Monday, 29 November 2010

Yet Another Johnson & Johnson Recall of Children's Medication

It’s the latest recall for a company that is already reeling under federal and state investigations for quality deficiencies. More Johnson & Johnson children's medications are being recalled due to “insufficiencies” in manufacturing.

The latest recall involves at least 800,000 bottles of children's Motrin and about 4 million packages of children's Benadryl allergy tablets. The recall specifically includes Children's Benadryl Allergy Fast Melt Tablet in cherry and grape flavors. Besides the US, these were distributed in Belize, Barbados, Saint Martin, Saint Thomas, Puerto Rico and Canada. Also involved in the recall are Junior Strength Motrin caplets distributed in the United States.

So far, the recall has not been linked to any reports of adverse events or injuries. According to Johnson & Johnson, there is no indication that the products do not meet quality standards, and consumers can continue to use these products.

Johnson & Johnson's latest recall comes during a year that has been plagued by massive recalls of children's medications related to musty smells and overdoses of active ingredients. The company has also been the subject of federal and state investigations into quality control inadequacies. J & J’s problems have been serious enough to warrant Congressional hearings.

At the center of the storm is Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary McNeil Consumer Health, which manufactured the children's medications that were involved in the earlier recalls. Soon after those recalls, the company shut down a Fort Washington plant, which led to the loss of more than 300 jobs.

All these quality control inadequacies have meant not just increased scrutiny from California pharmaceutical liability lawyers, but also loss of confidence and trust from parents and doctors everywhere. Surveys have found that the company’s reputation has dropped by 27% among mothers, and 31% among pediatricians.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Estate Planning for an Adoptive Family

Estate planning is one of the most important things that parents need to do to ensure that their children are cared for financially and emotionally after they are gone. However, for parents of adopted children, the process must be number one on their list. Estate planning for parents with biological children will be much simpler and very different from estate planning for parents who have adopted children.

The adoption process itself is a very long one, and can take from a few months if you adopt a child from inside the country, to a few years in case of an overseas adoption. Besides, the adoption process must be complete for your adopted children to be eligible for your assets after your death. If the adoption process is not finalized, then the children may be in a situation where they're not entitled to any of your assets.

That’s the reason why you must begin the process of rewriting your will as soon as you begin the process of adoption. If the adoption has been finalized, you can use the same language for your adopted child as you do for your biological children, if you have any. Typically, a California estate planning attorney will recommend setting up a trust to hold assets for an adopted child until he reaches the age of majority.

There are equally complex issues to consider when you decide on a guardian for your children. It's very important to make sure that your child's guardian has all knowledge of the adoption, and is in possession of all the papers. Your guardian must also be able to care for your child taking into consideration your wishes and the nature of the adoption.

For instance, if your adoption was an open adoption, and you have a relationship with the biological mother of your adopted child, then you may want the guardian to continue that same kind of relationship with the biological mother even after your death. If you're guardian has qualms about continuing such a relationship, you'll need to look for another guardian. Any details about the guardian's relationship with the biological parents should be spelled out clearly in formal documents.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Promising New Light Therapy for Treatment of Hospital-Acquired Superbug Infections

Scientists in Glasgow have developed a lighting system that they claim can destroy the deadly superbug MRSA. According to researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, the lighting system works by stimulating the molecules within the MRSA. This produces highly reactive chemicals inside the bacteria, which are actually lethal to it. The lighting system decontaminates surfaces through visible light wavelengths.

Clinical trials have already been conducted at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. The trial suggests that the lighting system, which is called the HINS -Light Environmental Decontamination System, could do a much better job of eliminating pathogens in hospitals and other healthcare facilities than traditional cleaning and disinfection procedures. Some of the deadliest MRSA infections originate in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, and spread mainly through contaminated surfaces.

Current methods of controlling MRSA and preventing infections are inadequate. There is only so much that chemicals and disinfectants can do. Other stronger methods of killing aggressive MRSA organisms, like gas sterilizing products or ultraviolet light can actually be hazardous to patients. However, the new technology makes no use of toxic gas, and is much stronger than disinfectants. It uses violet light, but can be combined with LED technology to a warm white lighting system that can safely be used alongside traditional hospital lights.

Arizona medical malpractice lawyers will find this an exciting development, because for the first time, there is a product that not only instantly eliminates deadly infection-causing MRSA bacteria, but also keeps hospital staff and patients safe from any dangerous side effects. The product can be used easily, without any risk to the health of patients.

Approximately 90,000 patients in American hospitals contract MRSA superbug infections every year. Those numbers have stayed high despite growing awareness about these infections and hospital education campaigns to minimize the incidence of these infections.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Sleepy Drivers Cause One in Six of All Deadly Motor Vehicle Accidents

Many of us are guilty of driving in a tired and drowsy state, but that doesn't negate the potential for serious accidents when there is a fatigued driver behind the wheel. Most people underestimate their own fatigue levels, or their ability to drive when sleepy. Part of the reason is an auto safety culture that places strong emphasis on drunk driving or distracted driving, with little emphasis on the risks from drowsy driving, in spite of the hundreds of lives that are lost every year from these crashes.

