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

Posted by Jane Akre
May 29, 2009 3:24 PM

When seven-year-old Gabriel Myers hanged himself in a foster care home, Florida immediately conducted an audit on how many kids, like Gabriel, were on mind-altering drugs.  Up to three times the general population are put on psychiatric drugs with the numbers increasing to one-in-three among teens in group homes.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
May 29, 2009 12:41 PM

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has issued new pregnancy weight guidelines for the first time since 1990. In that time, more research has been conducted to analyze the effects of weight gain in pregnancy - on both mother and baby.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 29, 2009 11:02 AM

A new report from the Food and Drug Administration calls for stronger warnings and better education about the use of acetaminophen, better known as Tylenol. It's easy to overdose on the recommended limit, and even a regular dose has been linked to liver damage and failure. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
May 28, 2009 11:50 AM

A coalition of more than 40 parent, health care and environmental groups have joined forces to push Johnson & Johnson to remove two chemicals considered probable human carcinogens, from its baby shampoo and other personal care products.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 27, 2009 4:03 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for investor fraud lawsuits to continue against Merck over painkiller, Vioxx.   Merck had argued that the statute of limitations expired. The high court will have to determine when you actually start the clock on the two-year statute of limitations. 

Posted by Jane Akre
May 27, 2009 1:18 PM

For the next 90 days, the FDA will consider comments before it issues new guidelines for device and drug makers. Expect a tightening of the reins to include more accurate warning labels and broadcast/print ads that clearly convey side effects.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
May 27, 2009 11:23 AM

Children of parents who refuse pertussis immunizations, also known as whooping cough, are at a greater risk for developing the disease compared to vaccinated children, finds a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 27, 2009 11:10 AM

Texting teens average more than 2,000 messages a month which may be having a negative impact on their maturity, anxiety levels, and sleep, according to experts.  How do you limit your teens texting? 

Posted by Jane Akre
May 26, 2009 6:41 PM

A number of Prius owners have nearly lost their lives when the fuel-efficient hybrid accelerated suddenly, taking owners on the ride of their lives.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
May 26, 2009 11:27 AM

Daniel Hauser and his mother who spent a week on the run to avoid forced chemotherapy to treat his cancer, have returned home to Minnesota. They are required to appear in Brown County court today for a custody hearing.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 26, 2009 10:44 AM

Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the woman named by the Obama administration to head the Food and Drug Administration, will first have to unload some of her wealth, estimated to be between $20 to $40 million, making her among the wealthies of the president's new appointments.  

Posted by Jane Akre
May 26, 2009 9:34 AM

Mike Tyson's four-year-old daughter is on life support after a treadmill accident Monday.   With more than 25,000 exercise equipment accidents each year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports more than a quarter occur to children under the age of five.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 22, 2009 2:06 PM

In this Harvard study, 77 students drank cold water from stainless steel bottles made without BPA.  The following week they drank water from plastic bottles made from BPA, a plasticizer, and a 69 percent increase in the chemical was found in their urine. This study confirms for the first time the endocrine disruptor leaches into humans. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
May 22, 2009 11:39 AM

New test results among adults suggests a degree of pre-existing immunity to the novel H1N1 strain exists, especially in adults 60 or older, writes CDC researchers in this weeks Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 22, 2009 10:55 AM

 Eating ground beef packaged from Valley Meats LLC during March is very likely to make your sick, reports the USDA which has initiated a recall of nearly 96,000 pounds of ground beef.   Look for various brand names the meat was distributed under. 

Posted by Jane Akre
May 21, 2009 5:27 PM

With all eyes on Wall Street's hefty bonuses for departing execs, drug maker Schering-Plough is among the tops with $108 million paid to the top 10 departing executives as Merck & Co takes over the company.  

Posted by Jane Akre
May 21, 2009 11:57 AM

President Barack Obama Wednesday called for sweeping changes to the Bush administration directive of federal pre-emption that shields companies from lawsuits over their dangerous and defective products.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 20, 2009 1:04 PM

Environmental Protection Agency tests of drywall made in China confirm it contains sulfur, not found in U.S.- made drywall, in addition to the metallic element, strontium, at ten times the level of domestic drywall. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
May 20, 2009 11:14 AM

A Minnesota judge gave the parents of 13-year-old Daniel Hauser until May 19 to select an oncologist to treat his Hodgkin's lymphoma. But mom and son did not appear in court yesterday and the judge has issued an arrest warrant.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 20, 2009 11:03 AM

Credit card companies raise interest rates for reasons unclear to the consumer and assign fees without warning. Changes to reform the credit industry were approved by the Senate Tuesday to help the average family with its $7,300 in credit card debt. 

