Parents of dead toddler settle tainted wipes lawsuit

Michael Stravato

Sandra and Shanoop Kothari of Houston, Texas, are shown last year holding a photo of their children Hanna and Harrison. Harry died on Dec. 1, 2010 at the age of 2.

By JoNel Aleccia

The parents of a toddler who died after contracting a rare bacterial infection blamed on contaminated medical wipes have settled their lawsuit against the Wisconsin firms that made them.

Sandra Kothari, 38, of Houston, declined to release details of the financial arrangement reached with the Triad Group and H&P Industries Inc. of Hartland, Wis.

But the mother of 2-year-old Harrison Kothari said she and her husband “reluctantly” sought to settle the case instead of bringing it to trial on the advice of lawyers.

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Vitamin D may lower risk of deathly prostate cancer

By Karen Rowan,

Vitamin D does not protect men from getting prostate cancer, but it may lessen their chances of dying of it.

In a new study, men with the highest levels of vitamin D in their blood were 57 percent less likely than men with the lowest levels to succumb to prostate cancer.

However, no link was found between vitamin D levels and having prostate cancer, the researchers said.

“Prostate cancer is a very heterogeneous disease,” said study researcher Irene Shui, an epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health. Some tumors progress quickly, spreading to other sites in the body and causing death, while others stay within the prostate for years and never affect a man’s health or life.

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Researchers Hid, Ignored Bad Results in Massive Drug Trial Corruption

By Patrick Gallagher

Pharmaceutical medication has always been very highly regarded in society, and its continued use shows that many individuals seem to use it without knowing — or more likely, even thinking — about the content of the drugs that they so hastily consume. Recently there has been yet another study that shows the Food and Drug Administration, trusted by millions and yet funded with trillions to overlook some of the most detrimental health risks, cares even less about drug trial regulation than previously thought.

The study reveals the varied corruption deeply rooted within the FDA, vying for approval of drugs that serve no medical purpose, sometimes with more harmful effects than good. Specifically, the drug Tamiflu (oseltamivir) — the drug praised as the be all end all cure for the ‘deadly swine flu epidemic‘.

The entire article debunks the use and distribution of the effectively worthless drug, as well as the FDA’s reasons for approval:

“If sales can be considered a proxy for utility, the controversies surrounding even the most successful drugs (such as blockbuster drugs) seem all the more paradoxical, and have revealed the extent to which the success of many drugs has been driven by sophisticated marketing rather than verifiable evidence… Prior to the global outbreak of H1N1 influenza in 2009, the United States alone had stockpiled nearly US$1.5 billion dollars worth of the [drug].”

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Holistic Health

Flavonoids from berries shown to protect men against Parkinson’s disease

By John Phillip, April 16 2012
(NaturalNews) Past research bodies have confirmed the health-protective effect of a natural diet rich in flavonoids to protect against a wide range of diseases including heart disease, hypertension, some cancers, and dementia. Researchers from Harvard University and the University of East Anglia have published the result of a study in the journal Neurology that demonstrates how these plant-based phytonutrients can significantly lower the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, especially in men. Flavonoids…

Fermented red Asian ginseng a great natural remedy for allergy symptoms

By Jonathan Benson, April 17 2012
(NaturalNews) The ginseng plant has long been used medicinally to treat a variety of ailments, and a recent review of several published studies reveals that allergies are one of them. It appears as though “red” ginseng, or raw ginseng root that has been steamed, holds special value in the treatment of certain allergy symptoms, and particularly when it is fermented. Published in the journal Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research, the review explains how fermenting red ginseng helps to increase the…


Animal Advocacy

Shih-Tzu-Ation At The Allegan Animal Shelter

Published on Apr 13, 2012 by

On April 9, 2012 Allegan County Animal Control seized 352 Shih-Tzus from a breeder and brought them to our shelter. We were overwhelmed. But with one call to the media and a few posts to Facebook, within hours we were inundated with hundreds of volunteers ready to help. This is a picture book of the days that followed when veterinarians, vet techs, groomers, and neighbors came to the aid of these little souls.

