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Fifth Alabamian infected with mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus

A Jefferson County, Ala., woman has become the fifth Alabamian to contract the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus, and state health officials are cautiously concerned that the disease may become a problem in the United States if the trend continues. The Cikungunya virus is spread by the Asian Tiger mosquito, which is prevalent in the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. The mosquitoes have been traveling just off the American coast but have not yet reached the United States. The first Alabamian to develop Cikungunya likely contracted the virus while visiting Haiti. The virus causes symptoms such as fever, headaches, severe joint pain and rash. It ... Read More

Family says defective metal-on-metal hip implant caused mother’s brain cancer

A woman who had filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for its defective metal-on-metal hip implant has died of an aggressive brain cancer, a disease her family believes was caused by blood poisoning from her corroding artificial hip. Bharucha had broken a hip when she suffered a fall and in 2007 was fitted with Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy ASR hip replacement system. The surgery did not relieve her pain or help her regain her mobility. In fact, she grew increasingly worse. By 2011, a year after the device was recalled due to premature failures, Bharucha had revision surgery to ... Read More

Anti-seizure drug Topamax approved for treatment of migraine headaches in teens

Federal drug regulators have approved the anti-seizure drug Topamax, known generically as topiramate, as a prophylaxis treatment for migraine headaches in teenagers ages 12 to 17. It is the first medication to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for adolescents. It is intended to be taken daily to prevent or reduce the frequency of migraines. Topamax first won FDA approval in 1996 to help prevent seizures. It was approved as a migraine prevention for adults in 2004. The expanded indication to include adolescents was based on a clinical trial involving 103 patients ages 12 to 17. Among ... Read More

FDA, CDC investigating possible link between illnesses and Uncle Ben’s rice

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating illnesses of children and teachers in three states to determine if they may have been caused by Uncle Ben’s infused rice served in schools and day cares. The illnesses affected children in Texas, Illinois, and North Dakota. One of the worst outbreaks was in Katy, Texas, where 34 students and four teachers at three different schools reported skin reactions, burning, headaches, and nausea after eating Uncle Ben’s “Mexican flavor” infused rice. The symptoms persisted for 30 to 90 minutes. The reactions prompted the ... Read More

Fictional Dr. House character helps solve real-life medical mystery

Doctors were stumped by the symptoms exhibited by the 55-year-old man with severe heart failure. He had fever, swollen lymph nodes, hearing and vision loss when he arrived at the Center for Undiagnosed Diseases in Marburg, Germany. He also had a metal hip implant that replaced a previous ceramic one. The team of German doctors was no stranger to medical mysteries. They use a variety of resources to help pinpoint difficult-to-diagnose conditions. For this case, doctors recalled an episode of the then-recently-ended Fox TV series, House, a show in which the fictional character Dr. Gregory House solves some of the ... Read More

Mayflower residents say Exxon pipeline spill sickened them, devastated their town

Nearly a year after Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured in the town of Mayflower, Arkansas, many residents continue to cope with displacement, chronic health problems, rejected claims and unanswered questions. “They have devastated Mayflower,” Genieve Long, one town resident, told msnbc. Ms. Long lives in an area just outside of the neighborhood that was flooded with thousands of barrels of toxic bitumen shale oil that Exxon was moving from Canada to a refinery in Texas. Twenty-two homes were evacuated in the March 2013 disaster, but most residents whose property wasn’t physically touched by the oil leak have found nowhere to turn. ... Read More

Sriracha factory resumes hot sauce operations amid fume complaints

IRWINDALE, Calif. –A potential shortage of Huy Fong-brand Sriracha hot sauce that some fans of the product dubbed “Srirachapocalypse” has been averted, now that a state-imposed ban on the production and shipment of the popular hot sauce has expired. Irwindale, Calif.-based Huy Fong Foods was forced to halt production in November after a Los Angeles judge responded to complaints from local residents that fumes emitting from the factory were causing symptoms akin to tear gas exposure. Many residents complained that the fumes, created by mashing tons of red jalapeno peppers and garlic, were also disruptive because they forced people to ... Read More

FDA approves magnetic device for treating migraines preceded by auras

A new, magnetic device has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to relieve pain caused by migraine headaches proceeded by an aura. Migraines are a common type of headache that often occur with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or sensitivity to light. In many people, a throbbing pain is felt only on one side of the head. Migraines can last anywhere between 4 to 72 hours if left untreated. About a third of migraine suffers experience warning symptoms, called an aura, before the actual headache begins. Auras produce strange symptoms such as dizziness, ringing in the ears, ... Read More

Injuries caused by concussions linger long after patient feels recovered

Damage to the brain caused by a concussion can last months after the initial injury and long after patients report feeling like they have recovered, according to a study from the University of New Mexico. Researchers say the results suggest athletes may be returning to games too quickly after head blows and could be at risk for more serious injury. Concussions occur when an external blast, jolt or impact occurs to the head. Even if the skull isn’t fractured, the brain can still be violently rattled, causing injury such as bleeding, swelling, or neuron damage. The study, published in the ... Read More

Sriracha factory stays open as judge delays ruling on possible shutdown

LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge delayed a ruling Friday on whether to allow the Irwindale, Calif., Sriracha hot sauce plant to continue production or to order a temporary factory shutdown. The city sued Huy Fong Foods on Oct. 28, seeking to suspend its Sriracha sauce production after dozens of city residents complained of harmful and disruptive fumes emanating from the factory. Judge Robert O’Brien’s decision to delay the ruling could allow the giant 600,000-square-foot factory to continue operating for another year, as the part of the production process involving grinding tons of red jalapeno peppers ... Read More