Daily Archives: December 3, 2008

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MIT report proves type of contaminant in Chinese heparin

A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has confirmed that over-sulfated chondroitin sulfate was, in fact, the contaminant in heparin that was manufactured in China and triggered serious allergic reactions that caused more than 80 Americans to die and hundreds more to be sickened earlier this year, according to ABC Action News. Researchers identified the contaminant last April and noted how it could lead to severe allergic reactions. This new MIT report documents the reactions and specifically links them to batches of heparin that were manufactured in Baxter International’s Chinese facility. The findings were published in the ... Read More

Was Wal-Mart negligent in the black friday trampling?

An impatient crowd, frenzied by the thought of saving some money this holiday season, pushes through the doors of Wal-Mart as a temporary employee unlocks them early Friday morning. The doors are ripped from their hinges and smashed as the crowd pushes forward, trampling the holiday worker and others caught underfoot. 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour, a 6’5” 270-pound man hired to help with the holiday crowds, was crushed to death on the floor of the Nassau County, Long Island, Wal-Mart as hundreds of people stepped on him. Others were also injured, including a 28-year-old woman who is eight months pregnant. While ... Read More

Follow-up to Canadian BART study confirms Trasylol risks

A report released yesterday underlines the danger of Trasylol (aprotinin), which was used for years to limit bleeding during surgery. Trasylol was taken off the market last year after U.S. tests indicated the drug posed a significantly higher risk of death as opposed to other anti-bleeding drugs. The new study, as reported by Forbes.com, includes an examination of Trasylol use in 49 randomized clinical trials, and also includes new information from the Blood Conservation Using Antifibrinolytics in a Randomized Trial (BART) study, published earlier this year. The findings of the new study, which was conducted by Canadian and Australian reserachers, ... Read More

Young SJS victim creates Web site for children with SJS

About 300 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) each year. It is a serious and life-threatening disorder often caused by an allergic reaction to prescription and over-the-counter medications, and it can affect people of all ages, including children. Those afflicted by the disease experience severe and often painful inflammation of the mucus membranes and, if left untreated, it can result in blindness, serious health problems, and death. Julie McCawley became a victim of SJS when she was just 11 months old. Her mother, Jean McCawley, established the SJS Foundation in 1995 to provide the public and ... Read More

Family secretly video tapes abuse of nursing home resident

Armeda Thomas’ family was desperate to know the origin of Armeda’s mysterious bruises. The 84-year-old woman lived in Madison Manor nursing home in Richmond, Ken., and has Alzheimer’s Disease, which made getting the answers from her simply impossible. Even nursing home staff couldn’t tell family members why Armeda was covered in bruises. So the family took matters in their own hands and, last August, without knowledge of the nursing home, placed a hidden camera in Armeda’s room and pointed it to her bed. “We were just so desperate to know the truth and for other people to know the truth,” ... Read More