Posted by Jane Akre
May 19, 2009 12:08 PM

Even though tar has been reduced in cigarettes over the years, there’s been an increase in a lung tumor called adenocarcinoma. It makes up 65 to 70 percent of newly diagnosed U.S. lung cancers, leading researchers to question why U.S. companies cure tobacco using propane generated heat and nitogen fertilizers. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
May 19, 2009 11:46 AM

The Justice Department and several states are accusing drug giant, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, of cheating Medicaid programs out of hundreds of millions of dollars in rebates by overcharging for its drug, Protonix, used to treat stomach acid.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 19, 2009 10:14 AM

Research shows that gender makes women more vulnerable to the effects of smoking than previously known. Lung damage hits women at an earlier age and after less time smoking, dispelling the myth that smoking a few cigarettes is safer.   

Posted by Chrissie Cole
May 18, 2009 10:45 PM

Alisa Brodkowitz, an InjuryBoard member, who specializes in aviation law, has filed a petition asking the court to compel Southwest Airlines to tell her clients more about the chemicals they were exposed too during a Southwest flight that caused them to become seriously ill.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 18, 2009 2:59 PM

When Florida began requiring physicians to obtain approval from the state before prescribing antipsychotics to children under the age of six, something dramatic happened - prescriptions dropped 75 percent. The same trend is being seen nationwide. 

Posted by Jane Akre
May 18, 2009 1:19 PM

Staying on the job longer, may offset the mind-robbing effects of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new British study, which shows that cognitive reserves can be modified later in life. This study adds weight to the “use it or lose it” concept. 

Posted by Jane Akre
May 18, 2009 11:10 AM

The death of a New York City assistant principal from swine flu bring the U.S. death toll to 6, while the World Health Organization meets in Geneva to discuss how pharmaceutical companies can patent the virus to developing a vaccine.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 15, 2009 12:43 PM

The parents of 13-year-old Daniel Hauser cannot choose an alternative treatment for his cancer.  Instead the judge says they have until May 19 to select an oncologist and treat his Hodgkin's lymphoma with chemotherapy and radiation. 

Posted by Jane Akre
May 15, 2009 11:22 AM

President Obama has named a new head to the CDC who has a lot on his plate, namely swine flu and morale at the agency.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
May 15, 2009 11:03 AM

Smithfield Foods Inc., the nation’s largest producer and processor of pork, said Thursday that tests have confirmed no presence of (A)H1N1, or swine flu, was detected on their hog farms in Mexico.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 14, 2009 2:47 PM

Promotion for the painkiller, Vioxx, took the form of entire phony medical journals, court documents reveal in the Australian class-action lawsuit underway.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 14, 2009 12:56 PM

On the second day of a hearing by the National Transportation Safety Board into a February air crash that killed 49, revelations show that long commutes, low salaries, and pilot fatigue constituted a “winking and nodding” at passenger safety.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
May 14, 2009 10:09 AM

A former surgeon at Walter Reed Army Medical Center made false claims about the Infuse bone-growth product sold by Medtronic Inc., a U.S. medical device maker.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 13, 2009 3:42 PM

A face paint generally used by kids at parties, is being voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer after FDA lab tests found a high mold and bacterial count and children reported rashes and swelling from its use. 

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

General Mills claims eating Cheerios reduces cholesterol, lowers the risk of heart disease, and cancer.  The FDA says General Mills better take out a new drug application or reword some of the health claims on the box of Cheerios. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
May 13, 2009 9:46 AM

With swine flu still spreading, global health officials are warning countries to limit use of antiviral drugs, used to treat influenza, to only high-risk patients such as pregnant women and chronically ill patients to ensure adequate supplies.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 12, 2009 7:22 PM

Five protestors were taken into custody at the Senate Finance Committee hearings today trying to address health care reform. Charged with Disruption of Congress, they were advocating a single-payer system, still largely misunderstood.  The insurance industry is a firm opponent. 

Posted by Jane Akre
May 12, 2009 12:46 PM

Is 16-year-old Ashton Lundeby being held under the Patriot Act?  The Department of Justice says the tenth grader made bomb threats against Purdue University, but his mother says someone else stole his IP address and that her son is being held without the due process of law.   

Posted by Chrissie Cole
May 12, 2009 12:00 PM

Workplace bullying appears to be on the rise, especially among women. A study by the Workplace Bullying Institute found 40 percent of bullies are women and of those, 70 percent target other women.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 12, 2009 10:28 AM

Continental Connection Bombardier Q400  pilot Capt. Marvin Renslow, had not been adequately trained in auto-pilot and de-icing systems say family members of the 49 people who were killed on Flight 3407 last February. Pilot error and procedures will be the focus of a three-day NTSB hearing.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
May 11, 2009 12:41 PM

Three people have died in the United States from the H1N1 virus. The most recent death was a man in Washington over the weekend. The CDC reports today that the confirmed cases of the virus have risen to 2,618 in the U.S.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 11, 2009 11:17 AM

The only agreement in recent years has been that health care costs are not sustainable and cannot continue to rise.  Look to efficiency to be the buzzword as the Obama administration meets with a wide range of players on how to trim $2 trillion from the U.S. health care system over the next 10 years. 

