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NTSB finds engineer’s poor vision was the likely cause of deadly Oklahoma freight train crash

A Union Pacific railroad engineer who was killed along with two other train workers in a train crash in Oklahoma last year had a long history of chronic eye and vision problems and could not tell red signals from green and yellow ones, a doctor told federal regulators this week in a hearing on the deadly crash. The June 2012 crash occurred in a rural area of the Oklahoma panhandle after a 108-car Union Pacific freight train collided with an 80-car westbound freight train, also operated by Union Pacific, setting off a diesel fuel explosion and fire. Each of the ... Read More

FDA warns of mercury poisoning with some cosmetic creams, soaps

Consumers are being warned not to use certain types of skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps or lotions because they contain mercury. Exposure to mercury can cause serious health consequences including damage to the kidneys and nervous system. The products in question are marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles. Adolescents also may use these products as acne treatments. Products with this toxic metal have been found in at least seven states. The products are manufactured abroad and sold illegally in the United States – often in shops in Latino, Asian, African, ... Read More

Top five signs of DePuy hip replacement failure

If you are one of the thousands of people who have received a DePuy hip replacement — either the ASR (Articular Surface Replacement) Hip Resurfacing System and ASR XL Acetabular (whole hip) System – you may be experiencing some signs that the implants are failing. Since 2005, when the artificial hip systems first debuted, approximately 93,000 patients have received one of the implants. Medical research indicates that within 5 years of surgery the DePuy hips will fail in 1 out of every 8 patients, and almost all of the hip implants are expected to fail long before the usual 35-year ... Read More

Pfizer might fund study of Chantix and reduced risk of heart attack

CNN reports that Pfizer is thinking about launching a clinical test to determine if Chantix can help prevent smokers from having heart attacks. Considering all the negative publicity that has surrounded the drug over the last one and a half years, it’s understandable that Pfizer would want to invest a good deal of time and money in finding some benefit … even if they locate just one slightly dubious side effect, such as a reduced risk of heart attack in people who have quit smoking. Such a finding would steer attention away from the host of negative side effects that Chantix ... Read More

FDA scientists say their agency is corrupt and broken

A group of scientists at the Food and Drug Administration has sent a letter to President-elect Obama and his transition team, urging a clean-up of the government agency. The letter says that widespread mismanagement and incompetence in the agency have “placed the American public at risk.” The six-page letter alleges that FDA managers “have ordered, intimidated and coerced scientists to manipulate data in violation of the law,” according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. “The scientific review process for medical devices at FDA has been corrupted and distorted by current FDA managers, thereby placing the American people at ... Read More

Will those long Chantix commercials disappear again?

In September, we learned that those long Chantix ads featuring the tortoise and the hare were reappearing on TV after Pfizer yanked them from the airwaves for several months. The drug maker pulled the ads when it became evident that a link existed between Chantix, depression, and suicide. Unfortunately, the new ads were even longer than the original by 30 seconds — for a total of 90 seconds — to accommodate all the new warnings. If Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Cal.) has his way, such ads will be a thing of the past, unless the advertised drug has proven to be ... Read More

Chantix played role in traffic accidents

By now we know that Chantix is dangerous for some people who use the drug, but mounting evidence suggests that people who don’t use it may also be harmed. Since Chantix became available for smoking cessation in August of 2006, the FDA has received a steady influx of reports connecting the drug to traffic accidents. Moreover, while the medical community and the media are focused on the negative psychiatric effects that some Chantix users experience, researchers now believe that the non-psychiatric effects may be worse. Thomas J. Moore, an independent researcher who analyzed the safety of Chantix for the FDA, told ... Read More

Chantix ads back on television

Next week, Pfizer will once again be running Chantix ads on television. Pfizer stopped running Chantix ads last year amid increasing concern over the drug’s side effects. The familiar tortoise and the hare ads will resume on Sunday, September 14, with lengthened warnings about potential side effects. The extended warnings will occupy 41 seconds of the ad, which will run for 90 seconds – 30 seconds longer than the old ads. According to an article in Forbes magazine, Chantix is in line to become Pfizer’s vital cash cow as patent protection for some of the company’s successful older medications expires. ... Read More