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

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 31, 2009 7:42 PM

Bruce Rossmeyer, one of the nation's largest Harley-Davidson dealers and a supporter of charitable causes that helped children, was killed Thursday in a motorcycle crash in Wyoming.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 31, 2009 10:32 AM

Nearly one in four households have someone afflicted by the debilitating pain of migraines. Now there may be new hope, from a common plastic surgery procedure, according to new research published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 30, 2009 5:55 PM

Head and neck cancer patients who test positive for the human papillomavirus (HPV) have a better survival rate than patients that don’t have the virus, according to new research published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 30, 2009 12:59 PM

You may buy organic food because you feel it tastes better, is safer and more environmentally sound, but you shouldn’t buy it for nutritional benefits, according to a new report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 29, 2009 6:41 PM

A group of international cancer researchers have moved ultra-violet emitting tanning beds to its highest cancer risk category and labeled them as definitively “carcinogenic to humans” after ruling they are more dangerous than previously suggested.

Posted by Jane Akre
July 29, 2009 4:52 PM

Legislation introduced Wednesday would withhold federal highway funds from states that do not ban texting while driving, known to be more distracting than driving under the influence. States would lose 25 percent of the federal highway funds, until the funds were depleted, if they failed to enact the ban.  

Posted by Jane Akre
July 29, 2009 2:56 PM

For $250,000, a group of volunteers bring $1.5 million worth of free medical care to residents of 16 states who are without insurance or underinsured. Volunteers plan to keep traveling around the country.  In some instances, health care is delivered in animal stalls not unlike a Third World country. 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 29, 2009 12:29 PM

The National Institutes of Health stopped a drug trial when it was found that the drug, marketed as Viagra, and known as sildenafil, caused serious medical problems in sickle cell patients suffering from pulmonary hypertension.  

Posted by Jane Akre
July 28, 2009 4:29 PM

Researchers from the University of Rochester believe there may be a way to reduce damage in a spinal cord injury, if a form of blue dye is injected almost immediately. The downside is that you may turn blue temporarily.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 28, 2009 12:42 PM

A group of people who were injured or lost loved ones due to unsafe and defective Chrysler vehicles rallied together and held a protest outside the company's Auburn Hills headquarters yesterday.

Posted by Jane Akre
July 28, 2009 11:47 AM

Canadas has found one important way to keep down the cost of health care - their medical malpractice insurance comes from nonprofit companies, not for-profit as in the U.S.

Posted by Jane Akre
July 27, 2009 4:10 PM

A six-person jury in Stuart, Florida has decided that it was not unreasonable for a local hospital to deport a brain-injured man to Guatemala, overriding federal law. The guardians of the man had sought $1 million for his continuing care in Guatemala where he lives in a one-room home.  Legal, ethical, immigration, and health care reform experts were watching this precedent-setting case. 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 27, 2009 2:04 PM

The cost between rising obesity rates and rising medical costs is undeniable.  With one quarter of U.S. adults obese, a new study compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Research Triangle Institute, finds obesity and diabetes could cost Americans $147 billion a year. 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 27, 2009 11:59 AM

A Mayo Clinic study published Monday in Pediatrics finds autistic kids are more likely to be picky eaters  but don’t have more diarrhea, abdominal bloating, gastric reflux, or vomiting.  Many parents of autistic children have turned to gluten-free or dairy-free diets to minimize symptoms. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 27, 2009 11:28 AM

A new report by the Institute of Medicine suggests exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides sprayed by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War might put veterans at increased risk for heart disease and Parkinson's.

Posted by Jane Akre
July 24, 2009 2:06 PM

A six-member Florida jury will decide if it was unwarranted and unreasonable to deport a brain-injured Guatemalan man who was hit by a drunk driver while working in the U.S. The hospital spent more than $1 million on his care then chartered a private plane to return him, where he lives in a remote one-room home with his elderly mother. 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 24, 2009 11:49 AM

This Homeland Security report blames FEMA for taking too long to respond to reports of dangerous formaldehyde in trailers used to house displaced persons from the 2005 hurricanes. Victims were exposed to possible health risks from formaldehyde, which is still found in some homes today. 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 24, 2009 10:31 AM

Researchers from Boston found they could regenerate damaged heart muscle with a growth factor known as neuregulin 1, which appears to spark the process of cell division. The implications are huge for humans who have suffered a heart attack. 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 23, 2009 11:12 PM

The Cancer Project, a nonprofit, would like processed meats such as hot dogs, to be labeled with a warning of a link to colorectal and other cancers. Regular consumption of hot dogs preserved with nitrosamines have been cited by numerous cancer researchers. The food manufacturers deny any link. 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 23, 2009 2:41 PM

The H1N1 swine flu virus may be responsible for unexplained seizures and flu-like symptoms in children reports the CDC who urges parents and doctors to treat symptoms with flu-fighting drugs and have respiratory specimens tested.  

