Monthly Archives: June 2010

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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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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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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 Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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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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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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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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Power Adapters Sold With Heated Pet Beds Recalled

About 20,000 < "">Power Adapters for Heated Pet Beds Sold with PetSafe® Heated Wellness Sleepers have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The recalled Power Adapters for Heated Pet Beds Sold with PetSafe® Heated Wellness … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Super Lightning Rocket Fireworks Recalled for Burn Risk

About 4,700 < "">Super Lightning Rocket Fireworks have been recalled by Big Fireworks, of Lansing, Michigan, due to risk of burn, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The rockets are overloaded with pyrotechnic composition, violating the federal … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products, Product Recalls |

PA List of Fracking Chemicals Includes Possible Carcinogens, Other Toxins

A list of chemicals used in Pennsylvania natural gas drilling operations has been assembled by the state’s environmental regulator. According to the Associated Press, the list is believed to be the first complete inventory of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Health Concerns, Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking, Toxic Substances |

CPSC Issues Annual Warning for Fireworks, Sparkler Injuries

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants consumers to put safety into play if fireworks are part of their upcoming Fourth of July celebrations. Thousands of injuries occur with < "">sparklers, firecrackers, and aerials, and some 200 fireworks injuries … Continue reading

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200 Habitat for Humanity Homes in New Orleans Built with Chinese Drywall

Habitat for Humanity has begun investigating around 50 New Orleans homes it built following Hurricane Katrina amid concerns that they contain potentially defective Chinese drywall. According to a report by ProPublica, the organization has already confirmed that five houses have … Continue reading

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Ban Urged On Artificial Food Dyes

The consumer group The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is calling for a ban on < "">artificial food dyes saying, said WebMD, that none of the food dyes—there are nine out there—that have been approved for use … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

High Court Refuses to Hear Pfizer’s Appeal of Nigerian Trovan Lawsuit

A U.S. lawsuit against Pfizer Inc. on behalf of Nigerian families who claim their children were subjected to non-consensual drug testing will be allowed to go forward. According to a report in The Christian Science Monitor, the U.S. Supreme Court … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

FDA’s Failure to Regulate BPA Draws Lawsuit

The Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) filed a lawsuit yesterday against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the agency’s failure to regulate < "">bisphenol A—BPA—said the SFGate. BPA is a highly ubiquitous polycarbonate plastics chemical that is known … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Hurricane Alex Wreaks Havoc with BP Oil Spill Clean Up

More oil is being pushed up on Gulf Coast beaches, thanks to rough seas created by Hurricane Alex. According to the Associated Press, waves as high as 6 feet and winds over 25 mph were forecast through tomorrow just offshore … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Oil Spills |

Scope Mouthwash Recalled

About 35,000 bottles of < "">Scope® Original Mint Mouthwash, 1-Liter Size, have been recalled by Procter & Gamble Co., of Cincinnati, Ohio due to failure to meet child-resistant closure requirement, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The … Continue reading

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