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Rare respiratory virus sweeping country, making children ill

A respiratory illness sweeping across the country has already sickened more than a thousand children in 10 states, sending dozens to the hospital and in some cases, intensive care units. “So if your state doesn’t have it now, watch for it. It’s coming,” said ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser. Back-to-school season is notorious for making kids sick – literally, that is. Kids get around each other and pick up germs, and then they come home and spread those germs to their siblings. “But this (respiratory virus), this particular Enterovirus 68, is very rare and they ... Read More

Teen’s death prompts FDA warning for consumers to avoid pure caffeine powder

Logan Stiner was just days away from his high school graduation when he died after consuming a lethal dose of powdered caffeine. The teen’s death prompted a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation resulting in the agency issuing a warning to consumers to avoid pure caffeine products, especially those sold in bulk bags over the internet. “A single dose is essentially 100 percent caffeine. A single teaspoon of pure caffeine is roughly equivalent to the amount in 25 cups of coffee,” the FDA warning stated. “Pure caffeine is a powerful stimulant and very small amounts may cause accidental overdose. Parents ... Read More

Sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs send more people to the ER

Bad reactions to anti-anxiety medications and sedatives send more people to the emergency room than any other drugs, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. The findings come from an analysis of medical records from 63 hospitals from 2009 to 2011. Researchers noted that most of the ER visits involved adverse side effects or overdoses, and nearly 20 percent of those resulted in hospitalizations. The biggest problem-maker was the sedative zolpidem tartrate, the active ingredient in the brand-name sleep aid Ambien. The drug is available in other brands as well as in generic. The drug accounted for nearly ... Read More

Physicians groups recommend six-step evaluation before women undergo bladder sling surgery

Physicians do not need to perform preoperative urodynamic testing, or bladder test functioning, on patients with uncomplicated stress urinary incontinence (SUI) before having surgery to implant a bladder sling to treat symptoms because doing so does not improve surgical outcomes, according to first-time guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Urogynecologic Society. Instead, the two medical groups recommend that physicians perform a basic six-step evaluation on women with uncomplicated SUI. This is the first time guidelines have been established to provide consistency in the evaluation of uncomplicated SUI, setting standards for physicians before they operate ... Read More

Lawsuits allege Mirena IUD caused brain damage

“I was one of the lucky ones,” writes “Proud Mama Fighting Back,” who describes herself as a “post Mirena survivor,” and chronicles her “Mirena nightmare” on her blogspot site, MyLifeAfterMirena. She says she was lucky because after having the Mirena intrauterine device inserted, she lost most of her vision in her right eye after two months. “I went from great vision to legally blind in that eye virtually overnight,” she writes. That’s when the blogger learned about a connection between the Mirena IUD and pseudo tumor cerebra (PTC), also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), a type of brain damage in which too ... Read More

Thousands of women from Canada, US file Mirena IUD lawsuits

Canadian Jemila Shen suffered severe abdominal cramps a year after being implanted with the popular Mirena IUD contraceptive. But when she went to have the intrauterine device removed, it was nowhere to be found with an ultrasound. It wasn’t until she underwent surgery that doctors found her IUD. It had migrated toward her hip bone. Shen says she was never warned the device could move from its intended location in her cervix. “It sounds easy – you put it in for five years and forget about it,” she told CTV News. “But look what happened to me.” Shen has joined ... Read More

Some diabetes drugs may be linked to more serious side effects than initially thought

Type 2 diabetes drugs known as DPP-4 inhibitors may be linked to more serious side effects than generally believed, according to an analysis from AdverseEvents. AdverseEvents, a health care informatics company, analyzed data on 11 of the newer type 2 diabetes drugs to conclude which were the safest and which may need closer watch. The drugs included in the study involved GLP-1 receptor agonists, such as Bydureon, Byetta, and Victoza, and DPP-4 inhibitors, such as Janumet, Januvia, Tradjenta and Nesina. AdverseEvents examined data from the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Adverse Event Reporting System, FAERS, and then identified suspect cases ... Read More

CDC announces new reports of salmonella infections from Foster Farms chicken

The number of people infected with antibiotic-resistant salmonella after consuming chicken processed by Foster Farms continues to climb, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least 524 people have been sickened across 25 states and Puerto Rico with one of seven strains of salmonella. The outbreak was declared “over” on Jan. 16 with 430 illnesses, but more cases of salmonella poisonings continued to pour in. The CDC reports that three quarters of those infected are from California and that more than a third have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported during the year-long outbreak. The ... Read More

Study questions safety, effectiveness of anti-viral drug Tamiflu

Tamiflu, the medication given to treat and prevent the influenza virus, has little effect on complications of the flu, such as pneumonia, and is now known to cause psychiatric symptoms, kidney problems, diarrhea and vomiting, according to a new report published this week by the global not-for-profit organization Cochrane Collaboration. What is even more concerning is that countries including the United States and Europe purchased massive quantities of the drug to stockpile in the event of an epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends on its website that Tamiflu be used as a first-line defense against the ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh side effects likely caused by defective design

Two women were told they could no longer have sexual intercourse with their partners after suffering complications related to their transvaginal mesh. “We’ve not got a sex life. It’s actually taken a toll on my marriage,” Linda, whose name was changed, told BBC. “I don’t even go to the doctor. I don’t even bother.” Both women were implanted with transvaginal mesh, a type of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, common conditions that affect women due to childbirth, age or weight gain. Both women say they were injured by the devices and live in ... Read More