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Vitamin K shortage could put warfarin patients at risk for uncontrollable bleeding

A nationwide shortage of Vitamin K is being blamed for the death of an 81-year-old Miami woman who was admitted to hospital with a case of gastrointestinal bleeding. Vitamin K is a vital agent used to counter the effects of warfarin (the generic name for Coumadin), a widely used anti-coagulant drug taken by millions of patients to prevent blood clots. According to NBC6 Miami, Coumadin patient Maria Gonzalez was sent to Miami’s Metropolitan Hospital in March with a case of gastrointestinal bleeding. But because the hospital had no injectable or intravenous form of vitamin K in stock to stop the ... Read More

Experimental brain cancer vaccine shows promising results

A new customized brain cancer vaccine has been shown in phase 2 clinical trials to extend the lives of brain cancer patients by several months or longer. The vaccine was developed to treat patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme, the most common and most aggressive malignant primary brain tumor in humans. The vaccine used in the trials was tailored to individual patients by using materials from their own tumors. The trial results, announced this week at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons meeting in Miami, revealed that the vaccine extended the survival of 40 patients by several months when compared to ... Read More

Woman nearly killed by bladder sling surgery lobbies for more oversight

Lena Keeton contracted a deadly flesh-eating bacteria following surgery in 2001 to implant a synthetic mesh bladder sling to treat her occasional incontinence, and has since endured 17 surgeries and ongoing medical problems as a result of the mesh. Now Keeton, who spits her time between Austin, Texas, and Miami Beach, Fla., was in Washington, D.C., last week lobbying federal officials to strengthen oversight of medical devices such as surgical mesh. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning to patients about complications with the mesh when used transvaginally to treat pelvic floor disorders, including incontinence and pelvic ... Read More

Brain injury lawsuits against NFL consolidated in Philadelphia

The National Football League (NFL) is being hit with a growing number of lawsuits filed by former NFL players and their families blaming the league for dementia and other brain diseases linked to repeated concussions. At least four such lawsuits representing more than 300 retired NFL players and their families are being consolidated for multidistrict litigation in Philadelphia, and many more lawsuits could join before the cases go to trial. The lawsuits will be heard by Senior Federal Judge Anita Brody. After reviewing requests for consolidation by the NFL and plaintiffs’ lawyers, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation found the ... Read More

Another victim of transvaginal mesh speaks out

Sonnia Andino had been suffering for years from unusual symptoms. “Like something pulling me. I was in pain and I couldn’t stretch my leg or bend … because I feel the pressure,” she told NBC Miami. She consulted with her doctor, who linked the problem back to a device used when she had surgery to repair a pelvic floor disorder four years earlier. The device is a type of surgical mesh that is implanted through the vagina to repair conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Andino received the transvaginal mesh when she had surgery ... Read More

Judge dismisses first bellwether suit against Toyota over jurisdictional issue

The federal judge overseeing lawsuits filed in federal courts against Toyota for sudden unintended acceleration damages has dismissed the lawsuit previously selected as the first bellwether case, saying it belonged in a Utah State court. In June, Judge James Selna of the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California, had chosen a lawsuit involving a Utah crash that killed two people and injured two others as the first of the bellwether cases that will help determine how the rest of the multi-district litigation will proceed. In September, Judge Selna tentatively rejected Toyota’s motion that the case be tossed out. On ... Read More

More patients blinded after Avastin eye treatments

LOS ANGELES – Five patients have been blinded after being injected with Avastin, a cancer drug made by Genentech that is often used to treat some forms of age-related macular degeneration and other eye diseases. The incidents are the latest cases in a series of alleged Avastin-induced blindness to occur in the U.S. On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an alert warning of infection risks associated with the use of Avastin in treating the eyes. The FDA warning was prompted by a similar incident in the Miami area where 12 patients received eye infections following Avastin injections. ... Read More

Former football players sue NFL for keeping concussion risks a secret

Seventy-five retired professional football players filed a lawsuit against the National Football League (NFL) in Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday, alleging NFL executives knew about concussion risks for decades but concealed the information. Plaintiffs include former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper, New York Giants running back Ottis Anderson, and the wives of several players. The plaintiffs claim the NFL has known about the serious dangers of concussions for nearly 100 years, but withheld that information from players, coaches, trainers, and the general public until June 2010. Supporting this claim, the lawsuit explains that NFL leadership established the Mild Traumatic ... Read More

25 injured in South Florida passenger bus – fuel tanker collision

A gasoline tanker truck slammed into the back of a Broward County, Florida, transit bus Tuesday morning, injuring 25 people. According to initial reports, 22 people have been taken to local hospitals for treatment while three others were treated on the scene. One of the bus passengers has been classified as a trauma alert patient with spinal injuries, according to South Florida media reports. The crash occurred around 9 a.m. just north of Fort Lauderdale in the city of Margate. Broward Country Transit bus 1106 was traveling northbound on U.S. 441 when the fuel truck crashed into it near the ... Read More

Autopsy report reveals a man troubled by brain injury

The Miami-Dade County medical examiner released its autopsy report for Dave Duerson, the former Chicago Bears safety and two-time Super Bowl champion who took his life last month while struggling with symptoms he suspected were caused by traumatic brain injury. The report sadly confirms that Duerson, who was 50 years old when he shot himself, worried about his diminishing brain function in the months before his death, complaining of memory loss and an inability to spell. Duerson suspected that he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease that has been found in other athletes who have endured ... Read More