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Thanksgiving week is also GERD Awareness Week

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is most commonly associated with symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux and it affects millions of Americans. It occurs when the barrier between the stomach and esophagus is compromised and the stomach’s contents flow back into the esophagus. It can cause tissue damage to the lining of the esophagus and can increase risk of a pre-cancerous disease called Barrett’s esophagus. Perhaps appropriately, the week when most Americans are likely to overeat as they celebrate Thanksgiving with a feast of turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, numerous casseroles and slices of pie, Nov. 19-25, 2017 is GERD Awareness ... Read More

Xarelto makers fight FDA chief’s testimony

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer are pushing back against a former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chief who testified during a bellwether trial in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas involving the drug companies’ blood thinner Xarelto that the drug companies “did not adequately notify physicians that some patients are at high risk (of bleeding) than others.” Former FDA Commissioner David Kessler was an expert witness in the case of Lynn Hartman, who sued the drug companies over Xarelto side effects. She claimed that she was hospitalized for four days in June 2014 just months after taking Xarelto to ... Read More

Auto Auction Co. Faces Steep Safety Penalties After Deadly Crash

Federal officials have cited a Massachusetts automobile auction company with multiple safety violations and proposed more than a quarter million dollars in fines after five people were struck and killed by a runaway Jeep being exhibited at auction in May. Several others gathered for the auction were seriously injured. The citations stem from a May 3 investigation triggered by a May 1 incident involving a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee that suddenly accelerated to about 40 mph and plowed into a crowd of people gathered inside the Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica, Massachusetts. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said ... Read More

Talc plaintiff wants chance to fight for verdict in high-profile appeal

Law 360 reports that on Oct. 31, the estate of Jacqueline Fox, the first Missouri talc plaintiff last year who won a $72 million verdict against Johnson and Johnson, has asked a Missouri court of appeals to reconsider its decision made earlier in October to overrule the high-profile verdict. In February 2016, a St. Louis jury had found Johnson and Johnson to be responsible for Fox’s ovarian cancer death and awarded one million dollars in punitive damages for every year of Fox’s life. The court’s decision to overturn the verdict was based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling in ... Read More

Nutribullet Explosion Allegedly Burns Latina Superstar’s Mother

The mother of the legendary singer Jenni Rivera is suing the manufacturer of the Nutribullet blender, alleging her blender exploded while she was making chili and left her with severe, disfiguring burns. According to CBS News Los Angeles, Rosa Rivera and her attorney held a press conference Tuesday that offered some details of the alleged Nutribullet explosion. According to Ms. Rivera’s lawyer, infomercials touting the Nutribullet fail to warn consumers about the appliance’s hidden dangers, which include a build-up of pressure inside the canister that can cause it to explode. Ms. Rivera, who lives in Los Angeles, claims that her ... Read More

3 Crew Dead After Medical Helicopter Crash in Arkansas

Three crew members were killed when their medical helicopter crashed Sunday night in DeWitt, Arkansas, approximately 60 miles southeast of Little Rock, the Associated Press reported. A post-crash fire engulfed the helicopter in flames, preventing first responders from approaching the crash site when they arrived. The Bell 407 helicopter, known as Pafford AIR ONE, was owned and operated by Pafford EMS and Air Methods. Pafford EMS confirmed no patients were on board at the time of the crash, but that the aircraft was flying from Pine Bluff to pick up a patient in West Helena. The three crew members who ... Read More

Peyronie’s disease linked to increased cancer risk, possible genetic link

New research presented at the American Society for Reproductive Cancer Scientific Congress and published in Fertility & Sterility found that men with Peyronie’s disease had an increased risk for developing cancer. Peyronie’s disease, also known as penile fibrosis, is a disorder where fibrous scar tissue forms in the connective tissue in the penis causing the penis to curve. It can cause painful erections and erectile dysfunction. “Men with PD [Peyronie’s disease] have an increased risk of developing cancer, suggesting a possible common etiology between PD and cancer development, supporting recent genetic findings,” said the study authors. In the large retrospective ... Read More

Baxter recalls intravenous heart drug

Baxter International Inc., is recalling one lot of the heart medication Nexterone (amiodarone) after the company discovered particles floating in the solution during a stability study. The particulate was identified as consistent with polyethylene, the primary constituent of the film and ports used to manufacture the bag in which Nexterone is packaged. The matter is believed to have entered the solution during the manufacturing process. Intravenous administration of a solution containing sterile particulate matter may cause adverse health consequences, the extent and severity of which depends on the size, number, and composition of the foreign matter and the patient’s underlying ... Read More

CTE could be diagnosed before death with new information

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head, can currently only be diagnosed after an autopsy. But a new study shows that doctors may soon be able to diagnose patients with the disease while they are still living. When someone experiences head trauma, the brain releases a protein called tau. Repeated concussions can cause a build up of tau over neural cells that have been damaged. As the protein slowly spreads through the brain, brain cells die, leading to symptoms like dementia, agitation and aggression. The condition has been diagnosed in dozens ... Read More

Investigators Link Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak To Disneyland

Health authorities suspect an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that sickened at least 15 people in Southern California is tied to two cooling towers at Disneyland in Anaheim, but how the illness infected some of the individuals remains a mystery. Orange County health agency spokeswoman Jessica Good told the Los Angeles Times that 11 of the 15 people with confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease visited Disneyland in September. Two of those sickened in the outbreak have died. Four of those infected did not visit Disneyland. Legionnaires’ disease is caused by the naturally occurring Legionella bacteria, which exists in low concentrations in ... Read More