Monthly Archives: March 2010

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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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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research


The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research called for government regulation & research of e-cigarettes on health effects.

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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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Bronx Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run, Second Teen Injured

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Pkwy in Dix Hills west of Exit 42. He was driving a Nissan Altima.

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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A car accident on LI left one person dead & two more critically injured. The crash occurred Monday in Deer Park on Straight Path, south of Sagamore Lane.

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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FDA Reviewing Stalevo for Possible Prostate Cancer Risk

Federal health regulators are investigating a possible prostate cancer risk associated with < "">Stalevo, a drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease. According to a notice on the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Web site, data from a long-term clinical trial, … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Beware of Salmonella from Easter Chicks, Ducklings, CDC Warns

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) writes that while < "">Salmonella are a common cause of food borne illness, the dangerous—sometimes-deadly—pathogen can also be spread to people by direct contact with animals that carry the bacteria, such … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

Group Declares 2009 The Year of the Nursery Product Recall

Advocacy group, Kids In Danger, just announced that 2009 saw the most < "">nursery product recalls in history and just issued the annual study—The Year of the Nursery Product Recall—on the problem. The report was released in collaboration with U.S. … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Toys, Defective Products |

Former FDA Scientist Claims Radiation Concerns Were Suppressed

Earlier last year we wrote that many critics of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had long complained of food and drug safety problems, corruption, conflicts of interest, and budgeting and system problems that appeared to be routine at … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Girls Ski Jackets Recalled For Entrapment Hazard

Sport Obermeyer Ltd. is voluntarily recalling about 3,900 < "">Posey, Lily, Rose and Daisy Girls’ Ski Jackets imported by Sport Obermeyer, Ltd., of Aspen, Colorado, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. Consumers should stop using the recalled … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

MasXtreme Dietary Supplements Recalled

Natural Wellness, Inc. just issued a nationwide voluntary recall of < "">MasXtreme Capsules, Marketed As a Dietary Supplement, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced. Natural Wellness is warning consumers not to purchase or consume the product known as … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Pharmaceuticals |

Crestor as Preventative Medicine Raises Concerns

The maker of < "">Crestor is about to start marketing it to people who don’t have cholesterol problems as a preventive measure. According to The New York Times, while the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this expanded use … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Modern Products Seasonings Recalled Over Salmonella Risk

Modern Products, Inc. is initiating a recall of products manufactured with HVP (Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein) supplied by Basic Food Flavors of Las Vegas, Nevada, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. As we have been writing, the HVP … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Product Recalls, Recalled Food Products, Salmonella |

Yaz, Yasmin News from Europe

Yaz and Yasmin will be allowed to remain on the market in Switzerland, despite concerns about the drugs’ side effects. Meanwhile, Bayer Schering Pharma, a unit of Bayer AG, said Friday it will update its label for Yasmin in the … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

New Lead Paint Rules to Take Effect

Effective April 22, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be implementing stringent new rules regarding < "">lead paint, said The mandates affect the way in which contractors will handle lead paint in older homes, which is expected to … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

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