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

Posted by Jane Akre
September 30, 2009 10:08 PM

Several Tobacco companies are planning to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and overturn a May racketeering lawsuit ruling that requires them to tell the truth about the dangers of smoking and of "light" and "low-tar" cigarettes.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 30, 2009 10:06 PM

National Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10 and focuses on burn awareness and prevention as well as keeping homes safe from the leading causes of home fires.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 30, 2009 11:37 AM

There is good new and bad news to report about breast cancer, but overall, the American Cancer Society in this 2009-2010 report says that the deaths rates have been steadily declining about 2 percent a year.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 30, 2009 9:47 AM

A crash in San Diego last month that killed four people including a family may have been caused by a floor mat that covered the accelerator pedal of the speeding car. Now Toyota and the federal government are recalling about 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles with the same potential problem.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 29, 2009 2:18 PM

A New York State Health Department regulation issued in August, mandates health care workers get the flu shot, both for swine flu and seasonal flu, by November 30th or be fired. New York is the first state with a mandate.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 29, 2009 12:35 PM

A 14-year-old girl in Britain died shortly after receiving her HPV vaccine Monday. Drug maker, GlaxoSmithKline has isolated that batch of the Cervarix vaccine. Cervarix is a direct competitor to Gardasil (Merck) and is seeking U.S. approval. The Gardasil vaccine is also thought to be responsible for a number of deaths.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 28, 2009 6:08 PM

The mission of World Rabies Day is to raise awareness about the impact of human and animal rabies, how easy it is to prevent it.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 28, 2009 4:46 PM

A conference on distracted drivers begins in Washington Wednesday, and truckers are sure to square off with safety advocates over computers in the cab.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 28, 2009 3:07 PM

The National Transportation Safety Board has found failures in train control systems audio frequency track circuits that allowed one train to plow into the back of another in Washington D.C. last June. Other areas around the country use the same technology, but no one has an accounting of how many.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 28, 2009 10:02 AM

Another medical helicopter crash kills three people Friday night, creating a sense of urgency that new NTSB recommendations be put into place to regulate the $2 billion growing industry.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 25, 2009 3:29 PM

SSRI antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft and Celexa, had a potential to harm the heart of a developing fetus when taken early in the pregnancy, says this Danish study. 13 percent of women in the U.S. are reportedly taking antidepressants while pregnant.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 25, 2009 10:46 AM

Canadian researchers find getting a seasonal flu shot may double your chances of getting the swine flu. The results, yet unpublished, are causing a buzz in the public health community worldwide.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 25, 2009 9:24 AM

A review of the process that fast-tracks medical devices into the marketplace without a safety review will be undertaken by the Institute of Medicine. The review will take two years, long overdue say patients hurt by devices that have been fast-tracked.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 24, 2009 7:05 PM

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched "The Tipping Point," a safety campaign to urge parents to take simple measures to prevent deaths and injuries associated with TV, furniture and appliance tip-overs.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 24, 2009 4:11 PM

Tylenol is removing 21 children's products from store shelves because of a bacterial contamination found in some of the inactive ingredients. None of the finished product reportedly has the bacteria, but check the lot numbers and return it for a new product.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 24, 2009 11:34 AM

It is now thought to be possible one day to reduce the risk of contracting HIV with a vaccine after the largest clinical trial ever held cut the infection rate by 32 percent.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 23, 2009 10:07 PM

America On the Move Week is part of Activate America – the YMCA’s response to the nation’s growing health crisis. Activate America engages communities nationwide to provide better opportunities for people of all ages in their pursuit of health and well-being.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 23, 2009 6:07 PM

An Arizona couple is suing Wal-Mart after it forwarded bath time photos of their children onto police, who took away the children, charging the photos were obscene.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 23, 2009 4:30 PM

Major automakers expressed support Wednesday for banning drivers from text messaging and using hand-held mobile phones while operating a vehicle.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 23, 2009 12:37 PM

OxyContin may be reformulated making it more difficult for addicts to dissolve the painkiller in water and inject it for a heroin-like effect. FDA advisors will consider the application Thursday.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 23, 2009 11:19 AM

Universities are often not told about the money their academics receive from device makers as consultants and product developers.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 22, 2009 3:57 PM

The FDA is flexing its muscle over tobacco, banning the making and importing of flavored cigarettes that are especially appealing to young smokers.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 22, 2009 12:01 PM

Look for the signs of declining financial skills one year before the development of Alzheimer's disease, report researchers in this published study.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 22, 2009 10:32 AM

When Wayne Volkmuth tried to sue a dental clinic for the death of his son, age 7, he found what lawyers and the injured in California understand. Pain and suffering, both physical and emotional, has been arbitrarily capped at $250,000, even before you go before a jury.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 22, 2009 6:08 AM

