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October 2012 Archives

Elderly woman drives car through Target, seriously injures 2

It is certainly not something you see every day, but there are reports that a 72-year-old woman has driven her car through the rear service doors of a Target. This accident is not without injury, too. Two Target customers were shopping in the electronics section when the car came barreling through and were hurt and taken to the hospital. A 29-year-old woman was admitted in critical condition after being struck on the head.

Nursing homes see over 1,000 cases of gastroenteritis a year

Gastroenteritis is a very serious disease that can leave many elderly nursing home patients at risk of serious illness or death. Nursing-home residents, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are also some of the hardest hit when it comes to norovirus, another name for the disease. Despite these facts, it is a nursing home's responsibility to protect its residents from this and any illness by keeping the facility clean, keeping sick residents from the healthier population and properly sanitizing anything that may have become germ-ridden. Failing to do so could be seen as general nursing home negligence in New York.

Four teenagers killed en route to New York City

It is likely that the families of four teenagers are in mourning after reports have come in of their sons' deaths. The four young men appear to have been traveling from Long Island to New York City when the driver of the Subaru SUV in which they were riding lost control of his vehicle. The New York Daily News reports that the road may have been wet and that the driver may have been speeding.

Antidepressant recall and FDA admission: no testing on generics

People in Troy may have heard that earlier this month the federal Food and Drug Administration issued a recall of the 300 mg generic version of Wellbutrin XL. Though this may have seemed like every other recall, the FDA also made a startling revelation: the FDA has not been testing generic drugs at all dosages before allowing them to be marketed to the public. Instead, the federal watchdog for drug safety assumed that because the 150 mg dose worked, that the 300 mg dose would work, as well.

Post-operative errors spell trouble for patients

When someone is admitted to a Schenectady hospital for surgery, he or she understandably has a lot on his or her mind. Something that patients should not have to worry about is whether doctors and medical professionals will cause any errors in their post-operative care. While a patient may think that he or she is in the clear after waking up from surgery, a medical mistake after an operation could still expose him or her to serious injury.

New York hospitals received steroids linked to meningitis scare, pt. 2

Earlier in the week, we talked about the deadly meningitis outbreak that has claimed victims across the country. The rare fungal strain of the disease has been linked to a pharmaceutical compounder who has since recalled all of the medications it mixes at the location at which the tainted steroid injection was made. Though the recalls and the media spotlight on this serious disease will hopefully slow the infection rate, it is important to note that this is not the first time that this compounder has faced complaints.

Meningitis Outbreak: 12 Deaths Confirmed - UPDATE

Twelve (12) deaths related to the meningitis outbreak have now been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control ("CDC"). The outbreak has been linked to contaminated steroid injections to alleviate back and pain and could have been injected in over 13,000 people. The number of persons infected has increased to 137 have been stricken with the non-contagious fungal meningitis infection within 10 states.

New York hospitals received steroids linked to meningitis scare, pt. 1

The deadly meningitis outbreak that has claimed 91 victims and caused seven deaths has now been linked to New York. Luckily, no one here has yet developed an infection, but a pharmaceutical compounder has reported that some of the vials of the steroid methylprednisolone acetate that appear to have been contaminated with a fungal strain of meningitis have been shipped to New York hospitals.

Meningitis Outbreak: Product Liability Update

Product Liability Update: A non-contagious but deadly form of meningitis has been linked to contaminated steroid injections used for epidural injections in the spine. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as of Sunday October 8, 2012, the number of reported victims is at least 91, with at least seven fatalities among them. To read the CDC's entire report, click here.

23-story elevator fall lands with jury award

Many people in Troy have been on bumpy elevator rides before, the kind of rides that leave many people taking the stairs on the return trip, but few have had an elevator plummet 23 stories while they were onboard. What could easily have turned into a fatal elevator ride for one woman, has finally ended with a $13 million jury award.

Upstate sailor killed when roommate lost control of car

Residents of Albany have likely heard about the Saratoga County crash that claimed the life of a 20-year-old sailor. The young man had joined the navy after he graduated from high school in 2010 and had just secured an apartment after being transferred to the Navy facility in Ballston Spa when the car he was in smashed into another car head on.

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