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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.

Teens given opioids more likely to be persistent users

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Teenagers are being given opioid painkillers long-term after surgery, signaling a potential risk for abuse and misuse of the high-dependence drugs, according to a study to be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 National Conference and Exhibition. The study involved the analysis of more than 88,000 privately insured patients aged 13-21 who had undergone one of 13 common surgeries and, prior to surgery, had never been treated with opioids. A group of similar patients with no surgeries or opioid use was used as the control group. Researchers found that the incidence of new persistent opioid use – defined as ... Read More

Supplements laced with dangerous ingredients recalled

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Gadget Island Inc., doing business as Gear Isle, is recalling four brands of dietary supplements because they are laced with several hidden drugs that can cause life-threatening side effects in some people. The recall affects the following Gadget Island supplements: Rhino 7 Platinum 5000, UPC 617135861224, LOT# R7-D5K1011H Papa Zen 3000, UPC 718122032587, LOT# NSS050888 Fifty Shades 6000, UPC 4026666146056, LOT# No Lot Number Grande X 5800, UPC 640793555440, LOT# No Lot Number A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laboratory analysis has determined the supplements to contain undeclared sildenafil, tadalafil and desmethyl carbodenafil. Sildenafil and tadalafil are the active ingredients ... Read More

Ninth resident of Florida nursing home dies after Irma

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A ninth resident has died as a result of injuries suffered in the Hollywood, Florida, nursing home that lost its air conditioning for days after Hurricane Irma ripped through the state. The 93-year-old man was evacuated last week with the other residents of Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after authorities discovered three patients had died in the facility, where temperatures had risen to dangerous levels. By that afternoon, five more patients had died and dozens more were treated for dehydration, breathing difficulties and other heat-related symptoms. The dead ranged in age from 71 to 99, and all appeared to have ... Read More

New program to test supplements sold online

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A new model made possible by e-commerce can help reassure consumers that the dietary supplements they buy online do not contain hidden or dangerous ingredients. The program provides independent testing of products through sites that analyze, rank, and sell their products – information the consumer has access to. The cost for testing the supplements is built into the sales price from referral links. Nearly 90 percent of supplements and vitamins are sold offline by companies such as GNC and Herbalife, but e-commerce is beginning to win consumers over. The verification program can offer consumers peace of mind that the supplement ... Read More

Man blames AndroGel for his heart attack

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Attorneys for a man suing AbbVie Inc., maker of AndroGel, told an Illinois federal jury that the drug company never tested its testosterone replacement therapy to rule out if it could cause heart problems, Law360 reported. Otherwise plaintiff Jeffrey Konrad would never have taken the drug, they said. Konrad’s case is the second bellwether trial in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) taking aim at testosterone manufacturers. AbbVie, as the maker of the top selling AndroGel, is the first drug maker to sit in the hot seat. The first trial against AbbVie ended in a $150 million in punitive damages for the ... Read More

Medical device linked to infection in child heart patients

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At least a dozen children who had heart surgery at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans from late May to June developed infections at the incision site. The problem is linked to a temperature-regulating device used during their procedures, said Dr. John Heaton, the hospital’s senior vice president and chief medical officer. The machine has since been replaced and the infected patients are being treated with intravenous antibiotics, he said. Doctors were alerted to the problem after three incision infections were reported within 72 hours in children who had undergone heart surgery at Children’s. The infections were caused by a common ... Read More

Nerf guns causing serious eye injuries

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Ralphie’s mother in A Christmas Story warned that if he got the Red Ryder B.B. gun he wanted so badly he’d, “Shoot your eye out.” Few people would expect the same risk with playful Nerf guns. But a new report from emergency department doctors at one British hospital reveals the toy guns may not be as safe as people think. The hospital reported three serious injuries from Nerf Guns, and “calls into consideration the need for protective eyewear with their use,” said Drs. Mukhtar Brizrah and Seema Verma of Moorfields Eye Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust, in London. According to the British team ... Read More

Florida nursing home in hurricane death scandal also tied to Medicare fraud

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The closer investigators look into the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, where eight residents died after a power outage in the wake of Hurricane Irma knocked out the air conditioning, the dirtier things look. Court records show that the nursing home was part of the biggest Medicare fraud case ever filed against individuals in U.S. history. The Hollywood, Florida nursing home is affiliated with Larkin Community Hospital, both of which are owned by Dr. Jack Michel. Larkin and Michel, along with Michael’s former business associate Philip Esformes, were named in a 2004 civil case, which was also filed in Miami. Michel, Esformes ... Read More

Apricot kernel extract linked to cyanide poisoning

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A 67-year-old man who took apricot kernel extract for five years to keep his prostate cancer from returning developed cyanide poisoning that had begun to starve his internal organs of oxygen. The man was put under anesthesia for routine surgery when his doctor discovered he had low oxygen saturation. Blood test later showed levels of cyanide in his blood. The man admitted to taking two teaspoons of self-prepared apricot kernel extract and three tablets of Novodalin, an herbal fruit kernel supplement, every day for the past five years. A laboratory analysis on the supplements found that he had been consuming 17.32mg of toxic cyanide ... Read More

Two deaths reported in trial of new RA drug

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Drug company AbbVie Inc., touted promising clinical trial results with its potential best-in-class rheumatoid arthritis treatment, but two patient deaths cast a dark shadow over the news, BioPharma Dive reported. The experimental drug ABT-494, known chemically as upadacitinib, is in a class of medications called Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors. The drug is designed for patients with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, who are not adequately treated by the standard biologics. The phase 3 SELECT-BEYOND clinical trial tested the drug at both 15mg and 30mg doses, and its primary endpoint of reducing the symptoms of RA by 20 percent over 12 ... Read More