Sheller, P.C. law firm, also an InjuryBoard Member, was instrumental in aiding the government to recoup record numbers of dollars for federal and state governments, taxpayers and whistleblowers in two historic cases against Eli Lilly and Pfizer.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 21, 2009 10:41 PM

Documents in a wrongful termination case against Toyota will stay unsealed as a former insider accuses the automaker of hiding and destroying evidence in hundreds of injury and death rollover cases. This was the second time Toyota tried to have the documents sealed. 15 cases have already been reopened.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 21, 2009 12:54 PM

Alzheimer's disease cases are soaring at a rapid pace. By next year, a predicted 35.6 million around the world will suffer, which represents a 10 percent increase in four year. If the pace continues, the numbers of those with Alzheimer’s will double every 20 years. The U.S. still has no national plan, as many European countries do.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 21, 2009 11:16 AM

Salmonella has contaminated two brands of California grown spinach that were quickly traced to distributors in 12 states and Canada before they made anyone sick.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 18, 2009 7:01 PM

While more girls are getting the first shot of Gardasil in 2008 than a year earlier, fewer than one in five completes the three-shot series, reports the CDC.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 18, 2009 11:34 AM

Upward of 45,000 Americans may die every year because they lack health insurance, says this latest study out of Harvard, raising the risk of dying by 40 percent and exceeding kidney disease as a leading cause of death.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 17, 2009 4:42 PM

Diana Levine is in the news again. The woman whose case against Wyeth delivered the death knell to federal preemption in drug product liability cases, today got part of her wish. The drug that took her right arm will now carry a more explicit warning against administering it via IV push.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 17, 2009 11:49 AM

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Thursday warned Allergan Inc., maker of eyelash thickner, Latisse, that it is misleading the public because it downplays the risks associated with the product, including turning light eyes dark.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 17, 2009 11:33 AM

Sen. Max Baucus had no Republican support for his health reform bill and the White House is lukewarm. The plan does not go far enough for some Democrats, while big insurance says it goes too far in taxing them, even though it does not contain a public option.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 17, 2009 11:19 AM

Washington state missed the deadline to submit a list of the top 50 chemicals that makers of children's products are required to report under a law passed in 2008. Expected to make the list are Bisphenol-A and mercury.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 17, 2009 12:03 AM

The results of a new study suggests implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are not effective in women.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 16, 2009 11:59 PM

Tort reform is being challenged by injured patients or their spouses in Georgia and Indiana. Not allowing the jury to decide on a case's worth is unconstitutional said the judge in the Georgia case.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 16, 2009 2:50 PM

Actor, Patrick Swayze died of pancreatic cancer this week. Among his good habits that may have added to his 20-month survival, were his love of work, and physical fitness from dancing. Among the lifestyle factors that may have raised his risk - cigarettes and alcohol.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 16, 2009 12:31 PM

There is no agreement on what constitutes pilot fatigue on ultra long-range flights that can last up to 20 hours. Some airlines are addressing the issue on their own, while the FAA may impose new rules on the industry.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 15, 2009 10:43 PM

The FDA has approved the applications from four vaccine makers, who plan to have nearly 200 million shots available by mid-October. The total cost to the U.S. government for the vaccines is more than $1 billion for some vaccines in multi-dose vials that do contain thimerosal.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 15, 2009 4:19 PM

After internal scientists at the EPA said they had a concern about dust and debris coming from tire mulch in playgrounds, the EPA says it is not addressing the situation.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 15, 2009 12:36 PM

Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder examined 50 shower heads from nine U.S. cities and found 30 percent harbored high levels of Mycobacterium avium, or M. avium – a group of bacteria that can cause lung infections.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 15, 2009 11:24 AM

Metformin, the diabetes drug, may be useful to stop the reoccurence of cancer cells by starving them of sugar for growth.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 14, 2009 4:52 PM

The first trial accusing Merck of withholding information on the dangers of osteoporosis drug, Fosamax, has ended in a mistrial after Juror No. 5 says she was intimidated and threatened by the other seven jurors for siding with the plaintiff.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 14, 2009 11:29 AM

The impact of a chlorinated pool on allergies and asthma may be five-fold that of secondhand smoke, say researchers in this published study.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 14, 2009 10:45 AM

The majority of college campuses are reporting cases of swine flu, which can be especially severe in young people who do not have a lifetime of immunity. Campuses are gearing up.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 14, 2009 12:06 AM

Scientists at the University of Washington report, samples of sand and water from five beaches around the Puget Sound have tested positive for a multi-drug resistant form of the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Posted by Jane Akre
September 11, 2009 7:24 PM

Some of the solutions to medical malpractice lawsuit reform, suggested by the president Wednesday night, have been tried and failed.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 11, 2009 1:03 PM

If the Food and Drug Administration follows the advice of its panels, Gardasil could soon be approved for use in boys and young men.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 11, 2009 11:58 AM