A new study by the Foundation for Traffic Safety should wake everyone right up. According to the study, drowsy drivers account for approximately 17% of all motor vehicle accidents. That makes it one of every six fatal accidents linked to a fatigued driver. The rates of drowsy drivers therefore are much higher than Los Angeles car accident attorneys had been aware of.

The study, which was based on a questionnaire, found that:
  • 41% of respondents admitted to having fallen asleep while driving at least once during their lives.
  • One out of every 10 respondents in the study admitted that they had fallen asleep while driving over the past year.
  • More than a quarter of the respondents admitted that over the past month, they had driven in such a fatigued state that they could barely focus on the road ahead.
Safety analysts say that this is a frightening scenario. Los Angeles car accident lawyers believe that is an understatement. It's highly likely that while driving home today, you’re sharing the road with a motorist who needs toothpicks to prop his or her eyelids open and focus on the road ahead. What is worse, drowsy driving accidents are some of the most serious crashes. These are typically high-impact head-on collisions of the kind that usually result in severe injuries and instant fatalities.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Combination of Enforcement & Awareness Lowers DUI Crashes Around UC San Diego

A combination of strict enforcement of minimum drinking age laws as well as education campaigns has helped lower the number of DUI accidents around the University of California, San Diego. According to the California Highway Patrol, it has had great success in lowering the numbers of DUI crashes around campus over a year-long sustained effort.

The program, which began in June 2009, was aimed specifically at drivers between 18 and 24. CHP officers engaged in enhanced education efforts, and followed this up with expanded enforcement. As a result, according to the CHP, the number of DUI collisions has dramatically reduced from 68 the previous year, to 25 last year. The number of DUI accident fatalities also declined by 40%, from five in the previous year to three last year. Injuries in these accidents declined 72%, from 100 injuries the previous year to 28 injuries last year.

The CHP officer specifically targeted UCSD college communities where they observed incidences of DUI. The agency increased enforcement on sections of interstate highways 5, 805 and 8. It also undertook an education campaign in partnership with the University's Student Health Services, UCSD Police and the San Diego Police Department.

Teens and young drivers are much more susceptible to drunk driving than the general population. That's no secret to San Diego DUI defense lawyers. In fact, these motorists are much more likely to be involved in accidents as a result of drunk driving. These drivers also pay a heavy price if they're caught while driving under the influence. A DUI conviction while you're still in college can mean license suspensions, fines, penalties and, depending on the situation, even jail time. These are the years that will decide the rest of your life, and a DUI conviction on your record can significant mar your future prospects.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

New Device Promises Enhanced Monitoring of Brain Injury

British researchers are excited about a new device that could allow enhanced monitoring of brain injury, and possibly provide clues about the reasons for a second wave of brain injury.

Approximately 1 million people in the United States, who suffer a brain injury, suffer another unexplained second round of brain injury just as they are beginning to recover. The causes of the second round of damage have, for the most part, been a mystery to researchers. Now, a new device developed at the Imperial College London, promises to provide California brain injury lawyers and researchers some more clues into these mysteries.

The device uses the micro fluidic method to measure glucose as an indicator of brain activity. In patients who have suffered a brain injury, there is a decrease in brain activity after the initial injury. This occurs because of chemical changes that spread from the site of the brain injury. These nerves can be reactivated by large amounts of glucose. The brain injury device is meant to help doctors monitor the condition of the patient by monitoring the glucose levels. Current methods to monitor these glucose levels tend to be inefficient, and this device will allow for researchers to monitor glucose levels very closely. The device allows for monitoring of brain chemistry on a second by second basis.

Clinical trials using the device have already begun. The trials are currently in a limited stage. The device is currently being tested on patients who have suffered brain injury, aneurysm and stroke.

If the clinical trials are successful, doctors treating a brain injury would be in a position to better monitor and track a patient's progress after an injury. More precise monitoring of injury could allow doctors to restrict the extent and severity of the injury, possibly preventing a second wave of damage.

Monday, 1 November 2010

MRSA Infections More Prevalent in US than UK

MRSA infections are some of the deadliest hospital-acquired infections, accounting for approximately 90,000 illnesses every year. A new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compares MRSA infection rates between the USA and the UK. The results are not so surprising to Arizona medical malpractice attorneys, who are aware of the massive problems involved in controlling MRSA infections in hospitals and healthcare facilities in the US. The study shows that Americans are up to six times more likely to contract an MRSA infection than Britons.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is the first-ever study that compares the rates of MRSA infections in both countries. The researchers looked at MRSA infection data, both from the CDC as well as the UK Health Protection Agency. Twenty-nine persons in every 100,000 in the United States contact an MRSA infection every year. In comparison, only 11 Britons out of every 100,000 contract the same infection.

The difference in infection rates is starker considering that the superbug was first discovered in the UK. In fact, MRSA didn't make it to the US until several years after it had first emerged in the UK. In spite of this, it seems to have gained a much stronger foothold in this country.

The research analysts have an explanation for these increased infection rates in the US. They believe that this could be because more Americans are in touch with hospitals and healthcare facilities than Britons. For instance, Americans who contracted the infection were at least twice as likely to have undergone dialysis. The United States has higher rates of dialysis for kidney failure than in the UK. Besides, Americans have higher diabetes rates, and are more likely to have had procedures that require the insertion of a central intravenous line. Both of these are high contributing factors to MRSA infections.