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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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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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Tennessee Resident Files Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Following Cerebral Hemorrhage

A man from Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Pradaxa, claiming that the blood thinner caused him to suffer a cerebral hemorrhage. The complaint alleges Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. concealed knowledge that Pradaxa can cause Serious, life-threatening bleeds, and did not warn that Pradaxa bleeding side effects ...

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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