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Hospira recalls saline injection due to human hair contamination

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Hospira Inc., is issuing a nationwide recall of one lot of 0.9 % Sodium Chloride Injection due to one confirmed report of human hair floating sealed in a bag of the solution in the additive port area. To date, there have been no adverse event reports associated with this issue. The recall affects one lot of 0.9 % Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 250 mL (NDC 0409-7983-02, Lot 44-002-JT, Expiry 1AUG2016). Sodium Chloride is a saline solution used in catheter flush injections or intravenous infusions. Injected particulate material may cause adverse events such as local inflammation, phlebitis, and/or low-level allergic response. ... Read More

Outbreak of drug-resistant superbug linked to specialized endoscopes


A specialized endoscope, put into the throats of a half-million people each year to treat gallstones, cancers, and other digestive system problems, has been identified as the source of a deadly bacterial infection in patients who have undergone procedures using the devices. It was found that conventional methods of cleaning the specialized endoscopes, known as duodenoscopes, do not always remove the so-called superbug. If the bacteria is not thoroughly removed from the scopes, the devices can spread infections from patient to patient. The superbug, known as CRE, is highly resistant to numerous antibiotics and kills as many as 40 to 50 ... Read More

Coffee may help protect against deadly melanoma


People who drink four or more cups of coffee a day are 20 percent less likely to develop melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, over 10 years, according to a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The benefit is only with caffeinated coffee and not decaf. The reason, researchers say, is that coffee contains numerous compounds that keep cancer-fighting processes that are triggered by UV light under control. The roasting process also causes coffee beans to release vitamin derivatives that have been shown to protect against UV damage in laboratory mice. There’s also some ... Read More

Study: Electronic cigarettes more carcinogenic than regular cigarettes


Electronic cigarettes may appear to be safer than regular cigarettes, but the vapors emitted from e-cigarettes may be even more carcinogenic than tobacco products, according to a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers with Portland State University tested the vapors from e-cigarettes and found that the liquid aerosol released formaldehyde, a carcinogen used in embalming fluid, cigarettes and disinfectants. The amount of formaldehyde in e-cigarette vapors, however, is even higher than most tobacco-containing cigarettes, researchers claim, giving long-term vaping enthusiasts a lifetime cancer risk 15 times greater than lifetime smokers of regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes have boomed ... Read More

Long-term hormonal birth control use linked to rare brain tumors

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Women who use hormonal contraceptives for at least five years are at greater risk of developing a rare form of brain cancer known as glioma, a new study suggests. All forms of hormonal birth control contain estrogen, progestin or a combination of both hormones. These include birth control pills and patches, Mirena IUD, and NuvaRing. Gliomas are a very rare brain tumor with a very poor prognosis. Of the 10,000 patients diagnosed with malignant gliomas each year, only half are alive after one year, and only 25 percent survive two years. The study, published in the British Journal of Clinical ... Read More

FDA warns of serious injuries in pediatric patients treated with bone graft substitutes

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Mounting reports of serious injuries in pediatric patients (younger than 18) who have received some types of bone graft substitutes have prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a Safety Communication warning doctors that the safety and efficacy of these devices in pediatric patients has not been reviewed or approved and poses unique risks to patients younger than 18 years of age. The issue involves bone graft substitutes containing recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides, which have caused serious injuries in patients younger than 18 such as excess bone growth, fluid accumulation, inhibited bone healing, and swelling. While these events ... Read More

Isolation bags may lower cancer-spread risk with power morcellation but create new risks


Using isolation bags during power morcellation procedures is feasible and may help protect against the risk of cancer spread during minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, according to a study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. “Methods for morcellating uterine tissue in a contained manner may provide an option to minimize the risks of open power morcellation while preserving the benefits of minimally invasive surgery,” the study’s authors wrote. Power morcellation is a procedure using a surgical tool that minces uterine fibroids or entire uteruses inside the body and removes them through a small incision in the abdomen. The procedure has ... Read More

Mean Green Cleaner and Degreaser products recalled after mislabeling mix-up

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A label mix-up involving more than 83,000 Mean Green Cleaner and Degreaser products has instigated a massive recall by CR Brands and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). According to the company’s recall notice, the cleaner and degreaser products contain ammonia, although the labels clearly state “does not contain ammonia.” If the ammonia-containing product is mixed with bleach or other domestic chemicals, dangerous or irritating fumes may be produced. The recalled Mean Green® Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser and Mean Green® Industrial Strength Cleaner & Degreaser products were sold in a white spray bottle and a white or green plastic jug. ... Read More

Most Medicare recipients not filling statin prescriptions after heart-related hospitalization


The majority of Medicare beneficiaries do not fill prescriptions for high-intensity statin drugs after being hospitalized for complications related to coronary heart disease, a new study has found. Researchers with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City examined the proportion of Medicare recipients filing statin prescriptions after being discharged from the hospital for a cardiac event. They found that only 27 percent of first post-discharge prescription fills among 8,762 Medicare beneficiaries filling a statin prescription after a cardiovascular event were for a high-intensity statin. Cholesterol-lowering statins are prescribed to help prevent heart attacks and strokes ... Read More

On-the-job cave-in leaves construction worker entrapped in trench at Veterans Administration Medical Center

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A construction worker became entrapped in a trench while on the job this week at the Veterans Administration Medical Center campus in Montgomery, Ala. According to Montgomery Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Martha Earnhardt, the construction laborer was working in the trench when he became trapped by shifting dirt. The cave-in situation, however, had already subsided by the time Montgomery Fire/Rescue personnel arrived on the scene, thanks to co-workers who were able to free the man using their own efforts. “The worker was not believed to be injured, but was transported as a precautionary measure,” Earnhardt stated. Although this construction worker ... Read More