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All news posts from February 01, 2009 to February 28, 2009

Posted by Jane Akre
February 27, 2009 10:37 AM

Seroquel litigation is heating up and internal company documents show AstraZeneca cherry picked what information it wanted released about the antipsychotic, while downplaying any link to diabetes.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 27, 2009 10:12 AM

Emory University is being investigated by the federal government to determine if the school misled the National Institutes of Health (NIH) when it failed to disclose an Emory psychiatrist’s financial relationship to GlaxoSmithKline.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 27, 2009 9:35 AM

Upon the news of President Obama's budget proposal, health insurance and health stocks took a dive. Merck led the pack along with insurers behind Medicare Advantage.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 26, 2009 1:23 PM

When it comes to losing weight, one diet is no better than the next. It doesn't matter where your calories come from, as long as you're eating less, suggests a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 26, 2009 11:42 AM

Imagine cutting your cancer risk by one third through small lifestyle changes? That is possible concludes a joint American British study on cancer prevention. Preventing cancer is preferable to treating it, the nonprofit global report reminds us.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 26, 2009 10:11 AM

The U.S. lags behind the European Union in regulating chemicals dumped into the environment. A new book by the Center for Investigative Reporting, says while the U.S. has registered about 80,000 chemicals for use, the UK requires they be assessed for their potential toxic effects. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 25, 2009 4:32 PM

The daughter of an elderly couple, named in a Minnesota Department of Health investigation into nursing home abuse, is having a hard time finding out what happened. A Bush administration 11th hour rule change makes it easier for the industry to keep secrets.  

Posted by Jane Akre
February 25, 2009 11:18 AM

In this first study looking at diabetes and its impact on pregnancy, delivery, and babies, Harvard researchers find that pregnant women and new mothers with diabetes are twice as likely to become depressed.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 25, 2009 9:15 AM

Even low amounts of alcohol increases the risk of certain cancers in women. A new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute finds an estimated 13 percent of breast, liver, rectum and upper respiratory/gastrointestinal cancers may be linked to alcohol use.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 24, 2009 5:42 PM

People guilty of domestic violence misdemeanors should not be allowed to possess guns. That decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday was written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, just back from cancer surgery.  The high court was trying to decide whether someone convicted of simple battery, a misdemeanor, should be blocked from gun possession, just as is someone convicted of domestic violence.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 24, 2009 12:31 PM

New published research shows that anger may go directly to your heart causing an arrhythmia, a malfunction in the impulses that send an electronic signal for your heart to beat.  Arrhythmia can cause congestive heart problems or increase the risk of stroke. Anger management is the key and can involve no or low-cost solutions without medication. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 24, 2009 11:24 AM

A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests taking B vitamins could lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration. The findings are the first to suggest a possible early prevention measure.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 24, 2009 10:46 AM

The FDA will expand the salmonella investigation to  Peanut Corp.'s second plant in Texas as six cases with the same genetic fingerprint are linked to the company’s Plainview facility. In these cases, fresh peanut butter from a natural food store caused the sickness. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 23, 2009 2:26 PM

How long will the century old suspension bridges in the U.S. last? Nobody knows but Columbia University is testing the bridges using a simulator and sensors that duplicate real world conditions, so we don't have to find out in the real world.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 23, 2009 1:18 PM

Listeria bacteria has been found in Simply Potatoes products which are being pulled from store shelves nationwide.   This time the contamination was found by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. No sicknesses are reported.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 23, 2009 10:05 AM

While parents are finding that the cost of a college education climbs, they might look at who the heavy earners are among college employees.  This survey, from the Chronicle of Higher Education, finds those in the medical schools making multi-millions of dollars, so are some athletic coaches.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 23, 2009 9:49 AM

A new scientific discovery has the potential to pave the way to future medications that could fight the flu and a vaccine that would not need to be changed yearly because it could target a broad range of flu strains.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 20, 2009 3:29 PM

Georgia wants to become the toughest state in the nation over food producers requiring notification of any contaminated food within 24 hours.  That might have averted the national salmonella outbreak at Peanut Corp. of America. The state is reeling for the impact to its $2.5 billion peanut industry. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 20, 2009 2:07 PM

When it comes to using a stent or a scalpel to treat coronary heart disease, this large study finds that they are roughly similar in outcome with stents offering less risk of stroke but more likelihood of additional treatment.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 20, 2009 11:25 AM

Stroke risk is linked to the number of fast food restaurants in a given area, suggests new research presented at the International Stroke Conference, in California this week.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 20, 2009 11:02 AM

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a public health advisory about the immunosuppressant drug, efalizumab (Raptiva) made by Genentech, Inc.  Three deaths, possibly a fourth, are connected to use of the drug, used to treat chronic psoriasis. 

