Monthly Archives: August 2009

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New Chrysler accepts responsibility for older models

Chrysler Group LLC, formed when Chrysler LLC reorganized under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last spring, changed its stance on lawsuits filed by or on behalf of drivers and passengers who were injured in pre-bankruptcy Chrysler model vehicles. The new Chrysler says it will now assume accountability for the older cars and trucks. The old Chrysler faced 160 lawsuits filed by people injured in defective Chrysler vehicles – lawsuits that the company originally intended to leave behind in bankruptcy court. Chrysler spokesman Michael Palese said that the newly formed company, of which Fiat owns a 20 percent stake, is more confident ... Read More

Scleroderma bill will raise awareness, fund research

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has introduced a bill in the United States Senate to raise awareness of scleroderma and fund research into the disease and its secondary conditions, according to a press release issued by the Scleroderma Foundation. Scleroderma is a chronic and disabling connective tissue disorder that involves changes in the skin, blood vessels, muscles and internal organs. For most, the condition is progressive. If the gastrointestinal tract, heart, kidneys or lungs are involved, the condition can be fatal. Secondary conditions resulting from scleroderma include gastroparesis and pulmonary hypertension. The Scleroderma Research and Awareness Act, co-sponsored by Senator Charles ... Read More

South Asians more likely to shun colorectal cancer screenings

Encouraging people to get colorectal cancer screenings can be difficult, even though early detection can often lead to a cure. “It is one of the most feared of all illnesses and people … don’t want to know about it if they don’t have to,” Dr. Taina Taskila of the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom told Reuters Health. Dr. Taskila and a team of researchers from the university conducted a study to find out who is most likely to opt out of colorectal screenings and what can be done to change attitudes about the potentially life-saving procedure. The research sprang ... Read More

Alberta woman killed in ATV rollover

An all-terrain vehicle rollover claimed the life of an Alberta, Canada woman earlier this month. The woman, identified as Gaye-Lynne Westad of Beaverlodge, Alberta, was an experienced ATV driver and enthusiast. According to the Herald-Tribune of Grande Prairie, Alberta, the accident occurred just south of the Tumbler Ridge district of northern British Columbia, about 60 miles from the victim’s home. Witnesses say that Westad was driving up a steep incline when the rollover occurred. A passenger, also female, was thrown from the vehicle while Westad was pinned underneath the overturned ATV for an unspecified length of time. Fellow ATV drivers ... Read More

Swimmers can suffer shoulder injury from repetitive overhead movements

Swimming is often touted as the perfect exercise, working several muscles throughout the body with such low impact that it makes injuries less likely than in other sports. But a recent study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that 71 out of 80 elite male swimmers experienced shoulder pain. The pain from this “swimmers shoulder” comes from either tendonitis or from the pinching of the rotator cuff muscle. The culprit? Repetitive overhead movements, such as those from the main swimming strokes such as freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke. The pinching of the shoulder cuff muscle is one of ... Read More

FDA reminds public to inspect supply of insulin for stolen, tainted vials

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding the public to check their personal supply of long-acting insulin Levemir made by Novo Nordisk Inc., because less than 2 percent of the stolen vials have been recovered and are likely still being distributed. Evidence suggests that the stolen insulin was not stored and handled properly and may be dangerous to those who use it. The FDA has received several reports of patients who suffered an adverse events due to poor control of glucose levels after using a vial from one of the stolen lots. The FDA first issued a health advisory ... Read More

Jurors in first Rhino rollover case hear accusations against Yamaha

Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the first case against Yamaha to go to court told the jury last week that Rhino vehicles are “unreasonably dangerous” and that Yamaha knows it. The lawsuit was filed by the parents of Forest “Eddie” Ray, a 13-year-old boy from Southeast Texas who was killed when the Rhino he was driving rolled over, crushing his head under the roll cage. The case is being tried in a state courtroom in Orange County, Texas with Judge Buddy Hahn, 163rd Judicial District, presiding. An attorney for the plaintiffs told the jury that the company chose to put ... Read More

HIV drug linked to deadly skin condition

Tibotec Therapeutics, makers of prescription medication Intelence (etravirine) used to control HIV infection in adults, recently notified health care professionals that the medication has been linked to a rare but life-threatening skin condition known as Stevens Johnson Syndrome, SJS. Early this year, Intelence was approved by the the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the treatment of HIV. At that time, data indicated a slight risk of SJS. SJS, and its most severe form, toxic epidermal necrolysis, TEN, are identified by a rash on the skin that blisters over causing the skin to peel off in sheets. The condition ... Read More

Texting while driving: graphic video brings dangers to life

“A solid and growing body of studies shows that texting, conversing on hand-held phones or even chatting hands-free … make us dangerous drivers, as likely to get into an accident as if we were legally drunk,” says a Los Angeles Times editorial published last week. Many states and municipalities have tackled the scourge of cell phone-talking drivers with legislation aimed at reducing the rising tide of cell-phone related driving accidents, but what to do with cell phone-texting drivers? While it’s hard to drive and talk on the phone without being noticed, it’s relatively easy to conceal the act of reading ... Read More

Community developer files lawsuit against TVA

Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed by individuals against the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) following a massive coal ash spill from its Kingston, Tennessee coal firing plant. Now a business is seeking justice, according to Walt Dickson and New Homes Construction Co. Inc. have filed a lawsuit in Knoxville federal court asking for $17 million for alleged damages to the Lakefront Estates development in neighboring Rhea County. Lakefront Estates is located on Watts Bar Lake, located about 25 miles downstream from where the TVA’s coal ash impoundment pond broke and poured more than a billion gallons of coal ash ... Read More