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Jennifer Walker-Journey

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Jennifer Walker-Journey is a professional writer whose 20-year career spans from newspapers and magazines to Ezines and business blogs. Her primary focus is corporate and business writing, though she relishes any opportunity to write features. In her limited free time, Jennifer strives to finish the novel she is writing. She lives in Birmingham with her husband, Rick, and their insatiably curious son, Truman.

Texas lawmakers target ‘bad’ nursing homes

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Texas lawmakers are taking aim at bad nursing homes after a report by AARP Texas revealed that the state officials were surprisingly lax when it comes to making nursing homes own up to violations. There are about 1,200 nursing home facilities in Texas. According to the report, nursing homes state officials reported 17,466 violations at state nursing homes in 2015, but only 40 resulted in enforcement actions. Of those violations, 328 were listed as serious, but the state only fined 22 of them, allowing others to skirt accountability at the expense of residents’ health, AARP Texas said. In 2016, 18,089 violations ... Read More

Dietary supplement maker sentenced, fined for selling illegal steroids

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Matthew Greaten, 50, former president and owner of Virginia-based Nature’s Chemistry LLC, was sentenced and fined by a federal judge in Virginia for selling dietary supplements that contained a dangerous and illegal hidden drug ingredient. Greacen and Nature’s Chemistry vice president James W. Mills were accused of manufacturing nearly 45,000 bottles of capsules containing methasterone, known by the name Superdrol, an anabolic steroid that was never marketed through legitimate channels for medicinal purposes. The U.S. Attorney’s office calls Superdrol a dangerous “designer steroid.” Anabolic steroids are used – and often misused and abused – by athletes and bodybuilders to build ... Read More

Medical marijuana rife with bacteria, fungi

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Consuming medical marijuana in baked goods may be a safer bet than inhaling aerosolized versions of the weed, especially for cancer patients with compromised immune systems, according to a team of researchers from the University of California at Davis. Medical marijuana is just beginning to find favor as a medical treatment to ease nausea and pain. But a new study published in the journal Clinical Microbiology and Infection suggests the botanical may be rife with infectious bacteria and fungi that can pose life-threatening risks. The issue was identified after a patient using aerosolized marijuana to treat symptoms from chemotherapy and stem ... Read More

Withdrawal from motion sickness patch linked to severe, lingering effects

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It took nine days for Dave Maeder to go through withdrawal from the medication patch he was prescribed to treat nausea caused by a brain injury. Nine days of tortuous symptoms like severe nausea and vomiting, insomnia and sleepiness, restlessness and paranoia. It was like he was withdrawing from heroin. But the medicine patch Dave was on – scopolamine – is not a controlled substance. It does not give users a euphoric feeling. It’s not sought after as a recreational drug at all. In fact, the safety label only suggests that the medication “may result in withdrawal symptoms” in the ... Read More

NHL tries to skirt head injury claims by denouncing CTE research

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Ice hockey is considered one of the most violent contact sports, but the National Hockey League (NHL) begged to differ when it was faced with a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that the league hid the dangers of head injuries from professional players and encouraged aggressive behavior in the games. The NHL argued against the collective knowledge of medical experts and scientists by arguing there is not a link between repeated head blows and the much-talked about degenerative brain disease CTE. Researchers have found that when a brain is concussed, proteins called tau are released in the brain. Repeated head ... Read More

Could results of 2017 Risperdal lawsuits prompt global J&J settlement?

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Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals face more than 15,000 lawsuits over alleged disfiguring side effects caused by its antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The last case to be tried resulted in a $70 million verdict in favor of a young Tennessee boy. The next scheduled trial, which involved a New York boy who claimed he suffered serious Risperdal side effects, ended with a confidential settlement agreement early this year. Could that be a sign that the pharmaceutical giant is considering settling more cases? J&J says it is taking each case one-by-one to decide whether a settlement is in order. ... Read More

NC nursing home ordered to pay $5.2 million for the wrongful deaths of three patients

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The skilled nursing care given by Blue Ridge Health Care Center and management companies Care Virginia Management LLC and Care One LLC was grossly negligent, intentional or in reckless disregard of the rights of three nursing home patients, a North Carolina federal jury determined, and ordered the companies to pay the families of the three deceased residents $5.2 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The jury found that the companies’ actions caused the deaths of Del Ray Baird, Elizabeth Jones, and Bettie May Kee. Baird’s estate was awarded $50,000, and the estates of Jones and Kee were each awarded $300,000 ... Read More

Generic heartburn drug Protonix recalled

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Aurobindo Pharma Limited issued a recall for a generic version of the injectable heartburn treatment Protonix because some vials appeared to be discolored with a possible contaminant. Pantoprazole sodium is the active ingredient in Protonix. It is a class of acid-reducing drugs called proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, which work by blocking the production of acid in the stomach. The medication is intended to be used short-term (7 to 10 days) in adult patients to treat esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and a history of erosive esophagitis. The recall affects 29,800 vials of pantoprazole sodium for injection, 40mg per vial, single dose. ... Read More

Dr. Reddy recalls generic version of Zyprexa for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

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Pharmaceutical company Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories is recalling a generic version of the antipsychotic Zyprexa, known chemically as olanzapine, because the drug failed impurity and degradation specification testing. “Due to out-of-specification results for the Related Substance Compound C (Impurity 6 – N-Oxide at the 18 month stability station,” the recall noticed stated. The recall is classified as a Class III, which is a less serious type of recall reserved for products in which use of exposure is not likely to cause adverse health consequences. Olanzapine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009 under the brand name Zyprexa. It ... Read More

FDA speeds up medical device recall notification in 2017

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) vowed that it will deliver warnings regarding recalled medical devices to the public in a more timely manner in 2017. The FDA defines a medical device recall as a correction or removal action to address a problem with a device that violates FDA law. Recalls occur when a medical device is defective, when it could be a risk to health, or when it is both defective and a risk to health. When the FDA learns of a company’s recall or removal action regarding a medical device, the agency reviews the strategy the company poses ... Read More