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H & P Industries Plagued with Problems

March 31, 2011

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WISCONSIN: MSNBC reports that the FDA knew of problems plaguing H & P Industries, the Wisconsin based manufacturer at the heart center of a nation-wide recall of medical wipes. The wipes are blamed for several serious infections and the death of a 2-year-old Houston boy. Advertisements

Another J&J Recall

March 30, 2011

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USA: Reuters reports Johnson & Johnson has issued another recall of some of its most popular drugs including Tylenol, Benedryl and Sudafed, the result of continuing problems at its Fort Washington manufacturing plant.

USA: 13 Disease Clusters Identified

March 30, 2011

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USA: The National Disease Cluster Alliance released the results of their latest study which identifies 13 disease clusters – places with abnormally high concentrations of the same disease. Check the map; see if you live near one of these hot spots. NDCA focuses on illness by unnatural causes affecting the population. Great mission!

More Bad News for Lipitor

March 30, 2011

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USA: University of California study of Lipitor finds it does increase the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, especially in people who are predisposed. This report comes from Reuters by way of HuffPo.

California: Superbug Cases in LA Country

March 30, 2011

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Melissa Evans of the Contra Costa Times reports on an a “superbug” outbreak in LA County hospitals. County health officials are trying to downplay the danger.

USA: Gastric Banding Problems

March 30, 2011

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Summary of a report from the Archives of Surgery on the long term problems and outcomes associated with this weight loss surgery. This ones comes from Medical Breakthroughs, reported by Ivanhoe.

Life Expectancy and Our Healthcare System

March 29, 2011

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A couple of interesting and ironic news items came across my desk last week. This first report, posted on the CIA website, is a comparative ranking of life expectancy numbers by country. The USA, for all its might and wealth, ranked miserably. I’m not telling you where we rank; I’d like you to see for […]