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U.S. Supreme Court Decision May Impact Drug, DUI Cases

The United States Supreme Court recently handed down a decision in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts that has sent a jolt through the system of prosecuting drug and alcohol cases. Before this decision, the strongest evidence in drug and drunken driving cases often was a piece of paper. That paper contained a crime lab or Breathalyzer report […]

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Updated Safety Information for Colchicine

FDA has now approved the first single-ingredient oral colchicine product, Colcrys, for the treatment of familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) and acute gout flares. Previously, oral colchicine was used for many years without FDA approval. Though the FDA has approved this drug, it points to two new safety issues. First, fatal colchicine toxicity was reported with […]

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Mosquitoes used to deliver malaria ‘vaccine’

In a daring experiment in Europe, scientists used mosquitoes to deliver a “vaccine” of live malaria parasites through their bites to their victims. The results were astounding: Everyone in the vaccine group acquired immunity to malaria; everyone in a non-vaccinated comparison group did not and developed malaria when exposed to the parasites later. While using […]

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FDA Advises Consumers Not to Use Body-Building Supplements that Contain Steroids

The FDA notified consumers and healthcare professionals yesterday not to use body-building products marketed as containing steroids or steroid-like substances. The products are marketed for increasing muscle mass and body building and are advertised as alternatives to anabolic steroids. The FDA warns that these products are marketed as dietary substances, but they are instead unapproved […]

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FDA Deems Mercury Level in Fillings Safe

Silver dental fillings containing mercury are safe for use by adults and children ages 6 and above, the Food and Drug Administration. Only people who are allergic to mercury should avoid that type of filling. After reviewing more than 200 scientific studies, the agency concluded that mercury vapor released by the filling was not enough […]

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Research Shows that Tanning Beds can be as Deadly as Arsenic

A study published in the medical journal, Lancet Oncology, has concluded that ultraviolet radiation coming from tanning beds is a top cancer risk, and is as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas. A new analysis of twenty studies done by International cancer experts concluded that the risk of cancer jumps by 75 percent when people […]

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New FTC Rule Requires Doctors and Hospital to Check IDs

Elena Castro was finishing the paperwork to buy her first home when the bank called to tell her that there was a problem with her credit report, nearly $10,000 in unpaid hospital bills, that had been eating away at her credit score for years. The charges were for several ear, nose and throat procedures done […]

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Blue Food Dye Linked to Reduced Severity of Spinal Injuries

According to new research out of the University of Rochester Medical Center, the same blue food dye that is used in M&Ms and Gatorade may be able to be used to reduce damage caused by spinal injuries. The blue food dye contains a compound known as Brilliant Blue G (BBG). After researchers injected rats suffering […]

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Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Caused by Several Different Drugs

It’s really disturbing to find out that some of the drugs our doctors prescribe, and even some of those we buy over-the-counter have the potential to cause serious disorders, disfigure us, and even cause death when taken in the recommended doses. But that’s exactly the case with hundreds of commonly prescribed drugs, and many over-the-counter […]

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Should Hospitals Have to Offer Long Term Care to Indigent Non-documented Immigrants?

  In a benchmark case dealing with the obligations of hospitals toward uninsured illegal immigrants, aFlorida jury found thatMartinMemorialMedicalCenter did not act unreasonably when it chartered a plane and repatriated a severely brain-injured Guatemalan patient against the will of his guardian. Luis Jimenez, now 37, immigrated to theUnited States fromGuatemala in order to support his […]

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