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Man wanders from nursing home, killed by passing train

George King Sr., of Charleston, W.V., lived in Heartland of Charleston nursing home. He had Alzheimer’s Disease, and like many individuals suffering from the memory-loss disorder, King was prone to wander. Many nursing homes who care for patients with Alzheimer’s have practices in place to ensure patients who wander stay within the nursing home wing where they live. But few practices are foolproof. Late last month, King wandered from his nursing home. That evening around 8 p.m., staff noticed he was missing and notified police. After hours of searching for the 73-year-old man, police got a report of a pedestrian ... Read More

Hot flashes, sweats from anti-cancer drugs may be good sign

Women who take breast cancer drugs Arimidex or generic tamoxifen and suffer with menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats or painful joints may be less likely to have a reoccurrence of their cancer tumors, according to Reuters. Researchers found that women who took the breast cancer drugs were 30 percent less likely to have their cancer return over the next nine years. The drugs essentially starve potential cancers of estrogen, which can cause menopause-like symptoms in the women who take them. While the side effects may be discouraging, they may also be showing how well the treatment is ... Read More

FDA opens first foreign office in Beijing this week

Following up on a story we brought you last month about the FDA setting up offices on foreign soil to provide guidance on U.S. food and drug quality standards, the FDA announced today that the first three of its offices will open this week in China, according to the Associated Press. The move is part of the agency’s effort to place more than 60 food and drug regulators worldwide over the next year. The offices replace the FDA’s previous practice of sending staffers on individual assignments to inspect foreign facilities. The agency’s Beijing office, which opens Wednesday, will be the ... Read More

Australian study finds hysterectomies do not cause weight gain

An Australian study on hysterectomies, menopause and overweight women debunks the long-held myth that hysterectomies cause weight gain, but found overweight women are more likely to have hysterectomies, according to ABC Science. Researchers from the University of Queensland’s School of Population Health in Brisbane studied data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, which compiled information beginning in 1996. From that, the researchers pulled data collected from nearly 1,000 women born between 1946 and 1951, both before and after hysterectomies. What they found was that hysterectomies performed on women older than 45 to 50 years of age did not ... Read More

Time shares story of family affected by heparin contamination

A recent Time magazine story gives us a glimpse into a family affected by the contaminated heparin tragedy: Leroy Hubley’s wife of 48 years, Bonnie, suffered from polycystic kidney disease, a genetic kidney disease in which cysts grow in the kidneys, causing them to fail. She received a kidney transplant in October 2007, but her body rejected it, leaving her in need of regular dialysis treatments. During dialysis, patients are hooked up to a machine that draws out the blood through tubing. Since blood tends to clot when it moves through the tubing, patients routinely are given the blood thinner ... Read More

FDA approves Premarin cream to treat dyspareunia

Wyeth Pharmaceuticals recently announced FDA approval of its Premarin Vaginal Cream to treat moderate to severe dyspareunia, or painful sexual intercourse, according to RTT News. Premarin is a low-dose mixture of estrogen hormones. Dyspareunia is a disorder that follows the atrophy or thinning of the vagina and vulva, a condition that can occur in menopause. The .5-gram cream has two dosing regiments – 21 days on followed by 7 days off, or twice weekly. FDA approval of the cream and its dosing regime was granted based on results from a multi-center clinical study that included a 12-week, randomized, double blind ... Read More

Doctors outraged by heparin seizure

ConsumerAffairs.com is reporting that doctors are outraged that recalled batches of heparin were found in a Cincinnati, Ohio lab. “It’s really horrible for two reasons: one, that a company that knows that their product is not a good product that should be distributed and they’ve been told so,” said Dr. Lynne Wagoner, a Christ Hospital Heart Specialist, who was quoted in the story by WTOL-TV in Toledo, Ohio. Earlier this month, U.S. Marshals seized a total of 11 lots of the blood thinner at Celsus Laboratories Inc. Heparin was recalled earlier this year after an FDA investigation found that batches ... Read More

Family demands investigation after closet falls on resident

No one expected Sister Mary Murray to die the way she did. While in her room at the Summit Park Nursing Home in Rockland County, New York, the 90-year-old nun was crushed and eventually died after the closet in her room toppled over onto her. Her family accepted the nursing home’s explanation. It was just a freak accident. Then came the ABC 7 Eyewitness News investigation that revealed that two other residents in the home were injured by falling closets. “I became very angry, especially when I knew it could have been prevented,” her nephew Daniel Murray said in a ... Read More

Are Chantix reactions a laughing matter?

The number of bloggers out there writing about their personal experiences with Chantix and documenting, for the world to see, the musings of a mind tortured by nicotine withdrawal, seems to be proliferating even as prescriptions for the smoking cessation drug decline. Now it appears that a new genre in world of Chantix information has emerged: the Comical Side Effect. Zug.com, a reader-powered comedy website, announced a contest it is holding for the most hilarious Chantix story. The person who submits the funniest account of his or her Chantix side effects will win $500.00 — enough money for another 5 months of ... Read More

Rhino rollover accident kills Victorville man

In Victorville, Calif., a 56-year-old man died when his 2008 Yamaha Rhino ran off the road. Mikhail Ayrapetyan begin riding his vehicle Oct. 18 around 4 p.m., according to the Daily Press. The newspaper reports family and friends began searching for Ayrapetyan when he did not return to their base camp. Friends and family located his body in Adelanto after they searched the area for 45 minutes. Arapetyan was thrown out of his ATV after driving on a rough trail. His body became intertwined with the left front side of the ATV and was then dragged across the trail. Arapetyan ... Read More