Monthly Archives: February 2006

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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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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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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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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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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New Technology Would Allow Surgery on Beating Heart

Open heart surgery is not for the faint of heart. Even among surgeons, it is a field reserved for only some of the most skilled doctors. The only choices available at present are either to stop the heart completely during … Continue reading

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Survey Indicates Televised Anti-Smoking Ads Have an Impact on Those Trying to Quit

Although it is often difficult to measure the actual effect of TV ads on consumers, a recent survey suggests that anti-smoking commercials played a significant role in helping successful former smokers quit the potentially deadly habit. The findings, published in … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Over 50% of Smokers with Heart Disease and Other Serious Illnesses Continue to Smoke – Study

While there are many health-related dangers associated with smoking, it appears that many smokers are not getting the message when it comes to the increased risk of developing or aggravating cardiovascular problems. Whether ignorance of the risk or denial of … Continue reading

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Reserch Finds Those with Most Severe Form of Rheumatoid Arthritis Are at Far Greater Risk of Developing Lymphoma

A new study from Sweden found that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, with the most severe form of the disease, are some 70 times (7000%) more likely to develop lymphoma than patients with a mild form of the disease. The data … Continue reading

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Study Suggests Newly Discovered Virus May Cause Prostate Cancer

Reuters Health is reporting that according to researchers, a “newly identified virus, tentatively called XMRV, seems to be associated with the development of prostate cancer in genetically susceptible men.” The findings were presented Friday morning in San Francisco at the … Continue reading

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Accutane Registry to Begin on March 1 as Planned – FDA Refuses to Delay Program Any Further

By Steven DiJoseph Although the American Academy of Dermatology and other critics of the iPledge registry (designed to prevent pregnant women from using the acne drug Accutane) mounted a last-minute campaign to further postpone the system from going into effect, … Continue reading

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Second Parkinson’s Drug, Requip, Blamed for Compulsive Gambling that Cost Retired Doctor $14 Million

By Steven DiJoseph Up until now, Mirapex has been the medication most often associated with the mounting medical evidence linking certain drugs used to treat Parkinson’s disease (PD) to the development of compulsive behavior, including pathological gambling. Now, however, a … Continue reading

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FDA Joins Investigation of Infants’ Deaths Believed to Have Been Caused by Accidental Overdoses of Cold Medicines – Dangerous Nationwide Trend Developing

By Steven DiJoseph While the Chicago Tribune (2/25/06) is reporting that “accidental overdoses of prescription cold medicines are suspected in the deaths of two Kane County infants in a 24-hour period this winter,” it appears that the problem is anything … Continue reading

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CPSC and Barbeques Galore Inc. Announce Recall of 1,800 Gas Grills Posing Risk of Gas Leaks, Fires, and Explosions

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Barbeques Galore Inc., of Lake Forest, California, have announced the voluntary recall of some 1,800 Turbo Sport Portable Infrared LP Gas Grills made in Taiwan that pose a risk of gas leaks and fires. … Continue reading

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CPSC and Victoria’s Secret Direct Announce Recall of Silk Kimono Tops that Pose Burn Risk

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Victoria’s Secret Direct, of Columbus, Ohio, have announced the voluntary recall of some 500 Silk Kimono Tops manufactured in the United States by Single of Los Angeles, California. Consumers should stop using the product … Continue reading

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