Archives for August 2012

Women with Type 2 Diabetes More Likely to Develop, Less Likely to Survive, Breast Cancer

Two studies published recently report on the link between Type 2 diabetes and breast cancer. One study led by A.L. Ronco of Pereira Rossell Women's Hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay, showed that women who were obese and had Type 2 diabetes related to obesity were 9 times as likely to develop breast cancer. The other study, led by Wei-Wu Chen of … [Read more...]

Tennessee Valley Authority Officially Responsible for 2008 Coal Ash Spill

A federal judge ruled last week that the Tennessee Valley Authority is officially responsible for the 2008 spill that dumped 1 billion gallons of coal ash sludge onto Watts Bar Lake, Tennessee. The spill covered 300 acres of land in the toxic sludge, ruining the town and launching several lawsuits against TVA. Cleanup is expected to cost $1 … [Read more...]

Women At Greater Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

A recent study of diabetes and job stress showed that women who were micromanaged were at greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than their male counterparts. However, job stress is not the only thing that increases professional women’s risk of diabetes. Peter Smith, lead author of the nine-year study by researchers at the Institute for Work … [Read more...]

Prescription Drug Overdose in Celebrities a Reflection of a Larger Epidemic

In the last several years, Heath Ledger, Britney Murphy, Whitney Houston, and Michael Jackson have all passed away from overdoses on prescription medications. However, the loss of these celebrities is a reflection of a larger epidemic in the United States, reports the CDC. In fact, 15,000 people died in 2008 from overdosing on prescription … [Read more...]

DePuy Hip Replacement Recall Reaches 2 Year Anniversary

Sunday, August 26th, was the 2nd anniversary of Johnson & Johnson’s recall of DePuy ASR hip replacement devices. The devices, which are metal-on-metal, were initially supposed to be stronger and more reliable than other materials, such as plastic and ceramic. However, it was discovered that the devices had a very high failure rate – 49% up to 6 … [Read more...]

5 ways to prevent student athlete concussions

Parents today have more to worry about today than ever before, and, on top of everything else, parents of student athletes have to worry about concussions and how to prevent them.  Whether your son is playing football or lacrosse, or your daughter is playing soccer or field hockey, the good news is that there are things you can do to fight their … [Read more...]

Young children at risk from athletic concussions

Even young athletes can be at risk for athletic concussions -- if a child is playing sports, they are at risk.  Eight-year-old Cayden McCorkel played football in a youth league and, after a tackle, ended up with a concussion that went undiagnosed for hours.  When he complained of headaches and nausea, his mother got medical help. He missed a week … [Read more...]

Coal Miners Forced to Attend Romney Campaign Event

Coal miners working for Murray Energy allege that they were forced by their employer to attend an event to support Mitt Romney’s campaign, without pay. Romney appeared at the Century Mine in Beallsville, Ohio to denounce Obama’s “war on coal” and take press shots with the miners. Robert Murray, the CEO of Murray Energy Corporation, is a steadfast … [Read more...]

New Drug Can Improve Diabetic Macular Edema, Even Caused by Actos

This month, the FDA has approved a drug called Lucentis, which can help diabetes patients with diabetic macular edema improve their eyesight. Macular edema occurs when the macula, a small piece of tissue at the center of the retina, begins to swell with fluid. When fluid leaks into the macula, the swelling blurs vision. While people with macular … [Read more...]

Dr. With Pending Medical Malpractice Lawsuit and Girlfriend Found Dead

A plastic surgeon -- convicted of kidnapping, and facing a medical malpractice lawsuit -- and his girlfriend are found dead in what investigators are calling a murder suicide. The discovery of the bodies of Joseph Berg, 47, and Lucy Schwartz, 49, in a Salt Lake City home came just before noon on Monday. Berg left prison after serving time for a … [Read more...]

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