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CDC warning: Hundreds of healthy children die from flu-related complications

Most people know that complications from the flu can be dangerous and even life threatening especially for infants, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems. However, many parents do not realize that even healthy children can die from the flu virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned. That’s why they say getting a seasonal flu shot each year is imperative even for healthy individuals. CDC researchers found that 830 children died from flu-related complications between October 2004 and September 2012. Most of these children never received a flu shot. Pneumonia was the most commonly reported complication ... Read More

Inspection finds tractor trailer in deadly wheel separation crash was unsafe for road

HOOKSETT, N.H. – A tractor trailer that lost its wheel on a New Hampshire interstate last month, killing a 40-year-old Concord woman, had a number of serious safety violations and should not have been on the road, according to an inspection report completed just after the crash. The deadly crash occurred when driver Alan Condon, 50, of Oakfield, Maine, was driving north on I-93 and a wheel separated from the trailer. The heavy wheel rolled into the southbound lanes, struck a state police cruiser, and bounced back into the northbound lanes where it struck an SUV. The SUV’s driver, Kerry ... Read More

Compounding pharmacy’s insurance company claims it does not owe victims of fungal meningitis outbreak

The insurance company for Ameridose, the parent company of the compounding pharmacy blamed for producing and distributing contaminated steroid shots that led to a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak, is asking a federal judge to declare that a $5 million insurance policy cannot be used to pay victims’ claims. The outbreak sickened at least 750 people with fungal infections including fungal meningitis, and killed 64. Treatment for the infections involve months of antifungal medication with grueling side effects. One patient who had recovered from a related infection has suffered a relapse, sending a wave of unrest to those who assumed they ... Read More

Fungal meningitis victim suffers re-occurrence, raises new concerns for health officials

The deadly fungal meningitis outbreak stemming from contaminated steroid shots made by a compounding pharmacy continues to wreak havoc on its victims. Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville announced that a patient was admitted last week after suffering a re-occurrence of fungal infection. New England Compounding Center (NECC) had distributed about 18,000 contaminated steroid shots to medical centers across the country between late May and late September 2012. The shots are commonly used to treat neck, back or joint pain. An estimated 14,000 people received the injections before the drugs were recalled. Since then, at least 750 people have been sickened and ... Read More

Deadly flesh eating bacteria claims ninth victim in Florida

A Florida man died this week just two days after being infected with a flesh-eating bacteria he acquired while crabbing in Halifax River, a part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Henry Konietzky fished often in the warm saltwater of the Halifax River. Last weekend, just before wading into the water, he stepped on some ants and got bitten. Doctors say that is how the deadly Vibrio vulnificus bacteria entered Henry’s bloodstream. The first sign something was wrong was an abrasion that quickly developed around one of the ant bites. It grew larger and larger and within hours began to spread ... Read More

Fifteen people exposed to deadly mad cow-like disease from surgical equipment

Fifteen people in three states have been warned by hospital officials that they may have been exposed to a rare but deadly brain disease after undergoing surgery with contaminated surgical equipment. The concern stems from a now-deceased patient who had brain surgery at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H. in May. He is suspected to have had Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, CJD, a rapidly degenerating and incurable neurological disorder similar to mad cow disease. A true diagnosis cannot be made without an autopsy; Results are expected in a few weeks. The patient was treated using a guided imaging navigational system made by ... Read More

Fresenius delayed warning of deadly side effects from dialysis products GranuFlo, NaturaLyte

When Fresenius Medical Care, the world’s largest provider of dialysis products and services, issued a recall in March 2012 of its dialysis products GranuFlo and NaturaLyte in order to update dosing instructions on the safety labels, the company had known for months that the instructions were confusing and could lead to potentially deadly unintended overdoses of bicarbonate. According to RenalWEB, Fresenius management was first clued in to a possible connection between dosing errors with GranuFlo and cardiovascular-related deaths in dialysis patients as early as April 2009, during a 4-day professional conference. At that meeting, sudden cardiac death was identified as ... Read More

Many varieties of flu vaccinations available to consumers

There are more varieties of flu vaccinations this year than ever before, offering consumers a more tailored approach to staying healthy this flu season. Previously, people had a choice between getting a flu shot or an inhaled version of the drug, which protected them against three strains of the flu virus. This year, drug makers also offer other options. For example, for the first time ever, a quadrivlavent vaccine is available, which protects against four strains of flu virus. This four-in-one type of shot may be more desirable for children as they are more apt to catch the newly added ... Read More

FDA warns of dangerous reactions to unapproved respiratory drugs

Two respiratory drugs sold in stores in Spanish-speaking neighborhoods contain illegal drug ingredients that can cause liver failure and severe skin reactions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns. The drugs Baczol Antigripal and Expectorante, manufactured by the El Salvador company Laboratorios Lopez, are marketed as a treatment for bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory infections. They contain sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim, which have been found to cause liver failure, serious skin reactions and blood cell abnormalities. Some of the drugs also list dipirona on the labels, which is a nonsteroidial anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is not legal in the United States. ... Read More

Average type 2 diabetic spends $85,000 to treat disease, complications

People with type 2 diabetes spend an average of $85,000 to treat their disease and associated complications during their lifetime, a new study reveals. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Research Triangle International, N.C., conducted the study to better understand the financial return on avoiding and delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes, and to know about the long-term financial impact of new diabetes cases along with their complications. Given the cost, researchers noted that “anything that can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes could lead to a sizable reduction in health care ... Read More