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Cases of collapsed lung reported with feeding tube insertion device

Cases of collapsed lung, called a pneumothorax event, have been reported in patients who were given feeding tubes using enteral access systems (EAS), a particular type of system to guide clinicians in the placement of enteral feeding tubes, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautioned in a Safety Communication. “Most reports indicate these pulmonary events required urgent intervention, including needle decompression or chest tube placement,” the notification stated. “Several of these effects were associated with cardiopulmonary arrest and patient death.” Pneumothorax is a known rare complication of “blind insertion” of feeding tubes. But use of EAS devices does not eliminate ... Read More

CVN names talc verdict No. 1 on Top 10 Most Impressive list

One woman’s trial against consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson alleging cancer risks with the company’s talc-containing products was named the most impressive plaintiff verdict in 2017 by Courtroom View Network (CVN), a news organization that webcasts high-stakes civil trials. The news organization covered a variety of litigation to compile its Top 10 list, including bellwether product liability trials, medical malpractice trials, and complex commercial trials. The verdicts were not ranked solely by amount awarded. The news group also took into consideration the facts of each case, the parties and attorneys involved, and the potential broader impact of the ... Read More

Takata Airbag Recall Expanded By 3.3 Million U.S. Vehicles

Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata is adding 3.3 million airbag inflators to its already mammoth recall over concerns the devices are prone to explode and blast metal fragments at vehicle occupants. Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) does not specify what vehicles are affected by the latest Takata airbag recall, owners can see if their vehicle is subject to the recall by entering the 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN) into the NHTSA’s recall portal. According to Consumer Reports, this latest Takata airbag recall actually encompasses three separate recalls affecting vehicles made in a specific model year by particular automakers and ... Read More

In Florida, a Push To Toughen State’s Abysmal Distracted Driving Laws

A coalition pushing for safer streets for pedestrians and bicyclists in Lee County, Florida, is urging Florida to get tough on distracted driving and improve the safety of Florida roads for all users. Based in Lee County, Florida, BikeWalkLee says in a Fort Myers News-Press opinion that its top legislative priority for the past five years has been to advocate for better road-safety laws statewide, with particular aim at Florida’s weak “texting while driving” law. Although texting while driving has been banned in Florida since 2012, it is a secondary offense, meaning law enforcement authorities can’t pull people over solely ... Read More

Trump to roll back fines for nursing home abuse

The Trump administration is rolling back fines against nursing homes accused of abusing or neglecting patients. The American Health Care Association made the request to then-president-elect Donald Trump to change Medicare’s penalty protocols in December 2016, saying that “inspectors were too focused on finding wrongdoings at nursing homes instead of assisting the facilities. It is critical that we have relief.” The nursing home industry supports this policy change. Nearly 6,500 nursing homes have been cited at least once for a serious violation since 2013. Two thirds of them have been fined by Medicare, according to the New York Times. Under ... Read More

Dangerous ingredient DNP turning up in diet pills

Diet pills containing 2, 4 dinitrophenol (DNP) are making a comeback, and their promise to “burn” fat may be a little too literal. DNP works by making the mitochondria in cells less effective at generating energy. Weight loss occurs when consumed food turns into “waste,” or heat rather than energy or fat. This increases body temperature. For some, temperatures rise so high that users literally burn from the inside out. DNP has been banned in the U.S. since 1938 because it was causing users to suffer serious side effects like cataracts, skin lesions, hyperthermia, brain damage and even death. But ... Read More

Cream bar recall expanded to include dozens more brands

Fieldbrook Foods Corporation is expanding a recall of select brands of orange cream bars to include all orange cream bars and chocolate coated vanilla cream bars that were produced in 2017 on the company’s Hoyer 1 Line at its Dunkirk, New York, plant. Both products are being recalled due to the possibility that they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms like high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. ... Read More

Meltdown and Spectre Processor Flaws Expose Everyone to Data Theft

Meltdown and Spectre, the names given to recently detected hardware vulnerabilities in microprocessors that expose nearly every computer, smartphone, and server to potential data theft, have hardware and software developers scrambling to develop protective patches. Consumers of both Windows and Mac computers are being urged to update their operating software immediately. While many Windows and Mac updates are automatic, many computer users may have their devices configured to refuse automatic updates. Researchers say that Meltdown, a flaw that affects the communication between applications and the operating system, affects nearly every Intel central processing unit (CPU) made since 1995, with the ... Read More

Feds raid bodybuilding supplement manufacturing plant

Buffed up former bankruptcy lawyer, online personality, and owner and operator of Enhanced Athlete Inc., Charles Anthony Hughes, a.k.a. Dr. Tony Huge, drew more than 100,000 followers on his YouTube channel where he touted the benefits of SARMs (selective androgen receptor modulators) like ostarine. “I use them all the time in mega doses, and I’m huge,” one of his videos claimed. But recently, his company’s California facility was raided by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of its crack down on dietary supplement makers that peddle SARMs, calling them unapproved drugs that have been linked to life threatening ... Read More

HP Recalls Notebooks, Workstations Over Lithium Battery Fire Risk

Hewlett-Packard (HP) said it is voluntarily recalling certain notebook computers and mobile workstation computers containing lithium-ion batteries that can potentially overheat posing a risk of fire, burn injuries, and property damage. HP is urging customers to check their devices to see if they are affected by the recall. The recall covers the battery only and not the entire device. According to the company, the affected computers and batteries were manufactured December 2015 and December 2017. HP says the some of the lithium batteries were sold as accessories or provided as replacements through HP or an authorized HP service provider. Many ... Read More