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Illinois woman freezes to death outside nursing home

The family of Sarah Wentworth can’t imagine how the 89-year-old woman could have wandered outside the Itasca, Illinois nursing home where she lived for more than two years. Wentworth was so frail that she needed assistance just to get out of bed or change her clothes. And since she suffered from dementia, which can make those who suffer from the disease prone to wander, she also wore an ankle bracelet that sounded an alarm if she crossed through the nursing home’s doors to the outside. Which makes Wentworth’s death even more mind-boggling. She was found dead Feb. 5 outside in ... Read More

Elderly woman found dead outside nursing home

No one knows how 95-year-old Fannie Mae Rooks ended up outside on the night before Christmas Eve. But somehow her wheelchair had been pushed through the handicapped-accessible doors to the outdoor smoking area at Northgate Park Nursing Home in Florissant, Mo, according to Trading Markets/St. Louis Post-Dispach. Rooks was found dead in the courtyard around 2 a.m. on Christmas Eve. The outside temperature was between 36 and 40 degrees and a light rain was falling. Officials say the cold and rain likely contributed to her death, though autopsy results are pending. Florissant Police Chief William Karabas said it is too ... Read More

Pilot project has coroners investigate all nursing home deaths

John Whalen visited 87-year-old Bernice Mulch weekly at a Jacksonville, Ill., nursing home. Whalen, who had legal authority over the woman’s care, had no reason to believe that his friend was not getting adequate care. After she passed away, the Morgan County coroner investigated her death and determined that that Mulch’s death was caused by a nursing home staff member’s failure to follow doctor’s orders to give her antibiotics for an arm infection. As a result, the nursing home was fined $10,000 by the state, according to the State Journal-Register. When Whalen learned that his friend’s death was being investigated, ... 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

Two suits filed against Bayer in Illinois

Two Illinois residents have filed suit against Bayer, claiming that Trasylol injections led to acute renal failure and other problems in one case and death in the other. Both complaints were filed in the St. Clair County Circuit Court. Gary Harms received a Trasylol injection in 2005 while he was undergoing heart surgery at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He has since suffered from acute renal failure and requires regular dialysis to perform the functions of his failed kidneys. Researchers first discovered a link between Trasylol and kidney failure in the early 1980s when lab animals that received ... Read More

Heparin Linked to Severe Allergic Reactions

FDA advises health care practitioners to switch suppliers and limit use of drug until problem identified The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that Baxter Healthcare Corporation has temporarily stopped manufacturing multiple-dose vials of the injectable blood-thinning drug heparin due to reports of serious allergic reactions and hypotension (low blood pressure) in patients who receive high “bolus” doses of the drug. Serious reactions to the drug have included difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating, and rapidly falling blood pressure that can lead to life-threatening shock. Four people have died after receiving heparin, although the relationship to the drug is ... Read More

Senate supports roof crush liability

A U.S. Senate panel recommended Wednesday that a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposal on vehicle roof strength requirements be amended so that it does not limit the ability of plaintiffs to sue automakers in roof crush cases, according to an Associated Press report. The NHTSA proposal to upgrade Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 216 (FMVSS 216) would require that a roof withstand an applied force equal to 2.5 times the vehicle’s weight while maintaining sufficient headroom for an average size adult male. The current standard is 1.5 times the vehicle’s weight. Consumer groups, led by the People ... Read More

Alabama Among Worst

A review of the nation’s nursing home inspection reports by the Congressional Government Accountability Office (GAO) lists Alabama among nine states with the worst records of nursing home inspection accuracy, saying inspectors missed serious problems in more than 25 percent of all inspections from 2002-2007. The report said most states still fared dismally, missing at least one serious deficiency in 15 percent of all inspections. Other states on the “worst reporting” list are Arizona, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and South Dakota. Results of the report were published in the New York Times May 15, which says the study ... Read More

NSF study finds link between Gadolinium used in MRI and debilitating disease

Another Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) study has tied the debilitating condition to Gadolinium contrast agents used in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This latest NSF research was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which examined a cluster of NSF patients at one unidentified St. Louis Missouri Hospital. The CDC found that the exposure to Gadolinium contrast dyes during MRI was independently associated with the development of NSF. NSF (sometimes called Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy or NFD) was first seen in patients in 1997, and it wasn’t mentioned in medical literature until 2000. NSF leads to excessive formation of connective tissue ... Read More