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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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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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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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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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