Deadlines are approaching quickly for rescue workers and first responders who helped with the 9/11 recovery efforts and now suffer illnesses related to toxic dust exposure. For claimants that were diagnosed on or before October 12, 2012 with one of the cancers added to the list of eligible conditions on that date, the deadline to register with the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is October 12, 2014. Claimants who register are not required to file a claim for compensation at any time. Registering with the VCF simply preserves the right to file a claim in the future is necessary.
Claimants can file online, or submit a hard copy Eligibility Form. If neither of these is plausible, individuals can also fill out and submit an Interim Registration form; follow-up actions are needed if this form is used. Continue reading
Ford Motor Co. has announced the recall of 850,000 cars because of the risk of a short circuit that could prevent the air bags from deploying in a crash.
The recalled models include Ford C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ vehicles from model years 2013 and 2014. The company said the recall will cost $500 million, The Detroit News reports. The recall was prompted by an electrical glitch that could prevent the air bags from deploying in a crash. The restraints control module can short-circuit, Ford said. The company said if a short circuit occurs, the air bag warning indicator will illuminate. Depending on the location of the short circuit, the air bags, pretensioners, and side curtains may not function as intended, according to the News. It may also affect other systems that use data from the module, including stability control. Ford said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the faulty module. Dealers will replace the module. Continue reading
Federal experts and physicians say that many male enhancement products may be deadly and the marketing used to tout these products is deceptive.
In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued 20 public notifications in 2014 over tainted Internet products such as “Weekend Warrior” and “O.M.G.” that are sold with promises of male sexual enhancement. The FDA described the matter as “an emerging trend,” according to NBC News. Continue reading
After reviewing safety studies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found a slightly increased risk of problems involving blood vessels supplying the heart and brain in patients taking Xolair (omalizumab). The FDA has added information about these potential risks to the drug label.
According to the FDA Drug Safety Announcement, the heart and brain blood vessel problems included mini-strokes known as transient ischemic attacks or TIAs; heart attacks; sudden, unexpected chest pain; high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs called pulmonary hypertension; and blood clots in the lungs and veins. Continue reading
Using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can increase the risk of venous thromboembolism, according to a study published in the journal Rheumatology. The results of the study has important implications, considering the fact that NSAIDs are one of the most widely used medications around the world.
Venous thromboembolism is when a blood clot forms in a vein and subsequently breaks off, potentially getting lodged in another crucial blood vessel. Venous thromboembolism includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT), where a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the leg, and pulmonary embolism, a potentially life-threatening condition where the blood clot gets stuck in the lungs. Continue reading
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is banning high-powered magnet sets following reports of injuries and one death. According to the commission, the tiny high-powered magnets can be dangerous if ingested because the magnets will be very strongly attracted to each other and go through the gastrointestinal system.
According to the CPSC, these types of magnets caused the death of one toddler and nearly 3,000 children went to the emergency room after swallowing magnets between 2009 and 2013. “High-powered magnet sets are hazardous to young children, who have mouthed and ingested these magnets,” the CPSC stated. “The magnets also pose a serious risk to teens and tweens, who have used them to create mock lip, tongue, and nose piercings.” Continue reading
Chrysler has recalled nearly 350,000 older cars and SUVs to fix defective ignition switches that can cause the vehicles to stall.
The switches can slip out of the “on” position, a problem similar to the one that forced General Motors to recall millions of vehicles this year. Chrysler’s recall includes Jeep Commander and Grand Cherokee SUVs, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans, and Dodge Magnum wagons from the 2008 model year, the Associated Press (AP) reports. All the vehicles were built before May 12, 2008. The recall stems from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigations into ignition switch problems in the wake of the massive GM recalls. Continue reading
Physicians must be careful to not purchase counterfeit medicines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned on Tuesday. According to HealthDay News, fake drugs have become such a problem that the FDA has initiated a program to raise awareness of illegal operations and educate doctors about proper drug purchasing procedures.
The program, titled “Know Your Source”, advises doctors to only purchase prescription medications from wholesale drug distributors licensed in their states in order to decrease the likelihood of giving patients unsafe or ineffective drugs. Additionally, the agency cautioned doctors against offers that appear too good to be true and avoid companies that use aggressive marketing practices. Continue reading
According to a study just published online in the medical journal the Lancet, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can directly increase the risk of diabetes.
While statins have previously been associated with higher rates of Type 2 diabetes, it was not clear whether the drugs were responsible. The new study has produced strong evidence that the basic mechanism of the statins can lead to weight gain and an increase in diabetes risk, the Guardian reports. The researchers analyzed genetic data from up to 220,000 people and results from almost 130,000 patients who had taken part in earlier statin trials. Patients taking statins experienced a 12 percent increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes over a four-year period, and, on average, they gained around half a pound in weight. Continue reading
In July, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held hearings on whether to ban the power morcellator, a surgical tool that opponents say can spread cancer during minimally invasive hysterectomies and uterine fibroid removal.
The morcellator uses high-speed blades to mince uterine tissue so that it can be removed through small incisions during minimally invasive surgery. Critics of the device say that if the tissue being sliced up contains undetected cancer, the morcellator can spread malignant cells in the patient’s abdomen, the Rochester, NY Democrat & Chronicle reports. An FDA spokesperson said the agency “is considering all available information, including the advisory committee’s input, in determining any future regulatory action,” but did not say when the agency would announce its decision. Continue reading