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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

scientist cautions against dismissing Vytorin-cancer link

Does Vytorin increase the risk of cancer death? The question seems like it would be simple to answer, yet finding the answer requires navigating through a murky labyrinth of botched test results, apparent cover-ups, possible payoffs, and a whorl of conflicting interpretations that sometimes resemble self-interest, sometimes truth, depending on whom you ask. The University of Washington’s Thomas Fleming is one respected statistician and adviser to the FDA who cautions against dismissing Vytorin’s link to cancer as merely an anomaly. Leading researchers involved with the SEAS study, which uncovered a Vytorin-cancer link, maintain that the results were a fluke. In ... Read More

Hidden cameras reveal neglect at NY nursing home

The records kept by LPNs Rima Chaudhry and Toni Miller and CNAs Betty Cheslak and Jacqueline Francis at Medford Multicare Center for Living in Suffolk, NY, showed they did their jobs. They bathed, changed and rotated their patients, followed doctors’ orders for their care. They even took precautions when moving patients to ensure no one was injured in the process. But hidden surveillance cameras set up over a six-week period in some patient’s rooms by the Attorney General’s office told a different story, according to the North County Gazette. The videos showed that one patient wasn’t turned and positioned to ... Read More

October is breast cancer month; time to evaluate breast health

October is breast cancer awareness month, which makes it a perfect time for women currently taking or considering taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT), to assess their breast health. For years, HRT was considered the cure-all for menopausal symptoms that range from hot flashes and riding the emotional roller coaster to bone loss and osteoporosis. But a 2002 study by the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) and funded by the National Institutes of Health stopped women and their doctors in their tracks when the research revealed that the risks of HRT far outweighed and outnumbered the benefits. The WHI report stated that ... Read More

Family dedicates Web site to daughter killed in Rhino rollover

Ellie Sand’s warm smiles appear to lift off the photo montage on the Web site made in her memory. She was a determined girl, who did well at most anything she tried – dancing, tennis, horseback riding, even riding her dirt bike. But her strong will was not enough to keep her alive after the Yamaha Rhino she was riding in tipped over and crushed her small body. An air ambulance rushed her to the hospital and for 24 hours machines held her at the brink of life. But the weight of the 1,100-pound Rhino was just too much for ... Read More

Teacher denied compensation after injury in classroom

In the UK, a man named Michael Cleary has been refused compensation for an injury he received while trying to keep two students from running around his classroom. His bosses claim that he should not have attempted to impede the students’ misconduct. Cleary’s claim has been challenged because there is belief that he may have violated Health and Safety Rules when he attempted to restrain the children. After the incident at Hillcrest School in Hastings, Sussex, Cleary was off of work for a year because of the shoulder injury he received. Cleary, 61, has filed a $91,000 claim to recover his financial losses. ... Read More