Dogs get care after being taken from breeder

CHESHIRE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An animal shelter official said puppies boosted the estimated number of dogs seized from a southwestern Michigan breeder’s home to at least 380, but that people from around the state are pitching in to help care for the animals.

A volunteer holds one of the rescue dogs waiting to be groomed

Julie Kowal, office administrator of the Allegan County Animal Shelter, said that the original count of about 350 animals didn’t include puppies including three born Tuesday. The dogs were taken Monday from the home in Cheshire Township, about 40 miles south-southwest of Grand Rapids.

One of the little dogs gets a haircut

“It’s been a zoo here,” said Jeff Stiegman, a board member of Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance, which operates the Allegan County Animal Shelter.

People from around the state have offered to help with the dogs, and many of the animals have been sent to other shelters. The county handled almost 900 phone calls Tuesday alone related to the dogs and Internet traffic crashed the shelter’s website, Stiegman said.

The sheriff’s department said Cheri and George Burke, both 64, were arraigned Wednesday at the Allegan County jail on felony animal cruelty charges following an investigation by animal control officers and sheriff’s officials. According to authorities, some of the dogs were covered in feces and fleas, and some had eye problems.

Some of the more than 350 rescued dogs are seen at a shelter.

They requested court-appointed lawyers, posted bond, were released.

Cheri Burke said she and the dogs have been misrepresented in reports about the condition of the animals. She denied that the animals were sick and said she signed away her rights to the dogs. She said she cared about the dogs and got behind on their care when she and her husband became ill.

“I got behind in grooming, but they weren’t sick,” she said.

Kent County Health Department records show this isn’t the first case for Cheri Burke involving a large number of dogs. In 2005, Kent County Animal Control officers said they found nearly 100 dogs at a Grand Rapids home where she lived. She was charged at the time with failure to obtain a kennel license, a misdemeanor, and fined $392.

In the latest case, the Allegan County sheriff’s department said the owners were breeding small dogs such as Pomeranians but had too many to adequately care for.


This entry was written by Gwen, posted on April 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm, filed under Pet Advice. Bookmark the permalink.


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China detains 22 in toxic medicine scandal

by Staff Writers
Shanghai (AFP) April 17, 2012

Chinese police have detained 22 people for making drug capsules using a toxic raw material produced from scrap leather, state media said, in the latest in a string of product safety scandals.

Police in the eastern province of Zhejiang found the suspects allegedly made and sold capsules with excessive levels of chromium after using industrial gelatin made from discarded leather, the Xinhua News agency said late Monday.

Chromium, which has several industrial uses including leather tanning, can cause cancer.

China has been hit by a series of product safety scandals, often involving food or pharmaceuticals, despite government pledges to improve supervision, and public outrage over lax controls and official corruption is on the increase.

According to Xinhua, at least half of the people detained worked for capsule makers in Zhejiang’s Xinchang county, a major production base.

Police and government departments of Zhejiang and Xinchang county were not immediately available for comment.

According to the report, the industrial gelatin used to make the capsules came from other factories in the northern province of Hebei and the eastern province of Jiangxi.

In another twist to the scandal, police also detained a factory owner in Hebei for allegedly setting fire to his own plant to destroy evidence of making industrial gelatin, Xinhua said in a separate report Tuesday.

Song Xunjie, manager of the Xueyang Glair Gelatin Factory, is said to be a supplier to companies across the country, it added.

The government’s State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA), the industry regulator, on Sunday also suspended sales of 13 types of drugs confirmed to have excessive levels of chromium.

The case is the latest in a long series of product safety scandals.

In November last year, authorities busted a gang that produced and sold fake medicine — some made of animal feed — arresting 114 suspects and seizing more than 65 million counterfeit tablets.

And Zheng Xiaoyu, former head of the SFDA, was executed in 2007 for accepting $850,000 in bribes in exchange for granting approval for hundreds of medicines, some later found to be dangerous.

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