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Study finds Pradaxa could make common falls lethal for elderly

The death of an 83-year-old man who checked into The University of Utah’s hospital after suffering from a routine fall raises concerns that hemorrhaging may be irreversible in patients taking Boehringer Ingelheim’s blood-thinning drug Pradaxa. A new report published Thursday in the Journal of Neurosurgery, authored by physicians in the University’s Neurosurgery Department who treated the patient, details his decline and eventual death hours after arriving at the hospital. The patient went to the hospital after experiencing a standing-level fall that left him banged up but alert and coherent. The study notes that one month prior to his fall, the ... Read More

Study finds common flu drug may speed traumatic brain injury recovery

A flu drug that has been around for decades may help speed the recovery of patients with severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI), according to a new study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. A hospital study divided 184 patients with severe TBI caused by falls and car crashes randomly into two groups. About one third of the patients were in a vegetative state with only brief periods of wakefulness while the rest were only minimally conscious. One group received a daily dose of Amantadine, a drug first approved in the 1960s to help combat the flu virus, while ... Read More

NYC elevator death blamed on ignoring basic safety measures

An investigation into the brutal elevator death of a New York City advertising executive “starkly showed safety protocols were ignored,” according to the city’s Department of Investigation Commissioner. Suzanne Hart, 41, was killed December 14 after the office elevator she was stepping into suddenly shot upward, trapping her by the leg and crushing her between the car and shaft. The horrific incident occurred in the Madison Avenue office building of Young & Rubicam, where Ms. Hart was director of new business. Video surveillance recordings show two workers of Transel Elevator, an elevator maintenance and repair company, leaving the Young & Rubicam ... Read More

Mine superintendent charged in deadly West Virginia blast

The superintendent in charge of Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia at the time it exploded, killing 29 workers, was charged Wednesday with conspiracy for his central role in deceiving federal regulators who were trying to carry out safety inspections and impeding their efforts to enforce requirements that could have prevented the disaster. Gary May, 43, of Bloomingrose, West Virginia, is now the highest-ranking Massey Energy employee to be charged in the deadly explosion, which occurred on April 5, 2010 after mining equipment created a spark that ignited an accumulation of coal dust and methane gas. ... Read More

Anti-smoking drug Chantix may help other addicts, but at what cost?

Two new clinical studies have found evidence that Pfizers’s anti-smoking drug Chantix (varenicline) may help take the enjoyment out of cocaine and alcohol in much the same way it makes smoking cigarettes feel less desirable, thereby easing addiction and making it easier for users to quit. The news will certainly be welcomed by manufacturer Pfizer, which had counted on Chantix being a major moneymaker before sales of the drug dropped off following reports linking it to cases of suicide and hostile behavior. But numerous other studies and clinical data suggest Chantix is far from being a sound panacea for addictions, ... Read More

Exploding electronic cigarette severely injures Florida man

NICEVILLE, FL – A Florida man who quit smoking two years ago and turned to electronic cigarettes to ease his tobacco cravings has been admitted to a burn center after the e-cigarette exploded in his mouth. Tom Holloway, 57, had all of his teeth knocked out in the explosion, according to an ABC News report. He also lost part of his tongue. A fire chief who responded to the emergency told ABC that he “never heard of or seen anything like this before,” and that Mr. Holloway’s injuries looked as if he had put a “bottle rocket in his mouth.” ... Read More

Manhattan elevator death spurs criminal investigation

NEW YORK CITY — A criminal investigation into the horrific elevator death of Suzanne Hart, a 41-year-old advertising executive with the Manhattan advertising firm Young and Rubicam, is underway. Ms. Hart was killed December 14 when she was stepping onto an elevator at her firm’s Madison Avenue office building. Responders and witnesses, including two other people who entered the elevator ahead of Ms. Hart, said that the elevator suddenly shot upward with the door open, catching Ms. Hart by the leg and crushing her between floors. A joint investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the New York City Buildings ... Read More

Report suggests poor safety auditor advice contributed to deadly Listeria outbreak

A Congressional Committee’s investigation of the Colorado family farm linked to a nationwide outbreak of Listeria last summer found that a third-party auditor gave the farm a “superior” rating just weeks before the outbreak, calling into question the reliability and credibility of private agricultural inspection firms. The outbreak was traced to cantaloupes grown on the farm. The House Energy and Commerce Committee report says that Jensen Farms of Rocky Ford, Colorado hired Bio Food Safety Inc., a subcontractor working for Primus Labs, to evaluate its operations in 2010 and again in 2011. However, the auditor focused only on Jensen Farms’ ... Read More

Final settlements reached in WV mine explosion, criminal charges likely to follow

Alpha Natural Resources, the new owner of West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch Mine, has settled with the remaining families of the miners who were killed in an April 2010 explosion, believed to be the worst mining disaster in 40 years. The 13 families who hadn’t reached an agreement with Alpha or the mine’s previous owner, Massey Energy, accepted settlement offers after more than four days of talks with a mediator, according to the Charleston Gazette. The 16 other families either settled with Massey before the Alpha buyout or reached agreements with the new owner. Details of the latest settlements, including ... Read More

Railway company fined and ordered to reinstate injured worker

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered Omaha, Nebraska-based Union Pacific Railroad Co. to immediately reinstate an employee in Idaho who was fired after reporting a work-related injury and to pay the employee more than $300,000 in back wages, compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorneys fees. The employee filed a whistleblower complaint with OSHA, alleging suspension without pay and then termination after notifying the company of an on-the-job injury. OSHA’s investigation found the disciplinary charges and termination did not stem from the complainant breaking a work rule but merely on reporting an injury to the railroad. The ... Read More