Posted by Jane Akre
July 23, 2009 11:59 AM

NJOY is one of two brands of electronic cigarettes the FDA found to contain toxins including a component of antifreeze as well as carcinogens. A number of shipments have been seized at the border amid calls for an outright ban.

Posted by Jane Akre
July 22, 2009 6:41 PM

Health care reform should not include limiting the liability of dangerous doctors and unsafe hospitals, finds this study done by groups dedicated to preserving the civil justice system.  Medical malpractice claims have fallen like a rock creating record profits for the insurance industry, not lower premiums. 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 22, 2009 11:50 AM

Health care reform in the U.S. is heating up with three bills being considered by Congress and President Obama addressing the nation tonight. Requiring everyone to purchase insurance is a common thread, while a system that eliminates insurance companies as middle men is advocated by many physicians, including the president's former physician. 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 21, 2009 5:07 PM

Inducing labor before 39 weeks of pregnancy should be discouraged unless there is a medical necessity, says the largest association of gynecologists and obstetricians, which issued new guidelines for delivery today.  As many as half of labors are induced at some hospitals.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 21, 2009 1:45 PM

Fleabites can be more than an itchy nuisance and can lead to a host of other health issues from skin allergies to anemia for your pet. Learn how the FDA and EPA regulate flea and tick products and how to ensure you are using these products safely.

Posted by Jane Akre
July 21, 2009 12:43 PM

Despite the fears of Big Brother, the city of New York has managed to remove trans fats from restaurants, school lunches, baked goods, and street vendor food. Removing the artificial artery-clogging fat should cut down on coronary artery disease that kills one half million Americans a year.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 20, 2009 8:19 PM

The number of Hispanic workers who have died on the job has risen by 76 percent, while the overall total of workplace deaths has declined, according to the latest available data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Posted by Jane Akre
July 20, 2009 4:37 PM

There are an estimated 300,000 public pools in hotels, schools, camps and parks and half of them may have failed to install the new required anti-entrapment devices.  Learn what to look for in your kiddie wading pool or hotel pool this summer. 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 20, 2009 12:41 PM

When Boston trolley operator Aiden Quinn ran into a trolley ahead of him last May, he admitted he was texting his girlfriend.  Today the 24-year-old was arraigned and could spend three years in prison for gross negligence operating a train.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 20, 2009 11:40 AM

A new study released by the CDC shows birth rates among teens increased in 2006 and 2007 after a 14 year decline. The study found improving trends in teens’ and young adults’ sexual and reproductive health has stalled and/or in some cases worsened.

Posted by Jane Akre
July 20, 2009 10:21 AM

The swine flu is expected to make a comeback when students return to school beginning next month, earlier than the normal flu season in October or November. And the flu vaccine likely will not yet be ready. 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 17, 2009 12:34 PM

Harry and Louise, the fictional characters who scared Americans about socialized medicine in the 90s, are back and this time their message has done a turnabout as they support health care reform. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 17, 2009 11:34 AM

At the House Agriculture Committee hearing on Thursday, livestock and grain farmers disagreed about proposed legislation to overhaul the nation’s food-safety system and don’t want the Food and Drug Administration inspecting farms.

Posted by Jane Akre
July 16, 2009 10:23 PM

According to newly published research, you may begin to show the signs of Alzheimer’s disease and memory problems in your 50s if you inherit a common gene variant known as, ApoE4. What's perplexing is that not everyone with the gene develops Alzheimer's disease.   

Posted by Jane Akre
July 16, 2009 12:10 PM

Unveiled at the annual meeting of the Alzheimer’s Association in Vienna, Austria, brain research into the disease include the old antihistamine, dimebolin, and an vaccine that reduced the number of tau tangles by 40 percent.  Also vitamin D and curcumin research looks promising. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 15, 2009 4:28 PM

A new study published in the Archives of Neurology suggests the effects of smoking can speed up the progression of multiple sclerosis. Past studies have suggested cigarette smokers are at an increased risk of developing the disease.

Posted by Jane Akre
July 15, 2009 2:56 PM

With help from the Global Institute for Sustainability, Wal-Mart says it wants to soften the impact of chemicals on our bodies and waste on our environment. Tomorrow, the company is expected to announce an electronic indexing system to determine the environmental, social and health impact of products on its shelves. 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 15, 2009 11:56 AM

A risk of ovarian cancer is increased with hormone therapy, this published study finds.  The results echo the Women's Health Initiative study from 2002 that had to be haulted because researchers found an increase in many cancers among women taking hormone therapy.

