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

Posted by Jane Akre
January 30, 2009 6:01 PM

The family of a 20-month-old boy who contracted salmonella poisoning after eating peanut butter crackers, will file one of the first product liability lawsuits against Peanut Corporation of America.  More are certain to follow in a class-action in Georgia, where the Blakely plant is located. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 30, 2009 4:21 PM

Both the state of Georiga and the Department of Justice are looking at filing criminal charges against  Peanut Corporation of America. An inspection report should have raised a red flag that the company had extensive salmonella contamination that was not contained. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 30, 2009 3:06 PM

The Associated Press reports in an exclusive, that a shipment of peanuts from the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Georgia went to Canada last spring and was found to contain a “filthy, putrid or decomposed substance,” later determined to be metal fragments. The plant is at the center of a nationwide recall of peanut products.  The FDA never inspected the rejected shipment.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 30, 2009 12:00 PM

The birth of octuplets this week was initially heralded by the media and medical community, but now the tough questions are being asked with few answers.  Who funded this fertility treatment and how will the woman and her family be able to afford the children after it was revealed she already has six at home.   Medical ethicists says professional guidelines would not have allowed this to happen.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
January 30, 2009 10:58 AM

Researchers have reversed multiple sclerosis symptoms in early stage patients by using bone marrow stem cell transplants to reset the immune system. The treatment has also shown promising results in people with diabetes and lupus.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 30, 2009 10:14 AM

Up 10 11 million children of low-income families will be able to be enrolled in SCHIP after the Senate agreed to a version passed recently by the House.  Bipartisan bickering was not what President Obama wanted in this new spirit of cooperation.. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 29, 2009 9:18 PM

The rate of suicide among Army troops is at a three-decade high, the Army announced today.   In 2008, 128 returning soldiers killed themselves. Deaths are highest among members of the Army and Marines. In response, the military is hiring more psychologists and says it's training soldiers to recognize PTSD in each other.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
January 29, 2009 12:13 PM

The recall of the Peanut Corporation of America products has now been expanded to include ALL products produced at the plant dating back to Jan. 1, 2007. The FDA has released a detailed inspection report of the facility which found mold, roaches and other unsanitary conditions.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 29, 2009 11:58 AM

When it comes to antidepressants – Zoloft and Lexapro are at the top of the treatment list of a dozen medications. Italian researchers studied the records of 25,000 patients, and reviewed 117 studies.  Patient advocates say don't give up hope of finding help. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 28, 2009 5:51 PM

It's hard to believe, but intense and very brief exercise of about three minute duration, may be all that is needed to jump-start diabetic insulin levels and improve their health picture. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 28, 2009 1:31 PM

Bisphenol A, a plastic component that mimics the hormone, estrogen, and may cause cancer, is found in many non-food sources, this study finds.  And instead of quickly passing throughthe body, as previously thought, may linger in fat cells. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 28, 2009 10:59 AM

State Farm says that since it didn't get a 47 percent rate hike it will stop offering property insurance to more than one million Floridians. Insurance is among the most profitable of industries with CEOs at the top of the pay scale.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 28, 2009 8:14 AM

Doctors may not be aware that a woman's chances for breast cancer increase if she had chest radiation as a treatment for cancer as a child. As a result, many women are not following up with recommended screening mammograms.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 27, 2009 4:50 PM

Detectable mercury levels are found in nine out of 20 samples of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). A followup study found mercury in one out of three HFCS-containing foods, typically found in barbecue sauce, jam, yogurt, and soda. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 27, 2009 10:51 AM

The state of Georgia, inspecting the Blakely peanut processing plant, found numerous violations. The states conduct inspections for the Food and Drug Administration, as it is overwhelmed by pharmaceutical and medical device issues.  A new direction could change the focus of the agency once a new head is named.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
January 27, 2009 12:15 AM

