A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy. According to Medical News Today, these complications were so worrisome that the study period was ended early by the Drug Safety Monitoring Board.
Conversely, the study ]found ibuprofen to be a safe and effective alternative for post-operative pain in children who had their tonsils removed. Dr. Doron Sommer, one of the authors of the study, said “These results should prompt clinicians to re-evaluate their post-tonsillectomy pain treatment regimen. Due to the unpredictable respiratory side-effects of morphine, its use as a first-line treatment with current dosage ranges should be discontinued for outpatient tonsillectomy,” according to Medical News Today. Continue reading
Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.
A Harvard Medical School study of 5,583 girls age nine to 14 found those who drank more than one and a half servings of sugary drinks a day had their first period 2.7 months earlier than those who drank two or fewer drinks a week. And for each year earlier they mature, their breast cancer risk increases by 5 percent, the (UK) Telegraph reports. Continue reading
A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
The sleep medication Nytol and anti-allergy drug Benadryl are among the drugs highlighted in a warning from researchers. Each of these drugs has “anticholinergic” blocking effects on the nervous system that are said – at higher doses – to raise the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia significantly over several years, The Guardian reports. Other drugs on the researchers’ list include “tricyclic” antidepressants and the bladder control treatment drug Ditropan (oxybutynin). Many of these medicines are taken by vulnerable older people. Continue reading
Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries. The devices were marketed to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, but thousands of women allege that they only caused painful complications. According to The National Law Journal, a trial opened Monday in Bakerfield, California over a lawsuit alleging injuries from Ethicon’s TVT-Abbrevo pelvic mesh sling. Continue reading
Valparaiso, Indiana-based pet food manufacturer, J.J. Fuds, has recalled a specific lot of its J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food over potential contamination with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, Listeria monocytogenes pathogen, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The Listeria pathogen is unique because it thrives in colder temperatures, such as those found in refrigerated environments. Listeria also has an unusually long incubation period—up to 70 days—according to experts. The pathogen also well tolerates heat and dry temperatures, adding further challenges to the pathogen’s eradication and length to expected reporting time frames. Continue reading
Administrative Judge Kevin Dougherty of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas ordered the creation of a mass tort, transferring roughly 75 cases involving the blood thinner Xarelto to the court’s Complex Litigation Center.
The lawsuits are filed against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. The lawsuits allege that Xarelto (rivaroxaban) causes uncontrollable and sometimes fatal bleeding, the Legal Intelligencer reports. An attorney representing several plaintiffs said Xarelto can cause “bleeding that cannot be stopped because there’s no antidote. The person can bleed to death or sustain serious injuries which could have been controlled in another product.” Continue reading
A single-car accident on Long Island left one person dead and two more critically injured, Associated Press reports. The crash occurred at 4:30 a.m. Monday in Deer Park. Suffolk County Police have not yet determined the cause of the crash, but they say it was not a result of the weather.
The three occupants were in a 2003 Infiniti southbound on Straight Path when it swerved off the road and crashed into a tree south of Sagamore Lane. One of the occupants, a 28-year old man of Wyandanch, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The other two occupants were also of Wyandanch. Police do not know who was the driving the car.
As a community downstream from the January 17 Poplar Pipeline oil spill into the Yellowstone River works to treat benzene contamination of its water supply, concerns are being raised about oversight of the nation’s aging pipeline network.
Federal investigators and pipeline company officials were trying to determine the cause of the 40,000-gallon spill, which contaminated downstream water supplies in the city of Glendive, Montana, The Associated Press (AP) reports. Continue reading
When a drug is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it may give some the impression that it is proven to be safe and effective for a certain condition. An investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, however, shows that this is not necessarily true. By focusing on new diabetes drugs that have been on the market, the investigation suggests that FDA approval is no guarantee of safety or efficacy.
Diabetes medications such as Januvia, Byetta and Victoza were linked to 3,000 deaths and about 20,000 hospitalizations in the last decade. Furthermore, the report showed that none of the 30 new diabetes drugs have been shown to decrease the risk of key complications associated with the condition, such as heart attacks, stroke and blindness. Continue reading
A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.
Hormonal contraceptives, which contain female sex hormones, are commonly prescribed in pill form. “The Pill” first became widely available in the 1960s and gave women all over the world control over childbearing. The new study, which appeared in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, reports that taking a hormonal contraceptive for at least five years is associated with a possible increase in the woman’s risk of developing a rare tumor, glioma of the brain, Science 2.0 reports. Continue reading