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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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Judge Refuses to Throw Out Graco Car Seat Class Action Suit

A California federal judge refused to throw out a proposed class action over allegedly defective buckles in Graco car seats. In the ruling, the judge said the company’s recall and offer of a refund do not prevent plaintiffs from pursuing their claims.

U.S. District Judge James Donato denied a motion to dismiss filed by Graco, finding that the plaintiff’s claims under the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act and Unfair Competition Law, and for breach of implied warranty under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act and the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, could move forward, Law360 reports. Continue reading

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Infant Death Triggers FDA Warning About Probiotic Dietary Supplements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has formally warned healthcare providers about using dietary supplements containing live bacteria or yeast in patients with compromised immune systems.

The warning explains that dietary supplements are not regulated in the United States as approved drugs: “these products are not subject to FDA’s premarket review or approval requirements for safety and effectiveness, nor to the agency’s rigorous manufacturing and testing standards for drugs, including testing for extraneous organisms.” But, according to the warning, health care professionals use some dietary supplements “to treat, mitigate, cure, or prevent a disease or condition.” Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls, Recalled Drugs |

After Health Report is Issued, New York Bans Fracking

New York will be the second state to join Vermont in issuing a complete ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the ban after a health report raised too many questions about the safety of the process.

Fracking blasts a large volume of water mixed with sand and chemicals into a well, cracking open rock formations to extract gas and oil. The process is controversial and highly debated. Environmental groups are concerned that fracking can contaminate nearby drinking water and worsen a region’s vulnerability to earthquakes.

According to L.A. Times, the report cites evidence showing that fracking can significantly affect groundwater, climate and air quality. “Many of the published reports investigating both environmental impacts that could result in human exposures and health implications of [fracking] activities are preliminary or exploratory in nature,” the report states, according to L.A. Times. “However, the existing studies also raise substantial questions about whether the risks of [fracking] activities are sufficiently understood so that they can be adequately managed.” There is also evidence linking fracking to birth defects, low birth weigh and congenital birth defects in relation to how close the mother is to a fracking site.

“I think it would be reckless to proceed in New York until more authoritative research is done,” said Dr. Howard Zucker, acting commissioner of the N.Y. Department of Health, according to L.A. Times. “I asked myself, would I let my family live in a community with fracking? The answer is no. I therefore cannot recommend anyone else’s family to live in such a community either.”

“The potential risks are too great, in fact not even fully known, and relying on the limited data presently available would be negligent on my part,” Zucker stated.

Posted in Legal News |

Research Studies Show Link Between Cell Phone Radiation and Cancer

A Canadian research and media organization says that findings from a number of peer-reviewed research studies indicate that cell phone radiation causes cancer and other diseases.

The Montreal-based organization Global Research says that cell phone radiation can penetrate the body and many experts believe it causes cell changes that lead to cancer. Studies done to date indicate cell phone radiation exposure is principally linked to two types of brain tumor, gliomas and acoustic neuromas. Gliomas start in the brain or spine and are typically malignant; most people survive only one to three years after diagnosis. Acoustic neuromas, though non-malignant, can be life threatening because they cause increased intracranial pressure. Continue reading

Posted in Cell Phones & Cancer, Cellular Phone |

Growing Body of Evidence Suggests Cell Phones can Cause Cancer

For many years, a growing body of research has suggested that cell phones can increase the risk of cancer. Recently, Global Research published a report highlighting “44 Reasons to Believe Cell Phones Can Cause Cancer”. According to the National Cancer Institute ““Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues…“Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues ” Continue reading

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Child Dies from Liquid Nicotine Poisoning

Police report that a one-year-old child died in Fort Plain, New York, after ingesting liquid nicotine, used in e-cigarettes.

The child was found unresponsive and rushed to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead, ABC News reports. A statement from Fort Plain police called the death a “tragic accident.” Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Concerned about Interior Power Failure

One Jeep Grand Cherokee owner is afraid due to an interior power failure issue that leaves her driving in the dark. The Morning Call reports that Sandy Busedu experiences this issue about once a week; the interior power failure turns off the dashboard instruments and interior dome lights, radio and heater. Ms. Busedu is unable to see how fast she is driving when this happens. Furthermore, it appears that she is not the only one to experience this issue.

“Now it’s occurring more often and I’m afraid to go on a long-distance drive,” she said to The Morning Call. Continue reading

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FDA Warns of Potentially Life-Threatening Skin Condition with Antipsychotic Drug Geodon

In a safety announcement last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) is associated with a rare but serious skin reaction that can progress to affect other parts of the body.

The FDA is requiring the manufacturer to add a new warning to the Geodon drug label to describe the serious condition known as Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS). Patients taking Geodon who develop a fever with a rash and/or swollen lymph glands should seek immediate medical attention, the agency advises. Ziprasidone should immediately be stopped if DRESS is suspected. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Sutphen Firetrucks Recalled due to Faulty Ladder

Sutphen has recalled its firetrucks to repair a cable failure that could cause the aerial ladders to collapse while being used, “increasing the risk of injury to a user”, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced. According to Associated Press, the recall began in November and affects trucks from the 2000 to 2014 model years.

Last November, Sutphen recalled 156 aerial platform trucks from model years 2000 through 2011 because the ladder could retract unexpectedly. The company issued another recall in July. Hours before the recall was issued, one of the ladders being used in Hall County, Ga. retracted more than 20 feet and jammed, injuring three firefighters. Three firefighters were also injured a month earlier in Erie, Pa when their aerial platform rapidly descended.

The NHTSA announced it was investigating the issue in August to determine whether the repair for the 2013 recall was adequate. Trucks from the 2000 to 2012 model years are affected by the investigation. Drew Sutphen, company president, stated on the website that fire departments should not use the ladders until further notice. The statement said the company has “voluntarily removed all 5-Section Aerial Devices (SPH 100, SP 110, SPI 112, and SAI 110) from service” and is undertaking a thorough review of the equipment and the 2013 remedy.

In the 2013 recall, the company said that ball bears could seize and cause the cables running over them to chafe and fail. The July 2014 and November 2013 recalls both involved the SPH100, SPI112 and SAI110.

Posted in Legal News |

Judge Urges C.R. Bard to Settle Thousands of Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

In a rare move, a federal judge has urged device maker, C.R. Bard, to settle thousands of lawsuits brought over its vaginal mesh implants. According to Bloomberg.com, the move was made as juries are expected to potentially award billions of dollars in damages in the cases.

“I can’t imagine a corporation facing potentially billions of dollars in verdicts wouldn’t find it advisable to try to achieve a settlement for a much lesser sum,” U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin in Charleston, West Virginia, said at a December 9 hearing, according to a transcript. “I base that billions of dollars of business on some of the rather large verdicts that we’ve had,” the judge added, according to Bloomberg.com. The judge noted that the many multi-million-dollar verdicts that have been reached against a number of implant device makers, including C.R. Bard, should provide incentive for the device maker to, by 2015, resolve the more than 12,000 cases it faces. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Transvaginal mesh |

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