Thursday, November 25, 2010

Hepatitis C News: Nurse Charged In Hep C Scandal

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A 68-year-old nurse is the first person to be charged over the infection of dozens of women with hepatitis C. The woman from Croydon Hills, in Melbourne's outer east, works at the late-term abortion clinic in Croydon at which 41 female patients are believed to have contracted hepatitis C. Detectives on Thursday charged the woman with attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The 41 women had all been treated by anaesthetist James Latham Peters, 61, who has HCV.
The women now have the same strand of the disease as Dr Peters.
The Croydon Hills woman has been bailed by police to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday. Detectives are continuing to investigate allegations patients at the Croydon Day Surgery (now called Marie Stopes International Maroondah) were infected with hepatitis C.
They formally interviewed Dr Peters for the first time last week.
Police said he was "released, pending summons" but is expected to be charged.
Ex-model challenges infected blood damages scheme
Published on Thu Nov 25 18:37:52 GMT 2010
A former model from Bedfordshire infected with hepatitis C after being given a blood transfusion more than 20 years ago is challenging the legality of the Government's compensation scheme.
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SHATTERED victims have told how their lives have been ruined by a rogue, drug-addicted anaesthetist who is accused of infecting them with hepatitis C
Veterans should seek test for hepatitis C
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 02:54 AM
The Columbus Dispatch
In 1969, I returned from duty in Vietnam. It was not until 1987, 18 years later, that symptoms of disease showed up and I was diagnosed with hepatitis C. The Veterans Administration confirmed the problem and subsequently treated me, unsuccessfully, for the disease.
Recently I was granted a VA hepatitis C disability as a result of "working as a physician (dentist/oral surgeon working under combat conditions)" during my tour of duty in Vietnam 1967-69.
Hepatitis C is a life-threatening condition that affects an individual's liver and might not exhibit any outward symptoms that are easily diagnosed by any means other than specific medical testing.
In a way it was stink, but it saved me.”
The Blenheim man received a donated liver in July 2007 after being diagnosed with hepatitis C a year earlier. The gratitude he feels to the woman whose liver saved his life has been a powerful incentive to make the most of every day and look after his body.

Through the donor co-ordinator, he has written to the donor’s family telling them he is really well and thanking them for the gift of new life.

Mr Maxwell was 17 when he contracted hepatitis C by sharing needles – a stupid mistake of youth that came close to killing him 30 years later.

The disease was discovered in 2006 after a crash while racing downhill on his pushbike. X-rays picked up not only two cracked vertebrae but also an abnormal liver.
“In a way it was stink, but it saved me.”

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Troubled by liver disease and also due to requirement of blood transfusion she requested for some relief.
Other News
A decade after the Institute of Medicine's report cataloging iatrogenic injury, harm resulting from medical care is still common with few signs of improvement, at least at 10 North Carolina hospitals, researchers found.

Johnson & Johnson Recalls Kids' Benadryl, Jr.-Strength Motrin
Reuters Health Information, November 24, 2010

Typical Acetaminophen Dose No Threat to Kids' Livers
Reuters Health Information, November 23, 2010

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