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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

81-year-old Port Jefferson Station man was killed in a crash at 4:57 a.m.. He lost control of the vehicle traveling west on Northern State Pkwy, on exit 42, Dix Hills.

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Blue Bell Ice Cream Expands Recall of Products Over Listeria Concerns

Blue Bell Ice Cream has expanded the recall of its ice cream products in an attempt to avoid the potential risk for bacterial contamination.

The recall now includes individual three-ounce serving cups in vanilla, chocolate and strawberry flavors that may potentially be contaminated with listeria. The Blue Bell ice cream products were distributed to 23 different states, and shipped to food service outlets rather than grocery stores or convenience stores, company officials said, Inquisitr reported. Continue reading

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Study Highlights Dangers of Distracted Driving

Study Highlights Dangers of Distracted Driving

Study Highlights Dangers of Distracted Driving


A study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety sheds light on the dangers of distracted driving, particularly by teenagers. According to the New York Times, researchers conducted the study by putting video cameras in the cars of drivers between the ages of 16 to 19, documenting 1,700 crashes. The cameras were able to show that teens were consistently distracted by their devices moments before an accident.

The research brings to light that distracted driving is more prevalent than previously reported. Distraction caused approximately 60 percent of moderate and severe crashes, four times as high as some previous government estimates. The biggest factor in crashes was teens’ interaction with a passenger, accounting for 15 percent. The second-highest risk factor was cell phones, which were involved in 12 percent. In cell phones-related crashes, drivers using their devices had their eyes off the road for an average of 4.1 seconds in the six seconds before a crash. The study also showed that half the time, drivers using their phones failed to react at all before rear-end crashes. Average reaction time was slowed in these rear-end crashes when they were on a phone (2.8 seconds) compared to when they were interacting with passengers (2.1 seconds). Continue reading

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Retailers in Suffolk County, New York, Have 90 Days to Display Warning Signs About Liquid Nicotine

Suffolk, Retailers Have 90 Days to Display Nicotine Warning

Suffolk, Retailers Have 90 Days to Display Nicotine Warning


A new law gives stores in Suffolk County, New York, 90 days to post warnings about the dangers of the liquid nicotine found in e-cigarettes.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signed the law on Monday. The new signs, which must be placed “in a conspicuous place at the register,” warn that liquid nicotine can be fatal and addictive. The move was spurred, in part, by the death of an 18-month-old child last year, and increased calls to poison control centers, according to Newsday. Continue reading

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Class I Recall Issued for Amy’s Kitchen Products Nationwide

Class I Recall Issued for Amy’s Kitchen Products Nationwide

Class I Recall Issued for Amy’s Kitchen Products Nationwide


A potential health risk has prompted Amy’s Kitchen, Inc. to voluntarily recall over 73,000 cases of products containing organic spinach nationwide. According to a recall alert issued on March 25th, one of Amy’s organic spinach suppliers may have received organic spinach with the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

In healthy individuals, this organism may only trigger short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Young children, frail, or elderly people, however, are at risk for serious and sometimes fatal infections. In pregnant women, listeria infections may result in miscarriages and still births. Continue reading

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15 Cases to be Selected as Eligible for Second Trial in Mirena MDL

15 Cases to be Selected as for 2nd Trial in Mirena MDL

15 Cases to be Selected as for 2nd Trial in Mirena MDL


A recent court order indicates that 15 cases will be selected as eligible for potential inclusion in the Second Disposition Pool of the Mirena IUD multidistrict litigation (MDL). According to the order, the plaintiffs’ and the defendants’ parties will select five cases each and another five will be selected at random from a full list of filed lawsuits. Plaintiffs in the litigation allege that the contraceptive device caused serious injuries and that Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. failed to warn about the risks. In particular, a number of lawsuits allege that the device migrated from its original position and perforated through the uterine wall. In some cases, the IUD has allegedly embedded itself in other parts of the body.

