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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled - Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled Over Potential Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, has recalled a specific lot of its J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food over potential contamination with the dangerous, Listeria monocytogenes pathogen.

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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Police Officer Arrested Following Deadly Wrong-Way Crash

A Suffolk County police officer is under arrest following a deadly wrong-way crash on Sunrise Highway in West Islip. Police said the off-duty officer, who works for the Third Precinct, was driving the wrong way and crashed into another vehicle, killing the other driver.

The police officer was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment. He is still hospitalized with serious injuries. Police say he was suspended without pay. Continue reading

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Black Forest Hams Recalled due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

The food company 502 Boundary Blvd. Inc., formerly known as Fletcher’s Fine Foods Ltd., has recalled approximately 8,700 pounds of ham products that may be contaminated with foreign matter, specifically rubber.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the recall on September 21, 2016. The products were produced and packed by Sofina Foods of London, Ontario. The products were exported to the United States on July 21, 2016 and were only distributed to the United States. Continue reading

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Alleged Drunk Driver Destroys Student’s Wheelchair-Accessible Van

An alleged drunk driving accident has destroyed one college student’s wheelchair accessible van, turning his half hour commute by car into 3 hours by public bus. The student, who attends Suffolk County college, was born with spinal muscular atrophy. He used the wheelchair accessible van to get to class each day with his mother.

According to Fios1 News, the student’s everyday life was disrupted when his van went up in flames. Allegedly, a drunk driver crashed into the van while it was parked in their family’s driveway. Police report that the driver was the student’s 27-year-old neighbor. The driver is allegedly a repeat offender. He was arrested and is out on $5,000 bail. Continue reading

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American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Cell Phone Radiation Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is updating its recommendations for cell phone radiation exposure in light of new study findings released by the US National Toxicology Program, which is part of the National Institutes of Health. Researchers found that higher exposure to wireless radiation significantly increased the rate of highly malignant heart and brain cancers in rodents. AAP, which is the largest group of children’s physicians in the country, has issued updated recommendations to reduce wireless cell phone radiation.

Jennifer A. Lowry, M.D., FAACT, FAAP, chair of the AAP Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee said in the press release, “They’re not toys. They have radiation that is emitted from them and the more we can keep it off the body and use (the phone) in other ways, it will be safer,” Continue reading

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9/11 Toxic Exposures and Pediatric Asthma

Among the many health concerns that have arisen since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there are concerns about asthma diagnosed in children and teenagers who were exposed to toxins during and following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

A September 2016 article in Pediatric Research reviewed both asthma and asthma control in exposed adolescents and teens for ten to 11 years after the attacks. Continue reading

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Gallo Meats LLC Recalls Sausage, Beef, and Lamb Products

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Gallo Meats LLC of Colville, Washington, recalled Sausage, Beef, and Lamb products because they were produced without benefit of inspection.

The recall was subsequently updated to include hot Italian sausage products that may contain undeclared allergens due to potential cross contamination with soy, wheat, fish (anchovies), and milk. Continue reading

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DePuy Pinnacle MDL Status Update: Jury Selected, Motion to Quash Denied

A jury was selected last week in a case in the DePuy Pinnacle multidistrict litigation (MDL). The MDL—IN RE: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation—(MDL 2244) is being heard in the Northern District Court, Northern District of Texas.

A Second Mandamus was also filed this Saturday evening concerning the Court’s Satellite Transmission Order and a Motion to Quash was filed this week for a deposition that is currently being taken in England. The Motion was considered and denied. Meanwhile, opening statements begin next Monday. Continue reading

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Nearly Fatal Uncontrollable Bleeding Event Linked to Eliquis

A couple has filed a new Eliquis lawsuit, alleging that the blood thinning medication prescribed to treat the wife’s atrial fibrillation has put her in danger with internal bleeding complications. Eliquis is made by Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb and is designed to reduce the overall risk of blood clot injuries.

The plaintiffs have alleged that Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squib neglected to warn of the potentially adverse effects of Eliquis. When the plaintiff who suffers from atrial fibrillation condition consulted with her physician about her treatment options, she chose Eliquis on the basis of the marketing materials that were presented by the pharmaceutical companies. Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson Request Dismissal of Fraud Accusation on Talc Lawsuit

On August 23, a request was made by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to dismiss claims of conspiracy, fraud, misrepresentation and warranty claims relating to its talcum powder, saying that the claims were not specific enough. The motion was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia and stated that the plaintiffs in the case have not given enough specific incidents of misconduct to continue with the case. The plaintiff has claimed that she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2015 and that it had been caused by exposure to talcum powder products.

Thousands of women have come forward and begun filing lawsuits against companies like J&J alleging that the products lead to the development of ovarian cancer. Plaintiffs have filed on their own behalf or on the behalf of a deceased loved one. These lawsuits claim that not only do talcum powder products lead to ovarian cancer, but that the companies knew of the existing dangers  and kept selling them without warning consumers. The result has been many plaintiffs have made claims for fraud, misrepresentation, and conspiracy. Continue reading

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Potential Listeria Contamination Prompts Blue Bell to Recall Ice Cream

A voluntary recall is being issued for Blue Bell Ice Cream produced in its Sylacauga, Alabama facility because there is a chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient supplied by a third party supplier, Aspen Hills, Inc., that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

According to a recall notice posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) website, the following half gallon products are affected (code dates are parentheses):
• Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (082618226)
• Blue Bell Cookie Two Step (080418222, 081818224)

One pint-sized product is also affected:

• Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (081518242, 082418242) Continue reading

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