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Michigan Hepatitis A Outbreak The Worst in U.S. History

The largest outbreak of Hepatitis A in U.S. history is also the deadliest. A hepatitis A outbreak centered in Southeastern Michigan has prompted federal and state health officials to urge people across Michigan to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, which can lead to severe health complications, liver failure, and in some cases death. The outbreak started in August 2016 and as of May 23 the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recorded 837 cases of hepatitis A infection, including 671 hospitalizations and 27 deaths. Hepatitis A is a serious, highly contagious virus that targets the ... Read More

PPIs linked to liver disease

Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, are generally considered safe for reducing stomach acid and relieving heartburn. But the medication, readily available by prescription and over-the-counter, has been linked to serious side effects. Researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine recently found that PPIs may cause changes to gut bacteria that can promote liver disease. They also linked PPI use along with alcohol abuse to liver damage. PPIs, known by the brand names Prilosec, Prevacid and Protonix, work by reducing gastric acid. But the absence of stomach acid promotes the growth of Enterococcus bacteria in the intestine, ... Read More

Scripps Health Settles Whistleblower Complaint for $1.5 Million

A whistleblower who sued San Diego health care system Scripps Health alleging it improperly charged Medicare and another government health care program for physical therapy services has helped the U.S. government recover $1.5 million. The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) and the whistleblower complaint alleged that Scripps Health submitted false claims to the Medicare and TRICARE programs for physical therapy services provided by therapists who lacked the proper credentials and billing privileges and were not supervised by a physician or other qualified health care provider. According to the DOJ, Medicare and TRICARE – the health care program for active servicemembers and their ... Read More

‘Death Diaries’ project reveals disturbing patterns in opioid prescribing

A doctor in San Diego, California, is working to fight the opioid epidemic by leading an effort to prevent future prescription drug overdose fatalities through the “San Diego Death Diaries,” a project that examines what drugs killed 254 people in 2013, and who prescribed them. Dr. Roneet Lev, head of emergency medicine at Scripps Mercy Hospital, set out to discover why there were so many unintended overdose deaths. She gathered information for 254 people who died of a drug overdose in 2013, and for each she created a diary entry that consists of the decedent’s name, age, and a list ... Read More

NTSB Investigating Deadly Charter Airplane Crash Near San Diego

Federal investigators are looking for answers in an airplane crash that destroyed a San Diego-area home Saturday evening, killing two passengers and a dog on the ground. According to NBC 7 San Diego, a single-engine Beechcraft charter plane operated by Altitude Aviation of Hermosa Beach crashed into the back of a Clairemont, California home around 4:30 p.m. Dec. 9. The explosion the airplane crash created and ensuing fire destroyed the home and everything inside. Four people including the pilot were aboard the charter plane. The airplane crash killed two of the passengers. The pilot and another passenger survived with injuries. ... Read More

E. Coli Outbreak Sickens Hundreds of Marine Recruits

Hundreds of Marine recruits fell ill in an outbreak of E. coli at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and Edson Range at Camp Pendleton, California, including nine that have developed kidney failure. U.S. Marine Corps officials have not identified the source of the E. coli outbreak but said the matter is under investigation and announced several measures being implemented to prevent further illnesses. Seventeen of the Marines-in-training sickened in the E. coli outbreak have required hospitalization off base, including nine whose illness led to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure that can cause strokes, seizures, ... Read More

PPIs linked to progression of chronic liver disease

For years, studies have been linking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid, to kidney damage such as Acute Interstitial Nephritis (AIN), increased risk of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI or Acute Renal Failure) and Chronic Kidney Disease, as well as many other concerning side effects. These acid reflux and heartburn drugs, available both by prescription and over-the-counter, are consumed by approximately 10 percent of the population and Americans are estimated to spend $11 billion on PPIs yearly. A new study published by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine in Nature Communications is now ... Read More

At Least 14 Dead in Michigan’s Ongoing Hepatitis A Outbreak

Michigan health authorities are continuing their investigation of a hepatitis A outbreak that has steadily spread across southeastern Michigan to sicken more than 300 people over the past year. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said the hepatitis A outbreak affects the city of Detroit as well as Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Wayne, and St. Clair counties. According to the Michigan health department, there have been 319 cases of confirmed hepatitis A between Aug. 1, 2016, and Sept. 15, 2017. Fourteen of those patients died from the illness. Nearly 86 percent of all the patients with confirmed cases have been hospitalized, ... Read More

15 Marines Injured, 5 Critically, After Amphibious Vehicle Explodes

Fifteen Marines were injured, including five in critical condition with burns and other injuries, after an amphibious assault vehicle they were riding in burst into flames during a training exercise at Camp Pendleton, California. The amphibious vehicle was performing training exercises on land when the fire broke out and consumed the vehicle shortly after 9:30 Wednesday morning, the 1st Marine Division Public Affairs office said in a statement. There were 15 Marines aboard the vehicle at the time of the accident. The training incident involved members of the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion and troops with Charlie Co., 1st Battalion, 1st ... Read More

Invokana risks may outweigh benefits

Doctors and their hospital-affiliated medical groups have become skittish about prescribing the type 2 diabetes drug Invokana after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) slapped black box warning regarding a twofold risk of lower limb amputations among users on the drug. Since Invokana was approved in 2013 – the first in a new class of diabetes drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors – the agency has required new or strengthened warnings on Invokana’s safety label regarding adverse effects such as an increased risk for ketoacidosis, acute kidney injury, bone fractures, bone mineral density loss and serious urinary tract infections. When results from ... Read More