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UCLA study examines lasting effects of severe TBI in children

What is the most common cause of death and disability for children and adolescents? According to the Centers for Disease Control, the answer is traumatic brain injury (TBI). Researchers are now finding that for those children who survive a blow to the head or even sustain a mild concussion, the effects of TBI can persist for years. Because the brains of children and adolescents are in the developmental stages, TBI can impede proper mental development, leading to psychological disabilities or a combination of mental disabilities. According to two UCLA professors who quantified nearly 20 years of data from TBI studies, ... Read More

Chinese drywall problem more widespread than originally thought

If it’s not lead in paint or melamine in dog food, then perhaps it’s poisonous drywall? The latest batch of toxic Chinese imports – some 550 million pounds of highly sulfuric drywall – has found its way into homes throughout the U.S. and even Canada. The cheap Chinese drywall flooded into the U.S. during the building boom, beginning in 2004, and peaked as the bustling economy and Hurricane Katrina put a strain on domestically manufactured drywall. Most of the affected homes appear to be in Florida, but newly constructed homes in several states and beyond are also affected. When we ... Read More

FDA report reveals peanut plant’s carelessness in food safety

Last month, inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration visited the Plainview, Texas, peanut processing plant owned and operated by the Peanut Corporation of America. The inspection was ordered after investigators linked a salmonella outbreak that sickened nearly 700 people in nearly every state to the Peanut Corp’s plant in Blakely, Georgia. Shortly after the outbreak, news broke that the company’s sister plant in Texas plant actually operated unlicensed and uninspected for years. Inspectors rushed in. What they found at the plant defines corporate irresponsibility and underscores the shortcomings of government agencies on both federal and state levels in doing ... Read More

March is Brain Injury Awareness month

The Brain Injury Association of America recognizes March as Brain injury Awareness month. This year, the BIAA is focusing on sports and concussions in an effort to raise awareness about brain injuries amongst athletes of all ages. Concussions are a common sports injury, yet few people are aware of how devastating even minor concussions can be on the brain’s function. The BIAA, citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says on its website that between 1.6 – 3.8 million concussions occur in the United States because of sports and recreational activities. “Concussions occur even if an athlete doesn’t ... Read More

TAMIFLU carries risk of serious adverse reaction

Winter is the prime time for the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. For those who don’t get the vaccine – and for some who do – influenza can occur. The disease is a contagious respiratory illness. Symptoms usually start suddenly and may include a high fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and diarrhea and vomiting. One way doctors help patients treat and prevent the flu is with TAMIFLU. Roache Laboratories, the company that ... Read More

Probe of salmonella outbreak uncovers earlier peanut problems

A shipment of chopped peanuts from Peanut Corporation of America’s Blakely, Georgia, facility was rejected in Canada because it was deemed “filthy and putrid,” officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.  The shipment was refused by the importer in Canada in April 2008. The importer requested that it be destroyed. Tests of the refused shipment later showed that the chopped peanuts contained metal fragments. The shipment was not destroyed until November 17, more than 7 months after it was rejected, because the Peanut Corporation tried to clean it up. “The shipment was rejected from Canada and imported back to the ... Read More

Company knowingly sold contaminated peanut butter many times

Officials from the Food and Drug Administration discovered that the Peanut Corporation of America found salmonella bacteria while conducting internal tests several times in 2007 and 2008 but knowingly sold its products anyway. The contaminated peanut butter products were shipped 12 times in those two years, according to company documents examined by the FDA. According to records kept by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 500 people in 43 states and Canada have become sick after eating products containing the Peanut Corporation of America’s contaminated peanut butter. The FDA blames the salmonella outbreak on eight deaths ... Read More

Gardasil poses unnecessary risk of injury, death

Dr. Diane Harper, the lead researcher in human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine development, astonished her peers at the 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination last month when she spoke out against Merck’s Gardasil vaccination, rather than promote it as she was expected to do. Dr. Harper, who serves as director of the Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Research Group at the University of Missouri, opened her presentation with an overview of HPV that didn’t exactly inspire confidence in the usefulness of the vaccine. The rate of cervical cancer, which is caused by HPV, she said, was already so low and so treatable ... Read More

FEMA Trailers Toxic

On May 25, MSNBC reported that investigation continues in cases of illness resulting from FEMA trailers provided to evacuees from 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Formaldehyde was detected in the travel trailers and mobile homes in unusually high levels, and about 17,000 people are claiming the homes caused illnesses for themselves or loved ones. This report was written by MSNBC’s Spencer S. Hsu. WASHINGTON – Within days of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in August 2005, frantic officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency ordered nearly $2.7 billion worth of trailers and mobile homes to house the storm’s victims, many of them using a ... Read More