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More studies help women make educated decisions about HRT

The more than 2 million baby-boomer women who are approaching menopause may find themselves in a precarious position when it comes to handling hot flashes and mood swings. Should they risk the threat of breast cancer from use of hormone replacement therapy, or simply suffer through the agonizing symptoms? According to Forbes, new and detailed research offers women the opportunity to make a more educated decision. Last February, the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that HRT was in fact linked to a surge of breast cancer cases and that women who took a combination of progestin and estrogen for ... Read More

Pain pump manufacturer’s bad advice leads to ‘tragedy’

Surgeons who perform authroscopic surgery to repair shoulder injuries in patients often use pain pumps to help alleviate pain for up to 72 hours following surgery. The pain pumps are devices that hold pain medication that is gradually released into the shoulder area through a catheter implanted in the surgical site. Once all the pain medication has been released into the joint, the catheter is removed by the patient. When used properly, the process offers a beneficial alternative to oral or intravenous painkillers. And most patients can expect a good recovery after physical therapy. However, in the 1990s and early ... Read More

West Virginia couple sues Yamaha dealership

A West Virginia couple has filed a lawsuit in their state court against the Yamaha dealership who sold them a Rhino 450 in May of 2007. According to the complaint, the couple bought a Rhino model not equipped with passenger doors and handholds. Just a few weeks later, in August, Yamaha Motor Co. offered to install aftermarket doors and handholds on any unequipped Rhinos free of charge in what was effectively the first Yamaha Rhino safety “recall.” When the couple contacted their dealer in September to have the upgrades installed, the dealer told them that an appointment wasn’t possible. The ... Read More

Pain pumps used following C-sections, hysterectomies

The On-Q PainBuster pain pump manufactured and marketed by I-Flow Corporation, is now being used by obstetricians and gynecologists to ease a woman’s pain caused from the incision made for Caesarean section deliveries and hysterectomies, according to the Fort Wayne, Indiana News-Sentinel. The On-Q PainBuster pain pump offers an alternative to traditional intravenous and oral painkillers, which can leave patients feeling groggy. The pain pump uses a small balloon that holds a local anesthetic that is fed through a thin antimicrobial catheter that is inserted into the surgical site. The device injects the pain relief medication directly to the surgical ... Read More

FDA recalls dietary supplements for undeclared substance

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) his issued a recall to consumers and pharmacists for 34 dietary supplements manufactured by ABC Beauty Supply following an FDA lab analysis that identified an undeclared substance that may present a significant risk for patients with a history of heart conditions or stroke. The undeclared substance, Sibutramine, is an FDA-approved drug used as an appetite suppressant for weight loss. However, the recalled ABC Beauty Supply products are not supposed to contain Sibutrame and thus, with their current formulations, are not approved by the FDA and are of unknown safety and effectiveness. The products pose ... Read More

Advocate wants federal nursing home database to include abuse cases

Nursing home advocate Wes Bledsoe wants the federal government to change the way it rates nursing homes on its Web site Medicare. gov, to accurately reflect the quality of care at nursing homes, according to the Albert Lea Tribune. Bledsoe, founder of the watchdog group A Perfect Cause, returned to Albert Lea, Minnesota, to rally support for his efforts. Bledsoe has been to Albert Lea numerous times in response to news reports about the “abuse-for-thrills” case at Good Samaritan Society nursing home where two nursing aides have been charged with a linty of crimes including disorderly conduct, assault and criminal ... Read More

Update on newspaper editor’s sister with SJS

Here’s an update to a story we brought you Monday about the sister of a newspaper managing editor who was diagnosed with Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS). Mark Cripps says in an update column in Ancaster News that his sister Lisa is gradually recovering. Lisa had become ill with SJS after taking antibiotics prescribed to her following minor surgery. SJS is a rare but life threatening condition that begins with a rash that blisters over, causing the skin to peel off in sheets. The eyes and mucus membranes also can be affected, causing ocular complications and vision loss. More than 200 ... Read More

Lawmakers, EPA search for methods to prevent future coal ash spills

Lawmakers sit on both sides of the argument about whether lining the coal ash impoundment at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston, Tennessee, plant would have prevented the massive spill of toxic material onto neighboring homes and property, but legislation is moving through the Tennessee House and Senate that would require such ponds created or expanded in the future to be lined, according to the Times Free Press. Both the House and the Senate approved the legislation, however the House rewrote the language, requiring the bill to pass back through the Senate for final approval. The bill will not allow laying ... Read More

Traumatic brain injury: Jason’s story part five

Last month we shared the story of Jason Stanley, an Auburn University student who sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI)when three other men ambushed and maliciously attacked him in an alleyway. Jason lost consciousness after falling and hitting his head on the concrete pavement, yet one of the assailants continued to kick him in the face, according to a witness. The attack left Jason with a spectrum of physical and psychological problems – a fractured skull, severed nerves, loss of hearing, dizziness, anxiety, confusion, anger, depression – all symptoms of a TBI that took doctors days to discover. Many people ... Read More

Study: antidepressants, depression linked to preterm birth

Women who are depressed and women who take antidepressants during pregnancy may face a greater risk of delivering their baby prematurely, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Psychiatry and cited in Health magazine. For the study, researchers observed a group of 300 pregnant women, most of whom did not suffer from depression but some either had a history of depression or reported becoming depressed during pregnancy. Of those observed, some took medication to treat their depression either for part of their pregnancy or for the entire pregnancy; some did not take medication and remained depressed; and ... Read More