Posted by Jane Akre
July 14, 2009 11:20 PM

40 people have been made sick by propofol, the same sedative reported to have been found in Michael Jackson's home. 57,000 vials have been recalled after a bacterial contamination was found. Although the number on the lot in Jackson's home reportedly did not match the recalled lot numbers, a contaminated sedative could cause serious problems. 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 14, 2009 12:02 PM

This first published study about bathtubs and shower dangers finds that an average of 43,600 injuries occur in the shower and tub, mostly to children under the age of four, and primarily at home. 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 14, 2009 11:04 AM

Southwest Airlines Flight 2294 from Nashville to Baltimore had to make an emergency landing in West Virginia after a hole opened up in the rear fuselage of the plane. No one was injured but all 187 of the jets in its flight will undergo an inspection.  

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 14, 2009 12:29 AM

According to researchers at the Keele University School of Psychology, swearing might help to lessen the perception of pain. So next time you stub your toe and find yourself swearing !@$*%!# it may be a good thing -- just make sure the kids aren't in earshot!

Posted by Jane Akre
July 13, 2009 8:58 PM

The World Health Organization says the swine flu is "unstoppable" and that healthcare workers should be the first ones vaccinated. This influenza is different from seasonal flu in that it affects young people, the severely obese, and adults and strikes deep in the lungs and drug makers are receiving millions to formulate a vaccine. 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 13, 2009 1:49 PM

President Obama has nominated Dr. Regina Benjamin to be the surgeon general. Her background is in delivering health care to rural areas even remortgaging her home to finance a clinic. She must be confirmed by the Senate.  

Posted by Jane Akre
July 13, 2009 11:14 AM

Supplements of omega-3 fatty acids or DHA along with moderate alcohol consumption, may help fight the ravages of Alzheimer's disease, these three studies find, although the results were mixed. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 13, 2009 11:05 AM

Kristen Diane Parker, a former Colorado surgery technician accused of stealing syringes filled with pain medication and switching them with used syringes, despite knowing she had hepatitis C, has been denied bail. Parker's actions put nearly 6,000 patients at risk.

Posted by Jane Akre
July 10, 2009 1:35 AM

Wendell Potter used to talk to reporters on behalf of Big Insurance but after almost 20 years, he knew something wasn't right. Now he's speaking about Big Insurance to Congress, reporters, and on Bill Moyers tonight, telling insider secrets and adding a diverse voice to the health care reform debate.   He gives a insurance insider preview to IB News.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 09, 2009 1:55 PM

A new report by the CDC finds obesity rates are increasing or holding steady in some states, but did not drop in any single state. Find out obesity statistics in your state.

Posted by Jane Akre
July 09, 2009 11:54 AM

The National Institute on Aging is researching ways to slow the aging process. In one experiment, lab mice given the antibiotic, rapamycin, were found to have their life extended, for females by 14 percent, even though the drug was given later in life, at the equivalent of age 60 in humans. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 09, 2009 10:44 AM

A new report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine warns travelers about the importance of knowing the symptoms of venous thromboembolism and staying hydrated and mobile while traveling to prevent the condition from developing on long trips.

Posted by Jane Akre
July 09, 2009 10:37 AM

A number of doctors warn that the sedative drug, Diprivan, is not for home use. A study two years ago found a 100 percent death rate for most abusers. Michael Jackson's dermatologist tells CNN he never gave it to Jackson, although Diprivan was reportedly found in the home at the time of his death.

Posted by Jane Akre
July 08, 2009 12:16 PM

Researchers have discovered that an amino acid found in vegetable protein appears to lower blood pressure.  Glutamic acid, found in beans, whole grains, soy products and others, is the most common amino acid found in vegetables and accounts for 23 percent of vegetable protein and 18 percent of meat protein.  

Posted by Jane Akre
July 08, 2009 10:08 AM

Darvon and Darvocet, pain relievers that contain propoxyphene, will receive a stronger warning about the possibility of overdose. They just escaped being taken off the market by the FDA, which would have had a severe impact on about 500,000 daily users. 

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 08, 2009 6:02 AM

The Division of Drug Information (DDI), a branch of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is utilizing the power of Twitter to inform consumers, health care providers and the industry about information regarding human drug products and drug product regulation.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 08, 2009 4:50 AM

Sitting at your desk may seem harmless, but a new study shows a growing number of folks are landing in the emergency room due to acute injuries related to computers and computer accessories.

Posted by Jane Akre
July 07, 2009 2:27 PM

Kristen LaBrie was arraigned yesterday in Superior Court for withholding medical care from Jeremy, her autistic 9-year-old son who had cancer and died in March.  LaBrie, of Salem, Mass. is facing up to 40 years in prison if convicted on all four charges including attempted murder, child endangerment, and permitting bodily injury to a disabled person.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 07, 2009 11:23 AM

For the third straight year, 2008 saw the lowest number of medical malpractice payments. The decline, however, is likely because less injured patients have received compensation, not improved health safety.