Parker Waichman LLP, a national personal injury law firm, represents a number of women in the Mirena IUD litigation. The firm has also had an active leadership role; Matthew J. McCauley, Senior Litigation Counsel at the firm, has been appointed Co-Lead Counsel in the MDL. Continue reading

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Former JCPenney Employee Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

Former JCPenney Employee Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

Former JCPenney Employee Files Whistleblower Lawsuit


A former part-time JCPenney employee has filed a lawsuit claiming retaliation after he reported the retailer was overcharging customers.

The fired employee has filed a claim against the company under Florida’s Private Whistleblower Act, Fortune reports. Former CEO Ron Johnson could be required to give a deposition. Continue reading

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Zimmer Recalls Knee Replacement Device Following Increased Reports of Loosening

Zimmer Recalls Knee Replacement Device

Zimmer Recalls Knee Replacement Device

Medical device maker Zimmer, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of nearly 12,000 Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial knee replacement devices in response to increased complaints of loosening of the device.

The recall covers the Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate/Persona TM Tibia-Prosthesis, Knee, Patello/Femorotibial, Semi-Constrained, Uncemented, Porous, Coated, Polymer/Metal/Polymer, all lots land sizes, left and right. Research has shown that radiolucent lines (seen on x-rays), which show the gap between the cement and the device component, can be associated with early failure of the device. Some recipients have needed revision surgery to replace the defective component. Continue reading

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Regulatory Loophole Can Allow Unsafe Devices Onto Market

Regulatory Loophole Can Allow Unsafe Devices Onto Market

Regulatory Loophole Can Allow Unsafe Devices Onto Market

Data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows that there are over 100,000 medical devices on the market. Unfortunately, not all of them are safe. In fact, agency data indicates that between 13 and 75 devices are recalled in the United States every day. Motley Fool reports that a regulatory loophole, which allows devices to be sold and implanted into patients without clinical testing, may be a major contributing factor to these statistics.

Manufacturers can submit certain devices for 510(k) approval; this process can allow a device to be sold on the market without clinical testing for safety or efficacy so long as the FDA finds that the product is “substantially equivalent” to an older product. Only Class I and Class II devices are eligible for 510(k) clearance. Class III “high-risk” devices must go through the more stringent premarket approval. Continue reading

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Potential Cases to be Selected for Second Mirena IUD Trial

Potential Cases to be Selected for Second Mirena IUD Trial

Potential Cases to be Selected for Second Mirena IUD Trial


A recent court order has directed the parties to select seven cases that may be included in the second Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) trial.

According to a court order filed on March 17, 2015, each side must select seven cases for potential inclusion in the Second Disposition Pool. The case is In Re: Mirena Litigation, Case No. 297 in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division: Bergen County. Raymond C. Silverman, partner at Parker Waichman LLP, has been appointed co-lead counsel in the litigation. Continue reading

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Antipsychotic Medications Linked to Increased Risk of Early Death in Dementia Patients

Antipsychotic Meds Linked to Death in Dementia Patients

Antipsychotic Meds Linked to Death in Dementia Patients


Antipsychotic medications are sometimes used to treat aggressive or violent behavior in patients with dementia, but new research suggests that health care professionals should consider the risks closely before prescribing them. According to study published in JAMA Psychiatry, antipsychotic medications can increase the risk of early death in patients with dementia, including those with Alzheimer’s Disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) already warns that antipsychotic drugs can have serious side effects in patients with dementia. The findings from this study support the practice of not using these drugs in dementia patients.

Using medical records from over 91,000 veterans over the age of 65, researchers from the University of Michigan’s Medical School and VA Center for Clinical Management Research compared mortality death rates between patients taking antipsychotic drugs for dementia to those who did not. The study found a 3.8 percent increased risk of death in patients taking haloperidol compared to those who did not take any antipsychotic medications. There was a 2.5 percent increased risk of death in patients taking olanzapine. Continue reading

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