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Blog Posts in April, 2010

  • Illinois Proposes Reforms to Increase Staffing Ratios in its Nursing Homes

    The Chicago Tribune recently reported that Governor Pat Quinn is proposing reforms for Illinois’ troubled nursing homes. These reforms would mandate Nursing Homes raise their minimum staffing levels and nursing care hours for residents that need skilled care. Currently, Illinois rules require nursing homes to provide at least 2 ½ hours of nursing care per resident each day. Many studies reveal ...
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  • Ongoing Concerns Surrounding Birth Control Drugs Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella

    A recent news report by the Los Angeles Times highlights ongoing concerns regarding the safety of the birth-control drugs Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella, the generic version. When these drugs first came on the market, it was believed that they would be safer than existing birth control brands because they contained a different type of synthetic progestin . However, as of mid-February 2010, about 1,100 ...
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  • Toyota Temporarily Halts Sales of Lexus GX 460 SUV due to Rollover Risk

    Yesterday, Toyota stated that it would temporarily stop selling the Lexus GX 460 SUV . The move comes in the wake of a Consumer Report magazine article which issued a rare "Don't Buy" warning for the vehicle. Consumer Report stated that during unusual turns, the rear of the GX 460 SUV slid until it was nearly sideways before the car's electronic stability control system started working. This ...
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  • EPA Imposes Stricter Standards on Mines due to Asbestos and Other Toxins

    Following Monday's explosion at the Upper Big Branch South Mine in West Virginia, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) immediately implemented stricter standards related to water quality in mines. Water in these mine sites often contains pollution from toxic substances. These stricter standards set by the EPA follow the example of their intervention in the Libby, Montana mines. Thousands of ...
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  • New Study Strengthens Link between Ulcerative Colitis and Accutane

    Since first entering the market, there have been many health risk warnings regarding the acne drug Accutane. Specifically, Accutane has been associated with an increased risk of developing a digestive disorder known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD refers to a group of digestive disorders that includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease. A new study in the American Journal of ...
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  • Healthcare Professionals Warned that ASR, a Hip Replacement Device, has High Early Rate of Failure

    The New York Times recently reported that DePuy Orthopaedics, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, has warned doctors that an artificial hip implant known as the ASR has a high early failure rate in some patients. The warning comes after more than two years of reports of implant failures in patients after only a few years post-surgery. Typically, artificial hips are projected to last 15 years. As a result ...
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