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Man wanders from nursing home, killed by passing train

George King Sr., of Charleston, W.V., lived in Heartland of Charleston nursing home. He had Alzheimer’s Disease, and like many individuals suffering from the memory-loss disorder, King was prone to wander. Many nursing homes who care for patients with Alzheimer’s have practices in place to ensure patients who wander stay within the nursing home wing where they live. But few practices are foolproof. Late last month, King wandered from his nursing home. That evening around 8 p.m., staff noticed he was missing and notified police. After hours of searching for the 73-year-old man, police got a report of a pedestrian ... Read More

Second Wind makes seniors’ dreams come true

Catherine accomplished many goals in her 99 years. She was an elder in the United Methodist Church where she taught and mentored countless young people. She had history of leadership, stemming from 1927, when she was one of the first four women to attend a certificate class at Emory University. But as Catherine moved into her sunset years at the Lutheran Towers facility in Georgia, she had one regret she just couldn’t shake. She always wanted to graduate from Emory. National nonprofit organization Second Wind Dreams got word of Catherine’s desire, dressed her in a cap and gown, and presented ... Read More

MDL consolidates Digitek recall cases

According to Huntington News, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) has ordered that all federal lawsuits about the double strength, defected Digitek be transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. This development in the lawsuit is taken as a result of the April 2008 recall on Digitek. Some tablets were twice as thick as usual, made with the double amount of medication. Across the United States, around sixty Digitek recall law suits have been filed in federal courts. The defendants include the following: Actavis Totowa, LLC, Actavis, Inc., Actavis Elizabeth, LLC, ... Read More

text and chew gum?

I’ve heard of the expression of someone not being able to walk and chew gum at the same time, but apparently the newest reality involves the ability to walk and text at the same time. A recent study reveals a growing incidence of injuries, some severe, and even death, as a result of text messaging. Walking, riding a bike, driving or even rollerblading, all while trying to send text messages, is hazardous to your health. According to a recent story on MSNBC.com, people are not only experiencing minor injuries like scrapes and sprains from this practice, but more serious injuries ... Read More

Recalled product inserted in patient

After suffering months of excruciating pain following surgery, a Virginia Beach, Va., woman learned yesterday that a recalled mesh patch had been used by the hospital where she underwent a hernia operation nearly a year ago. The Kugel Mesh patch, made by Davol Incorporated, was recalled by the FDA because it breaks up after insertion in patients, which can result in serious injury. A report on WAVY TV-10 in Virgina Beach said the hospital initially denied using the recalled product on the patient, Judith Coyne. But Coyne and her son, who uncovered the mesh patch recall alert while researching possible ... Read More

Parents sue Paxil maker for heart defects

Five more suits have been filed in Pennsylvania against the makers of the antidepressant Paxil on behalf of children who have developed severe heart problems. Three of the families sued for wrongful death and two for personal injury. The families contend that the mothers’ use of Paxil during pregnancy resulted in severe heart defects in their infants and have sued GlaxoSmithKline for failure to warn the public about the dangers of the drug for pregnant women. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently recommended that pregnant women not use Paxil, according to the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Karen Barth Menzies of ... Read More