Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: October 06, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Unknown Cause of Childrens' Neurologic Illness with Paralysis

The CDC is working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Children’s Hospital Colorado to investigate a cluster of nine pediatric patients hospitalized with acute neurologic illness of undetermined etiology. The illness is characterized by focal limb weakness and abnormalities of the spinal cord gray matter on MRI. These illnesses have occurred since August 1, 2014, coincident with an increase of respiratory illnesses among children in Colorado. The CDC is working to provide awareness of this neurologic syndrome under investigation with the aim of determining if children with similar clinical and radiographic findings are being cared for in other geographic areas. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Lead Poisoning Risk from Infant Product

The FDA warned parents and caregivers not to use “Bo Ying compound” manufactured by Eu Yan Sang (Hong Kong) Ltd. due to the potential lead poisoning risk associated with the product. Click title to continue reading...



Marshals Seize Botanical Kratom; Public Health and Abuse Risk

U.S. Marshals at the request of the FDA recently seized more than 25,000 pounds of raw kratom material worth more than $5 million from Rosefield Management, Inc. in Van Nuys, California. Click title to continue reading...



Label Change for Asthma/Hives Drug; Risk of Cardiovascular and Brain Events

An FDA review of safety studies of the asthma drug Omalizumab (marketed as Xolair) suggests an increased risk of problems involving the heart and blood vessels supplying the brain among patients being treated with the Xolair than in those who were not treated with Xolair. As a result, the FDA added information about these potential risks to the drug label. Patients taking Xolair should continue to take the medication as prescribed and discuss any questions or concerns with their health care professionals. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


No Malpractice for Shunt Placement in Asymptomatic Arachnoid Cyst

A woman submitted to a CT scan of her brain and was diagnosed with a large arachnoid cyst. An arachnoid cyst is a membrane-lined fluid sac, located between the lower brain and spinal cord region of the cranium. After further medical testing, her doctors advised her that her arachnoid cyst did not require surgery. Click title to continue reading...



Psychiatrist’s Personnel File Not Discoverable In Medical Malpractice Case

The court referred a woman to a medical center for psychiatric evaluation. While a patient at the medical center, the woman was under the care of a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist treated the woman for major depressive disorder, psychotic disorder, and bipolar disorder. Click title to continue reading...



No-Fault Insurer with Basis May Require Exam After Claim Denial Based on IME

A man who had no-fault automobile insurance was injured in a motor vehicle accident. He received treatment for the injuries sustained in the motor vehicle accident from a chiropractor and a physical therapist. He assigned his right to receive no-fault benefits for the treatment provided by each provider to that provider. Click title to continue reading...