July 8, 2010

Bionic Cat Feet to the Rescue

1 Oscar the Cat Gets New Artificial Feet

A pioneering vet in the UK gives a sweet black cat a new chance at life with groundbreaking custom implants. Today, CNN featured the story of Oscar, the double amputee who received two new artificial cat feet after a combine harvester accident. Veterinary surgeon Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick, who helped make the prosthetic feet possible, waited seven months to announce the news because he wanted to make sure Oscar recovered well. The implants Oscar received are called ITAPs (Intraosseous transcutaneous amputation prosthetics). CNN reports that the implants are modeled after deer antlers!

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Oscar the Cat Gets Bionic Paws

Tags: Noel Fitzpatrick, Cat Prosthesis, Combine Harvester Accident, Veterinary Surgeon, Cat Feet, Artificial Cat Legs, ITAPs, Intraosseous transcutaneous amputation prosthetics

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Moldy Smell Causing Nausea

2 Tylenol Recall Widens, Again

Johnson and Johnson just announced that they're expanding their recall of OTC drugs due to a musty or moldy smell, reports MSNBC. The recall includes 21 lots of drugs sold in the US and other countries. Johnson and Johnson said this recall applies to drugs manufactured prior to the earlier January recall. The latest recall is for Benadryl, Children's Tylenol, Motrin IB, Tylenol Extra Strength, Tylenol PM, plus Tylenol Day and Night. Some people who have noticed the moldy odor have reported stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The smell has been traced to a chemical in shipping pallets in a facility in Puerto Rico. Johnson and Johnson and suppliers will stop using the wooden pallets.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Recall Explands

Tags: Benadryl, Nausea, Stomach pain, Vomiting, Tylenol Recall Widens, Children's Tylenol, Motrin IB, Tylenol Extra Strength, Tylenol Day and Night, Tylenol PM, Moldly Smell OTC Drugs, Johnson and Johnson Recall

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New Medical Residents Dangerous?

3 Hospitals More Deadly in July

More deaths from medication mistakes occur in July, a time when medical school graduates typically enter their residencies, say researchers from the University of California, San Diego. According to the new study, hospital deaths as a result of medication errors increase 10 percent in July. Researchers have been unable to attribute the increase in hospital deaths to any other cause. According to CNN, Dr. Thomas Nasca, the chief executive officer for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, says that people shouldn't be "unnecessarily alarmed" to visit the hospital in July. He says that since more than one doctor decides on medications that patients receive, there should be less chance for error.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Hospital Infections

Tags: University of California, Medication Mistakes in Hospital, Medical Resident Errors, More Hospital Deaths in July, Month of Most Hospital Deaths, Medicine Errors in Hospital, Medical School Graduates, Increase in Hospital Deaths, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Thomas Nasca

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Hope for HIV Vaccine

4 Two Antibodies Neutralize Most HIV Strains

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health discovered two antibodies, VRCO1 and VRCO2, that prevent more than 90 percent of HIV strains from infecting cells. Both antibodies are present in the blood of HIV-positive individuals. These antibodies could allow a vaccine to be developed and will allow scientists to better understand how to use antibodies to treat other diseases. Scientists used an HIV protein to isolate the two specific antibodies that bind to parts of the virus that allow HIV to enter the cells it infects, which do not change between most strains. John Mascola, MD, one of the leaders of the two research teams, said "The antibodies attach to a virtually unchanging part of the virus, and this explains why they can neutralize such an extraordinary range of HIV strains.”

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: End of Smallpox Vaccine May Have Helped Spread HIV

Tags: HIV, National Institutes of Health, HIV Vaccine, Antibodies Against HIV, VRCO1, VRCO2

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