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

A 57-year-old renowned cancer researcher, bludgeoned to death while showing her real estate, serves as a reminder that you should trust your intuition when inside the property with a stranger.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 19, 2009 2:01 PM

Researchers at Genentech Inc. have discovered a new mechanism of nerve-cell death that might play a role in Alzheimer's disease, paving the way for potential new treatments to battle the devastating neurodegenerative illness.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 19, 2009 1:09 PM

The first of 8,000 lawsuits to be filed against Big Tobacco in Florida will be appealed by Philip Morris USA after a jury awarded the widow of a smoker $8 million.   

Posted by Jane Akre
February 19, 2009 11:07 AM

The family of octuplet mother, Nadya Suleman, and about six million other families across the country are facing foreclosure.  To prevent a further erosion of the economy, the Department of the Treasury announced a relief plan for homeowners on Wednesday so they can stay in their homes and neighborhoods in decline stabilize. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 18, 2009 2:52 PM

Just how many homes are built with foul-smelling wallboard from China? Many residents of coastal Florida have been reporting problems and now reports come from the inland Florida town of Sebring.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 18, 2009 12:48 PM

The rate of dangerous staph infections has dropped dramatically in U.S. hospital intensive-care units, a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Prevention finds.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 18, 2009 12:26 PM

Data from the Continental 3407 commuter plane crash in Buffalo last Thursday, is beginning to point to an overreaction by the crew to the systems that automatically took over in icyconditions. More analysis and data needs to be looked at before that theory is conclusive. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 18, 2009 10:23 AM

Among those women who drank two cups of coffee a day or more, researchers from Harvard have noted a reduction in the risk for stroke. If a woman smokes, almost all of the coffee benefit is erased.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 18, 2009 12:09 AM

A trial of the drug Livial, a synthetic alternative to hormone replacement therapy, was halted after researchers found it significantly raises the risk of breast cancer recurrence.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 17, 2009 2:08 PM

Many people who've had a bad experience with a doctor want to warn others so they turn to Web sites that allow patients to share experiences about doctors.   You won't be able to do so if you sign away your rights presented in a form by doctors who join Medical Justice.  

Posted by Jane Akre
February 17, 2009 11:45 AM

This second look at the data says that not as many children should be put on statins to lower cholesterol as the American Association of Pediatrics origionally recommended.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 16, 2009 4:30 PM

The first nationwide look at stalking by the Justice Department found, about one in three stalking cases are even reported to authorities. Even with underreporting there were 3.4 million people subjected to stalking, according to researchers.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 16, 2009 11:40 AM

It’s been more than 40 years since there has been any new medication approved to help the five million Americans who suffer from gout. Takeda Pharmaceuticals after four years, has won approval of Uloric.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 16, 2009 10:25 AM

Public perception and a failure of state and federal regulators has shaken up the lucrative peanut industry at a time when sales should be soaring. The nationwide salmonella outbreak continues but with a moderate decline. Meanwhile the source of the outbreak, PCA has filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 15, 2009 8:09 PM

Continental Airplane Commuter Flight 3407 that crashed three days ago in Buffalo, New York, appeared to be flying normally until just 26 seconds before it came down, said the National Transportation Safety Board.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 13, 2009 11:30 PM

Friday was a somber day as family and friends remembered the victims of the crash of Continental Flight 3407.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 13, 2009 10:35 PM

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, recovering from pancreas cancer surgery, was released from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York on Friday.  Doctors report the 75-year-old’s cancer has not spread. They also found a second tumor and this was malignant, though very small and was removed. She promises to be back on the court this month.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 13, 2009 3:58 PM

