Category Archives: Health

FDA Warning: Painkillers May Increase Chances of Heart Attack/Stroke

The Food and Drug Administration is urging consumers to think carefully about taking painkillers, like ibuprofen, since recent studies link the drugs to an increased risk of heart disease or stroke. Eric Pahon, FDA spokesman, told NBC News “They used to say they might cause risk of heart attack or stroke. Now we are saying they do -->

Father and Teenage Sons Paralyzed After Vacation in the Virgin Islands

This spring a husband and wife couple, along with their two teenage sons ventured to a popular vacation destination, St. John. Four days into their vacation emergency officials were called to the family’s rental. Inside, the mother and two sons we’re suffering from seizures and the father had fallen unconscious. Investigations uncovered their vacation residence -->

Human Salmonella Outbreak: 181 Infected

The CDC is investigating a multi state outbreak of human Salmonella infections. According to the most recent reports, 181 people have been infected and 33 have been hospitalized. The outbreak has affected 40 states, including New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. The outbreak is believed to be linked to contact with live poultry. 86% of -->

Bill Passed to Prevent Surprise Medical Bills

The New York State Senate passed legislation to reduce the occurrence of unexpected medical charges. In recent years, patients have suffered unfair economic outcomes in exchange for necessary medical care. Thousands patients were treated by physicians and hospital staff that were not within their network of providers, resulting in steep medical bills. The new agreement -->

California Winemakers Sued Over High Levels of Arsenic in Wines.

A class action lawsuit has been filed in California against some of the countries top winemakers, over high levels of arsenic found in bottles of your favorite tipple. The lawsuit claims that some of the nations most popular bottles of wine have up to four and five times the amount of arsenic recommended by the -->

Children’s Tylenol maker to pay out $25 million after metal particles were found.

Makers of Children’s Tylenol McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, were prosecuted after metal contaminants were found in Infants’ and children’s liquid Tylenol. The company agreed to a $25 million settlement to resolve the case, and acknowledged a failure to take corrective action. Metal particles including nickel, iron and chromium, contaminated the -->

Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Recommends Less Sugar and Eases Cholesterol and Fat Restrictions.

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee which convenes every five years, has just put out its latest recommendations, and top of the list of things to cut back on is SUGAR! The nutrition advisory panel has lifted some of its previous restrictions on fat and cholesterol, citing salt, sugar and saturated fat, as the biggest risk -->

Drug Resistant Bacteria Linked to Hard-to-Clean Medical Scopes.

Health care providers have been warned that difficult-to-clean medical scopes that are inserted down the throat, might be to blame for infecting patients with a deadly drug-resistant bacteria.  The Food and Drug Administration issued an alert after a number of patients had fallen ill, with a superbug, known as CRE, that is resistant to even -->

Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Held Accountable for Not Following Own Safety Protocol: Franklin County Jury Rules in Favor of Finkelstein & Partners’ Client in Personal Injury Case.

A jury found Plattsburgh-based Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital negligent and awarded $485,000 to our client in a slip and fall case. The case was presented by Finkelstein & Partners’ attorney Thomas Pronti who successfully argued that the hospital failed to follow their own written policies and procedures, which resulted in his client’s injuries. While visiting -->

Massive Food Recall Due to Undeclared Peanut Allergens

A massive food recall involving peanut contamination is being called the most widespread series of allergy-related recalls in history. The recall includes more than 350,000 pounds of seasoned beef, poultry, and pork products. But meat is not the only type of product involved in the recall. MorningStar Farms black bean burgers are also included. The -->