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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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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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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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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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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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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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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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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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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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First Class Action Lawsuit Over Maple Leaf Listeria Outbreak

Over 1,100 people have initiated a class action lawsuit against Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods in response to a growing < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeriosis outbreak associated with Maple Leaf’s Toronto meat plant.  To date, the meat contamination has resulted in 29 cases of … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Listeria |

Study Says Popular ICU Glucose Treatment Could be Dangerous

A new analysis by the Dartmouth Medical School questions the benefits of a widely accepted sepsis treatment called < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/medical_malpractice">tight glucose control.  This treatment is used for patients not only with sepsis, but also with other critical illnesses.  The Dartmouth … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

CPSC Recalls: Car Charger and Coffee Makers Pose Fire Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with the two firms named below, today announced a voluntary recall of two < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">defective consumer products:  IMS Car Chargers and Sears Coffee Makers. International Merchandising Service Inc. (IMS), of Fullerton, … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Product Recalls |

Auction Rate Securities Probe Focusing on Fidelity, Goldman Sachs Ties

A probe into < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/auction_rate_fraud">auction rate securities sold by Fidelity Investments is concentrating on the discount broker’s relationship with investment bank Goldman Sachs, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.  Investigators with the New York attorney general’s office are trying to … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Stock Fraud |

Schumer Urging EPA to Inspect Island Trees School for Lead

Newsday is reporting that Senator Charles Schumer—Democrat-New York—asked the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday to “perform a thorough inspection of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">lead contamination at Island Trees High School in Levittown, New York.”  According to Schumer, “Our children’s health must … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Unanswered Questions Put Moms Off Gardasil

The reluctance of some mothers to allow their young daughters to receive < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/gardasil_side_effects">Gardasil has more to do with concerns over the vaccine than their attitudes toward premarital sex, a small study has found.  The study, conducted at the University … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Did iPod Cause House Fire?

A faulty < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">iPod is being cited as a possible suspect in a house fire that occurred in Canada over the weekend. Just last week, Apple offered to replace lithium batteries in some of its iPod Nano devices following reports … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Legal News |

NuvaRing Lawsuits Consolidated

Federal lawsuits involving the contraceptive device NuvaRing have been consolidated by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.  The consolidation means that all < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/nuva_ring">NuvaRing cases now pending in federal court, and those filed in the future,  will be heard in … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Oklahoma Food Poisoning Outbreak Growing, Cause Unconfirmed

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has just confirmed that the number of people hospitalized as part of that state’s growing “severe illness outbreak” has now reached 38; dozens more have reported being sick.  Yesterday we reported that one … Continue reading

Posted in E. Coli, Food Poisoning, Legal News |

Byetta Linked to More Deaths

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/byetta_pancreatitis">Byetta has been implicated in six deaths, four more than federal regulators reported last week.  The additional deaths were revealed late yesterday during a conference call conducted by Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Eli Lilly & Co, the co-marketers of … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

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