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All news posts from January 01, 2010 to January 31, 2010

Posted by Jane Akre
January 29, 2010 11:55 AM

Toyota North America president as well as the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be before a congressional committee February 25, to answer just how long the company has known about the accelerator problem that led to 19 reported deaths, and what the company has done to try to resolve the defect.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 29, 2010 11:06 AM

California has collected over $2 million in fines from hospitals that have made medical errors which kill up to 200,000 patients every year nationally. The latest fines have been issued to 13 hospitals.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 28, 2010 4:51 PM

About 20% of the nation's 16,000 nursing homes are providing low quality care, finds a survey. Consistently, the worst care was provided by for-profit nursing home corporations and chains.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 28, 2010 11:21 AM

The growing problems for Toyota have now expanded into Europe and China where a recall now of the RAV4 and other models are now included over the mysterious faulty accelerator pedal.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 27, 2010 11:42 AM

The crash last February of a Colgan Air commuter flight over Buffalo that killed 50, highlighted the huge gaps in safety by many commuter services. The Federal Aviation Administration initiated a "Call To Action" which has resulted in a report issued Tuesday.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 27, 2010 10:21 AM

Toyota will stop selling eight popular models after a series of recalls the most recent announced last week and an uncertainty about the fix. Assembly lines at five North American plants will be idled in this unprecedented move by a major automaker.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 26, 2010 10:52 AM

Medtronic, with a history of defective heart products, has had a catheter-placed heart valve approved by the FDA on humanitarian grounds because it will be used by fewer than 4,000 patients annually.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 26, 2010 9:38 AM

The World Health Organization is denying critics who accuse the international health agency of hyping the H1N1 pandemic and being unduly influenced by big pharmaceutical companies that benefitted from lucrative vaccine contracts.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 26, 2010 8:42 AM

The NTSB has concluded that engineer, Robert Sanchez, was responsible for a September 2008 commuter train crash in California that killed 25. Improving rail safety is now a priority of the board, including automated systems that stop a train when the engineer fails to.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 25, 2010 5:58 PM

Charla Nash will not be given a hands and face transplant by the Cleveland Clinic where she has been since a chimp attack last February. The clinic says there is a long regulatory process and the surgery is very complex.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 25, 2010 1:20 PM

A multistate Salmonella outbreak has sickened 134 people in 38 states and its source has still not been positively identified by federal health officials.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 25, 2010 12:07 PM

The insurance lobby has been very busy spending millions to craft health care reform that preserves profits for the industry.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 22, 2010 7:30 PM

A critic of the MRI drug, Omniscan, has been sued by GE Healthcare over his allegedly libelous words. Henrik Thomsen warned other researchers how the drug was linked to a rare, crippling, and potentially fatal skin disease, NSF. Many say it's Britain's draconian libel laws that are now being used to keep him quiet.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 21, 2010 11:39 PM

In a surprising departure from federal election law, the Republican members of the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to strike down a ban on corporate spending on political campaigns. Corporations have free speech rights too, says Justice Anthony Kennedy in writing the majority opinion.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 21, 2010 2:07 PM

Chrysler starts the year with less than stellar news about a brake problem, after a lackluster 2009.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 21, 2010 1:31 PM

Graco is recalling 1.5 million units of strollers and children's products after the Consumer Product Safety Commission received seven reports of children's fingers either amputated or severely lacerated in the hinges.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 21, 2010 12:55 PM

How long should a truck driver be allowed to stay behind the wheel. That controversy is the focus of several hearings before the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 20, 2010 4:51 PM

When Nick Christie was taken into custody in Fort Myers for trespassing last March, his wife knew he was experiencing a manic episode from medication. His jailers didn't and instead pepper sprayed him into compliance. Then he died. His death has been ruled a homicide, the officers involved cleared and notice of a federal lawsuit has been filed.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 19, 2010 3:03 PM

Alli, the weight-loss product sold in retail stores and over-the-counter, has a counterfeit counterpart sold on eBay. Complaints have come into the maker, GlaxoSmithKline and the FDA. Know what to look for.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 19, 2010 9:44 AM

A massive beef recall in California was discovered in a packing house in products distributed throughout California as far back as 2008.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 18, 2010 5:20 PM

