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California police investigate elder abuse at assisted living facility

Rita Kittower had no choice but to put her husband of nearly 50 years into an assisted living facility after he suffered a major stroke that diminished his memory and left him unable to care for himself. Mrs. Kittower paid $75,000 a year to the upscale Silverado Senior Living facility in Calabasas, Calif., to provide her husband Elmore with the best possible care, according to the Los Angeles Times. When he died, staff told her Mr. Kittower died peacefully in his sleep. But when Mrs. Kittower received a call the day after burying her husband from an employee at Silverado, ... Read More

anti-inflammatory drugs may reduce breast cancer risk

Medications typically taken for pain relief may help reduce the risk of some breast cancers, according to a recent article in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Researchers analyzed data from 38 observational studies involving more than 2.7 million women to see whether taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen, reduced risk of breast cancer. Inflammation may be a risk factor in cancer, the report says. Earlier studies on NSAIDS in reducing breast cancer risk have shown conflicting results. Reviewers hope that by combining results they may identify trends that individual studies may miss. NSAIDs work ... Read More

men compensated for injuries in 18-wheeler accident

In Waxahachie, Texas, Ellis County Jury has granted two men $1.5 million dollars in compensation for injuries they received in an 18-wheeler accident two years ago. An 18-wheeler veered in the lane of Ronny Martinez and Kenneth O’Neal. When the 18-wheeler collided with the men’s car, the car rolled several times, causing Martinez to suffer from a fractured vertebra and O’Neal to suffer knee problems, resulting in several reconstruction surgeries. That was not all for O’Neal. He also experienced brain trauma and an injury to his collarbone. Martinez and O’Neal filed a personal injury lawsuit against Indianapolis, Indiana-based Celadon Trucking ... Read More

student sues for freeze-tag injuries

In West Amwell, New Jersey, an alumnus of South Hunterdon Regional High School has sued the Board of Education due to an injury the student received two years ago in a game of freeze tag. On July 10 of this year, Alexandria Nalborne filed a personal injury lawsuit at the Hunterdon County State Superior Court in Flemington according to The Packett. The suit states that Nalborne received “severe bodily injuries” as a game of freeze tag resulted in another student shoving Nalborne into a lawn mower. The Packett reports Board of Education President, Bob Campell, was aware a student was harmed, but ... Read More

father’s slide show for daugher killed in Rhino rollover

“Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” This quote opens the heartwarming photo slide show of Ellie Sand. On May 10, 2008, John Sand, Ellie’s father, created a slide show that traces Ellie’s life from birth to her last year of life – her 10th year. October 28, 2008, will mark the anniversary of this young girl’s death, which was lost on a Yamaha Rhino; her body could not withstand the 1,100-pound weight of the ATV, which rolled over and crushed her. ... Read More

FDA finds link between Revlimid and skin diseases

The FDA’s post-market safety review has uncovered a link between lenalidomide (marketed as the drug Revlimid) and serious skin reactions, including Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). The FDA approved Celgene Corp.’s Revlimid in December 2005 to treat a bone marrow disorder. It was later approved for use in treatment of multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. Earlier this month, Revlimid appeared on a list of approximately twenty drugs under investigation by the FDA for possible safety hazards. No details about the specific concerns were made available at that time. From the drug’s approved use in ... Read More

Artery procedures successfully performed without heparin

A medical study performed at the University of Turin (Italy) has shown favorable results not using the blood thinner heparin during artery-opening procedures, according to the U.S. News. Heparin is usually used during these procedures. Italian researchers carefully selected 700 of the “lowest risk” patients to participate in the trial. This included patients with single blockages of a heart artery, currently taking two clot-preventing medications such as aspirin and thienopyridine, and with no immediate danger of heart attack. The study found that the incidence of heart damage and bleeding events were lower in the patients who participated in the study, ... Read More

Nursing home advocates fight to change crime-reporting statutes

When neglect or abuse is suspected against an Oklahoma nursing home resident, state statutes say the incident should be reported to the Department of Human Services or the Sheriff’s department. Jack Crow believes the first call should be to the police. Crow believes his wife was abused in an Oklahoma nursing home; an investigation determined that her injuries were due to a fall. Regardless, Crow is joining forces with the nonprofit organization A Perfect Cause to make crimes against nursing home patients immediately reportable to police, according to Oklahoma City’s KOCO 5. A Perfect Cause is a victim’s advocacy organization ... Read More

California budget cuts jeopardize nursing home resident advocates

John may have been 92 years old and living in a nursing home, but he was no fool. When doctors discovered gangrene on the toes of his left foot, they ordered the toes be removed to save his life. Despite John’s protests, the person assigned to be his power of attorney scheduled the surgery anyway. But John fought back. He saw a poster in his California nursing home about the Ombudsman program, and he made a call. Ombudsmanship Program Director Kathi Toepel paid John a personal visit and, after insisting they talk privately in his room, he asked her to ... Read More

ProjectAWARE answers questions about menopause

Every woman approaching menopause or currently suffering from the symptoms of menopause has questions. How bad will the symptoms be? What is the best way to manage the symptoms? Will the treatment make me sick? Am I the only one who feels this way? In order to find answers most women have to educate themselves, and that can be a monumental task. In 1997, two women – one in Kansas and the other in New York – were becoming frustrated with the lack of beneficial and comprehensive health care information available to them, especially on the topic of menopause. So they ... Read More