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A new kind of anti-reflux surgery for GERD patients offers alternative to PPIs

There is another option besides long-term PPI use for those who suffer from chronic acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease, known as GERD. This serious disease is estimated to affect more than 80 million Americans. Symptoms include heartburn, nausea, sore throat, belching, pain in upper abdomen, asthma, chronic cough and regurgitation. Left untreated, it can lead to Barrett’s esophagus, a condition in which tissue that is similar to the lining of your intestine replaces the tissue lining your esophagus, which sometimes develops into esophageal cancer. Many with this disease are treated with proton pump inhibitors (or PPIs) such as Prevacid, ... Read More

Female athletes more likely to suffer repeated concussions

Collegiate athletes who have suffered a previous concussion were three times more likely to have another concussion compared to athletes who had never had one, according to a study conducted from researchers at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. The study also found that female collegiate athletes were more likely than their male counterparts to have a concussion, both overall and in gender-comparable sports. Much of the concussion research has focused on male sports, such as football. Researchers set out to determine whether female athletes had similar risk with head injuries. Their analysis involved more than 1,000 athletes, ... Read More

Distracted walking Deaths Rising Sharply

With traffic fatalities soaring to levels not seen in more than 50 years, distracted drivers – mainly motorists with smartphones – have grabbed many of the traffic safety headlines lately. But another threat that all people should be aware of is the correlating rise in distracted pedestrian fatalities. A 2013 study published in the Journal of Safety Research, “Ambulatory cellphone injuries in the United States: An emerging national concern” found that the number of distracted-pedestrian accidents increased gradually from 2000 to 2011. The study did not focus on how many of those distracted walking accidents involved motor vehicles, but Ken ... Read More

Whistleblower Complaint Leads to Multiple Arrests In Massive Health care Fraud Scheme

A False Claims Act lawsuit filed by a whistleblower and resulting investigation of those claims has led to the arrest of a New York City-area cardiologist, neurologist, and several others on charges of health care fraud, identity theft, and making false statements, among other things, as well as civil allegations that they defrauded Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance companies. Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and other federal officials announced the charges March 1, saying that the defendants’ wrongdoing spanned 12 years starting in 2003 and cost taxpayers and private insurers more than ... Read More

Scalp cooling devices good news for Taxotere users worried about risk of permanent hair loss?

In an editorial accompanying two separate studies on scalp cooling devices, both published online Feb. 14 in JAMA Oncology, Dawn L. Hershman, MD, from the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork–Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, New York City speaks about quality of life for individuals with cancer. The scalp cooling devices are designed to help to prevent chemotherapy-induced alopecia (hair loss) by reducing blood flow to the scalp and thus the amount of chemotherapy delivered to the hair follicles. She said that “[o]ne of the strongest deterrents for a woman who is deciding whether to undergo chemotherapy is concern about alopecia.” ... Read More

NYCOSH report finds NYC construction fatality rates are on an upward trend

The most recent New York City construction fatality report has workers, advocates and government officials calling for increased worker training and stronger regulations to help curb the number of injuries and fatalities. The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) report, “Deadly Skyline: An Annual Report on Construction Fatalities in New York State,” found employers routinely violate worksite safety regulations, NYC construction fatality rates are on an upward trend and Latino construction workers die at disproportionately high rates. In the past two years, 30 workers have died at NYC construction sites and 464 have died in the last ... Read More

Amtrak Retaliated Against Whistleblower For Voicing Safety Concerns, OSHA Finds

Federal investigators have ordered Amtrak to reinstate a former employee and pay him nearly $900,000 in compensatory and punitive damages after determining he was wrongfully terminated for raising railroad safety concerns and supporting the safety concerns of a fellow agent. In 2010, the employee, who worked as a special investigator in Amtrak’s inspector general’s office, was investigating an Amtrak contractor that had been convicted in a New York state court of fraud for its work inspecting and testing concrete in New York City building projects. Knowing that the same contractor had performed testing for Amtrak on certain train tunnels, the ... Read More

Many high school athletes taking muscle building supplements

Twelve percent of teenage boys say they have taken muscle building supplements at least once in their lives, a concern raised in the journal Pediatrics because the supplements can have dangerous side effects and younger users may be more susceptible to the risks. The teenage boys polled for the study said the supplements were often recommended by friends or by salespeople at nutritional supplement shops. The dietary supplements most often recommended to these kids for muscle building were creatine and testosterone booster. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Sports Medicine recommend against use of either ... Read More

103 Injured In Long Island Railroad Commuter Train Derailment At Brooklyn Station

A Long Island Railroad commuter train crashed into a bumper block and partially derailed Wednesday morning inside Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal, injuring at least 103 people. New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is investigating the derailment and has not determined a cause, but there was early speculation that the locomotive engineer may have been responsible. The commuter train originated from the Far Rockaway station in Queens and was packed with about 700 commuters, most of whom were reportedly standing as the train pulled into Atlantic Station, its final stop. Passengers reported people were thrown about the train as it came ... Read More

Forest Labs Will Pay $38 Million To Resolve Allegations It provided illegal kickbacks

New York City-based Forest Laboratories and its subsidiary Forest Pharmaceuticals have agreed to pay the U.S. government $38 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a whistleblower who claimed the companies engaged in illegal kickback schemes to coax doctors into prescribing their drugs. The lawsuit, filed by former Forest employee Kurt Kroening in federal court in Milwaukee, Wis., accused Forest of pushing its drugs Bystoic, Savella, and Namenda between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2011, by providing kickbacks to physicians in the form of payments and meals. Federal prosecutors investigated Mr. Kroening’s claims and chose to ... Read More