Upward of seven million illegal immigrants would not be able to access a reformed U.S. health care, say policy experts, any more than they already do.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 11, 2009 12:24 AM

Onexa, a new experimental obesity drug by Vivus Inc., of Mountain View California, met key weight loss goals in two late-stage studies.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 10, 2009 1:36 PM

The insurance industry did not appear to be hurt on Wall Street this morning following the president's speech to Congress about health care reform which included a major concession to corporations concerning tort reform.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 10, 2009 1:08 PM

VP Joe Biden says some form of health care reform should be out before Thanksgiving. Meanwhile Rep. Joe Wilson is being called on the carpet for his outburst heard on national television. His Web site has been shut down and his opponent in 2010 is reaping the rewards.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 09, 2009 5:36 PM

President Obama is walking a tight rope with his approval ratings dropping, Republicans and Progressives are both expressing disapproval (for different reasons) in advance of his talk to the nation tonight.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 09, 2009 12:00 PM

ADHD may have less to do with willful defiance or inattention and more to do with lacking dopamine in the brain, specifically in the areas that govern reward and motivation, this study finds.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 09, 2009 11:40 AM

Americans could be hit with hefty fines for failing to buy health insurance under a new plan put on the table by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) a moderate who heads the influential Finance Committee.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 09, 2009 10:35 AM

Each millimeter of bone loss from chronic periodontitis was linked to a fourfold risk of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, especially in the mouth and throat, according to this study on mouth health and cancer.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 08, 2009 1:50 PM

Manufacturers that process or hold food are now required to report any contamination within 24 hours under new FDA regulations, all in an effort to keep food-borne illness away from the public.

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

Three new genes have been found to be associated with Alzheimer's disease, however gene research has so far yielding nothing more than drugs to delay symptoms of the disease. The cause and cure are still elusive and controversial.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 08, 2009 8:11 AM

A virus may be linked to the most aggressive form of prostate cancer. If a test can be developed, it will potentially help identify which cancers should be treated, and which can progress under watchful waiting.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 04, 2009 6:49 PM

An FDA advsory panel will be looking at two issues to combat human papillomavirus (HPV) in the U.S. - the drug Ceravix, already approved in Europe, and expanded use of the drug, Gardasil in boys and young men.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 04, 2009 1:00 PM

Fried foods of all sorts, including butter, are attracting media attention for their total disregard of the link to heart disease, sort of a rebel without a healthy cause. 

Posted by Jane Akre
September 04, 2009 11:56 AM

Fans assume a risk of injury when they attend a baseball game,according to a judge who dismissed a case filed by a fan who suffered a broken nose from a flying bat.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 04, 2009 10:38 AM

Pediatricians reports the most job satisfaction among this survey of 4,700 physicians, with surgical specialties the least satisfied. Income appears to be one factor that contributes to satisfaction in a career.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 03, 2009 5:10 PM

Fosamax, the osteoporosis drug, is on trial in a New York Courtroom as is its maker, Merck, in a case that will be watched by millions of menopausal women and their doctors.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 03, 2009 3:33 PM

A passenger who fell from a cruise ship off the coast of Florida was rescued early this morning by another cruise ship. Law enforcement now suspects the man may have intentionally jumped overboard.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 03, 2009 10:50 AM

Communities can play as important a role in combating obesity as individual choice, this report suggests.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 02, 2009 1:33 PM

Pfizer, the world's largest drug maker, has been slapped with a record $2.3 billion civil and criminal fine for promoting four drugs for off-label use, paying off doctors and billing the government. Pfizer is a "repeat offender" says the government.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 02, 2009 12:01 PM

The resolution of about 300 Toyota rollovers and roof crush cases is uncertain after a federal racketeering lawsuit filed by a company insider, alleges that internal documents, vital to litigation, were routinely destroyed by Toyota.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 02, 2009 10:53 AM

The NTSB wants more pilot training and sophisticated equipment for medical helicopters to avoid the fatal helicopter crashes that have killed 35 people in the last two years.

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

Linda Rivera has been hospitalized since last May from eating raw cookie dough contaminated with E. coli 0157. With her condition worsening, her chance for recovery looks slim. 80 others suffered some form of sickness from the contaminated dough.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 01, 2009 1:39 PM

These Durabrand DVD players deliver more than fine films - they can overheat and burst into flames and 4.2 million are now the subject of a nationwide recall.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
September 01, 2009 12:41 PM

R.J. Reynolds and other tobacco companies have filed suit against federal authorities claiming their right to free speech has been violated by a new tobacco law. The suit seeks to overturn portions of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Posted by Jane Akre
September 01, 2009 11:48 AM

The PSA test for prostate cancer is not specific enough to determine if a cancer is fast growing or not, and as a result, many men are treated aggressively for prostate cancer, which carries its own risks and side effects.

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