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

Posted by Jane Akre
April 30, 2009 12:54 PM

While the number of cases of swine flu in the U.S. continues to grow and is now confirmed at 109, health officials are warning us not to panic. As a precaution, many of Mexico City businesses and schools have been shut down and cruise lines are no longer visiting Mexican ports. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
April 30, 2009 11:55 AM

In a final ruling, the FDA has determined over-the-counter pain relievers such as Advil and Tylenol need to carry stronger warnings about the potential safety risks associated with use including liver damage and internal bleeding.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 30, 2009 11:31 AM

Andrew Speaker, an attorney from Atlanta, was in the news in 2007 for the tuberculosis he carried as he boarded commercial flights into and out of Europe.  Now he is suing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for publicly revealing his name and medical condition. His lawsuit says it ruined his reputation and his marriage. 

Posted by Jane Akre
April 29, 2009 2:49 PM

The University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine found selenium levels in collected blood samples of 21 dead polo ponies at 10 to 15 times the normal sample of selenium. The horses died of coronary collapse, say the researchers who did the necropsies.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 29, 2009 12:15 PM

Patient Zero, a Mexican boy who lives near an industrialized pig farm, has been identified as the first person to have the swine flu which he contracted back in March.  Meanwhile, a toddler from Mexico has become the first U.S. casualty of the H1N1 influenza. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
April 29, 2009 11:39 AM

Scientists have long known that people with autism have brains that work differently but they haven’t known why. In a new study, scientists have found promising genetic clues that may improve diagnosis and offer the promise of developing treatments.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 28, 2009 11:59 PM

About 13 million American women experience stress urinary incontinence and the Ethicon TVT vaginal mesh is the gold standard for treatment. While the company reports an 84 to 95 percent success rate, doctors who deal with mesh complications say the number of problems appear to be vastly underreported and a national registry is needed now. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
April 28, 2009 3:27 PM

Twitter, a popular micro-blogging service is growing like wildfire. But as popular, fun and helpful as Twitter can be, some observers say the service has become a hotbed of unnecessary hype and misinformation. Case in point - the swine flu outbreak. Some say, unofficial news on Twitter may lead people to make unwise decisions.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
April 28, 2009 11:41 AM

Two of four antiviral drugs, Tamiflu and Relenza, appear to be effective against the strain of swine flu circulating in the United States. But health officials warn to use antiviral medications cautiously.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 28, 2009 11:20 AM

U.S. officials are scouring schools for any students who may have taken a recent trip to Mexico. While some schools are closed in California, Texas and New York, opponents of the new HHS Secretary with the TeamSarah Web site are trying to derail Gov. Sebelius confirmation.  

Posted by Jane Akre
April 27, 2009 11:13 PM

ADHD drugs are powerful stimulants given to more than 4 million children, but do they work?  This five year published study says yes, but other multi-year studies question the drugs' effectiveness and safety. Generation Rx, a documentary, asks the kinds of questions parents need to before they put their children on ADHD drugs. 

Posted by Jane Akre
April 27, 2009 12:26 PM

Stay away from the alfalfa sprouts until a contamination by Salmonella Saintpaul is identified and cleared up, warns federal health officials. 31 cases in six states are linked to the foodborne illness. The warning includes sprout combinations as they may contain the alfalfa seed.  

Posted by Jane Akre
April 27, 2009 11:11 AM

The U.S. has called for an emergency declaration concerning the swine flu as a “standard operating procedure” and later today a travel advisory is expected to issue a travel warning urging Americans avoid visiting Mexico if possible, especially for nonessential travel.  Americans are being told not to panic, even though 20 mild cases have been detected in the states. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
April 24, 2009 1:57 PM

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has called for an inquiry to examine AIG’s handling of denied and delayed insurance claims for civilian contractors injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 24, 2009 1:24 PM

The Federal Aviation Administration is releasing previously withheld data on where and when planes have struck birds and other animals over the last 19 years. JFK International tops the list with 30 accidents among the 89,000 reported nationwide. 

Posted by Jane Akre
April 24, 2009 11:55 AM

The Florida legislature has agreed to cap the bond tobacco giants would have to set aside in case they lose thousands of upcoming cigarette injury cases.  A bond is required to launch an appeal, which can take years, something many of the injured smokers or their survivors don't have.   

Posted by Jane Akre
April 24, 2009 10:29 AM

Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza. While it normally does not infect humans, seven cases of human-to-human spread of an unusual strain of swine flu are being reported in the Southwest among people who had no contact with pigs.  

