Daily Archives: January 25, 2012

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Another study shows PPHN risk with SSRI exposure

A new study, published in the January 12 issue of the British Medical Journal, adds more evidence that antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, when used during pregnancy, can increase the chances that the newborn will have a life-threatening lung defect known as persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN). The study, conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, found that infants born to women who took SSRIs late in their pregnancy had a two-fold increase of having PPHN compared to infants born to women who did not take the drugs. The absolute risk was three infants per ... Read More

Newly acquired documents indicate White House purposely low-balled BP oil spill size

Top White House officials manipulated the scientific findings of independent experts to “seriously lowball the amount of oil leaking from the BP Deepwater Horizon,” according to a group of federal, state, and municipal employees. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a national alliance of publicly employed scientists, law enforcement authorities, land managers, and other professionals dedicated to upholding U.S. environmental laws and values, filed a scientific integrity complaint Monday after reviewing documents it obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. According to PEER, the documents, which include a series of high-level emails, “indicate White House pressure to present low-range ... Read More

Family of Florida medical flight crash victim sue helicopter’s owners, operator

The family of a medical technician who was killed when the heart-transplant helicopter he was on crashed December 26 is suing the helicopter’s owners and operator saying they hope others may be spared having to experience such a “horrible, horrible” loss. The daughters of 57-year-old David Hines, a Mayo clinic organ procurement technician, filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Abraham Holdings, the helicopter’s owner, and SK Logistics and SK Jets, the aircraft’s operators. Pilot E. Hoke Smith, the 68-year-old owner of the SK companies, was flying the Bell 206B helicopter to Gainesville, Florida, on an early morning mission to retrieve ... Read More

Report suggests poor safety auditor advice contributed to deadly Listeria outbreak

A Congressional Committee’s investigation of the Colorado family farm linked to a nationwide outbreak of Listeria last summer found that a third-party auditor gave the farm a “superior” rating just weeks before the outbreak, calling into question the reliability and credibility of private agricultural inspection firms. The outbreak was traced to cantaloupes grown on the farm. The House Energy and Commerce Committee report says that Jensen Farms of Rocky Ford, Colorado hired Bio Food Safety Inc., a subcontractor working for Primus Labs, to evaluate its operations in 2010 and again in 2011. However, the auditor focused only on Jensen Farms’ ... Read More