The individual mandate may be subjected to a U.S. Supreme Court challenge some GOP oponents to health care reforms suggest.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 15, 2010 1:14 PM

McNeil Consumer Healthcare makes a host of over-the-counter pain relievers and has found a chemical used to transport packing materials may have transferred to the product, creating a musty-mildew odor. Consumers should return any product listed in the recall with an odor and not take it.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 15, 2010 11:43 AM

Beware on false rumors being spread via Twitter, as scammers come out of the woodwork regarding Haiti. The FBI warns that you could be come a victim of identity fraud if you respond.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 14, 2010 5:19 PM

While Americans are generous in a time of need, scammers are poised to take advantage. Before giving to a charitable organization helping Haiti, know what to look for.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 14, 2010 1:44 PM

Power outages were due to an overload of the grid that serves South Florida and not due to a disconnect policy, says FPL. Other utilities also say they do not disconnect the power to customers, even delinquent ones, when the temperatures hover around freezing.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 12, 2010 11:49 PM

A man tried to get his medical records after suing a surgeon for medical malpractice and was told by the Tampa hospital to expect a bill for a million dollars, a retrieval fee.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 12, 2010 1:49 PM

Expect new models of autos to increasinigly allow drivers and passengers to connect to the Internet for commerce and pleasure, but at what cost to safety?

Posted by Jane Akre
January 11, 2010 12:19 PM

A percentage of the population may be more sensitive to the radiation given off of full body scans increasingly used at airports, according to a government report. Meanwhile a privacy rights group finds that TSA did request full-body scanners have the capability to store and send the full body scan images, despite a denial by TSA that images can't be stored or sent.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 11, 2010 10:55 AM

Consumers can add the heavy metal cadmium to their worry list as an AP investigation finds it is now used as a cheap substitute to make kiddie bling jewelry shiny and appealing.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 08, 2010 1:40 PM

Tests at The Acreage neighborhood in Palm Beach County will focus on the radioactive gas, radon, that naturally occurs in the soil. New York law firm is testing the well water.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 08, 2010 12:28 PM

A research team looked at 90 dispensed beverages and found 70 percent had bacterial contamination that would not be allowed in municipal drinking water.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 07, 2010 11:44 PM

The top five product-defect verdicts in 2009 rose to $620 million, an increase of 52 percent in total value. Jurors may be in the mood to give it back to corporate America.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 07, 2010 3:14 PM

Two separate studies find that the approval of medical devices is not as rigorous as that of many drugs, especially dangerous considering many medical devices are implanted.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 07, 2010 11:32 AM

With 3,000 new seats for freshman law students created in the last 15 years, law school enrollments are increasingly Caucasian, as Black and Chicano applicants are declined, even as L.S.A.T. scores improve.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 07, 2010 12:10 AM

Hundreds of people who had to cancel their Florida cruises are finding that the company that sold them insurance is bankrupt and they will not be reimbursed millions in losses.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 06, 2010 1:50 PM

Congress is showing renewed interst in full-body digital scanners after the Christmas day scare in a jet over Detroit. Even though they are not entirely reliable, well-connected lobbyists are pushing for their use and Senate hearings have been scheduled.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 06, 2010 11:03 AM

The FDA issues a recall notice for the ev3 catheter, but the company says it has collected all defective medical devices. Meanwhile, consumers injured or their survivors still cannot pursue litigation under the existing U.S. Supreme Court Riegel decision.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 05, 2010 3:54 PM

United Airlines Captain Erwin Washington was three times over the alcohol limit when he was pulled from a flight at London's Healthrow last November. Today he pled guilty and is facing two years behind bars.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 05, 2010 3:10 PM

Eli Lilly & Co.has had an FDA expert panel meeting canceled over its application to expand the use of its antidepressant, Cymbalta.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 05, 2010 9:42 AM

A breach at Newark's Liberty Airport highlights a security flaw domestically-TSA does not own security cameras, the airlines and airports do. In this case, that resulted in a two-hour delay in reviewing security footage. The man has not been found.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 04, 2010 12:52 PM

A number of bans are going into effect with the new year that determine where you smoke and what you eat.

Posted by Jane Akre
January 04, 2010 10:48 AM

The safety of drugs taken during pregnancy will be studied at 11 research centers. At least two-thirds of women who deliver have taken at least one prescription medication.

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