Monthly Archives: March 2011

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling & 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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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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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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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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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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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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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A car accident on LI left one person dead & two more critically injured. The crash occurred Monday in Deer Park on Straight Path, south of Sagamore Lane.

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Toro Company Recalls Mowers for Injury Hazard

The Toro Company of Bloomington, Minnesota just issued a recall of its < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Toro Z Master ZRT Mowers over concerns of injury hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) just announced. The recall spans the … Continue reading

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Want to Reduce Cell Phone Radiation Risks? Keep Your Distance.

The lead author of a study that demonstrated that cell phone radiation can have an impact on brain activity has some advice for anyone who makes frequent use of the popular devices. According to The New York Times, Dr. Nora … Continue reading

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CPSC Says Water Walking Balls Can Be Deadly

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just issued a warning to consumers to stop participating in an emerging water-related recreational activity—Water Walking—due to potential risks for suffocation, drowning, and impact injuries. < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Water walking balls are marketed under a … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products |

Smoked Salmon Recalled for Listeria Risk

The Smokehouse, LLC of Mamaroneck, New York, has recalled its Portier Fine Foods Norwegian Smoked Salmon in different sizes, including 4, 8, and 16 ounce packages and random weight sizes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. The recall … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Listeria |

Acetaminophen in Pregnancy Linked To Asthma

Expectant mothers taking < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Acetaminophen-Liver-Damage-Injury-Failure-Lawsuit-Lawyer">acetaminophen, the popular painkiller commonly known as Tylenol, could be increasing their developing baby’s asthma risks. The study calls for additional research into the potential for a cause and effect link between < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Tylenol-Liver-Damage-Injury-Lawsuit-Lawyer">Tylenol used during … Continue reading

Posted in Acetaminophen / Tylenol, Pharmaceuticals |

Products Recalled After Alabama Hospital Outbreak

Yesterday, we wrote about nine Alabama hospital deaths attributed to < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">tainted IV bags in six Alabama hospitals, according to health officials. A total of 19 patients have suffered from the Alabama hospital infections with serratia marcescens bacteremia following IV … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Product Recalls |

Government Inaction on Nuclear Waste Creates Risk, Could Cost Tax Payers Billions

At nuclear reactors around the county, dangerous radioactive waste is being allowed to accumulate, despite the existence of a multi-billion dollar “nuclear waste fund.” According to a report from PoPublica, the U.S. government was supposed to use the fund – … Continue reading

Posted in Radiation Exposure Environmental Contamination |

Traces of Japan Radiation Found in Milk in California, Washington State

U.S. environmental and health regulators promised to step up radiation monitoring after traces of radioactive iodine-131 turned up in samples of milk in Spokane, Washington and San Luis Obispo County, California. According to a joint statement issued by the U.S. … Continue reading

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Lawsuits Claim Engines in Some Ford Super Duty Trucks, Excursion Vehicles are Defective

Ford Motor Company, Inc. and Navistar, Inc. are facing a growing number of lawsuits over the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Ford-F250-F350-Excursion-6L-Power-Stroke-Diesel-Engine-Problems-Class-Action-Lawsuit">Ford 6L Power Stroke Diesel Engine. Navistar manufactured the 6L Power Stroke Diesel Engine, which was used in 2003-2007 model year Ford F250 … Continue reading

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Class I Recall for Accu-Check FlexLink Plus Infusion Sets

Defective < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">ACCU-CHEK FlexLink Plus Infusion Sets are being recalled for potential under-delivery of insulin due to a tube (cannula) which may become kinked or bent when inserting the defective medical device, the U.S. Food and Drug and Administration (FDA) … Continue reading

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