Monthly Archives: February 2010

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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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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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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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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KV Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Close ETHEX Generic Drug Plant

We have long been writing about a series of problems with K-V Pharmaceutical Company. In December, K-V Pharmaceutical said that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted its work plan to address the issues. Now, KV Pharmaceutical said it … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls, Recalled Drugs |

VA to Take Another Look at Gulf War Disability Claims

Nearly 20 years after the conclusion of the Gulf War, the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) will be reviewing the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/other_topics">disability claims of veterans who reported illnesses they blame on their service, said The Associated Press (AP). This review could … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Toyota Recalls Could Free Jailed Man

The ongoing debacle regarding defective Toyotas and related recalls has revealed another issue. The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that one man involved in a fatal crash that landed him in prison is seeking a change of venue. Koua Fong … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products, Motor Vehicles, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles |

Footrests Recalled for Fire Hazard

About 1,000 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Fellowes Climate Control Footrests, which were imported by Fellowes, Inc., of Itasca, Illinois, have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The Fellowes Climate Control Footrest’s fan can become blocked and overheat when … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Lead Paint Hazard Prompts Recall of Children’s Floor Hockey Sets

About 580 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">BigBox Hockey Sets, which were imported by Sportime of Norcross, Georgia, have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The surface coating on the boards, which are assembled together to form the floor … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Toys, Defective Products, Health Concerns, Product Recalls, Toxic Substances |

Trader Joe’s Recalls More Granola Bars for Salmonella

We recently wrote that Trader Joe’s Co., located in Monrovia, California, issued a recall of select lot codes of its 7.4-ounce boxes of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Chocolate Chip Chewy Coated Granola Bars over concerns that the product could be tainted with the … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

Red Pepper Recalled, May Be Associated With Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak

Wholesome Spice of Brooklyn, New York is recalling all lots of its 25-pound boxes of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Crushed Red Pepper sold between April 6, 2009 and January 20, 2010, due to a potential Salmonella contamination, announced the U.S. Food & Drug … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

30 Years For Surgical Tech In Hepatitis C Outbreak

Last month we wrote that Kristen Diane Parker, the hospital surgical technician whose shoddy practices and drug addiction put countless patients at risk for dangerous and deadly blood borne diseases, was scheduled to be to be sentenced to 20 years … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

You Can Reduce BPA Exposure

Bisphenol a—commonly known as < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">BPA—was developed in the 1930s as an estrogenic mimicker and is used in the industrial manufacture of plastics. Countless established and emerging reports continue to confirm that the ubiquitous chemical appears to cause significant disruption … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

More Yaz, Yasmin Lawsuits Consolidated

New Jersey has become the latest venue where Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits have been consolidated as a mass tort. The consolidation was ordered on February 18 by New Jersey’s Administrative Office of the Courts. The Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits have been assigned … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, YAZ Birth Control |

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