Health Highlights: Aug. 12, 201008/12/10
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of
California Lawsuit Targets Bounce Houses With High Lead
Nine companies that make children's inflatable "bounce houses"
are being sued by the state of California because some of the
structures have unsafe levels of lead.
Tests showed that the vinyl in the inflatable structures contain
lead levels that exceed both state and federal standards, according
to a suit filed Wednesday by California Attorney General Jerry
Associated Press reported.
One bounce house had lead levels more than 70 times above the
The lawsuit seeks to stop the companies from selling the
contaminated materials and Brown also wants rental companies to
post warnings about lead levels in the bounce houses, the
Seizure Drug Can Cause Aseptic Meningitis: FDA
The drug Lamictal (lamotrigine) -- used to treat seizures and
bipolar disorder -- can cause aseptic meningitis, the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration said Thursday.
Aseptic meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that
cover the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include headache, fever,
chills, nausea, vomiting, stiff neck and sensitivity to light. Many
patients require hospitalization.
"Aseptic meningitis is a rare but serious side effect of Lamictal use," Dr. Russell Katz, director of the Division of Neurology Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an agency news release. "Patients that experience symptoms should consult their health care professional immediately."
Between the time Lamictal received FDA approval, in December
1994, and through November 2009 there have been 40 cases of aseptic
meningitis in patients taking the drug. Of those patients, 35 had
to be hospitalized, the FDA said.
The FDA said it's working with drug maker GlaxoSmithKline to
update Lamictal's prescribing information and patient medication
guide to include the risk.
Fresh Express Recalls Mixed Salad Product
California-based Fresh Express is recalling a mixed salad
product that may be contaminated with bacteria that causes
The recall includes 2,825 cases of Veggie Lovers Salad with the
product code I208 and a use-by date of Aug. 10, the
Associated Press reported.
The decision to take the product off the shelves came after one
package tested positive for
Listeria monocytogenes in a sample test by the Ohio
Department of Agriculture.
The salad mix was originally distributed to 13 states but could
have been redistributed to other states, said Fresh Express and the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the
No illnesses have been reported, the FDA said.
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