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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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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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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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Artificial Turf “Cleared” Despite Overwhelming Evidence to the Contrary

Following a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation last month that some artificial turf athletic fields be tested for < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/articles/read/14863">lead, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is saying children are “not at risk” from lead in turf … Continue reading

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Federal Agents Seize Over $24 Million in Unapproved Drugs

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Marshals Service representatives just seized $24.2 million worth of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">unapproved drugs from KV Pharmaceutical Company of St. Louis, Missouri.  The seizure followed a civil forteiture suit filing by United States Attorney … Continue reading

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FDA Forces New Labeling for Procrit, Aranesp and Epogen

Federal regulators have decided that the anemia drugs< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/aranesp"> Aranesp, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/epogen">Epogen and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/procrit">Procrit need to have additional safety-related changes to their labels.  The changes mandated by  the Food & Drug Administration (FDA)  would restrict the use of the … Continue reading

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California to Ban Carcinogenic Food Packaging Chemical DuPont Claims is Safe

The toxic chemical Perfluorooctanoic Acid—more commonly known as < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">PFOA—has been found to be present in 98 percent of Americans’ blood and 100 percent of newborns’ blood.  Meanwhile, the chemical industry says there’s no reason to worry about PFOA in … Continue reading

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Salmonella Outbreak Now Linked to Water and Serrano Peppers in Mexico

The < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/salmonella">Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak that began in April, sickened over 1,200, and hospitalized over 240 is now being linked to irrigation water and serrano peppers at the Nuevo Leon farm in Mexico.  The outbreak has affected people in 43 … Continue reading

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Avelox, Similar Antibiotics Face European Restrictions Due to Liver Damage

Moxifloxicin, a fluoroquinolone antibiotic sold as < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/avelox_liver_damage">Avelox by Bayer, is being subjected to new warnings and restrictions by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) because of its association with adverse liver reactions. Moxifloxacin is used to treat respiratory infections, including … Continue reading

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Allstate Loses Bad Faith Insurance Lawsuit Appeal, $16 Million Verdict Still Stands

An appeals court has upheld a < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/bad_faith_insurance">bad faith insurance lawsuit verdict against the Allstate Insurance Co., leaving in place a $16 million verdict against the company.  Like the Missouri jury that originally found against Allstate, a three-judge appeals panel … Continue reading

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More Oil Leaks from Mississippi River Oil Spill Barge

Traffic on the Mississippi River near New Orleans came to a halt again yesterday, as more oil leaked from the sunken barge responsible for last week’s < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Mississippi_River_Oil_Spill">oil spill.  For about six hours, the Mississippi was closed to traffic, and … Continue reading

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New E. coli Outbreak Emerging in Nebraska

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting today that nine people in southeast Nebraska have tested positive for < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_O157_H7">E. coli infection.  Health officials believe a community event may the link for some of the illnesses. Vicki Duey, executive director of … Continue reading

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Family Sues Raw Milk Distributor Over Claims of E. Coli Contamination

A Missouri family has filed a lawsuit against a raw milk distributor over claims of an < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_O157_H7">E. coli infection.  Brian and Angela Pedersen allege they bought raw milk from Soni Copeland and The Herb Depot and Organic Market in … Continue reading

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