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FDA warns of serious problems with device used in kidney donor surgery

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning doctors not to use Weck Hem-o-Lok Ligating Clips for the ligation of the renal artery during laparoscopic living-donor nephrectomy, or surgical kidney removal, because of serious risks to the donor. The clips may become dislodged, which can result in uncontrolled bleeding, the need for additional surgery, or death of the donor. The FDA had received reports of 12 injuries and three deaths with the clips during living-donor nephrectomy between 2001 and 2005. In 2006, the FDA issued a contraindication for use during living-donor surgery. However since the contraindication was issued, three more kidney ... Read More

Public Citizen warns against latex medical gloves

It took decades for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be swayed, but consumer watchdog group Public Citizen was at the helm of the movement to persuade the FDA to ban the prescription painkillers Darvocet and Darvon (propoxyphene) due to serious health risks. The FDA rejected both petitions submitted by Public Citizen over the years, but new studies that showed the drugs caused dangerous heart rhythm abnormalities finally convinced the federal agency that the risks associated with Darvocet and Darvon far outweighed the benefits. Now the watchdog group is taking aim at another medical product – latex medical gloves. ... Read More

Bayer loses case to silence media reporting dangers of Yaz, Yasmin

Bayer is trying to silence the critics of its blockbuster birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin by taking nay-sayers to court. But even in Europe where the laws don’t always guarantee free speech, Bayer is hardly getting a sympathetic ear. A Swiss appeals court has recently rejected Bayer’s request to punish a Swiss television station that reported there were about 190 deaths associated with Yaz and Yasmin in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) database of adverse reactions. The database includes both confirmed and unconfirmed drug reports, and Bayer argued that it was not a true indicator of how dangerous ... Read More

Major league umpire wins lawsuit against artificial hip manufacturer

Former major league umpire Mark Hirschbeck has agreed to settle a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the manufacturer of his artificial hip. Hirschbeck sued the hip implant maker after his device shattered while he was sitting and watching TV. The injury caused an infection and required four additional surgeries, which left the umpire disabled at age 42 and unable to continue working in his $350,000-a-year umpire job. Hirschbeck’s settlement was with Wright Medical Technology of Arlington, Tenn., and was reached before Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis just as the case was set to go to trial. The terms of the agreement ... Read More

Woman blames gallbladder problems on Yaz, Yasmin

Lana Speck didn’t know what had come over her when she began experiencing severe stomach pains in early 2006. Her doctor ordered a cholecystectomy, or the surgical removal of her gallbladder. But she continued to be plagued with even more problems, such as constant severe chest and upper abdominal pain. She also battled extreme diarrhea and indigestion. Two years later her doctor made a connection. Lana had been taking Yaz or Yasmin birth control pills for seven years, since 2001. The pills have been linked to gallbladder damage, yet Lana says she was never warned of those risks by the ... Read More

Clostridium germs threaten pediatric hospital patients, but is preventable

Hospitals exist to help patients get well again during an illness, disease, or physical injury, but an alarming number of children are contracting potent bacterial infections during their hospital stay, often prolonging their hospitalization and requiring surgery, according to a study published last week in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. The study was conducted in hospitals across the United States and encompassed 10.5 million pediatric patients. Researchers analyzing the hospital data found that the rate of infections caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile has risen 15 percent every year since 1997. In 2006 3,565 infections were reported. That ... Read More

More young children suffering shoulder injuries from baseball

Spring is just around the corner, which means baseball season will soon start for millions of American children. But experts say parents and children should be cautious of shoulder injuries, as more and more young baseball players are getting benched because of them. “It’s a growing problem,” Dr. Charles Metzger, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in the upper extremities in Houston, told the Palm Beach Post. “It’s very common for younger and younger players to come in with elbow and shoulder pain and miss playing games as a result.” One reason why more young children are complaining of elbow and shoulder injuries ... Read More