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New procedure may prove effective for some shoulder injuries

Jim Smith could barely move his right arm following a motorcycle accident. A traditional shoulder replacement surgery left him in pain and unable to even do small household chores. “I was down to practically doing nothing,” Smith said to WNDU-TV. “I couldn’t even trim bushes in the yard because I didn’t have control of my right arm.” But Smith’s doctor, Bryan Wall, an orthopedic surgeon at the Core Institute of Phoenix, Ariz., wasn’t giving up. He suggested Smith have a new procedure, a reverse shoulder replacement. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004, the procedure offers relief ... Read More

FDA issues authorization for investigational N1H1 drug

Spurred by a request by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the investigational antiviral intravenous drug peramivir for use in certain adult and pediatric patients with confirmed or suspected 2009 H1N1 influenza (swine flu) who are admitted to the hospital. IV peramivir is authorized only for hospitalized adult and pediatric patients for whom therapy with an IV drug is appropriate based on one or more of the following reasons: 1. The patient is not responding to either oral or inhaled antiviral therapy, 2. When ... Read More

Mother of Ortho Evra user asks why her daughter had to die

Leslie Niedner can’t make sense of the death of her 17-year-old daughter Adrianna. She was a healthy and active college freshman. It was later revealed that what killed her was a blood clot in her lung, also known as a pulmonary embolism. But how could such a condition happen to someone so young and healthy? Leslie cannot remember who first raised the question of whether Adrianna was on the birth control patch. But the suggestion sent her searching the Internet for answers. She quickly found dozens of other stories like Adrianna’s – of healthy young women on the Ortho Evra ... Read More

CPSC to address rising death toll on recreational off-highway vehicles

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that it intends to further its commitment to improve the safety of Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs) and reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries nationwide that are related to these vehicles. The commission voted to publish an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to address safety hazards associated with vehicle ROVs. According to the news release, the CPSC staff’s preliminary evaluations indicate that the vehicles may exhibit inadequate lateral stability, undesirable steering characteristics, and inadequate occupant protection during a rollover crash. The staff reviewed the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) ... Read More

GI clinic gives free colonoscopies to the needy

Forty-eight people who are out of work or without health insurance received free colonoscopy screenings at a Knoxville, Tenn., gastrointestinal clinic over the weekend. Gastrointestinal Associates (GIA) planned the event, called GIA Screening Colonoscopy Day to help those less fortunate and to make everyone aware of the need for colon screenings. Patients were referred to GIA by the InterFaith Health Clinic and The Free Medical Clinic of America, both Knoxville-based organizations that provide health care to the needy. More than half of the people screened had polyps removed. Of the 48 persons screened Saturday, a total of 25 had polyps ... Read More

Judges advise jurors not to tweet during trials

Many judges are now amending their instructions to jurors, asking them not only to restrict talking or reading about cases they are hearing, but also to avoid using social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook to report news during trials. Such updates have spurred some attorneys to file for mistrials in some cases because jurors have used Twitter and instant messaging to keep others informed. There’s no secret that the Internet has changed the way many people get their news. More and more people are turning to online sources for information. Likewise, they have turned to social networking sites ... Read More

Women suffering from movement disorder sues Reglan maker Wyeth

Elizabeth Conte was prescribed Reglan, a brand-name of metoclopramide used to treat gastrointestinal conditions such as heartburn, GERD and gastroparesis. For four years she took the medication, unaware that she was slowly developing a debilitating and incurable movement disorder known as Tardive Dyskinesia. What she soon found out is that her involuntary head jerks and facial twitches were caused by long-term use of metoclopramide. More and more cases of consumers taking metoclopramide and subsequently developing Tardive Dyskinesia were reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and by early 2009, the agency had ordered a black box warning be placed ... Read More

Take your health into your own hands; Don’t use OSP products

One of the hottest topics in nephrology over the past few years has been the epidemiologic and histopathologic studies that suggest a link between oral sodium phosphate (OSP) colonoscopy preparations and a serious form of kidney injury known as acute phosphate nephrology, according to The Renal Fellow Network. As more cases of the condition were reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency last December issued a black box warning on prescription brands of OSP, such as Visicol and Osmo Prep. C.B. Fleet, makers of over-the-counter OSPs, also pulled their products from store shelves. While the Fleet products ... Read More

FDA places black box warning on topical testosterone gels

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed a black box warning on two separate topical testosterone gels following reports of secondary exposure to children, which can cause serious symptoms in children such as enlargement of the penis or clitoris, premature development of pubic hair, increased erections, and aggressive behavior. The two drugs listed by the FDA include AndroGel 1 % for topical use and Testim 1 % topical gel. The FDA warnings advise users of the product keep children away from unwashed or unclothed application sites in men using the gel. Women should also heed the warnings as they, ... Read More

2009 ASN Renal Week is Oct. 27-Nov. 1

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN), a group that leads the fight against kidney disease in the U.S., holds its annual meeting and scientific exposition next week as part of ASN Renal Week, October 27 – November 1, 2009. The national Renal Week was originally formed as a way to disseminate information on new advances in the science of nephrology. Since then, the educational activities have greatly expanded to meet the needs of both practicing nephrologists and renal scientists. Two years ago, nephrologists and other health care providers who attended the ASN Renal Week seminars heard talks about an emerging ... Read More