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Europeans now dependent on China for Panadol, Tylenol

Rhodia SA, a leading producer of paracentamol drugs Panadol and Tylenol, will close its factory in France this week, leaving Europe completely dependent on imports for that drug, according to Bloomberg. Rhodia says it is dropping out of the $800 million paracentamol business because of stiff competition from Asian producers who can export the same product at a fraction of the cost. The news is a double-blow for Europeans, not only for the 43 employees who lost their jobs, but for consumers who have expressed concerns about the quality of drugs and other products made and manufactured in China. Products ... Read More

Nursing home faces $2 million lawsuit for sex abuse incident

A Portland, Ore., nursing home faces a $2 million lawsuit after a sexual encounter between two residents, according to The Oregonian. According to the report, staff members at Healthcare at Foster Creek saw a 61-year-old woman with dementia standing half-naked in a room with Marko Chandler, a 68-year-old resident who suffered from a lesser case of dementia. The two were not touching, but staff dressed the woman and separated the two. Nursing home staff did not call police or the woman’s family, even though they knew the woman’s cognitive disorder left her unable to consent to such activities. Five days ... Read More

Bear and blanket program gives comfort to kids with SJS

Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and its most serious form Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) are serious, life threatening conditions caused by common medication. They are defined as hypersensitivity disorders that affect the skin and mucous membranes, causing the top layer of skin to peel off in sheets and painful blisters to form on the eyes and mouth. It affects people of all ages and genders. Infants and children are not exempt. The drugs most commonly associated with SJS and TEN in children are ibuprofen-based medications such as Children’s Motrin. Other drugs that can cause SJS and TEN include anti-seizure medications and ... Read More

Tennessee Coal Ash Spill Before And After — And What’s Next

By Dave Burdick December 30, 2008 The online environmental community is abuzz with reports of all kinds about the coal ash sludge spill in Tennessee, ranging from first-hand accounts to health concerns to worries about coal in general. Twitter in particular has been a place where people have been posting news stories and concerns. A local blog also posted before and after photos of the affected area. Joe Romm blogs at ClimateProgress that the muck has a lot of people worried about how easy it would be for another such spill to happen: Coal ash deposits in the USA are ... Read More

Tennessee governor, other officials to tour site of major coal ash spill from power plant

December 31, 2008 Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen and other state officials plan to tour the site of a major spill of coal ash from a power plant. The officials were scheduled Wednesday to walk through the area in rural eastern Tennessee where a billion gallons of sludge covered more than 300 acres and spilled into a river. Bredesen is also expected to discuss steps being taken to protect the health and safety of area residents. The Dec. 22 deluge from a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant destroyed three houses, displaced a dozen families and damaged 42 parcels of land, but ... Read More

Coal Ash Spill Leads to Arsenic Warnings for Tennessee Wells

By Alex Nussbaum December 30, 2008 Water samples near a billion-gallon spill of coal ash in eastern Tennessee have found levels of arsenic and other heavy metals higher than drinking-water standards, prompting a warning against using private wells in the area. Samples taken at the site of the spill in Harriman, 35 miles southwest of Knoxville, “slightly exceed” the standards for some metals, according to a statement from the Tennessee Valley Authority, owner of the coal power plant where the Dec. 22 accident occurred. Results from well-water and air tests won’t be known until later this week, the utility said. ... Read More

SJS Foundation established to give answers to those with SJS

It was bad enough that Jean McCrawley’s infant daughter Julie was diagnosed with epilepsy, but two weeks after she was prescribed phenobarbatol to treat her seizures, she woke up with a swollen eyes and a high fever. Jean took her daughter to the doctor who discovered blisters forming on the little girl’s shoulders and mouth. He diagnosed her with chicken pox. But the blisters got worse. They spread down her throat and little Julie was unable to drink her bottle because of the pain. Jean rushed her daughter to the hospital, where doctors continued to administered the phenobarbatol for her ... Read More

Head injury protocol reduces death rate for patients on blood thinners

Blood thinners, like heparin, are routinely administered or prescribed to patients to help prevent blot clots that can lead to heart attacks or strokes. But if a patient taking blood thinners bumps his head, he is at greater risk for undetected brain bleeds and death, according to Emax Health. Researchers at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, have developed a treatment protocol to quickly and effectively diagnose brain bleeds in patients who are on blood thinners and bump their heads. The study treated 105 patients under the new protocol. As a result, diagnosis of brain bleeds occurred in half the ... Read More

Niece files lawsuit on behalf of aunt injured at nursing home

Hazel Earll, a 65-year-old mentally challenged woman, was doing well in rehab at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Nebraska, after a total replacement of her right hip. She was soon able to bear weight on her right side. Days later, on Nov. 22, 2006, she was transferred to North Platte Care Centre for further rehabilitation. But instead of improving, her condition got considerably worse, according to the North Platte Bulletin. On Nov. 24, 2006, just two days after arriving at the nursing home, Earll suffered a horrendous fall while staff was attempting to transfer her to the bathroom. She ... Read More

The Chantix experience: salvation, downfall, or just plain strange?

Chantix has to be one of the most bipolar prescription drugs ever created. Every day, a search for the latest Chantix news digs up blogs written by fans of the smoking cessation drug, who often tout it as a miracle or a blessing in their struggle to become nonsmokers. Yet other users liken it to a nightmare or a curse, citing wild mood swings, disturbing dreams, and uncharacteristic thoughts of suicide. For many people, however, (including me), the Chantix experience isn’t one of wild extremes. It’s more like a strange trip through life with a brain that feels somehow different ... Read More