Posted by Jane Akre
April 23, 2009 4:46 PM

21 prized polo horses from Venezuela died suddenly in Florida this past weekend, and no one knew the cause until it revealed today they were given a vitamin supplement, erroneously mixed by an Ocala, Florida pharmacy that likely caused their deaths.   

Posted by Jane Akre
April 23, 2009 12:01 PM

Add pomegranate juice to the list of antioxidant filled juices that should not be consumed by those taking some statins to lower cholesterol, says ABC's medical correspondent.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 23, 2009 11:20 AM

Testing the bounds of marketing decency  – Apple has pulled its iPhone application called “Baby Shaker” after public criticism, two days after it was released.  Shaken baby syndrome kills about 5,000 babies a year.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
April 23, 2009 12:06 AM

The state appeals court in Houston has ruled Wyeth must face a personal injury lawsuit filed by a woman who claims Prempro, a hormone-replacement drug, caused her breast cancer.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 22, 2009 4:23 PM

The FDA is holding an urgent meeting to try and fix the medical device crisis that is putting millions of Americans in danger of defibrillators, hip joints, and spinal screws, among others. Both FDA insiders and a GAO report called for immediate attention and confirmed many devices are marketed without rigorous premarket approval.  Ironically, consumers lost their right to hold device makers accountable under the Riegel decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
April 22, 2009 1:21 PM

Many people might imagine a heart attack to be like those portrayed on television. The person clutches their heart, hunches over and drops to their knees in severe pain. While this depicts a real life scenario for some patients, others may have had a heart attack without ever knowing it. In fact, an estimated 200,000 people are affected by an undiagnosed, or “silent,” heart attack in the U.S. each year.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 22, 2009 1:07 PM

The CEO of Craigslist says he feel terribly about the crime that was committed with the help of Craigslist ads for erotic services. But this is not the first time the site has enabled criminal activity. Some states are asking the site to shut down its ads for the sex trade, while others are using the site to catch criminals.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 22, 2009 11:20 AM

With about five percent of doctors commiting the bulk of medical malpractice, state medical boards are the first defense to weeding out bad docs. This Public Citizen report finds that many states are failing to regulate medical malpractice and the rate of discipline is down from a high in 2004. See how your state ranks. 

Posted by Jane Akre
April 21, 2009 3:09 PM

You’ve seen the warning lights in the airplane bathroom during turbulence,“Return to your Seat".  A Texas woman was thrown into the ceiling and broke her neck during a Saturday flight over Houston. She suffered the same sort of break as the late actor Christopher Reeve and is undergoing surgery to try and correct the paralysis. 

Posted by Jane Akre
April 21, 2009 12:57 PM

The numbers are astonishing and about 40 percent more than previously thought. More than 5 million live with some paralysis and are fighting with not only their condition but frequently with access to resources, jobs, insurance, and rehabilitation, making this a civil rights issue says the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
April 21, 2009 11:02 AM

An AP investigation found U.S. manufacturers, including drug-makers, have legally dumped 271 million pounds of pharmaceuticals into waterways that often provide drinking water.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 21, 2009 12:50 AM

Author and professor, William K. Black suspects that fraud, along with greed and incompetence, brought down the U.S. economy and plunged the U.S. economy into a recession. Black should know, he was a regulator during the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s, but he says this is much worse. He calls those in charge, "banksters".

Posted by Jane Akre
April 20, 2009 11:56 AM

Faux leather handbags found in many different retailers were found to contain high amounts of lead. The Center for Environmental Health purchased the bags in San Francisco Bay Area retaillers and found that brightly colored bags were the worse offenders, indicating the lead could be in the dye or the faux material.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 20, 2009 10:46 AM

Nearly one in ten youth who participated in this survey, is addicted to video gaming.  Symptoms are not much different than a gambling addiction say researchers, and very little is known about this new area of psychological study, except gamers also tend to have attention deficit problems. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
April 20, 2009 3:04 AM

What if, a urine test could detect smokers at highest risk for developing lung cancer? While it may be years before such a test is made available, if it works, urine-screening may give added motivation to some smokers that have not been able to kick the habit.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 17, 2009 3:18 PM

Access to doctors by drug sales reps are down 13 percent, according to a new report.  That translates to about $2 billion a year in expenses and salaries lost to pharmaceutical giants supporting the 90,000 reps who make up the U.S. sales force.  Six percent of doctors reportedly will not see reps from any company.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 17, 2009 1:07 PM

More proof that MRSA, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus – is everywhere.  A Congressional staffer has contracted the superbug bacterial infection, possibly at a House staff gym.  It is currently being disinfected, and InjuryBoard has hosted much discussion on what type of disinfectant works best.   

