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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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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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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

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

81-year-old Port Jefferson Station man was killed in a crash at 4:57 a.m.. He lost control of the vehicle traveling west on Northern State Pkwy, on exit 42, Dix Hills.

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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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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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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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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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Hearing Scheduled on Peanut Salmonella, Criminal Probe Urged

The investigation into the massive < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Peanut_Corp_of_America_Salmonella_Outbreak">peanut butter salmonella case continues and now a federal probe of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) has been called for by government officials, reported USA Today. The probe will look into possible criminal … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Salmonella |

PCA Not Required to Report Salmonella Contamination at Plant

Most states do not require food producers to alert health regulators when testing reveals food borne contaminants at production plants, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.  The news is adding another element to the ongoing and massive peanut butter < … Continue reading

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Botox Not for Pregnant Women, Australian Medical Group Warns

Doctors  in Australia are warning pregnant women to avoid < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/articles/read/15758">Botox and other  wrinkle treatments made with botulinum toxin.  The warning comes after health authorities there reported that an expectant mother treated with a Botox rival called Dysport gave birth … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Chicago Listeria Outbreak

A < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">listeria outbreak has been reported in Chicago and has stricken three pregnant women.  Medill Reports said three women who were infected with the dangerous pathogen suffered serious pregnancy complications. Dr. Rick Holley of the Department of Food Science … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Listeria |

Children’s Toys Recalled for Lead

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">two recalls of children’s products due to risk of lead exposure. About 8,400 Spencer Skull-And-Crossbones Necklaces have been recalled by importer Spencer Gifts, LLC of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Product Recalls |

FDA Knew of “Putrid” PCA Peanuts Weeks Before Salmonella Outbreak

The behavior of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Peanut_Corp_of_America_Salmonella_Outbreak">Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) and federal regulators in relation to this year’s massive salmonella outbreak continues to raise serious questions.   We’ve already reported that the company knowingly shipped products from its Blakely, Georgia facility that … Continue reading

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Nursing Home Abuse Arrests in Rochester NY

Two nursing homes in the Rochester, NY area are embroiled in an < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/nursing_home_negligence">abuse scandal.  Yesterday, one certified nurse aide at the Kirkhaven Nursing Home in Rochester, and another who worked at the Edna Tina Wilson Living Center in Greece, … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

Chinese Drywall Fumes Linked to Corrosion in Florida Homes

It has been confirmed that fumes from defective Chinese drywall are causing air conditioning coils and other metals to corrode in some Florida homes.  While sulfur emissions from the drywall are behind the corrosion problems, a study conducted by Environ … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Zyprexa Lawsuits Continue

Following < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/zyprexa">Zyprexa maker Eli Lilly & Company’s $2.6 billion in payouts to settle claims of illegal sales practices, Lilly still faces lawsuits that will likely cost it an additional $2 billion, reported Bloomberg. The prior $2.6 billion covered state … Continue reading

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BPA Builds Up, Stays in the Body

The toxic estrogen-mimicking chemical < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">bisphenol A—BPA—seems to stay in the body longer than previously believed, according to a new study, said WebMD.  What’s frightening is that the plastics chemical is incredibly ubiquitous and can be found virtually everywhere.  As … Continue reading

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