A Continental Airlines commuter plane crashed into a house in Buffalo, New York late last night. The crash killed 44 passengers, 4 crew members and one person on the ground, in the home.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 12, 2009 1:20 PM

Thousands of parents of autistic children received news today that a special vaccine court denied three families seeking compensation. The court ruled the families did not convince the court the measles, mumps and rubella vaccines caused their children's autism. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 12, 2009 11:29 AM

Being offered money helped a large number of General Electric employees quit smoking in this published research. While most people make several attempts to stop smoking, social networking and financial compensation might be tools for business to encourage a healthier workplace, researchers suggest.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 12, 2009 10:27 AM

New research suggests that adding Zometa (zoledronic acid) to post-surgery hormone therapy, reduces the risk of breast cancer recurrence or death in premenopausal women by 36 percent compared to hormone therapy alone.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 11, 2009 1:48 PM

What did Stewart Parnell know about salmonella contamination at his Georgia peanut plant, and when did he know it? That was the question lawmakers wanted answered after incriminating internal company e-mails surfaced. But both Parnell and his plant manager refused to testify, invoking their Fifth Amendment right.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 11, 2009 11:14 AM

In a newly released study, British researchers suggest women who are obese during pregnancy have a greater risk of giving birth to a baby with certain birth defects, including spina bifida and other defects.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 11, 2009 10:53 AM

Pfizer plans to become the first drugmaker to disclose on its web site the lucrative payments it makes to doctors who promote and research its drugs. The move is intended to promote transparency and regain the trust of the public after revelations that some academics on the take were not disclosing the relationship.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 11, 2009 12:15 AM

Taking a once-daily dose of aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help to lower the risk of developing polyps that can lead to colorectal cancer.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 10, 2009 3:57 PM

FEMA gave out samples of peanut butter to ice storm victims in Kentucky which they are now warned not to eat. Meanwhile the Texas branch of Peanut Corp. is voluntarily closed after some samples taken last week reveal possible salmonella there too. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 10, 2009 10:25 AM

The FDA is stepping up efforts to reduce the misuse of 24 powerful painkillers, which cause hundreds of deaths each year. Letters have been sent to 16 drug companies that collectively manufacture opioid drugs that are subject to review.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 10, 2009 10:07 AM

The FDA has demanded that it must screen any ads that German drugmaker, Bayer AG, produces for its oral contraceptive Yaz, after Bayer agreed overpromised the drug could treat symptoms it's not approved to treat. Bayer must spend $20 million on amended ads.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 10, 2009 9:43 AM

This published study finds once again that a Mediterranean-style diet that emphasizes unprocessed foods, heavy with fish, olive oil, and vegetables, may help keep Alzheimer’s  disease and mild cognitive impairment or borderline dementia at bay.

Posted by Application Administrator
February 09, 2009 2:48 PM

A new study suggests that long-term marijuana use may increase a man’s chances of developing testicular cancer. In this published study, more than one quarter of the testicular cancer patients smoked marijuana, often daily or weekly. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 09, 2009 12:40 PM

The accolades to US Airways pilot Sullenberger mask the fact that pilots nationwide have been taking pay cuts and retirement concessions as the industry tries to save itself. You might be surprised the salary of pilots today.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 09, 2009 10:59 AM

Solving the case of the poisoned peanuts that has sickened 575 people across 43 states has involved federal scientists and several state officials to determine the source. The first case of a dog sickened with salmonella after eating contaminated dog treats has also been confirmed in Oregon.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 09, 2009 8:19 AM

Families USA Report “Squeezed! Caught between Unemployment Benefits and Health Care Costs” finds that more than half of the unemployed are caught between making too much to qualify for Medicaid, yet being unable to afford Cobra. This is the target population the economic stimulus is designed to benefit.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 07, 2009 12:13 AM

16-year-old Ashley Ryburn received one Gardasil vaccine along with a meningitis shot. Then she received another Gardasil shot, her second in the three-series vaccines.  She is now disabled, in pain, faints, has numb legs, not at all the athlete she used to be. 

