the Republican version makes it much tougher for those already injured to seek help.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 07, 2009 4:14 PM

This afternoon there was some agreement when lawmakers voted 242-to-192 to approve a must-pass procedural measure to set up terms for debate of the $1.2 trillion health care reform bill. President Obama visited with lawmakers to urge passage.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 07, 2009 12:55 PM

In the discussion of health care reform in the House today what's missing is a reminder that the current system is unsustainable. As Americans lose their insurance through job loss and because of the cost of private insurance, they raise their risk of death by 40 percent.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 07, 2009 11:46 AM

"Heed the Gavel", yells Rep. John Dingell as Republicans interrupt Democrats who are voicing their approval of the health care reform bill, HR 3962.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 07, 2009 9:42 AM

The House has some basic issues to address in the debate over H.R. 3962 which will reform health care in the U.S. in this rare Saturday session.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 06, 2009 12:30 PM

Additional taxes will come from health care reform on small business say dissenters on the House floor this morning - ironic since the GOP generally supports big business they are reminded by a House Democrat. Meanwhile, more lobbys representing doctors and seniors are lending support.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 06, 2009 10:21 AM

House discussion is taking place this morning on health care reform H.R. 3962 which likely goes to a vote in the House Saturday. Nancy Pelosi is gathering votes amid Democratic defectors and Republicans, who do not support it.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 05, 2009 5:25 PM

Kellogg's will remove immunity-boosting claims from the front of its cereal boxes of Rice Krispies and Cocoa Krispies after public scrutiny, rather than an FDA crackdown as some have received.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 05, 2009 2:41 PM

A visible and vocal GOP rally against the Democrats version of health care reform heated up when a banner of Holocaust victims was paraded among those in attendance. Meanwhile the AMA and AARP have both announced support of the Democratic plan.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 05, 2009 11:36 AM

Democrats plan to take health care reform to a possible vote in the House on Saturday with a plan that should offer health care insurance coverage to 36 million more Americans. The GOP effort is already underway to derail the plan with its own plan which covers 3 million more Americans.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 04, 2009 10:34 PM

Medical health insurance premiums are supposed to go primarily to pay medical claims, but a Senate Committee inquiry finds that a larger chunk, than previously suspected, of what you pay for medical insurance, returns to the insurer as profit.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 04, 2009 4:18 PM

Are there too many frivolous lawsuits? It's tough to find any backing to that claim that will be heard when health care debate begins later this week. But there is plenty of evidence that 100,000 to 200,000 Americans are dying every year from medical error - and most don't file lawsuits.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 04, 2009 12:12 PM

The 'Loser pays" proposal is just the latest in a long line of tort reform proposals, part of health care reform, that further erode an injured persons ability to seek a remedy in the court after medical malpractice.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 03, 2009 10:41 PM

While Kellog's tells consumers that Cocoa Krispies helps boost immunity, the respected Dr. Andrew Weil takes down mention of his Immunity Support supplement from his Web site.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 03, 2009 11:19 AM

Birth defects are associated with the use of nitrofurantoins and sulfonamides, two antibiotics sometimes used during pregnancy.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 03, 2009 8:15 AM

The seasonal flu shot is sold for $100 in some places as the Attorney General's office in Connecticut investigates price gouging by distributors and manufacturers.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 02, 2009 6:22 PM

Toyota say floor mats may obstruct the accelerator pedal in some 4 million Toyotas, but a government report of a horrific crash that killed a Southern California family last August reveals more problems than floor mats.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 02, 2009 12:27 PM

Eight states are recalling 546,000 pounds of ground beef after E. coli contamination was detected. One person in New Hampshire has died and two others are sickened from what is suspected to be the same contaminated meat.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 02, 2009 10:59 AM

Swine flu inoculation side effects will be monitored by an independent panel of experts from public health to see if we repeat the side effects noted from the 1976 swine flu vaccine.

Posted by Jane Akre
November 02, 2009 8:54 AM

When a study showed the more expensive N-95 respirator was superior over surgical masks, the CDC and Institute of Medicine quickly adopted the findings and made recommendations to hospitals. Now it's revealed the findings were based on faulty science.

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