Daily Archives: August 29, 2008

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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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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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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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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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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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

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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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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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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