Daily Archives: August 29, 2008

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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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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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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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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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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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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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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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CPSC Recalls Three Children’s Products

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with the involved firms has issued a < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">recall on three children’s products. About 118,000 Wooden Infant Toys—Wooden Puzzles, Infant Rattles, Pacifier Holders, and Stroller Toys—were recalled by manufacturer Habermaass Corporation, Inc. … Continue reading

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General Motors Recalls Vehicles for Fire Hazard

Nearly a million cars, trucks and SUVs are being < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">recalled by General Motors today because their heated windshield washer system poses a fire hazard.  General Motors says it  is aware of three fires caused by this problem, but no … Continue reading

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CPSC Issues Two Recalls Over Shock Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with the two firms named below, has issued a voluntary recall over two < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">defective products because of fire and shock hazards. About 44,000 Countertop Water Dispensers have been recalled by … Continue reading

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Amgen Ends Controversial Aranesp Marketing Practices

The maker of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/aranesp">Aranesp is halting marketing practices that critics said encouraged over-use of the anemia drug.  Criticism of the policies, in which Amgen  paid rebates to doctors for the purchase of Aranesp, had grown along with questions about … Continue reading

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Oklahoma E. coli Source Confirmed: Country Cottage Restaurant

Oklahoma state health officials have located the source of the recent < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_escherichia_coli">E. Coli outbreak in that state that killed one man, sickened dozens, and placed a number of children on dialysis.  The state investigators have confirmed that the suspected … Continue reading

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All Antipsychotic Drugs Pose Stroke Risk

United Kingdom researchers report that more people than was at first believed could be at a higher risk of suffering a stroke due to < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">antipsychotic drugs.  Earlier research only pointed to some types of the drug as increasing the … Continue reading

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The CDC Reports That Massive Salmonella Outbreak Is Over

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that the massive < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak that sickened about 1,400 people across the country appears to be over.  “The number of reported cases has been dropping since early July,” … Continue reading

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Bayer Plant Explosion Leaves One Dead in West Virginia

An < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/accidents">explosion at a Bayer chemical plant outside of Charleston, West Virginia last night has killed one worker and injured another. The Bayer CropScience plant manufactures pesticides, and officials were urging residents in several communities nearby to stay in … Continue reading

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Chantix Ad Campaign Doesn’t Name Names, Leaves Out Side Effect Info

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/chantix_side_effects">Chantix maker Pfizer Inc. has hit upon an unusual marketing strategy for the smoking cessation drug – running ads that never even name the drug.  According to The Wall Street Journal, such “unbranded product advertising” is becoming increasingly common … Continue reading

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Deadly Simplicity Bassinets Recalled

Around 900,000 deadly < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/simplicity_graco_crib_recall">Simplicity Bassinets, blamed for killing two children, are being removed from stores across the country.  According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), six retailers – Wal-Mart, Toys “R” Us, Kmart, Big Lots, Target and J.C. … Continue reading

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