A new study in the journal Cancer finds many women are taking extreme measures to avoid going through breast cancer again by choosing removal of their healthy breast to reduce their risk of finding another tumor later.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 26, 2009 5:41 PM

Today the FDA notified healthcare professionals that Plavix, (clopidogrel bisulfate) is less effective in preventing blood clots in some patients than others and it will try and determine whether the differences are due to genetic factors or mixing Plavix with other drugs. The news comes after studies found that the blockbuster drug had mixed reviews on effectiveness.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 26, 2009 1:37 PM

Liability and negligence lawsuits are beginning to be filed in connection with the salmonella tainted peanuts found at a Georgia plant.  IB Lawyers from Orlando and Atlanta chime in on what it will take to win a lawsuit.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 26, 2009 1:18 PM

It's tough to tell whether the salmonella cases from tainted peanut butter are slowing, but the recalls continue to expand. Now about 200 products are being pulled from store shelves because they contain peanut butter or peanut paste from the salmonella-containing peanut processing plant in Georgia.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 26, 2009 11:11 AM

With unemployment at 7.2 percent for December and predicted to be over 8 percent in 2009, this report from the Commonwealth Fund finds that only about one in ten former employees take advantage of COBRA, generally those who are in the middle class. Only 3 percent of low-income workers can afford it. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
January 26, 2009 10:09 AM

More than 14 million boxes of Thin Mint cookie boxes are missing the kosher symbol which informs consumers that the contents adhere to Jewish dietary laws. Recent news releases confirm that Girl Scout Peanut Butter Sandwiches are not affected by the salmonella outbreak.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 26, 2009 8:34 AM

Pfizer will acquire Wyeth in a cash and stock deal of $68 billion that makes the world's largest drug company even larger.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 23, 2009 5:54 PM

After reading this week’s CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, you may want to find the Level I trauma center nearest you if you want to have the best chance of surviving an injury, the leading cause of death for persons aged 1 through 44 years. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 23, 2009 3:09 PM

The dramatic story of a Brazilian model is bringing home the susceptibility even the young have to bacterial infections.  In this case, Mariana Bridi da Costa, 20, had an undiagnosed urinary tract infection which became a blood infection. Then her body began shutting down.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 23, 2009 12:00 PM

Three days after the inauguration of President Barack Obama, his administration is making good on a promise. The first human trials using embryonic stem cells to try and reverse paralysis are set to begin this summer. Friday, the FDA gave the green light to the research trial, the first of its kind.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
January 22, 2009 11:02 PM

When researching a new slimmer look, several dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons suggest avoiding lipodissolve – a shot that allegedly dissolves stubborn fat deposits.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 22, 2009 6:29 PM

Defective Chinese Drywall? Residents of South Florida are complaining about a foul smell coming from drywall or plasterboard that is made in China. Pipes and wires are also corroding. The health department has received 39 complaints and some residents have had to leave. A leading national builder says it will help people relocate and fix the problem.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 22, 2009 12:06 PM

Police says an initial inquiry into white powder sent in a dozen envelopes to the WSJ lower Manhattan headquarters appears to be flour. Meanwhile the same day, Harvard's Alan Dershowitz received a similar envelope with the same postmark from Knoxville, Tenn. It too is being evaluated. No one was injured in either incident.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 22, 2009 11:06 AM

The FDA may have installed three food safety offices in China, but that doesn't alter the way that country is dealing with the melamine scandal. Two men were sentenced to death for their role in contaminating milk for infants that led to the death of six children. Two women are facing life in prison.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 22, 2009 10:23 AM

Cleaner air translates to a longer life, concludes a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. 51 cities around the country were studied and the life expectancy has increased by nearly five months in the cities with the cleanest air. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
January 21, 2009 7:53 PM

New incentives are encouraging more doctors to scrap pen and paper in favor of electronic prescriptions. E-Prescribing is a prescriber's ability to electronically send an accurate, error-free and understandable prescription directly to the pharmacy from the point-of-care.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 21, 2009 6:04 PM

