One of the worst cases of medical malpractice in U.S. history – Part 2

This is a continuation from the most recent blog post below… What about the hospital system that he worked for, or the drug companies that sourced his practice? The volume of patients was beyond excessive. Fata reportedly lined up 50-60 patients a day, whom he would hand off to unlicensed doctors before spending a few… Learn More »

One of the worst cases of medical malpractice in U.S. history – Part 1

Dr. Farid Fata was considered the gold standard of cancer physicians. A Sloan-Kettering-trained oncologist and hematologist, he ran Michigan’s largest private cancer practice in several upscale suburban offices. He claimed a 70% cure rate for blood cancer patients. Many thought of him as a savior. Dr. Fata used his reputation and his power in a… Learn More »

California Raises Minimum Age for Tanning Beds to 18 Due to Skin Cancer Dangers

We've previously blogged about the dangers of tanning beds to teenagers. The good news is that Governor Brown of California has just signed a bill raising the minimum age for using tanning beds in the state from 14 to 18. The law goes into effect January 1, 2012. According to legislators, the law was driven… Learn More »

Wear UV-Blocking Sunglasses To Protect Your Eyes During the Summer

According to the "Prevent Blindness America" organization, protecting your eyes from UV radiation is just as important as safeguarding your skin. In particular, UV-rays can cause macular degeneration, cataract, pterygium (a growth that begins in the white of the eye and may affect the cornea), cancer of the eyelid, and corneal sunburn. The best protection for your eyes… Learn More »

Diabetes Drug Actos May Increase Risk of Cancer

Actos a prescription drug of the class thiazolidinedione that is used to treat type 2 diabetes. This week, the FDA announced that patients taking Actos for more than a year may have an increased risk of bladder cancer. The FDA’s announcement is based on its review of data from a planned five-year interim analysis of… Learn More »

Do Airport Scanners Pose a Cancer Risk?

In a recent article in Radiology, David Brenner, PhD, DSc, of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York, and David Schauer, ScD, CHP, executive director of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, offered their views on the subject of the radiation risk posed by airport scanners. On… Learn More »

Breast Implants Linked to Rare Form of Cancer by FDA

In late January, the FDA announced that it had found a possible link between breast implants and the development of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The FDA stated that it believes that women with breast implants may have a very low but increased risk of developing ALCL adjacent to… Learn More »

Research Finds Cell Phone Use Affects Brain Activity

Researchers have recently reported that holding a cell phone to the ear for an extended period of time increases activity in regions of the brain closest to the antenna. Specifically, glucose metabolism in the orbitofrontal cortex and temporal pole increased significantly when the phone was turned on and muted, compared with when it was off.… Learn More »

Group Recommends Barring Teens From Tanning Beds

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has published a new report that pushes for legisaltion that would ban children under the age of 18 from using tanning beds.  The group joins a growing list of health organizations that are seeking tougher restrictions.      Health studies continue to show that tanning beds significantly increase the risk of… Learn More »

Potentially Tragic Prescription Mix-Up Exposes Pharmacy Fallibility

    A pregnant woman in Colorado was mistakenly given methotrexate when she went to fill a prescription for antibiotics.  Commonly used to treat cancer, the drug is also used to terminate early term pregnancies.  The woman went home and took one dose of the medication and immediately starting feeling nauseous.  That’s when she looked at the… Learn More »