Monthly Archives: December 2008

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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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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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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 ...

Antioxidant Supplements Don’t Cut Cancer Risk

Antioxidant supplements do not offer any advantage in the fight against cancer according to a study conducted at Harvard Medical School and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.   This is just the latest study to question claims … Continue reading

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Biovail Recalls Ultram Painkiller

Some lots of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Ultram® ER 100mg tablets are being recalled.  Toronto-based pharmaceutical company Biovail Corporation is voluntarily recalling some lots of the painkillers—generically known as extended-release tramadol hydrochloride—from pharmacies and wholesalers after finding that certain batches were found to … Continue reading

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Metrolink Crash Lawsuits Filed

Following the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/train_accidents">fatal Metrolink train crash that killed 25 people and injured 138, seven lawsuits have been filed.  Officials said 220 people were aboard the commuter train on September 13, which was heading from Union Station in downtown Los … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Legal News |

Evenflo Recalls Nearly 100K High Chairs

Evenflo is recalling about 95,000 Majesticâ„¢ High Chairs.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced the recall citing fall and choking hazards to children. The Evenflo Company of Miamisburg, Ohio is recalling the nearly 100,000 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Majesticâ„¢ High … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Legal News, Product Recalls |

Plavix Label Changes Could be On the Way

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/plavix">Plavix, a popular anti-clotting drug, could soon have new information added to its label detailing genetic factors that might inhibit its effectiveness.  According to The Wall Street Journal, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is considering the changes after … Continue reading

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$28 Mil of Bernard Madoff’s Assets Transferred to Bankruptcy Trustee, More Lawsuits Loom

A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a transfer of $28 million in assets  held by alleged Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff to the trustee overseeing the case.  The funds will be used to pay for the administrative costs related to the … Continue reading

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Tennessee Fly Ash Spill Lawsuit Seeks $165 Mil From TVA

A developer is the first Tennessee landowner to file a lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for last week’s devastating < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Tennessee_Fly_Ash_Spill">fly ash spill.  The lawsuit is seeking $165 million in damages from the TVA. The Tennessee fly ash … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Group Urges Study of Phthalates

A report by the National Research Council is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to look at < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">phthalates and their effects on human health, reports Science Daily.  A National Research Council panel said that there is now … Continue reading

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China Honey Latest Food Safety Worry

Honey is the latest < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Chinese food import to raise safety worries in the United States, reports the San Francisco Gate.  According to the report, the United States has imported the majority of its honey from China for years, despite … Continue reading

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ER Workers Often Infected with MRSA

Two new reports released by the Annals of Emergency Medicine have concluded that health care workers in emergency departments—so called ERs or EDs—of hospitals are often found to carry a dangerous infectious bacteria, said Reuters.  < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/mrsa_infections">MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus … Continue reading

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