Posted by Jane Akre
July 07, 2009 10:42 AM

A study in the British medical journal, The Lancet, finds the Gardasil rival drug for human papillomavirus, Cervarix is effective against five viruses, two most common virus types that cause HPV or human papillomavirus as well as three of the next most common cervical cancer causers. The study was funded by the vaccine maker, GlaxoSmithKline. 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 06, 2009 5:01 PM

General Motors passed another hurdle as it heads toward a sale free and clear of product liability claims by some 300 individuals. The judge says the sale is in the best interest of creditors and GM and is a better alternative to liquidation. 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 06, 2009 2:15 PM

OSHA is opening a probe into what killed a monorail operator at Walt Disney World in Florida. 21-year-old Austin Wuennenberg’s died Sunday when a monorail crashed into a second one around 2.a.m. It is the first death ever in the history of the monorail.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 06, 2009 11:54 AM

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is voluntarily recalling four million baby floats and 400,000 Simplicity Baby Cribs that are considered a safety risk to small children.

Posted by Jane Akre
July 06, 2009 11:29 AM

The recall of many products that contain ingredients from Plainview Milk Products coop, illustrates the difficulty of containing food ingredients contaminated with Salmonella.  

Posted by Jane Akre
July 06, 2009 9:01 AM

Mice bred to develop Alzheimer's disease, showed a reversal of the disease when fed the equivalent of five cups of coffee a day. The caffeine cut the amount of beta amyloid which leads to plaque in the brain, characteristic of human Alzheimer’s disease. 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 03, 2009 7:29 PM

All sunscreens are not created equal and the Environmental Working Group, a reliable nonprofit, sorts it all out. Surprisingly, three out of five brand-name sunscreens don't make the grade - either they don't protect the skin or contain chemicals you don't want.

Posted by Jane Akre
July 03, 2009 12:06 PM

The Washington Post offered to lobbyists, lawmakers and corporations, nonconfrontational and off-the-record access to reporters for $25,000 to $250,000 -  a direct conflict-of-interest to the Code of Ethics followed by American journalists  - "Deny favored treatment".  

Posted by Jane Akre
July 03, 2009 12:00 AM

The mom convicted last November of bullying a teenage girl on MySpace, driving her to the point of suicide, was acquitted by a Los Angeles judge Thursday, who called the laws used "vague and flawed".

Posted by Jane Akre
July 02, 2009 12:41 PM

A new vaccine given to cattle, may keep E. coli from shedding from the animal into our food supply. But getting to the root of the problem - the new documentary, "Food Inc." explores how agribusiness and factory farming methods have increased E. coli contamination and foodborne illnesses in the first place.  

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

The CDC is working on a vaccination campaign to encourage all 300 million Americans be vacciniated against the swine flu which health officials admit cannot be contained. 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 01, 2009 7:38 PM

Americans in 23 states are reported to be fatter than they were one year ago, according to a new nationwide report. In Mississippi, nearly one-third of adults are considered obese and 44.4 percent of children ages 10 to 17. Where does your state rank? 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 01, 2009 6:25 PM

The FDA has received so many reports of Chantix and Zyban users experiencing depression, hostility, agitation, and suicidal thoughts and commiting acts of suicide, that today the agency issued a Public Health Advisory that the smoking cessation drugs will be required to carry a stronger warning label.  

Posted by Jane Akre
July 01, 2009 1:35 PM

Breaking with the business community, Wal-Mart is backing President Obama’s plan to require employer-back health insurance coverage for all employees. The nation's largest retailer currently employs 1.4 million in the U.S.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
July 01, 2009 12:14 PM

An FDA advisory panel urged a ban of popular prescription painkillers Vicodin and Percocet, both which contain acetaminophen, Tuesday. The panel also recommended lowering the maximum dose of over-the-counter painkillers containing acetaminophen, such as Tylenol and Excedrin.

Posted by Jane Akre
July 01, 2009 10:43 AM

Michael Jackson reportedly wanted the sedative, Diprivan so he could sleep, his personal nurse reports. He told her he was experiencing both hot and cold sides of his body days before his death, the same symptoms that sparked an FDA ALERT concerning Diprivan two years ago, IB News finds in this exclusive report. 

Posted by Jane Akre
July 01, 2009 8:31 AM

The CDC reports about 47,000 falls a year among the elderly result from walkers not being properly fitted to the person. Canes and pets are a close second reason a person suffers a spill, which can lead to a hip fracture and a nursing home.  

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