Monthly Archives: February 2007

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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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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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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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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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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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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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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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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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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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CDC Issues Update About Salmonella Outbreak

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week that the number of patients affected by the recent salmonella outbreak has risen to 370, and incidents have been reported in 42 states. The CDC and FDA are … Continue reading

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Former FDA Chief Receives Sentencing

Former FDA Chief Receives SentencingLester M. Crawford, the former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA), was fined almost $90,000 and put on three years of supervised probation after pleading guilty in October to misdemeanor charges of conflict … Continue reading

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New Senate Bill Seeks to Put Tobacco Under FDA Control

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, has introduced new legislation that would put tobacco regulation in the purview of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act would give the FDA control … Continue reading

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Study: Seniors Face Risks with All Antipsychotic Drugs

For the last couple of years, there have been a lot of questions raised about the cost, effectiveness, and safety of second-generation (or atypical) antipsychotic drugs such as Zyprexa, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/seroquel">Seroquel, and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/risperdal">Risperdal. However, a new Canadian study has … Continue reading

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FDA Questions Efficacy of Sanofi’s Bird-Flu Vaccine

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has scheduled a two-day meeting of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, and among the agenda items will be a discussion of the safety and effectiveness of Sanofi Aventis’ … Continue reading

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Study: Big Pharma Influences Breast Cancer Research Results

In an enlightening and alarming new study, researchers led by Dr. Jeffrey Peppercorn of the University of North Carolina report that clinical breast-cancer trials that are funded by drug companies tend to produce more favorable results than independently funded studies. … Continue reading

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Rats Invade New York KFC-Taco Bell

A New York franchise of the fast-food chain KFC-Taco Bell was closed immediately on Friday after a large population of rats was seen scurrying around the restaurant before it had opened. The Greenwich Village store on Sixth Avenue had been … Continue reading

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Study: Contraceptive Patch Increases Risk of Blood Clots

According to a study published this month in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, women who use contraceptive patches, such as Ortho Evra, may be more than twice as susceptible to blood clotting as women who take oral contraception. The study … Continue reading

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FDA Issues New Warning About Asthma Drug Xolair

Citing reports of severe, potentially fatal allergic reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new warning about omalizumab, an asthma drug marketed by Genentech as Xolair. The agency has requested a “black box” warning be added … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Linked to First Fatality, Suit Filed

The family of Roberta Barkay, 76, a Pennsylvania woman who died last month, has filed suit against ConAgra Foods, alleging that Barkay’s death resulted from consuming the company’s < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/peanut_butter_salmonella">salmonella-contaminated peanut butter. The couple is claiming negligence and wrongful death … Continue reading

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