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

Posted by Jane Akre
March 31, 2010 2:14 AM

New restrictions on tanning beds could prohibit use by very fair-skinned persons as well as subjecting the devices to more scrutiny. An estimated 8,600 die every year from the skin cancer, melanoma, which comes from ultraviolet radiation.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 31, 2010 12:54 AM

The biotechnology industry's stocks fell today over a judge's ruling that invalidated a patent over genes linked to breast cancer. Biotechnology advances depend on patenting genes or life forms to be used exclusively for scientific advances and profit.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 29, 2010 11:56 AM

The death toll from runaway accelerating Toyotas is now at 102, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 25, 2010 10:13 PM

The final reconciliation of the House and Senate health care reform bill has been approved. It now goes to President Obama for his signature.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 25, 2010 1:40 PM

The indoor tanning industry is steeling itself against possible new FDA regulations amid emerging information finds tanning booths may be more dangerous than the ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 25, 2010 12:18 AM

While a new study reassures patients who take bone-building drugs to treat osteoporosis, a recent study indicates that the quality of bone among users may be brittle. The latest study is sponsored by drug makers, Merck and Novartis.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 24, 2010 10:18 PM

Infantino LLC has agreed to a voluntary recall of one million soft baby slings after three recent reports of infant suffocation. You are asked to destroy the product and not put it in the resale market.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 23, 2010 9:15 PM

A Georgia Supreme Court decision will allow those catastrophically injured by medical malpractice to take their case before a jury and have the jury decide what the case is worth, without imposed caps.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 23, 2010 1:56 AM

Hundreds of veterans have contacted groups reporting illnesses they believe resulted from their exposure to toxic smoke from burn pits, used by military contractors to get rid of all kinds of trash in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hundreds of thousands more may be affected.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 18, 2010 7:35 PM

1.2 million Graco Harmony High Chairs are the subject of the latest recall. 24 injuries have been reported and 464 incidents of screws coming loose allowing the chairs to tip.  

Posted by Jane Akre
March 17, 2010 11:07 AM

The Celebrity Mercury returns to port one day early because of another outbreak of norovirus, the third outbreak on the same ship.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 16, 2010 12:06 PM

The first trial is underway in federal court in New Orleans that will set the tone for thousands of Chinese drywall cases waiting for some resolution.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 15, 2010 11:55 AM

Toyota and the Department of Transportation engineers have been unable to replicate the conditions that caused a Prius to runaway on a San Diego freeway last Monday. Now the focus is on the Prius' owner.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 12, 2010 1:53 PM

A settlement of $650 million has been reached to cover about 10,000 first responded to the World Trade Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001. It is uncertain at this time wether individual lawsuits will proceed.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 12, 2010 11:08 AM

Plavix may not be effectively metabolized by up to 14 percent of users making the blockbuster anti-clot drug useless and putting patients at an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The FDA will require a black box warning on the drug, the most severe warning the FDA can require.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 11, 2010 5:59 PM

Another runaway Toyota, this time a Camry, is reported by a Florida couple that led to a crash. They are suing Toyota and the dealership which had allegedly "fixed" the vehicle.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 11, 2010 12:44 PM

Two studies released this week find an increasing number of spinal injuries and amputations among young people who ride an all-terrain vehicle.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 11, 2010 11:38 AM

The FDA responds to Fosamax studies warning of brittle bones with prolonged use.

Posted by Chrissie Cole
March 10, 2010 2:57 PM

Fosamax and similar drugs are supposed to make bones stronger. But new research shows staying on these drugs for five or more years can increase the risk of hip fractures.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 10, 2010 12:58 PM

Parents and caregivers need to beware of the suffocation dangers of harness-like slings used to carry infants. Sufocations have occured and improperly secured slings have resulted in children falling out.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 09, 2010 1:26 PM

A bill proposed in the Florida Legislature would shield doctors, nurses, EMS workers, paramedics from liability from gross negligence and medical malpractice up to $200,000 with the state picking up the rest.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 09, 2010 11:36 AM

An out-of-control Prius was racing at 94 mph when a CHP officer on loudspeaker helped the driver get control of the vehicle. No one was hurt. The Prius was part of a recall last November.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 08, 2010 1:16 PM

Two years after the Riegel decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, patients injured by medical devices still have no recourse in the court to hold the device maker accountable. The Riegel decision applies to medical devices that undergo FDA approval, many do not.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 08, 2010 11:31 AM

President Obama makes his final push for health care reform as insurers are emboldened to enact large premium hikes.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 05, 2010 5:04 PM

When Rhonda Smith spoke to lawmakers last week about her Toyota that nearly took her life in October 2006, many didn't believe her story. Now she answers her critics with assurances there was nothing in it for her to testify. She just wants dangerous Toyotas off the road.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 04, 2010 11:44 PM

Two women in the United Kingdom refuse a full body scan and are barred from boarding a plane. Monday expect upward of 490 full body scans to be found in U.S. airports to be deployed on a random basis.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 04, 2010 10:46 PM

Massive waves hit a cruise ship in the Mediterranean north of Barcelona at the end of a 12-day cruise. Two people lost their lives when windows smashed and furniture went flying.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 04, 2010 1:38 PM

The FDA plans to increase misdemeanor prosecutions of executives in the pharmaceutical and food industry after a lax performance in that area.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 03, 2010 6:06 PM

The use of aspirin and Tylenol contributed to hearing loss as this published study found, though there was little information on the dosage.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 03, 2010 3:15 PM

Baxter International reports one patient death and several injuries from its dialysis machine HomeChoice and HomeChoice Pro.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 02, 2010 6:54 PM

Toyota repeated assertions of last week's public airing - that electronics do not play a part in sudden acceleration. One VP even went so far as to suggest that driver error might be causing the uncontrolled acceleration crashes that has led to a massive recall worldwide of Toyotas.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 02, 2010 1:01 PM

An advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration will meet at the end of March to consider the safety of menthol flavoring in cigarettes under the new FDA authority over tobacco, ingredients and marketing.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 02, 2010 11:40 AM

The Toyota defense may be used to reopen the case of a runaway Toyota Camry that resulted in the deaths of three people and an eight year prison term for the driver, convicted of vehicular manslaughter.

Posted by Jane Akre
March 01, 2010 1:43 PM

When Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld wrote a book about the source of terrorism funding, the Saudi billionaire subject of her work successfully sued her. Since then, New York and several other states have crafted legislation that protects the free speech rights of writers from defamation lawsuits filed abroad, and federal legislation is pending.

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