Patients often have difficulty quitting smoking after they've been diagnosed with cancer. This study, out of West Virginia University found that fewer than half of the smokers surveyed – 44 percent – quit during cancer treatment. And only 62 percent of patients diagnosed with cancer had received any advice about stopping smoking. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 21, 2009 4:45 PM

The editorial and executive offices of the Wall Street Journal in lower Manhattan received about 10 envelopes with mysterious white powder this afternoon, essentially shutting down most of the operations.  Hazardous materials teams are trying to figure out the substance. Since the 2001 anthrax poisonings, many hoax envelopes have been sent to media and financial institutions.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 21, 2009 12:06 PM

Heart disease is still the leading killer in the U.S., but first time heart attacks are becoming less severe and more survivable than in the past, according to this long-running survey from several rural areas in the U.S. Better preventive measure and improved hospital care may be the reason.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 21, 2009 10:59 AM

Patients who had a left ventricle with diastolic dysfunction when resting had a lower capacity for exercise, finds researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  While age and sex are not reversible, the heart condition and weight may be.    

Posted by Jane Akre
January 20, 2009 11:59 PM

The nation’s salmonella scare is changing focus from peanut butter to peanut paste found in a variety of products from dog biscuits to energy bars. Consumers are advised to avoid these products and return them to the store for a full refund. Do not consume them or give them to your pet. Peanut butter in jars is okay except Parnell's Pride and King Nut. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
January 20, 2009 10:39 PM

A new study finds, women who are victims of domestic violence tend to have different facial injuries than those that are injured in accidents. The information could help doctors to identify victims and refer them to safety programs.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
January 20, 2009 10:51 AM

A new study reveals a super bacteria known as MRSA is spreading among children, causing a surge in head and neck infections. MRSA previously had been a major concern in hospitals, attacking patients who are already weakened by disease. But, recent outbreaks in the community, in otherwise healthy kids have raised new concerns.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 20, 2009 9:59 AM

A new study finds the risk of developing dementia may depend on your personality - the calm and centered types had a 50 percent reduced risk versus the neurotic and agitated.  Social isolation seems to make a difference as well.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 19, 2009 11:12 PM

The children's garment industry is dominated by small companies with fewer than 20 employees, many stay-at-home moms. When new regulations go into effect next month intended to keep the lead out of children's products and clothing - it is disproportionately those small businesses that will be impacted, says author and industry leader, Kathleen Fasanella.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 19, 2009 12:25 PM

Over-the-counter topical anesthetics made with lidocaine, tetracaine, benzocaine and prilocane, are skin numbing products used to relieve itch and to prepare for cosmetic procedures. But the FDA reports two deaths of young women and several adverse reactions linked to the ointments and gels. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
January 19, 2009 11:22 AM

Two Little Debbie products are the latest in a string of voluntary recalls following the most recent guidance by health officials to avoid consumption of ice cream, cakes, cookies and other products containing peanut butter until health officials know more about the contamination that has sickened 470 people in 43 states.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 19, 2009 11:11 AM

Seven states and several family planning groups are challenging the Bush administration's "conscience rule" that allows medical workers to opt out of any involvement in reproductive health issues or information if they object. Poor women who seek out clinics would be most affected if the rules are allowed to stand.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 16, 2009 2:17 PM

Eli Lilly will have to pay the federal government more than $1.4 billion to settle an off-label marketing scheme for its prescription drug, Zyprexa. The settlement is the largest amount paid by a single defendant in the history of the Department of Justice and was initiated by six former Lilly drug marketing representatives who became whistleblowers over the aggressive off-label marketing for the antipsychotic.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
January 16, 2009 5:20 AM

A simple surgical safety checklist reduced patient-mortality and complications by more than a third. If all hospitals were to use the same checklist, they could save tens of thousands of lives and $20 billion in medical costs annually

