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roof crush safety delays may be good for consumers

An activist and advocate for higher automobile roof strength standards believes that the federal government’s latest delay will ultimately benefit the consumer. As we have reported in the past, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a branch of the Department of Transportation, decided in 2005 to boost its archaic standards for roof strength, issuing a deadline of mid-2008 to accomplish that. However, when June 2008 arrived, the NHTSA said it wasn’t ready and deadline was moved back to July. Then to October. Then to December. Now to April … Paula Lawlor, the founder of People Safe in Rollovers Foundation, ... Read More

Estrogen receptor-positive cancer easier to treat, study says

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and its link to breast cancer and other serious conditions continue to make headlines. This week, U.S. News & World Report announced that women who take HRT and then get breast cancer are at lower risk of dying from their disease, according to a new study by the University of California-Irvine. Years ago, HRT was the method-of-choice for most women to combat annoying menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, moodiness, night sweats and decreased sexual desire. The therapy also was thought to offer other benefits, such as a lowered risk of heart disease and breast cancer. ... Read More

the decline of smoking, cancer rates, and Chantix

Researchers conducting long term studies of smoking and cancer are impressed by the latest statistics, which show cancer rates falling among both men and women for the first time since the government started keeping track of long-term trends. The favorable data is especially impressive, given the country’s aging population and considering that the number of new lung cancer cases in both sexes grew by nearly one percent each year from 1995 to 1999. Now the country is seeing a near-perfect reversal of the 1990s trend. The number of new cancer cases has shrunk nearly one percent on average from 1995 ... Read More

CA man with head injury waits to be put back together

Lee Lyle, a 52-year-old California resident, has a dilemma that represents the seemingly insurmountable financial hardship and red tape facing many drivers who wind up in a traffic accident. Lyle was riding his motorcycle down Niles Street in Bakersfield when he was struck by a vehicle that merged from the center lane onto him. Lyle was thrown from his bike in the hit and run incident and landed headfirst on a curb according to witnesses. The accident left Lyle with severe head injuries, the worst of which was swelling of the brain. Doctors at Kern Medical Center, where Lyle was ... Read More

Acupuncture an alternative therapy for menopause

Menopause hit Terri Myerson like a high-temperature hurricane breeze, jolting her awake with at night with dripping sweats. For relief, she turned to a most unexpected treatment – acupuncture. Those who practice acupuncture say that the therapy can remedy a host of women’s health issues, particularly fertility, pregnancy support and menopause. While the holistic healthcare discovered in Asia more than 3,500 years ago is gaining popularity in the Western world, getting the world out has been challenging. In an effort to raise awareness, the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has deemed today and every October 24th National ... Read More

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

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

Recalled heparin still appearing in hospitals, pharmacies

Just because a drug has been recalled doesn’t mean that it has been eliminated from pharmacy and hospital inventory. According to the Associated Press/San Jose (California) Mercury Sun, during an investigation by the California Board of Pharmacy, heparin, which was recalled last winter, was found 94 times in California hospitals and at least 16 hospitals administered the drug to patients. Nearly 100 pharmacists and the hospitals they work for were fined $2,000 to $5,000 by the Board of Pharmacy, according to the report. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled heparin early last year after a large number of patients ... Read More

Nurses convicted of crimes still in good standing in California

Nurse Haydee Parungano was an independent contractor who traveled Southern California to provide nursing services to Medicare patients. Her records show she worked every day between April 1, 2002, and August 31, 2003, including all weekends and holidays, averaging 20 visits per day. During this time span, there were 60 days that Parungano claimed to have seen more than 32 patients – a feat that, at 45 minutes per patient, would take more than 24 hours to accomplish. Last year, Parungano was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for her role in a health care fraud scheme that ultimately ... Read More

FDA makes blunder during hiring of PR firm to improve image

Every company can use a good spin doctor from time to time, and it looks like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is no exception. Last month I told you that California Rep. Harry Waxman, who serves as head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, raised concerns that items outlined on the FDA’s 2007 priorities list appeared to prioritize industry desires over consumer protection. This, just months after more than 80 American deaths were linked to tainted heparin that was made in Baxter International Inc.’s facility in China. FDA officials later acknowledged they had not inspected that facility ... Read More