Product News and Recalls

Nursing Home Statistics Show Many Lack Proper Nurse Personnel

It has recently been brought to the public’s attention that many nursing homes are not being staffed with qualified registered nurses (RNs) at all times. Rather, some homes have RNs on duty for only a portion of the day in a setting where a life threatening crisis can happen at any hour. An article in The New York Times brings to light political uproar about a 1987 federal law which required that registered nurses only be ...

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Chiropractic Neck Manipulation May Be Associated with Stroke

Researchers say that blood vessel tears that lead to strokes may be associated with treatments involving neck manipulations. Four large studies that were mainly focused on strokes involving the arteries of the neck were examined to assess the possible links between neck manipulations and increased stroke risk. Reuters reported on the findings.

The blood vessel tears in the neck are referred to as cervical artery dissections. Studies have linked these tears to two of every 100 strokes ...

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Urgent Recall of 4.7 Million Airbags Following Multiple Deaths

Following at least four deaths and a recent crash in Florida, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has made an urgent call for the repair of airbag inflation mechanisms in millions of vehicles. CBS of Dallas/Fort Worth reports on the recent warning issued to more than 4.7 million consumers. The urgent warning has been issued because the mechanisms that rapidly inflates airbags could explode and spray metal shards into the driver’s face.

The airbag inflation ...

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DEA Tightens Rule on Widely Prescribed Painkillers

The federal government is tightening the prescribing practices for the most commonly used painkiller drug in the United States. The New York Times reports that the narcotic ingredient, hydrocodone, will now be placed in a much tougher and more restrictive category effective this month. This is one of the most far-reaching efforts to stop the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse by Americans.

The new rule makes it so doctors will no longer be able to call in ...

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Promising Statin Replacement Demonstrates Ability to Lower LDL Cholesterol

The 2014 Scientific Sessions at the American College of Cardiology highlighted a new class of cholesterol drugs aimed at lowering LDL. These drugs, called PSCK9 inhibitors, may be an effective substitute for widely used statins like Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor. An article by the Cleveland Clinic notes that this class of drugs may prove promising for situations in which statins are either ineffective or not tolerated well by the patient.

An alternative to statins is especially relevant ...

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Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

A recent New York Times piece discusses one woman’s experience with a heart attack and how that experience compared with that of her late husband. The article points out some common misconceptions and behaviors that may lead to a delay in treatment of heart attacks – based on the woman’s own beliefs or a lack of knowledge by healthcare providers.

There is a common misconception that cancer is the biggest killer of women. In fact, ...

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