Monthly Archives: June 2009

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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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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled - Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled Over Potential Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, has recalled a specific lot of its J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food over potential contamination with the dangerous, Listeria monocytogenes pathogen.

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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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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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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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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Tamiflu-Resistant Swine Flu Emerging

A < "">Tamiflu-resistant strain of Swine Flu—the 2009 H1N1 pandemic virus—has emerged in Denmark. According to, Tamiflu drug maker Roche Holding AG said a patient treated with the Tamiflu in Denmark exhibited drug resistance, the first time this has … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Company Refocuses Marketing Efforts on ReNu

We recently wrote that Bausch & Lomb, maker of ReNu with MoistureLoc, settled around 600 lawsuits involving the < "">recalled contact lens solution. Now, Bausch & Lomb is focusing on ReNu marketing. According to a prior report in the Associated … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls, Renu, Toxic Substances |

10th Tysabri Patient Stricken with PML

Another < "">Tysabri patient has developed progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy or PML. Ten cases of the often-fatal brain infection have now been associated with Tysabri since it was reintroduced in 2006. Of those patients, at least 3 have died. According to … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

VA Cancer Probe Continues

Dr. Gary D. Kao, the doctor linked to scores of potentially < "">shoddy medical procedures conducted at the Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center in Philadelphia admitted to making mistakes when administering radiation seed implantation—brachytherapy—to prostate cancer patients. It seems 92 … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

FDA Finds E. coli At Nestlé Plant

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced it found < "">E. coli O157:H7 in a sample of prepackaged Nestlé Toll House refrigerated cookie dough currently under recall by the manufacturer and marketer, Nestlé USA. The contaminated sample was … Continue reading

Posted in E. Coli, Food Poisoning, Health Concerns, Product Recalls, Recalled Food Products |

Madoff To Spend Rest of Life In Prison; Ruth Says Bernie Betrayed Her

After months of waiting, media outlets worldwide report that disgraced financier and Ponzi scheme mastermind, Bernard Madoff, has been sentenced to 150 years in prison for swindling scores of investors out of about $65 billion. Lev L. Dassin, the Acting … Continue reading

Posted in Stock Fraud |

Expired Chang Farm Bean and Soy Sprouts Recalled

Chang Farm has issued a voluntary recall of some of its Bean and Soy Sprouts, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. Chang Farm of River Road, Whatley, Massachusetts, issued the recall, with specific expired date codes, because … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Listeria |

Report Looks Into Cause Of Fly Ash Spill

A new report says four main causes led to the catastrophic < "">Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) fly ash spill that dumped a devastating 5.4 million cubic yards—over one billion gallons—of toxic coal sludge into Tennessee’s Emory and Clinch rivers and … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Outdoor Play Sets, Patio Umbrellas Recalled for Fall, Impact Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced that Outdoor Play Sets sold exclusively at Toys“R”Us and Patio Umbrellas sold by The Home Depot have been recalled for fall and impact < "">hazards. vinyan movie Outdoor Play Sets About … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Chinese Regulators Join Drywall Probe

A group of officials from China have arrived in the U.S. to investigate problems with drywall made in that country. According to a report on, regulators from the General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (ASIQ) arrived in … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns |

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