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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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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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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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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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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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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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Three Firms Recall Children’s Clothing Due To Strangulation, Entanglement Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reporting three separate < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">recalls of children’s clothing due to strangulation and entanglement hazards. In all three cases, the garments have a drawstring through some portion of the clothing, which can pose … Continue reading

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Buckyballs High Powered Magnets Sets Recalled Violating Federal Toy Standards

A large recall of about 175,000 Buckyballs® High Powered Magnets Sets are being recalled by Maxfield and Oberton due to violation of the federal toy standard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The Buckyballs® High Powered Magnets … Continue reading

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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Prompts Health Worries for Cleanup Crews

Gulf Coast oil spill cleanup workers are falling ill. According to the Los Angeles Times, many of the workers – mostly fisherman left unemployed by the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Louisiana-Oil-Rig-Explosion">Deepwater Horizon oil spill – have reported severe headaches, dizziness, nausea and difficulty … Continue reading

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organicgirl Baby Spinach Recalled For Possible Salmonella

organicgirl Produce is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of 10-ounce organicgirl Baby Spinach, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. The involved organicgirl Baby Spinach bears an expired Use-by Date of May 22 and Product Code … Continue reading

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

Johnson & Johnson, McNeil Grilled Over Recalls

Johnson & Johnson is coming under more fire for the recent < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Childrens-Tylenol">recall of children’s over-the-counter medicines manufactured by its McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit. At a Congressional hearing yesterday, officials from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) indicated that … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls, Recalled Drugs |

Lead Poisoning Risk Prompts Cost Plus To Recall Tea Glasses

About 14,000 Moroccan Tea Glasses distributed by Cost Plus Inc., of Oakland, California are being recalled due to risk of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">lead exposure, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The Moroccan tea glasses contain excessive levels of … Continue reading

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

Preventable Hospital Infections Kill 99,000 Every Year

An astounding 99,000 people die annually from < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/hospital_infections">preventable infections contracted in hospitals in the United States. Now, finally, state laws are catching up and are prompting hospitals to begin reporting these infections. According to WebMD, citing the U.S. Centers … Continue reading

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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Worst in U.S. History

It has now been confirmed that BP and the federal government severely underestimated the true extent of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Yesterday, a U.S. government panel studying the flow said the well was gushing oil at a rate of … Continue reading

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Genzyme Signs Consent Decree, Shortage of Thyroid Cancer Medicine Expected

Massachusetts’ drug manufacturing plant, relinquishing $175 million to the federal government, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The consent degree agrees to correct < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">manufacturing quality violations at its Allston manufacturing facility; the $175 million represents unlawful profits … Continue reading

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BPA Study Suggests Possible Cancer Risk

An emerging study on the effects of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">bisphenol A—BPA—conducted at Tufts University School of Medicine has revealed the compound’s carcinogenic effects. BPA is a known endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC) that has hormone-like, often described as estrogenic, effects on the body. … Continue reading

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