Posts Tagged ‘death’

Whooping cough epidemic in California

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

California is facing the most serious outbreak of whooping cough in 50 years. Five infants have died of the disease since the first of the year, and over 900 people have gotten sick.

Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health, stated, “Whooping cough is now an epidemic in California. Children should be vaccinated against the disease, and parents, family members and caregivers of infants need a booster shot.”

This is a reminder to all of us to have our children vaccinated and to keep our own immunizations up to date. Stay healthy, everyone!

More drop-side cribs recalled: Generation 2 Worldwide and ChildESIGNS

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

The Consumer Products Safety Commission has announced the recall of all Generation 2 Worldwide and ChildESIGNS drop-side cribs. Three chidren have suffocated and died in these cribs when they became trapped between the mattress and the drop side. The cribs cannot be repaired.

For more information, see the CPSC announcement.

Concerns about the painkiller Darvon: Risk of overdose, death

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking several steps to reduce the risk of overdose from Darvon (also called Darvocet and propoxyphene). Darvon is usually prescribed for pain. Every year, some people die when they take too much of this medication.

As a result of the FDA decision, label warnings will be strengthened, and new research will be done.

If you need a painkiller, talk to your health care provider about the choices available to you, including aspirin, ibuprofen, oxycodone and codeine. For all medications, take only the recommended amount and no more. If you are pregnant, don’t take any painkillers without first talking to your health care provider.