Posted by Jane Akre
January 16, 2009 12:56 AM

Joan Petty took Vioxx for five years, twice a day.  After three heart attacks and two strokes she has enough energy to charge Merck & Co and its executives with criminal charges over Vioxx and has her day before the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 16, 2009 12:00 AM

Joan Petty is going after pharmaceutical giant, Merck with a vengeance. The 73-year-old Ft. Pierce, Florida woman says Merck is criminal for manufacturing the medication Vioxx, and she's filed a RICO lawsuit. The U.S. Supreme Court has Petty's latest brief on the docket for Friday the 16th. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
January 15, 2009 11:07 PM

If schizophrenia runs in a family, bipolar disorder most likely does as well (and vice versa), suggests new research. A new study, published online in the January issue of the journal The Lancet, suggests both disorders share common genetic causes.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 15, 2009 6:11 PM

It was about as good as a crash landing can be - a US Airways A320 with 148 passengers, makes a landing in the Hudson River after trying to take off from LaGuardia Airport and coming in contact with a flock of birds.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 15, 2009 12:22 PM

Patients taking a newer group of atypical antipsychotics are twice as likely to suffer sudden cardiac failure and death as nonusers, according to a newly published study in the New England Journal of Medicine.  The newer atypicals were thought to be safer than the older medications. An editorial says they are all overprescribed.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 15, 2009 11:00 AM

As a precaution, consumers are advised not to eat peanut butter crackers made by Kellogg under the name Keebler or Austin.  Some of the ingredients come from the Georgia plant believed to be the source of a nationwide outbreak of salmonella that is linked to five deaths.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 15, 2009 10:00 AM

President-elect Obama got an early present fulfilling his promise to provide health care for all children when the House passed a version of SCHIP Wednesday. The Senate tackles its own version next week with immigrant children coverage promising to be a focus of debate.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 14, 2009 1:06 PM

It is a mystery that will take 21 years to solve - how do solents, plastics, chemicals in our environment adversely affect children's health and disease. The NIH and CDC will examine more than 100,000 participants at 105 diverse sites around the country in this ambitious National Children's Health Study. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 14, 2009 11:53 AM

FDA reviewers have not found an association between Singulair and suicidal thoughts and mood changes. One year ago, some suicides were thought to be linked to Singulair and other the allergy meds, so much so that drug makers were required to update their labels warning of a possible link.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
January 14, 2009 11:45 AM

Two passengers on the Continental Airlines jet that veered off a Denver runway last month have become the first to sue the airline over the crash. The civil suit alleges the pilot of Flight 1404 negligently aborted the flight shortly after takeoff, crashing into a nearby ravine, where it caught fire.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 13, 2009 6:03 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the sexually transmitted infection, chlamydia is at a record million plus new cases annually. The data, included in the annual Surveillance Report on STDs, indicates better reporting may account for the numbers.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 13, 2009 1:05 PM

The CDC has now upped the number of those sickened by salmonella to 410 people in 43 states.  And three deaths now have been linked to salmonella, though it is uncertain to what extent illness played a part. King Nut insists it only distributes its product to seven states so could not be responsible for a nationwide outbreak.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 13, 2009 11:56 AM

Vicks VapoRub may cause respiratory distress in toddlers when placed too close to the nose, researchers find. Procter & Gamble says its instructions recommend the menthol rub be placed on the chest and the product is safe and effective when used as directed.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 13, 2009 10:36 AM

Immunity to colds is helped by sleep. But this study, out of Carnegie Mellon University, shows for the first time that the quality of undisturbed sleep is just as important a component to improving immunity to the common cold.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
January 12, 2009 11:43 PM

New guidelines by U.S. health officials allow companies such as Merck & Co. and GlaxoSmithKline to tell doctors about unapproved uses of medicines– even when it involves off-label uses that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Posted by Jane Akre
January 12, 2009 5:47 PM

