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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher’s Financial Ties to Takeda

Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

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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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier

Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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

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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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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Class I Recall: Diamondback 360 Peripheral Orbital Atherectomy System

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced that Cardiovascular Systems is recalling some lots of its Diamondback 360 Peripheral Orbital Atherectomy Systems.

The agency has deemed this recall a Class I, its most serious type of recall designation and one that involves situations in which a reasonable probability that use of the recalled product may cause serious adverse health consequences, or death. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices |

DMAA-Containing Dietary Supplement Recalled

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “dietary supplements containing DMAA are illegal.” Despite this, products containing this banned substance continue to be sold to consumers.

For example, Regenaca Worldwide just recalled diet capsules containing DMAA, according to NutrainIngredients. DMAA is also known as 1,3-dimethylamylamine; methylhexanamine; or geranium extract and is typically used as a stimulant, as a pre-workout product, and as a weight loss ingredient in dietary supplement products, according to the FDA. Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls |

NHTSA Investigates Fire Truck Recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into whether the repair made to 156 fire trucks recalled in 2013 adequately fixed the problem with the trucks’ aerial ladders, which can unexpectedly fall.

Late last year Sutphen Corp. recalled 156 aerial platform trucks from model years 2000 through 2011 because the ladder could retract unexpectedly, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Columbus Dispatch reports. The company initiated another recall last week, hours after three Georgia firefighters were injured during a training session when a five-section ladder  unexpectedly retracted more than 20 feet before it jammed. The firefighters were in the bucket atop the ladder of the 2006 Sutphen engine.  In June, three Pennsylvania firefighters were injured during a rapid descent of their aerial platform on a 2010 Sutphen truck. Since these injuries occurred after the trucks had been repaired in the 2013 recall, NHTSA is investigating “the adequacy of the recall remedy.” Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles |

Deadline Near for Registering World Trade Center Service with Worker Compensation Board

Deadline-Near-for-World-Trade-Center-CompensationThe New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has issued a reminder to those who participated in the rescue, recovery and clean-up of the World Trade Center from September 11, 2001 through September 12, 2002 to register their service with the board.

Registering will preserve the right to future benefits, if needed. The notification applies to all who served, whether employed or as a volunteer, whether injured or not. This includes service at Ground Zero, Fresh Kills Landfill, the barges, the piers, and the morgues. Anyone in these categories should file a WTC-12 form by September 11, 2014. Employees and members of entities that participate in the New York State workers’ compensation system are eligible. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances, Zadroga Act Claims |

Scientific Case Against Fracking Continues to Grow Stronger

Gas Drilling Public LandsA Cornell University engineering professor argues that the scientific case against hydraulic fracturing – fracking – continues to get stronger.

Prof. Anthony Ingraffea cites three concerns with the oil and gas drilling technique: groundwater contamination, earthquake generation, and accidental methane gas emissions. In fracking, large quantities of water and chemicals are injected deep underground under pressure to break apart shale and release oil and natural gases.  Ingraffea says, “there is now, in my opinion, scientific consensus that human-induced seismicity does occur” as a result of the disposal of chemical-laced fracking wastewater in underground injection wells, Mother Jones magazine reports. Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

Ground Zero Victims Should be Compensated for WTC-Related Illness

Ground-Zero-Victims-Should-be-CompensatedThere is a new controversy at the 9/11 Museum over a descriptive Zadroga Act panel. According to an editorial piece in the New York Post, the panel says the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was intended to ensure medical treatment and financial compensation “for those with health conditions claimed to be related to the World Trade Center Disaster.” Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

More 9/11 First Responders Diagnosed with Cancer

More-911-First-Responders-Diagnosed-with-Cancer There is a growing risk of mesothelioma and other cancers for 9/11 rescue workers and first responders. When the twin towers collapsed, approximately 400 tons of asbestos were released into the air and inhaled by rescue workers. Recently, medical experts reported that over 2,500 WTC victims have been diagnosed with cancer. Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

New Research Shows Instant Noodle Consumption May Increase Risk of Heart Disease

Instant-Noodle-May-Increase-Risk-of-Heart-DiseaseNewly published research from Baylor University shows that people who frequently eat instant noodle products may increase their risk for cardiometabolic syndrome.

Because ramen consumption is higher among Asian populations, the research focused primarily on South Korea, which has the highest per-capita numbers of instant noodle consumers, according to Newswise, a news site of the Baylor Research Institute. South Koreans have recently experienced a rapid increase in health problems, specifically heart disease, which could lead to increased mortality and increased health care costs. The research was published in the Journal of Nutrition. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Judge Certifies Class Action Lawsuit over Exxon Pipeline Break

Class-Action-Lawsuit-over-Exxon-Pipeline-BreakOn Tuesday, an Arkansas federal judge certified a class of landowners in a lawsuit filed against Exxon Mobil Corp. The lawsuit was filed over a Pegasus pipeline that ruptured in 2012, spilling over 19,000 barrels. According to Law 360, the court certified the class because plaintiffs were able to show that common questions predominated over individual questions. Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Ingredient in Colgate Total Toothpaste Linked to Hormone Disruption, Cancer

Total-Toothpaste-Linked-to-Hormone-Disruption-CancerColgate-Palmolive Co. faces questions about the safety of the antibacterial ingredient triclosan in Total toothpaste. The company says Total is safe, citing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process for the product.

Triclosan has been linked to cancer-cell growth and disrupted development in animals, Bloomberg News reports. Triclosan is used in such products as soap, toys, and cutting boards, but many of these uses are under review and some companies are phasing out triclosan. Minnesota voted in May to ban triclosan in many products. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

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