Posted by Chrissie Cole
April 17, 2009 11:51 AM

Three million fitness balls sold under the Bally Total Fitness, Everlast, Valeo and Body Fit brands have been recalled by EB Brands because the balls can burst unexpectedly and cause the user to fall. The company has received 47 reports of injury to date.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 16, 2009 6:30 PM

Child abuse reports are on the rise as the economy falters, child protection experts around the country report.  Poverty and abuse are linked, but subsidizine rents and day care may take some of the pressure off of stressed families. 

Posted by Jane Akre
April 16, 2009 11:59 AM

University of Texas Health Science Center researchers have identified a common genetic variant found in millions of people that leads to an increase in stroke risk.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 16, 2009 10:33 AM

United Airlines passengers who are wider than the arm rests, will have to purchase another seat or wait until a flight with open seats. It's a way to both capture additional revenue and to answer hundreds of comsumer complaints the airline says it has received about wide-bodied flyers. 

Posted by Jane Akre
April 15, 2009 11:18 PM

Children of mothers who took the anti-seizure medication valproate, had lower IQ scores as three-year-olds, researchers find. Valproate should not be the first line of epilepsy defense for any women of childbearing age they conclude. 

Posted by Jane Akre
April 15, 2009 2:12 PM

His name is Barrett Wissman and he is accused of trading in access for profit.  He is the first executive to be charged with a felony as part of an investigation of corruption at the New York state’s $122 billion pension fund, brought by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 15, 2009 11:49 AM

It is a drug that appears to return the bone building process in the elderly to that of  a young persons. Forteo, by Eli Lilly, reduced the healing time from a difficult and painful pelvic fracture by half, say University of Rochester Medical Center researchers. The drug could save money and lives.   

Posted by Chrissie Cole
April 15, 2009 11:19 AM

A Colorado company caught in a congressional sting involving oversight of patient safety during clinical trials will voluntarily halt many of its review operations at the request of the FDA.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 14, 2009 7:28 PM

Minicars are great for saving on gas and cutting down on global warming, but they may not be there when you need them to save you in a head-on collision, says this report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The video shows what happens when they collide with three midsize cars.   

Posted by Jane Akre
April 14, 2009 2:58 PM

"Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite"- used to be a mildly amusing way to put kids to sleep. Today it's likely to make their skin crawl. Literally. The problem is emerging worldwide to the extent that the EPA is holding a two-day summit on the pesty little red biting bugs. 

Posted by Jane Akre
April 14, 2009 10:11 AM

Tuburculosis is spread through the air, so there is an ongoing public health concern since a medical resident showed up positive who had been a three Chicago area hospitals. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
April 14, 2009 9:45 AM

The FDA's case that bisphenol-A, a chemical found in food containers and other household products is safe, has been rejected as incomplete and unreliable by an international consortium of industry, academic and government scientists.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 13, 2009 11:58 PM

One in six under treatment for Parkinson's Disease can expect to develop compulsive behaviors, this study from the Mayo Clinic finds. It confirms other anecdotal reports including one from a Milwaukee police officer, who won $8.2 million from a jury after developing compulsive gambling from PD treatment.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 13, 2009 1:36 PM

Nature has its own way of fighting obesity - in the form of brown fat, which helps babies and small mammals stay warm.  A cold environment, just about shivering, will activate brown fat's calorie burning capability, but short of moving to Alaska, these three newly published studies shed light into a promising area of obesity research.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
April 13, 2009 10:23 AM

A passenger aboard a King Air twin-engine propeller plane took the controls and landed successfully at Southwest Florida International Airport when the pilot died mid-flight on Sunday.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 10, 2009 3:22 PM

The Texas plant owned by Peanut Corporation of America has received a record $14 million fine by the state for unsanitary conditions and selling contaminated food.  PCA has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, meanwhile the number of people sickened has decreased, but people are still getting sick after they consume contaminated food off their pantry shelves.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 10, 2009 1:33 PM

The death of Donda West following her plastic surgery in November 2007, resulted in attempts to change the law about outpatient surgical clinics in California. Now the surgeon, Dr. Jan Adams, has surrendered his medical license. The Harvard educated doctor is facing numerous complaints including two DUI convictions. 