Minnesota health officials working with the CDC have matched the strain of salmonella taken from a five pound jar to the nationwide strain.  King Nut has recalled two types of its peanut butter. So far nearly 400 have been sickened and one woman has died. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 12, 2009 12:59 PM

At least 48 Oregon National Guardsmen are reporting ill effects that may have come from an airborne carcinogen they contacted while working in southern Iraq. 16 National Guardsmen have filed suit against KBR for failing to disclose to the Army the toxin that covered the ground at a water plant in southern Iraq.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 12, 2009 10:45 AM

The FDA has a largely hands-off policy toward requiring compliance with financial disclosures between doctors conducting clinical trial and the drug companies whose products are being tested.  In fact, only one percent of clinical investigators disclose any conflicting interest with drug manufacturers.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
January 12, 2009 12:15 AM

The National Safety Council is advocating a total ban on cell phone use while driving, saying it is dangerous and leads to fatalities. A study by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis estimates cell phone use while driving accounts for 6 percent or 636,000 of all automobile crashes, 330,000 injuries and 2,600 deaths in the U.S. every year.

Posted by Courtney Mills
January 11, 2009 3:05 PM

  LEARN MORE King Nut Announcement  FDA Recall Announcement  InjuryBoard on Peanut Butter Recall  The King Nut Food Supply Company of Solon, Ohio, announced a voluntary recall of their peanut butters yesterday after Salmonella food poisoning was traced to a 5 gallon vat

Posted by Jane Akre
January 09, 2009 2:53 PM

Bloomberg News surveyed punitive verdicts and finds the billion dollar awards seem to be a thing of the past.  Judge discretion, unsympathetic jurors, changes in federal law and tort reform all seem to be having their impact on punitive awards, which are supposed to damage the wrong-doer. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 09, 2009 11:58 AM

The FDA wants more data on Gardasil before it gives the green light for use in older women. Gardasil, which reduces the risk of two types of cervical cancer and genital warts, is less effective in women who have already been exposed to the virus which causes cancer. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
January 09, 2009 11:24 AM

A new study suggests long-term use of antipsychotic drugs in patient’s that have Alzheimer’s disease nearly doubles their rate of death after one year, adding to safety concerns already known about this class of medications.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 09, 2009 11:14 AM

After a new ruling by the California Supreme Court, consumers will no longer be caught in the middle of fee disputes between their HMO and ER hospitals and doctors.  The HMO and doctor/ hospital will have to work it out on their own without harassing the consumer to pay.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
January 08, 2009 1:49 PM

A newly released report by the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) suggests teen birth rates significantly increased in 26 of the 50 states in 2006. An estimated 435,000 of the nation's 4.3 million births in 2006 were to mother’s ages 15 through 19.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 08, 2009 1:42 PM

Quest Laboratories will have to retest an unknown number of people for vitamin D after a lab error. It has since been corrected and letters are going out to those who used the diagnostic testing service.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 08, 2009 12:41 PM

Hoping to continue the success of its blockbuster antipsychotic drug, Zyprexa, Eli Lilly has suffered a setback in its request for FDA approval of a longer-lasting formulation. Zyprexa is mired in controversy about the side effects and allegations that Lilly withheld important safety information.  

Posted by Jane Akre
January 08, 2009 11:13 AM

Consumers are increasingly turning to generic drugs as opposed to the blockbuster medications-one factor leading a decline in growth of overall spending on health in this country. New authority by the FDA to issue "black box" serious adverse event warnings, might be fueling the trend.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 07, 2009 11:57 PM

More evidence is coming in that even a late preterm birth can carry a multitude of risks for the development of a newborn. The last few weeks in the womb are crucial for brain. lung and liver development. Many preterm births are linked to c-sections.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 07, 2009 10:59 PM

A salmonella outbreak has hospitalized 67 people and sickened almost 400 around the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not mentioning the states hit so far, but 42 states have reported cases.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 07, 2009 2:35 PM

