Three more hospitalized in Alabama with mystery illness
Three more people from southeast Alabama have fallen ill from a mystery disease since state health officials alerted the media Wednesday that an investigation into the cause of the illness was underway. To date, 10 people have been hospitalized, two
Abbott recalls all FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Meters
Abbott Diabetes Care is recalling its FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Meters because if the blood sugar level is 1024 mg/dL or above the device will display and store in memory an incorrect test result that is far below that level, which
Illnesses prompt another recall of compounding pharmacy products due to sterility concerns
All sterile products made and distributed by a Dallas-based compounding pharmacy are being recalled after an inspection of the facility uncovered poor sterile production practices. The inspection occurred after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received reports of fever, flu-like
Mystery illness hospitalizes 7, kills 2 in southeast Alabama
Two people have died and at least seven have been hospitalized by a mystery illness in Alabama. All seven cases were reported at one hospital in Dothan and come from a 10-county area in the southeast corner of the state.
For-profit dialysis clinics use more costly and dangerous drugs
For-profit dialysis kidney centers use more of an expensive and dangerous class of drugs than nonprofit clinics, according to a report published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine. The drugs are known as erythropoiesis-stimulation agents (ESAs) such as Amgen’s Epogen.
Victims of fungal meningitis outbreak deserve compensation for their pain and suffering
The days when Brian Kennedy can rate his pain as an 8 out of 10 are “good days,” but most often it feels more like a 9 or 10 even with the potent painkiller oxycodone in his system. Kennedy is
Study finds placebo treats symptoms almost as well as antidepressants
A new study shows that placebos may be just as effective as antidepressants for treating depression, suggesting that many people may not need to take the drugs, exposing themselves to potentially dangerous side effects.
Women file lawsuits against makers of transvaginal mesh
Lori Eggenberg thought the surgery she was having to correct urinary incontinence was the newest, most advanced, minimally invasive procedure available. Her doctor used transvaginal mesh to lift up her bladder. It turned out to be her worst nightmare. Lori’s
Researchers study abnormal heart rhythm, sudden cardiac death among dialysis patients
A group of researchers from the University of Cincinnati is hoping that an implantable device can identify undetected heart rhythm abnormalities in patients undergoing hemodialysis. These patients are at high risk for sudden cardiac death, which doctors say may be