Posted by Jane Akre
April 09, 2009 1:03 PM

Think it couldn't happen to you?  Think again. Postal workers and rocket scientists have inadvertently left behind their child strapped in the back seat of a car.  Death by hyperthemia or heat stroke takes at least 15 to 25 children a year. As the weather heats up, this Washington Post article is a "must read" on how it can so easily happen and what you can do to prevent Fatal Distraction.  

Posted by Jane Akre
April 09, 2009 12:46 AM

After more than 30 years, the FDA is pushing to require that manufacturers of 27 medical devices, used to replace hips or make hearts beat, prove they  are safe. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
April 08, 2009 11:15 AM

The results of a new study on childhood obesity shows an alarmingly high rate of American preschoolers are obese. Nearly one of every five children studied were considered obese, with the greatest percentage of obesity seen in American Indian children.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 08, 2009 12:31 AM

If you assumed that a medical device that's implanted to help hold up internal organs passed some safety review by the FDA, you'd be wrong.  Synthetic surgical mesh was approved for marketing only. Some in the medical profession suspect there's a problem - some women and men know there is.  

Posted by Jane Akre
April 07, 2009 2:37 PM

The Boston U.S. Attorney’s office has subpoenaed financial records belonging to Dr. Scott S. Reuben, an anesthesiologist at Baystate Medical Center in Mass. after it was revealed that he faked data in at least 21 anesthesiology studies favoring the drug companies he received money from. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
April 07, 2009 12:50 PM

A new study in the journal Neurology suggests obesity, in particular, abdominal obesity, may be linked to a greater risk of developing restless leg syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes unpleasant sensations in the legs.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 07, 2009 11:41 AM

Charla Nash is making some progress but doctors at the Cleveland Clinic now say she likely will not recover her eyesight after a 200 pound chimp attack.  She has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the chimp's owner.  The animal, killed by police, had been given Xanax for anxiety just before the attack. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
April 06, 2009 12:30 AM

CDC scientists have found a chemical called perchlorate in samples of powdered infant formula. High levels of exposure to perchlorate may disrupt the function of the thyroid gland, which is needed for normal growth and development of the central nervous system.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
April 03, 2009 11:49 AM

Dominick Tenuto, a New York man stricken with polio won a multi million-dollar lawsuit against Lederle Laboratories claiming he contracted the disease 30 years ago from the polio vaccine given to his infant daughter.

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

Should the FDA Oversee Big Tobacco?   Is it capable with all that is on the agency's plate?  That move got one step closer Thursday when the House voted overwhelmingly on a bill that would put tobacco products, ingredients and advertising under FDA oversight.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 03, 2009 9:44 AM

Last month a New York plant that processes pistachios failed to pass a health test.  Today it is the focus of a nationwide salmonella investigation in pistachios.  Two million have been recalled and consumers are told not to eat anything containing the nut. So far no one has been sickened.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 02, 2009 10:49 PM

National Voices  - For years, Texas District Judge Michael Schattman sat on the bench in Fort Worth listening to product liability and personal injury cases.  Now he is a medical device injury victim who feels the Riegel decision prevents Americans from exercising an American right. 

Posted by Jane Akre
April 02, 2009 4:49 PM

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator Lead is implicated in more deaths than previously reported, admits the company.  That updated count was released after a federal judge dismissed about 700 cases against Medtronic citing the Riegel decision affirming federal preemption and a shield for device makers.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
April 02, 2009 11:46 AM

Pfizer has paid $750 million to resolve 35,000 claims over its diabetes drug Rezulin which was withdrawn in 2000 after it was linked to 63 or more deaths from liver damage.

Posted by Jane Akre
April 01, 2009 11:42 PM

While the peanut salmonella cases took months before federal regulators announced recalls, the pistachio salmonella outbreak was identified quickly thanks to inspectors working for Kraft, while new FDA leadership called for a recall immediately. 

Posted by Jane Akre
April 01, 2009 2:27 PM

Lawmakers heard from those injured by medical devices in Washington, as a film and rally was held in support of the Medical Device Safety Act, currently before Congress. It would lift the shield devicemakers currently have from lawsuits. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
April 01, 2009 10:11 AM

The FDA sent warning letters to nine drug companies to stop manufacturing unapproved narcotic drugs because the agency has no way of knowing if these drugs are safe. Those people who rely on narcotics for pain relief will continue to have access to FDA-approved narcotic products.

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