The red dye known as carmine or cochineal extract, actually comes from a female beetle and now will have to be labeled, according to the FDA.  A consumer group wanted the FDA to go one step further, putting "insect-derived" on the label, but the FDA opted for the technical terms.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 07, 2009 12:01 PM

Vaginal mesh surgery sounded like a good idea to correct urinary incontinence that comes from childbirth, but so far there are at least 32 lawsuits filed against Mentor's ObTape and more are in the pipeline. The FDA reports 1,000 adverse reports from manufacturers concerning complications.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
January 07, 2009 10:44 AM

A federal judge, dismissed several lawsuits on behalf of thousands of patients with Medtronic heart-defibrillator wires citing a February decision that federal law “preempts” product-liability lawsuits under state law, effectively precluding such cases.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 07, 2009 10:32 AM

Rest for pilots at the helm for more than 16 hours is at the center of a dispute between seven airlines and the FAA. Some pilots say the rest time is not adequate but the airlines have filed a lawsuit fighting the imposition of tougher rules requiring more rest.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 06, 2009 2:03 PM

Prescription drug advertisements are supposed to be regulated by the FDA for content, but there are no requirements to review the ads before consumers see them.  So the FDA is asking consumers to help report misleading and false ads with this web site. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 06, 2009 12:32 PM

Seizures can turn into a medical emergency if they are not addressed immediately.  Tuesday, the coroner in the Bahamas officially listed Jett Travolta's death as a "seizure." 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 06, 2009 11:44 AM

Even before the economy went south, journalism has been suffering from a dwindling advertising base and audience that's gone online. The latest casualty is the Web site, Pharmalot, which covered the pharmaceutical industry extensively with insider comments and insights, delivered by journalist Ed Silverman.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
January 06, 2009 12:04 AM

In a new study, researchers found more than half the teenagers who use the popular social networking site MySpace have posted unsafe, revealing personal information on the site.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 05, 2009 3:21 PM

"Eat This and Not That," is a new book that teaches grocery store shoppers to make better choices by reading labels. Slight alterntions to the typical American diet with foods available in the grocery store, can translate to weight loss, the authors say. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
January 05, 2009 12:25 PM

January is a time for goals and resolutions and high on the list is dieting. But, perhaps you should do the opposite of what you have done every year before now and make 2009 the year of the Un-Diet.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 05, 2009 12:20 PM

Pre-school children in New Jersey probably don't realize they've become a lightning rod for the debate between public health advocates and parents who don't want mandatory flu vaccines imposed on their little ones. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 05, 2009 11:32 AM

A clinical trials for immunotherapy targeting recurrent breast cancer will be underway this spring in Arkansas. The early results on  immunotherapy are very hopeful as they encourage the body's immune system to fight the cancer. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 05, 2009 10:28 AM

The Travolta family had largely kept quiet about their teenage son's fight with seizure disorder. He had also suffered from Kawasaki disease, which affects 19 out of every 100,000 children.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
January 04, 2009 11:43 AM

Lawmakers are making it mandatory for stores to sell only fire safe and slow-burning cigarettes. The paper on fire safe cigarettes is thicker in two spots so they will go out if not puffed when they burn to these spots. The idea is to prevent fires caused when cigarettes are dropped or set aside.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 02, 2009 5:57 PM

A little light reading for your new year - three new books about the pharmaceutical industry and how it creates the maladies we all pay for. The review itself is worth the reading as it goes into the background of the cozy relationship between money and the pharmaceutical industry.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 02, 2009 12:38 PM

Previous studies had indicated that the risk of developing a jaw condition, ONJ, or osteonecrosis of the jaw that loosens teeth and softens bone, was negligible. A new study suggests the jaw condition might be more common than previously thought. 

Posted by Jane Akre
January 02, 2009 11:08 AM

Implementing smoke free laws in public places in Pueblo, Colorado, appeared to cut down on the number of hospitalizations for everyone by 41 percent, according to a study by the CDC. The findings echo similar results in other cities.

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