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Blog Posts in February, 2010

  • Residents of Nursing Home Go Clubbing as Biker Gang

    Nursing home residents at Bethesda Retirement Center in Chicago usually spend their time knitting or quilting. One day, they decided to try something different, and headed out to Evil Olive nightclub dressed as a biker gang. After recruiting hairstylists, make-up artists, professional costumers and tattoo artists, the seniors got transformed for their night of fun. The event at the Evil Olive was ...
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  • Newly Uncovered Reports Indicate FDA Debate over Avandia Heating Up

    Avandia, a popular drug used to treat Type 2 diabetes, has been linked to a higher risk of heart attack and heart failure than any other diabetes drug. The drug has recently made headlines due to the uncovering of confidential government reports, in which doctors from the Food and Drug Administration concluded that "Rosiglitazone [Avandia] should be removed from the market." The uncovered reports ...
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  • New Study Finds Overuse of Feeding Tubes in Advanced Dementia Patients

    A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) finds that the decision to give patients with advanced dementia feeding tubes depends more on cost concerns than the patient's well-being. Hundreds of patients surveyed by Dr. Joan Teno of Brown University were given a feeding tube although they had specified in writing that they did not want one. Feeding tubes do not increase ...
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  • Cognis and Teligen Defibrillators May Have Deadly Defect

    According to a recent article in the journal HeartRhythm, Boston Scientific Corp's Cognis and Teligen brand defibrillators have a dangerous design flaw. Defibrillators are portable electronic devices that automatically diagnose possibly life-threatening irregular heart rhythms in a patient, and help the heart re-establish effective rhythm with the application of electrical therapy. The defect in ...
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  • Long Term Healthcare Hospitals: Lack of Scrutiny over Poor Standards of Care?

    The New York Times recently published an article on the lack of scrutiny long-term healthcare hospitals face over their standards of care. According to the report, Medicare has never closely examined the care provided in these facilities, which are largely run by for-profit companies and have no doctors on staff. Many are “hospitals within hospitals”, as the company that runs them contracts ...
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  • FDA Warns Consumers about Counterfeit Version of Weight Loss Drug Alli

    Recently, the FDA warned consumers that a counterfeit version of the over-the-counter weight loss product Alli could be harmful. The counterfeit Alli has been sold in 60mg capsules as part of a 120 count refill kit on online auction websites like Ebay. The manufacturer of Alli, GlaxoSmithKline, has stated that tests on the counterfeit version of the drug showed that it contained sibutramine. ...
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  • Illinois Supreme Court Rules Medical Malpractice Damage Caps are Unconstitutional

    Today the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that limits on damages in medical malpractice cases are unconstitutional, as such caps violate the principle of separation of powers. The limits that were adopted by the Illinois General Assembly in 2005 infringe upon the power of the judicial branch. The 2005 law limited victims of medical malpractice to collecting up to $500,000 against doctors and $1 ...
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  • Toyota Recalls Millions of Vehicles due to Deadly Defect

    On August 28, 2009, a 911 call in San Diego finally forced Toyota to step up their inquiries into defects in thousands of recently manufactured cars. The call came from a driver of a Lexus sedan, manufactured by Toyota, who complained that the vehicle accelerated without prompting and was about to crash. Allfour people in the vehicle died in the crash. Before the tragic accident, Toyota received ...
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  • Weight Loss Pill Meridia Receives FDA Warning Saying Users have Increased Risk of Heart Attack

    Recently, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added new warnings to the weight loss pill Meridia. On the same day, the European Medicines Agency (the European equivalent of the FDA) advised doctors and pharmacists to stop using the drug as the “risks…are greater than their benefits”. The FDA’s new warnings indicate the increased risk of heart attacks and strokes in ...
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