Monthly Archives: February 2011

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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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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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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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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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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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BPA Levels in Americans Double Those Found in Canadians

For reasons that remain unclear, it seems that Americans have greater levels—about twice as much—of the estrogenic plastic polycarbonate chemical < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">bisphenol A—BPA—in their bodies than Canadians, said the Globe and Mail.Scientists are looking into why two such culturally similar … Continue reading

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DePuy Hip Implant Class Action Filed in Australia

Another < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/DePuy-Hip-Implant-Recall-Johnson-and-Johnson">DePuy ASR Hip Replacement lawsuit, this time, a class action, has been initiated in Australia, reports The Herald Sun. Eight parties have been registered in the action; the case will be heard in the Federal Court in Sydney, … Continue reading

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Listeria Prompts Recall of Broccoli Products

Taylor Farms Pacific just announced a voluntary recall of an array of products containing broccoli over concerns about contamination with the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeria bacteria, said The Associated Press (AP). A random test by agricultural department officials confirmed the Listeria monocytogenes … Continue reading

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Radiation from Cell Phones, Wireless Technology, Puts Children at Risk, Group Says

ElectromagneticHealth.org recently published a letter to parents detailing the health consequences of wireless radiation exposure for children. The letter provides comprehensive information on several studies that have pointed to increased < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Cell-Phones-Cause-Cancer-Radiation-Exposure-Lawsuit-Lawyer">health risks from cell phones and other wireless technologies. … Continue reading

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Natural Gas Pipeline Explosions Raise Oversight Concerns

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Allentown-Pennsylvania-Gas-Explosion-Lawsuit-Lawyer">Natural gas pipeline explosions—particularly one in Allentown and another in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this year, alone—are raising concerns about the nation’s pipeline safety oversight, wrote The Morning Call. The two Pennsylvania natural gas pipeline explosions resulted in fatalities. Now, experts … Continue reading

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Full-Body X-Rays of Infants at Brooklyn Hospital Prompts Investigation

A Brooklyn, New York hospital is under scrutiny for performing < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Radiation-Overexposure-Medical-Devices-Lawsuit-Lawyer">full-body X-rays of infants up until 2007. According to The New York Times, such X-rays, known as “babygrams” occurred at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical … Continue reading

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Perfringens Outbreak in Illinois Linked to Poor Temperature Control

Earlier this month, about 30 people were sickened in Evanston, Illinois with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">perfringens food poisoning after attending a parent-teacher conference at the Haven Middle School. According to Barfblog, the school’s and caterer’s—Merle’s BBQ Restaurant—practices were reviewed and food from … Continue reading

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Secret Fracking Documents Show Radioactive Wastewater Threatens Drinking Water

A blockbuster New York Times investigation of hydraulic fracturing has uncovered a cache of undisclosed government documents that show fracking wastewater containing radioactive chemicals and other toxic substances is being discharged into rivers and streams that serve as sources of … Continue reading

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Denture Cream Zinc Poisoning Risks Finally Get FDA Notice

The potential risk of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Denture-Cream-Zinc-Poisoning">denture cream zinc poisoning has finally been acknowledged by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). In a letter dated February 23, the agency has asked denture cream manufacturers to take steps to mitigate the … Continue reading

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Remote Control Systems for Entertainment Electronics Recalled for Fire Hazard

About 4,160 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Remote Control Systems for Entertainment Electronics have been recalled by the manufacturer, Niles Audio Corp., of Miami, Florida, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), just announced. If the battery falls from the remote control during handling, … Continue reading

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