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Studies reveal parents demand antibiotics less often

The American Medical Association published a study recently that reveals parents don’t demand unnecessary prescription antibiotics for their children as often as they used to. According to the study, doctors wrote 36 percent fewer prescriptions for antibiotics in the treatment of ear infections and other upper respiratory infections in 2006 than they did in 1995. The trend represents a welcome reversal of antibiotic prescription practices that medical researchers say have led to the emergence of virulent antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Therapeutic use of antibiotics in hospitals, as a prophylactic (preventative) measure for travelers, and as placebo are some of the other forms ... Read More

FDA issues authorization for investigational N1H1 drug

Spurred by a request by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the investigational antiviral intravenous drug peramivir for use in certain adult and pediatric patients with confirmed or suspected 2009 H1N1 influenza (swine flu) who are admitted to the hospital. IV peramivir is authorized only for hospitalized adult and pediatric patients for whom therapy with an IV drug is appropriate based on one or more of the following reasons: 1. The patient is not responding to either oral or inhaled antiviral therapy, 2. When ... Read More

Agency names the germiest FDA-regulated foods

Despite the efforts of the federal government to keep America’s food supply clean, every year nearly 80 million people in the United States fall ill after eating food contaminated with dangerous bacteria such as salmonella, listeria, and E. coli. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 5,000 Americans inflicted with food poisoning die every year. Although there is no way to completely avoid the bacteria that lead to food borne illnesses, there are some ways to reduce your risk of becoming sick. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has issued a list of 10 ... Read More

Tamiflu dispensers cause dosage confusion and errors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a public health alert Thursday after finding errors with the measurements on the dosing dispenser included in Tamiflu packaging. Tamiflu is the brand name of Oseltamivir, an antiviral prescription drug used to treat people infected with the influenza virus. Produced by Swiss global health care company F. Hoffman-La Roche Ltd., Tamiflu has been used extensively throughout the world during the last decade to help curb the spread of the flu virus within patients. The FDA found that the dosage dispenser in Tamiflu packages have dosage markings in 30, 45, and 60 milligrams (mg). ... Read More

Investigators still baffled over cookie dough contamination

Food safety authorities and microbiologists arrived at Nestle’s Danville, Virginia plant to investigate the likely presence of E. coli bacteria in refrigerated cookie dough products. The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been baffled by the bacteria’s presence in the cookie dough because it is a type of food unlikely to contain E. coli. The E. coli outbreak has sickened 70 people in 30 states since March 2009. Thirty of the reported illnesses led to hospitalization. While some of the E. coli infections have led to serious kidney damage, no deaths from renal ... Read More

Nestle cookie dough products recalled after E. coli outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating reports of E. coli illness caused by consumption of Nestle’s Toll House refrigerated cookie dough products. Nestle’s U.S. operations announced today that it was voluntarily recalling the Toll House products. According to the FDA, Nestle is cooperating fully with an ongoing epidemiological study being conducted by the CDC and several state health departments. Authorities say there have been 66 reports of E. coli food poisoning linked to the cookie dough products. The reported illnesses span 28 states. Of the reported illnesses, 25 people have been hospitalized. ... Read More

years after accident, TBI victim suffers but hasn’t lost her spirit

On July 10, 2002, Susan Riddle was driving with her family when a drunk driver’s SUV landed on her windshield. Riddle’s husband and son emerged from the vehicle unharmed, but Susan was not as fortunate. Kent Riddle had to perform CPR on his wife as he waited for help to arrive. Having sustained a serious traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the crash, Susan would spend weeks in a coma, months in a hospital, and years in rehabilitation. Her fascinating story was told in BE Healthy magazine. Riddle’s experience illustrates how the symptoms of TBI can vary dramatically between victims, depending ... Read More

CPSC hits Mattel with record civil penalty

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission announced that it has hit Mattel, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Fischer-Price with the third largest civil penalty in CPSC history for importing and selling toys containing illegal amounts of lead. The toy manufacturers agreed to pay the $2.3 million penalty, which was the highest of its kind for violations involving the importation or distribution of a regulated product. CPSC staff alleged that Mattel of El Segundo, Calif., and Fischer-Price of East Aurora, N.Y., knowingly imported and sold children’s toys with paint and other surface coatings containing unacceptable levels of lead, a potent ... Read More

Families flee homes containing Chinese drywall

Congress, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a spectrum of state and consumer agencies are scrambling to unravel the mystery behind tons of toxic drywall that importers brought into the country from China. Enough drywall to build 30,000 homes entered U.S. ports from China in 2006 and 2007. Now, people in as many as 18 states claim that the drywall is making them sick while corroding their homes’ electrical wiring, air conditioning units, and other household systems. According to reports by CNN, 18-year-old Yorelle Haroush is leaving her ... Read More

CPSC continues investigation of Chinese drywall

The June edition of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Safety Review says that the agency has received more than 265 reports from residents in 18 states and Washington D.C. from customers who believe their health and / or their homes have been negatively affected by toxic drywall imported from China. Most of the homes that contain the suspect drywall were built in 2006 and 2007 during an unprecedented construction rush. At that time, contractors and suppliers looked to China for a supply of fresh drywall, which began running scarce after the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. 540 million pounds of ... Read More