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Blog Posts in December, 2009

  • Radiation Exposure from CT Scans More Dangerous Than Previously Thought

    Recently, it was reported that radiation overexposure from CT scans may be more severe than health care professionals previously thought. Research from two new studies published in the Archives of Internal Medicine has found that patients may be exposed to four times more radiation than estimated by prior studies. The studies caution against the overuse of CT scans, as well as other medical ...
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  • Psychotropic Drugs Prescribed to Foster Children Without State Consent

    Recently, the Chicago Tribune reported that powerful medications known as psychotropics were being prescribed to hundreds of Illinois foster children without the mandatory consent of state child welfare officials. During 2007, as many as 240 foster children received these strong medications without consent. Some medical centers, including one of Illinois’ largest psychiatric centers, Streamwood ...
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  • Consumer Advocacy Group Points to Risks of Meridia and Urges an FDA Ban

    The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen is petitioning the government to ban the popular weight loss pill Meridia. A recent 10,000 patient study, also known as the SCOUT study, showed that a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and death are associated with the drug. Meridia is used by about 250,000 people, and it is prescribed to treat obesity by acting as an appetite suppressant. The FDA had ...
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  • FDA Reminds Health Professionals of Serious Risks of Birth Defects from Depakote

    The FDA recently reminded healthcare professionals and patients about the increased risk of severe birth defects, including spinal defects, severe facial defects, and heart defects, associated with the drug Depakote. Depakote is commonly used to treat bipolar disorder, and has also been used to treat epilepsy, major depressive disorder, and migraine headaches. The FDA letter to healthcare ...
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  • Gadolinium-based MRI Drugs Pose Serious Health Risks

    BusinessWeek recently reported that some drugs used for MRI imaging may be riskier for patients with pre-existing kidney issues than previously believed. These drugs are all gadolinium-based, and include Omniscan, Magnevist, and Optimark. Some major hospitals had already ceased use of Omniscan when reports came out in 2006 that its use may lead to an increased risk of developing a condition called ...
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  • Thousand File Suit Against Bayer for Increased Risks of Taking Yaz

    The Washington Times reported recently that Bayer, the maker of the popular birth control Yaz, is currently facing thousands of lawsuits regarding the safety of the drug. The lawsuits were filed due to Yaz'sincreased risk of blood clots to users. This increased risk has led to serious injuries such as heart attacks, strokes and gallbladder disease for many women. In August, a study published in ...
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