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Medical doctors beat podiatrists in ankle turf war

The Texas 3rd Court of Appeals, reversing a decision by Travis County District Judge Darlene Byrne, recently sided with the Texas Medical Association in ruling that the state board that licenses podiatrists exceeded its authority when it created a definition of the foot that included the ankle.  The podiatrists plan to appeal the court’s decision….

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After hiding birth control patch's risk, company points finger at FDA

For years, Johnson & Johnson obscured evidence that its popular Ortho Evra birth control patch delivered much more estrogen than standard birth control pills, potentially increasing the risk of blood clots and strokes, according to internal company documents. But because the Food and Drug Administration approved the patch, the company is arguing in court that…

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Hospital mix-ups hurt kids

Drug errors affect 1 in 14 children, study says, more than was thought. Medicine mix-ups, accidental overdoses and bad drug reactions harm about one of 14 hospitalized children, according to the first scientific test of a new detection method. That figure is higher than earlier estimates and bolsters concerns that were already heightened by  well-publicized…

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Before Kids Get ADHD Drugs Have Their Hearts Checked

Children should be screened for heart problems with an electrocardiogram before taking drugs such as Ritalin to treat hyperactivity and attention-defecit disorder according to the American Heart Association.  Children already on the drugs should also be tested. Stimulants can increase blood pressure and heart rate which for most children isn’t a problem.  But for those…

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Hospital CEO accused of billing scam

Don’t blame lawyers for the high costs of medicine, insurance, etc.  Check this story out: A Los Angeles, California hospital CEO was arrested Wednesday for recruiting homeless people as phony patients and billing government programs millions of dollars in unecessary health services.  Hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange counties submitted phony Medicare and MediCal bill…

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CDC Reports Emergency Room Waits Getting Longer

Nationwide, more patients are seeking care in fewer ERs. The average time that hospital emergency rooms patients wait to see a doctor has grown from about 38 minutes to almost an hour in the past decade, according to federal statistics released last month. According to the report authored by the federal Centers for Disease Control…

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Beware of Medication Mix-ups

As much as 25 percent of drug errors—when someone gets the wrong prescription, say, or the wrong dosage—occur when the name of one drug looks or sounds like another. Poor penmanship, sloppy pronunciation, and look-alike labels make the problem worse. In a report released earlierthis year, U.S. Pharmacopeia, the official standards-setting body for medications in…

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Reglan Alert

According to the FDA, Reglan (generic name of Metoclopramide), which is used to treat acid reflux, has been linked to a condition called tardive diskinesia which causes involuntary movements of the mouth (tongue and lip smacking), face, neck and sometimes the arms, trunk, or legs. It can also cause Parkinson’s-like symptoms, Dystonia, Akathisia, Neuroleptic Malignant…

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Seroquel Linked to Diabetes

Seroquel is a drug used to manage symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder.  Studies show that Seroquel may be linked to high blood sugar and diabetes.

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Avandia Warning

The diabetes drug Avandia may be linked to an increased risk of: Stroke Heart Attack Sudden Death A New England Journal of Medicine study revealed that Avandia is associated with an increase in the risk of heart attack. If you or a loved one have suffered stroke, heart attack, or sudden death after using Avandia,…

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