CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2006 |
Nearly 1,300 inmates at nine California prisons have been stricken with gastroenteritis, according to corrections officials, who remain stumped by the source of the bacterial outbreak. Some inmates have been hospitalized, but most have been treated in their cells for vomiting, fever, headaches, diarrhea and cramping caused by Campylobacter bacteria. A small number of staff members also have become ill.
December 1, 1996
AMDL Inc., a biomedical company, said the Food and Drug Administration asked the firm to withdraw its application to sell a test for a stomach-irritating bacteria until it provides additional clinical data. AMDL's test, PyloriProbe, is designed to detect the presence of H. pylori, which is associated with ulcers. AMDL said additional studies of PyloriProbe are in progress and that it plans to resubmit its application with the FDA. PyloriProbe is only available for distribution outside the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1996 |
Long-term use of a widely prescribed heartburn drug called Prilosec may be hazardous if patients are also infected with a common bacterium linked to both stomach ulcers and cancer. Although the drug relieves severe heartburn by suppressing the production of stomach acid, the lower acid levels allow the bacteria to cause more inflammation, a Dutch team reports in the April 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
April 1, 2002 |
Botox is remarkably safe, especially considering it's a powerful toxin. Occasionally, a mild headache that lasts a few hours may occur after an injection in muscles of the forehead. Very rarely, though, that headache may become excruciating and can last as long as a month.
October 6, 1998
ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc., moving to offset business setbacks in Eastern Europe, said it's buying global rights to four medicines from Swiss drug giant Roche Holdings for $179 million in cash and stock. Costa Mesa-based ICN is acquiring rights to Dalmodorm, a drug for sleep disorders; Fluoro-Uracil, a treatment for cancer; Librax, for gastrointestinal disorders; and Mogadon, a sleep-disorder drug used to treat epilepsy. The drugs are expected to generate sales of about $67 million a year.
March 24, 1988 |
Fish oil capsules, promoted as being capable of lowering cholesterol levels, may actually cause harmful side effects including internal bleeding in some individuals. The increasingly popular dietary supplements contain concentrations of omega 3s, a compound in fish that is thought to improve cardiovascular functions. Medical research has shown that omega 3s can facilitate the flow of blood to the heart by reducing accumulations of fat in arteries.