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Caregiver steals thousands from patient’s home

A former employee of the Cambridge Retirement Residence in Springfield, Mo., was so generous a caregiver that she helped the family of 88-year-old Blanche Fenton move out of home and into the Cambridge nursing home. And then she returned after family had left the house and raided it of various items, including cassette tapes, a slow cooker, clothing, silverware, lamps, jewelry and figurines, according to the News-Leader. The caregiver was spotted by neighbors five to 10 times over the next several weeks carrying the items out of Fenton’s house by the armload. When questioned by neighbors, the caregiver said she ... Read More

Heparin overdose at hospital kills Australian man

A lack of communication among hospital staff lead to an inappropriate injection of heparin that lead to the death of an Australian man earlier this year, according to Hawke’s Bay Today. The victim, who had complained of chest pains for three weeks, was admitted to Hawke’s Bay Hospital in January. Doctors diagnosed him with unstable angina and administered Enoxaparin, a low molecular weight heparin manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis. A half-hour later he was diagnosed with acute lateral myocardial infraction, or a heart attack, and was given another dose of heparin. Within hours, the overdose caused his gums to bleed and his ... Read More

Florida woman injured in Rhino wreck sues

A 38-year-Florida old woman who suffered severe injuries when the Yamaha Rhino Utility Terrain Vehicle she was riding in rolled over is now suing Yamaha Motor Corporation. Rachel A. Jollimore was in the passenger seat of the vehicle when the driver swerved to avoid hitting a tree, causing the Rhino to roll onto its side. Jollimore was pinned underneath the UTV. She sustained a fractured skull and broken hand in the accident, which occurred in a field in Silver Springs, Florida. Jollimore told Ocala.com that she has been considerably impaired since the July 2007 accident. “I have to watch what ... Read More

Two CT children fall victim to window blind cords

Two Connecticut children became the unwitting victims of the pull cords on window blinds and shades, which injured one young girl and killed another. Different manufacturers produced the blinds and shades involved in the incidents. The Wall Street Journal reports that in one incident, a two-year-old girl from Bristol was nearly strangled in June when she slipped off the radiator on which she was standing with the cords of a roller shade around her neck. The girl’s five-year old brother held her up as she gasped for air. The girl vomited and suffered deep bruising on her neck, but has ... Read More

Nursing assistant caught stealing rings from elderly woman

It’s hard enough to leave a family member in a nursing home. You want them surrounded by memorabilia from their past that conjures up happy memories. But longtime heirlooms can sometimes be so attractive to others that they end up missing. WKTV News Channel 2 featured a story of an 89-year-old resident of Bethany Gardens Skilled Living Facility in Rome, N.Y. The elderly woman wore two rings on her fingers – a gold-and-diamond engagement ring given to her in 1940 by her husband, and a family ring made of various gemstones. The rings hung loose on her frail fingers, and ... Read More

Researchers find HRT can have negative effect on heart health

Women with existing heart conditions should consider their heart disease risk and visit a doctor for a heart health evaluation when considering estrogen hormone replacement therapy (HRT), according to a University of Michigan study. The research revealed that women with no existing heart conditions who took HRT experienced negative heart health effects, including inflammation which can be related to heart disease. The study was prompted by researchers who wanted to know the validity of the so-called six-week timing hypothesis, a theory which came about following the Women’s Health Initiative which linked the use of HRT to an increased risk of ... Read More

U.S. attorneys sue makers of Digitek, seek to close facilities

U.S. Attorneys in New Jersey are moving to close three Actavis Inc. plants, the company that manufactures Digitek, until they comply with FDA regulations. According to the Associated Press, the suit requests the court to not allow Actavis Inc. and Actavis Totowa to manufacture drugs until the company complies with FDA regulations for testing, quality control, and test response. The company must also stop selling unapproved and misbranded drugs. Filed by U.S. Attorney Christopher Cristie and the Department of Justice’s Officer of Customer Ligation, the suit states Actavis’ facilities in Totowa and Little Falls, N.J., have not only continued to ... Read More

Oklahoma nursing home faces fines for endangering patients

A Norman, Okla., nursing home could face fines of up to $3,000 a day for numerous deficiencies, including allegations of not fully investigating abuse allegations and endangering patients’ health by not providing condoms to a sexually active, HIV-positive patient, according to KTUL-TV. State investigators cited 16 infractions in a 370-page report released earlier this month. One abuse claim stems from a patient, Carol Crow, who was found by family members covered in bruises on her face, around her neck and completely down her chest. Crow’s family is convinced that Crow was attacked, but the nursing home disputes that claim, insisting ... Read More

Will FDA regulations and pre-emption silence Vytorin victims?

Many Americans assume that the Food and Drug Administration adequately tests new drugs for safety before they go on the market and become available to the general population. If your doctor prescribes a new drug to help you lower your cholesterol or help you quit smoking, then that drug must be safe, right? The answer is a surprising, and disconcerting, NO. Trials for new prescription drugs that are vying for a place in the market focus on efficacy rather than safety. If pre-market clinical tests find a drug to be effective and that drug does not appear to be unsafe, ... Read More

Physical therapist charged with unlicensed practice, forgery

Brent P. Dellarma was a practicing physical therapist employed by Genesis Rehabilitation at Sandy River Center for Health Care in Farmington, Maine, for nearly a year between 2007 and 2008, until management suspected something was awry with his paperwork. The man had worked as a physical therapy assistant and then as a physical therapist at Sandy River Center. He had documentation filed with the Board of Examiners in Physical Therapy in the state’s Department of Professional and Financial regulation. However, an investigation found that the paperwork Dellarma filed was bogus and that he had misrepresented his qualifications, according to the ... Read More