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RegenESlim appetite control capsules recalled due presence of dangerous ingredient

Certain lots of RegenESlim appetite control dietary supplements are being recalled because they contain an ingredient that may cause deadly side effects. A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysis found in two lots of RegenESlim the presence of DMAA, also known as 1,3-dimethylamylamine, methylhexanamine, or geranium extract, commonly used as a stimulant, pre-workout, and weight loss ingredient in supplements. The agency has warned that DMAA is potentially dangerous to health as it can narrow blood vessels and arteries, which can cause a rise in blood pressure or other cardiovascular problems such as shortness of breath, arrhythmias, tightening in the chest, ... Read More

Two patients dead after contracting Legionaire’s disease at UAB hospital

Two patients at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Medical Center have died after contracting Legionaire’s disease from the water system in the hospital’s hematology/oncology unit, hospital officials confirmed this week. The two patients died sometime in early to mid-May, according to the hospital. The exact dates of their deaths haven’t been released by the hospital for privacy reasons. They were among eight patients in the same unit who contracted the disease. “Legionella bacteria are found naturally in the environment, usually in water,” said Dr. Loring Rue, UAB’s Chief Patient Safety and Clinical Effectiveness Officer. “The bacteria grow best in ... Read More

Dr. Weil warns against using baby powder on infants

Don’t be fooled by names, baby powder should not be used on infants, warns Dr. Andrew Weil, medical doctor and writer on holistic health. “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against using baby powder as do many individual pediatricians,” he says. The issue is talcum powder, derived from talc, a mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate. It may also contain asbestos, a mineral that has been linked to lung cancer. The danger in using baby powder on infants, Dr. Weil says, “is that babies can easily inhale tiny particles of it that are light enough to be carried in the ... Read More

Nursing home eyed as source of deadly Legionnaire’s Disease outbreak in Northwest Alabama

Alabama and federal health officials are investigating an outbreak of illnesses linked to Legionella bacteria in Lauderdale County. Authorities have confirmed that the bacteria has caused the death of one person and sickened at least 13 others in the Florence, Ala., area in the northwestern region of the state. U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials are assisting the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) with the investigation. So far, the officials believe that one nursing home in or near Florence is the likely source of the bacteria. At least eight of the people with confirmed illnesses had ... Read More

Anesthetic vials recalled due to contamination

Two lots of the anesthetic Bupivacaine manufactured by Hospira Inc. have been recalled because small particles were seen floating or embedded in vials of the injectable drug. The recall involves one lot of 0.25% Bupivacaine HCl injection and one lot of 0.75% Bupivacaine HCL injection, both of which come in single-dose vials. The particulate was identified as stainless steel ranging in size from 542 microns to 1,700 microns in the 0.25% vials, and as iron oxide with an average size of 2,000 microns in the 0.75% vials. If medication from contaminated vials are injected into patients the foreign particulates could ... Read More

Cause of Alabama mystery illness revealed

The mystery has been solved. The illness that sickened 10, sending seven to the hospital and killing two in southeast Alabama has been identified as a combination of type A flu, rhinovirus, and bacterial pneumonia, the Alabama Department of Public Health reports. “This is good news,” State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson said in a statement. “Testing has ruled out avian flu and novel coronavirus.” Researchers were baffled by reports of patients with flu-like symptoms – with respiratory problems including cough and shortness of breath – at one Dothan, Ala., hospital. Officials reported the cases to the state health department, ... Read More

Three more hospitalized in Alabama with mystery illness

Three more people from southeast Alabama have fallen ill from a mystery disease since state health officials alerted the media Wednesday that an investigation into the cause of the illness was underway. To date, 10 people have been hospitalized, two of whom have died, since April 19. All patients had the same flu-like symptoms including cough, fever, shortness of breath and “’something’ on their chest x-rays,” said Dr. Mary McIntyre, a spokesman for the Alabama Department of Public Health. It is not known where in Alabama the three latest patients are from, but the original seven are from Barbour, Coffee, Dale, ... Read More

Mystery illness hospitalizes 7, kills 2 in southeast Alabama

Two people have died and at least seven have been hospitalized by a mystery illness in Alabama. All seven cases were reported at one hospital in Dothan and come from a 10-county area in the southeast corner of the state. The cases were reported between April 19 and May 20. State health officials have yet to pinpoint the source of the illness, however two of the patients tested positive for the flu virus – one for H1N1, also known as the swine flu, and the other for influenza A. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Five of the ... Read More

FDA warns against using dietary supplements containing DMAA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers that dietary supplements promising weight loss, muscle building and performance enhancement containing dimethylamylamine (DMAA) can be dangerous and even deadly and should be avoided at all costs. The agency is working hard to remove all DMAA-containing supplements from the marketplace, however some companies continue to sell the products illegally. DMAA can elevate blood pressure and could lead to cardiovascular problems including heart attacks, shortness of breath, and tightening in the chest. Given the known biological activity of DMAA, the ingredient may be particularly dangerous when used with caffeine. As of April ... Read More

Blood thinners reduce stroke risk in A-fib patients, but side effects can be dangerous

Atrial fibrillation is generally not a life-threatening disorder, but can lead to serious complications such as heart failure or stroke, says Dr. Karhik Ramaswamy, Director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. In treating the condition, attention is first directed at preventing strokes, and then at reducing the symptoms and decreasing the frequency of attacks. Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia in the United States, and is caused by abnormal impulses in the upper chambers of the heart. People who have the condition often experience episodes of racing or pounding in their chest. Sometimes they may also have shortness ... Read More