September 1, 2012

Too Little, Too Late

1 Drug Firm Issues Mea Culpa for Birth Defects

Grunenthal, the German pharmaceutical firm that manufactured Thalidomide, a drug that, in the 1950s and 60s, caused thousands of babies to be born with disabilities, issued an apology 50 years later. Thalidomide, used by pregnant women to ease morning sickness, caused many babies to be born with shortened limbs, damaged eyesight or hearing, heart damage and in some cases, brain damage. The drug was pulled from the market in 1961. Grunenthal’s chief exec, Harald Stock, apologized this week as he inaugurated a memorial statue to those who were affected, estimated at more than 10,000 children worldwide. In the past, the company had also pledged 50 million euros to help Thalidomide victims, one of whom, Freddie Astbury who was born without limbs, says the apology is too little, too late.

More at Www.cnn.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Antidepressant Use May Lead to Birth Defects

Tags: Birth Defects, Morning Sickness, Thalidomide, Drug That Causes Birth Defects, Gruenenthal, Harald Stock

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10,000 May Be Affected

2 CDC Issues Hantavirus Warning

The Centers for Disease Control issued an advisory over a hantavirus outbreak saying that 10,000 campers who stayed in tents in Yosemite National Park’s Curry Village over the summer may be at risk. So far, there are 6 confirmed cases of the vermin-borne disease. Four of those were traced to the cabins in Yosemite; two are still being investigated. Park officials sent letters and emails to 3100 visitors who stayed in the tents warning them to seek immediate attention if they or anyone in their party should develop symptoms of the disease. Symptoms of hantavirus include fever, headache, muscle aches and difficulty breathing and may manifest themselves one to 6 weeks after exposure. The tents have been cleaned and retrofitted to repair any gaps that might allow mice to enter, say officials.

More at Www.latimesblogs.latimes.com | Hat tip to Calorielab.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Rare Hantavirus Claims a Victim

Tags: Breathing Difficulty, Fever, Hantavirus, Headache, Muscle Aches, Centers for Disease Control. Yosemite National Park

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Responsible for More ER Visits

3 Button Batteries Pose Serious Risk to Kids

Batteries swallowed by kids under age 13 resulted in 40,000 emergency room visits between 1997 and 2010 says the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Centers for Disease Control in a new report. The symptoms of battery consumption, which can cause serious burns and even death, include vomiting, abdominal pain, respiratory distress, fever and difficulty swallowing. While the CPSC requires that batteries be inaccessible in all toys with small batteries intended for children under 12, researchers urge for stricter standards in all products containing small batteries, including those not intended for children. Experts warn that, if a parent or caregiver sees a child swallow a battery, to seek immediate medical attention because “within two hours, there can be significant damage.”

More at Www.cbsnews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Lithium Cell Batteries Dangerous for Kids

Tags: Abdominal Pain, Centers for Disease Control, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Fever, Vomiting, Button Batteries, Small Batteries, Batteries as a Health Risk for Kids, Kids Ingesting Batteries

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