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Bayer facing more than 1,100 lawsuits from women injured by Yaz

Drug company Bayer is facing more than 1,100 lawsuits alleging its popular birth control pill Yaz causes life-threatening blood clots. According to the pharmaceutical company’s 2009 annual report, 129 new suits were filed in November 2009 alone. Many suits have been consolidated into federal multi-district litigation, fueling speculation that more lawsuits are on the way. Yaz, also known by the brand name Yasmin and the generic brand Ocella, is Bayer’s top-selling oral contraceptive and one of the most popular choices among women and doctors for birth control. Last year, the company raked in more than a billion dollars from the ... Read More

Young men, elderly women at highest risk of shoulder dislocation

Shoulder dislocations most often occur during sports activities and young men are at the greatest risk of having them, one of the main reasons young athletes see orthopaedic surgeons, according to a study published in the March 2010 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS). The study also puts elderly women at high risk of shoulder dislocation. Researchers add that despite the prevalence of shoulder dislocations, the injuries are relatively under-reported. A team of researchers and orthopaedic surgeons at Keller Army Hospital in West Point, New York, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences reviewed ... Read More

ATV rollover claims the life of 19-year-old Illinois student

A 19-year old Illinois man died Saturday evening after the all-terrain vehicle he was driving rolled over and landed on top of him. Authorities investigating the accident said the victim, identified as Leonard Mlynarczyk, a resident of Bloomingdale in the Chicago suburbs, was riding his ATV at a park in Yorkville around 10 p.m. Saturday night when the accident occurred. Bloomingdale police said that Mlynarczyk was rushed to Copley Medical Center in Aurora where he was pronounced dead later that evening. They did not specify the nature of Mlynarczyk’s injuries and the accident remains under investigation. The fatal rollover stunned ... Read More

Lexus driver recalls terrifying day her car ran out of control

“Shame on you, Toyota, for being so greedy,” said a shaken Rhonda Smith of her horrifying runaway car incident four years ago. Smith was the first victim to testify in the Toyota hearings on Capital Hill on Feb. 23. She told the House panel how her Lexus ES350 suddenly took off as she was driving down the highway. At first she thought the problem was with the cruise control and pushed both feet on the brake, but nothing seemed to slow the car. “I prayed for God to help me,” she said. As her car shot down the road, she ... Read More

New class action lawsuit filed against TVA, consultants

Plaintiffs in three class action lawsuits have joined forces to fight the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and two of its consultants for compensation to cover unspecified damages and payment for medical monitoring as a result of the December 2008 coal ash spill from the TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant in east Tennessee. The amended complaint redefines the class of potential plaintiffs, which includes anyone who owns property in the Swan Pond community around the plant north of the Clinch River, anyone who lived in the same area when the spill occurred, and anyone who owns property on Watts Bar Lake from ... Read More

Recall due to risk of injury, exposure to infectious micro-organisms

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Class 1 recall on a machine used in research laboratories because it may break, causing the potential for serious physical injury to bystanders and may expose them to blood-borne infectious micro-organisms. A Class 1 recall is the most serious type of recall the FDA can issue and involves situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death. The recall involves the StatSpin Express 4 Centrifuge, with the model #510, and serial numbers between 00100 through 001679. The products were ... Read More

Gastroparesis group to petition Sen. McCain about criticism of IBS funding

Last December, Sen. John McCain identified Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) as an illness unworthy of receiving funds for research, citing an earmarked $665,000 for the Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, for equipment and supplies to research the debilitating condition. This triggered the Gastroparesis Patient Association for Cures and Treatment (G-PACT), an organization that raises awareness of gastric mobility disorders, to write a petition to present to Sen. McCain on March 8, 2010. The petition stresses that the money is used to assist in the “funding innovating GI motility research by Cedars Sinai to study the use of ... Read More

Woman says Yaz caused blood clots that nearly killed her

Vicki Parsons had been on the popular Yaz birth control pill for just three weeks when her life nearly came to an end. It started with a pain in her foot that just days later had her in the hospital. She was diagnosed with blood clots – one in her leg and the other in her lungs. It was an odd diagnosis for a young woman with no history of the health problem and no habits, like smoking, that made her more susceptible to blood clots. After a battery of tests, the doctors determined it was her birth control pills ... Read More

Combined HIV treatment may cause serious side effects of the heart

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning health care professionals and patients about a potentially serious side effect on the heart from use of two antiviral medications when given together to treat HIV infection. The warning is based on preliminary data from a clinical trial that suggests that Invirase (saquinavir) in combination with Norvir (ritonavir) may cause prolongation of the QT and PR intervals on an electrocardiogram. This prolongation may lead to abnormal heart rhythms such as torsades de pointes and heart block. These conditions may cause lightheadedness, fainting, or abnormal heart beats. In some cases, torsades de pointes ... Read More

Diabetes test strips recalled due to falsely low readings

LifeScan, Inc., and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are notifying health care professionals and consumers of a recall involving eight lots of OneTouch SureStep Test Strips used by people with diabetes to measure their blood glucose levels at home. The test strips may give falsely low glucose results when the glucose level is higher than400 mg/dL. ... Read More