Monthly Archives: June 2010

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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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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

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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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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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

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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

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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

Posted in Legal News |

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

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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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