Posted by Jane Akre
May 11, 2009 9:46 AM

Overeating is the primary cause of obesity in the U.S., finds this study. An increase in exercise among Americans over 30 years ago has actually offset what might be an even greater weight gain.  Reduce intake by about 500 calories a day for adults, 350 calories a day for children to offset weight gain.  

Posted by Jane Akre
May 08, 2009 11:58 PM

On the day the Labor Department announced another half-million job losses, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health are releasing their findings about unemployment’s impact on health. Losing a job can translate into compromised health, researchers found, even if a new job is secured. 

Posted by Jane Akre
May 08, 2009 2:26 PM

Wal-Mart Stores has agreed to better control crowds, something it didn’t do in its post-Thanksgiving Day stampede that left one man dead in a Long Island store last year.  It's part of a settlement to avoid a repeat at all 92 New York stores and it also avoids criminal prosecution for the giant retailer.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 08, 2009 12:00 PM

Besides washing your hands, earting well, exercising and drinking lots of water, Dr. Susan Lark, who incorporates clinical nutrition with preventive medicine, says there are immunity boosters you can use to prevent getting swine flu.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
May 08, 2009 10:23 AM

The FDA is ordering manufacturers of two prescription topical testosterone gel products, to include a boxed warning on the products’ labels following reports of adverse effects in children who were inadvertently exposed to testosterone through contact with another person treated with these products.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 07, 2009 4:00 PM

Mexico City is imposing new rules that keep people away from each other in normally crowded places such as restaurants and movie theatres -  all to stop the spread of the swine flu that has killed 42 in that country. 

Posted by Jane Akre
May 07, 2009 11:00 AM

The confusing controvery over whether to choose the more expensive drug-eluting stents over bare metal ones  is answered in this published study from Swedish researchers.  

Posted by Jane Akre
May 06, 2009 10:59 PM

The Cirrus SR20 is a "different" aircraft than a Cessna. Its sleek high performance design comes complete with a parachute for additional safety. But critics point out that the Cirrus has had triple the fatality rate of the Cessna in the last 10 years, overwhelmingly due to pilot error. 

Posted by Jane Akre
May 06, 2009 2:36 PM

Amber Suriani liked what she heard. Turning 40 and suffering the inconvenience of a light case of urinary incontinence, she liked hearing there was a quick fix – a sling would be placed under her urethra and she would be back to practicing karate the same week. Instead she's filing suit.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
May 06, 2009 10:37 AM

Connie Culp, the woman who underwent the first near-total face transplant in the U.S., appeared in public for the first time Tuesday at a press conference at the Cleveland Clinic.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 05, 2009 11:29 PM

Over the next 20 years, the number of cancer cases is expected to spike 45 percent. Especially hard hit are the elderly and minority populations.  Lifestyle changes are known to cut your cancer risk.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
May 05, 2009 12:36 PM

A lawsuit filed by Robert Bozicev against Schering-Plough, alleges that the blood clot that led to the death of his wife, Jackie, in December 2007 was caused by her birth control device, NuvaRing.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 04, 2009 11:52 PM

Lana Keeton's near death experience with synthetic surgical mesh has transformed her into a powerful online patient advocate.  With a chorus of others, Truth in Medicine is working to urge Congress to remove the medical device from the market. Already the group has generated an FDA notice warning of 1,000 adverse events and 10 deaths due to mesh.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
May 04, 2009 1:35 PM

A Dallas Cowboys staff member was left paralyzed and two other team staffers remain hospitalized following the facility collapse on Saturday, which is now the subject of a federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation, authorities said.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 04, 2009 11:22 AM

Hydroxycut weight loss and energy products are off the market after an FDA warning linking them to liver damage and death.  The multi-millionaire founder, now facing a slew of lawsuits, at one point was making $350 million a year on his untested products. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
May 01, 2009 1:06 PM

Botox and similar anti-wrinkle drugs will be required to carry stringent warning labels, prompted by reports of serious adverse events. Botulinum toxins may spread from the injection area to other areas of the body causing symptoms similar to those of botulism, including trouble of breathing and swallowing.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 01, 2009 1:04 PM

Influenza experts are on alert and standby in case they are needed to advise the World Health Organization. The influenza is confirmed in 331 people. Ten have died.  In the U.S., the CDC there are 141 cases and one confirmed death.

Posted by Jane Akre
May 01, 2009 10:37 AM

President Obama will have an opportunity to shape future decisions from the highest court in the land.  Supreme Court Justice David Souter is retiring in June. Souter is one of the more liberal leaning justices and sided with the majority in the case of Diana Levine v. Wyeth and with the majority in the case of Riegel v. Medtronic, both tests of federal preemption.

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