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UCLA’s Keefe benched due to shoulder injury, but recovery likely

UCLA forward James Keefe will miss two to three weeks with the team to recovery from a dislocated left shoulder. The senior was injured during the first half of UCLA’s game against New Mexico State on December 15th. The injury occurred on the same shoulder that required surgery for a torn labrum in 2007. Shoulder injuries among athletes is not uncommon and can bench a player for weeks or months. There was a time when such injuries that required surgery brought about career-ending fears, but technology over the years has made full recovery a more likely possibility. However, just a ... Read More

Traditional morning sickness remedy found to contain lead, arsenic

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Texas Department of State Health Services are warning consumers, especially those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, to avoid a traditional remedy for morning sickness known as Nzu because it contains high levels of lead and arsenic, which can lead to adverse effects of the unborn child’s brain and nervous system and increase one’s risk of cancers of the urinary bladder, lungs and skin. Nzu is sold at African specialty stores and is also known by the name Calabash clay, Calabar stone, Mabele, Argile and La Craie. It resembles balls of clay or ... Read More

Environmentalists to sue NM coal mine for contaminating groundwater

Environmentalist group The Sierra Club plans to sue San Juan Coal Company, a New Mexico coal mine, because the coal ash stored in its unlined landfills has seeped into the ground and is contaminating nearby waterways and wells, according to The New Mexico Independent. The Sierra Club insists that this seepage of toxic material into groundwater poses a danger to livestock, wildlife and families. The company agrees the groundwater is polluted, but says it is not responsible for the contamination. “San Juan Coal Company is confident that allegations of water contamination as a result of coal combustion by-product (CCB ) placement ... Read More

Antibiotic receives black box warning

Cleocin HCL (clindamycin hydrochloride) capsules, an antibiotic used to treat serious infections caused by bacteria, has received a new black box warning about the risk of Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) associated diarrhea (CDAD) that may range in severity from mild diarrhea to fatal colitis, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). CDAD has been reported with use of nearly all antibacterial agents, including Cleocin HCL. Treatment with antibacterial agents alters the normal flora of the colon leading to overgrowth of C. Clostridium difficile. C. difficile produces toxins A and B which contribute to the development of CDAD. Hypertoxin producing ... Read More

Toyota recalls the most vehicles for first time ever

For the first time ever, Toyota took top spot in the U.S. auto industry for the total number of vehicles recalled within a year. Toyota’s most recent recall of 4.3 million vehicles for sudden, unintended acceleration problems hurdled the company to the top of the 2009 recall list, just above Ford. According to a report by the Detroit Free Press, auto manufacturers recalled 15.2 million vehicles in 2009, a 56 percent leap over the 8.6 million of cars recalled in 2008. Toyota vehicles represent more than 31 percent of all the vehicles recalled in 2009. About 88 percent of all ... Read More

Surgeons discuss characteristics of chondrolysis caused by pain pumps

Characteristics of chondrolysis associated with intra-articular pain pumps after shoulder surgery was among the topics at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons/ the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The discussion included Drs. Peter Thomas Scheffel, Jeremiah Clinton, Joseph Lynch, Winston J. Warme, and Frederick A. Matsen III, and was moderated by Drs. Carl J. Basamania and Guido Marra. The message centered on the need for surgeons and patients to be aware of chondrolysis as a potential complication of the infusion of local anesthetic after shoulder arthroscopy. A recent study published in The American Journal of ... Read More

EPA says coal ash regulations will not come in 2009

Environmental groups and coal-firing operations will have to wait even longer for federal regulations to ensure the protection of public health and the environment regarding the storage of coal ash, according to a statement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agency was saddled with the hefty task of setting guidelines on the storage of coal ash impoundment ponds months ago and had promised a decision on regulating those plants by the end of the year. But as the days ticked by, having a proposal before 2010 rang in was looking less and less likely. The EPA confirmed that hunch ... Read More

Blood pressure med receives black box warning

Tekturna (aliskiren) tablets, a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure, has updated its safety label to include a new black box warning about the risk of injury and death to developing fetuses when taken by women who are pregnant or become pregnant, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Tekturna and Tekturna HCT are marketed as an “innovative” treatment and “the first in a different class of blood pressure medications.” The medication is the only one approved that directly targets the enzyme renin to help lower blood pressure. Drugs that act directly on the reninangiotensin system have ... Read More

American toy maker settles lead paint violations for $1.5 million

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced yesterday that RC2 Corp. of Oak Brook, Illinois has agreed to pay a $1.25 million civic penalty for importing toys to the United States that violated the federal lead paint ban. RC2 is the importer and seller of Thomas & Friends ™ Wooden Railway toys. According to the CPSC announcement, the settlement resolves the agency’s allegations that RC2 and one of its subsidiary companies Learning Curve Brands Inc. knowingly imported and sold various Thomas & Friends™ Wooden Railway Toys with paints and other surface coatings that contained lead above the legally permissible limit. ... Read More

Kentucky teen dies in Christmas day ATV crash

Christmas day may forever be tinged with sadness for the family and friends of 18-year-old Andy Case, a resident of Sidney, Kentucky, who died after losing control of the all-terrain vehicle he was driving. Investigators at the scene said that the crash was likely the result of the front left tire coming off of Case’s vehicle. The tire disengagement apparently caused Case to run the ATV headlong into a tree. Authorities said that the boy was not wearing a helmet. Case was rushed to South Williamson Appalachian Regional Hospital in South Williamson, Kentucky, where emergency physician Brandon Haake pronounced him dead. ... Read More