Posted by Jane Akre
February 06, 2009 12:17 PM

Postmenopausal women with hyperinsulinemia were twice as likely to develop breast cancer when compared to women with the lowest levels of insulin, this study finds.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 06, 2009 11:07 AM

There has been a shakeup in the new Department of Agriculture Peanut Standards Board.  Stewart Parnell of Peanut Corporation of America was asked to leave.  The board advises the federal government on the handling standards for peanuts grown and marketed domestically as well as imported.  His company is at the center of a nationwide recall due to salmonella.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 05, 2009 9:15 PM

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has an improved chance of surviving pancreatic cancer because it was caught early. The justice underwent surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering today. Her cancer was caught during a routine scan.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 05, 2009 1:24 PM

Victims of salmonella speak in Washington amid a proposal to create a separate Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agency specifically to deal with food safety.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 05, 2009 12:03 PM

Hispanic women living in the U.S. are delaying treatment by at least a month after finding suspected breast abnormalities, and two-thirds are being found by self-exam. Those are just two of the differences announced today in the first Binational Breast Cancer Study looking at women north and south of the border with Mexico.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 04, 2009 8:36 PM

A newly released study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests radiation from a high-tech CT heart scan can increase cancer risk. And many radiologists don't employ enough protective measure to reduce exposure to radiation.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 04, 2009 1:13 PM

Three former employees offer a glimpse into the day-to-day sanitation lapses at Peanut Corp. of America's Georgia plant, reports the AJC. One worker recalls opening a tote full of peanuts and seeing baby mice in it.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 04, 2009 12:46 PM

Dialysis patients who live above sea level do better than their lowland counterparts, according to a published study which finds those living at 4,000 feet above sea level had an upwards of 15 percent lower mortality rate. Higher elevations also deliver increased performance by athletes.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 04, 2009 11:19 AM

Online social networking site, MySpace has purged 90,000 registered sex offenders from its site at the urging of  the attorneys general from Connecticut and North Carolina.  Facebook says it has its own system for monitoring users. Online bullying is a far more prevalent problem, experts say. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 03, 2009 10:35 PM

A newly released study suggests insulin has the ability to protect the brain from harmful proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 03, 2009 8:36 PM

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held the first of four days of public hearings in Washington, to address the rise in medical helicopter accidents.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 03, 2009 1:25 PM

Lennar, a Miami-based homebuilder since 1954, is suing manufacturers, suppliers, and installers who contributed to the construction of homes with the sulfur-smelling wallboard from China that’s forcing residents from their homes. Two other class-actions have been filed by Florida homeowners.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 03, 2009 11:41 AM

The mystery of postpartum depression has been largely that - a mystery. But this University of California, Irvine published study found that an increased level of corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH), at 25 weeks might be an indicator of who develops the debilitating, yet treatable condition.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 03, 2009 10:32 AM

After the public embarassment at Harvard Medical School concerning faculty on the receiving end of lucrative consulting fees, the school and its teaching facilities are revisiting and revising conflict-of-interest policies.  

Posted by Jane Akre
February 02, 2009 3:40 PM

Expect big news, perhaps this week, as a new FDA head is named.  President  Obama said today that he may call for an entire revamping of our food inspection system, following the salmonella outbreak across the country. Meanwhile more stores and products are announcing recalls.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 02, 2009 1:12 PM

Fosamax, a popular osteoporosis drug, has been linked with rare, but serious, side effects, including heart irregularity, osteonecrosis of the jaw and most recently Esophageal Cancer reports the FDA in a letter published in the January issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 02, 2009 11:58 AM

How hard is it to quit the most highly addictive drug nicotine?  The Today Show is partnering with the American Legacy Foundation to produce a series on quitting smoking. Joe and Maurice are hooked up in a lab to see exactly what they inhale when they smoke.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
February 02, 2009 11:35 AM

A homeowner can delay foreclosure by demanding the lender prove the suing institution is actually the same that owns the debt. During the lending boom, most mortgages were sold, resold, packaged and repackaged so many times that not only is the paperwork difficult to lay hands on, in some cases, it’s unclear who owns the loan.

Posted by Jane Akre
February 02, 2009 10:32 AM

An FDA expert panel says ban Darvon because it's not effective and has overdose and suicide risks. 

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