Daily Archives: March 22, 2011

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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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Research Study Confirms Fracking Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Research Study Confirms Fracking as Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Fracking operation near Poland Township, Ohio, activated a previously unknown fault in the, causing 77 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 in March 2014.

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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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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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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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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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China Bans BPA as U.S. Ignores Risk

While the United States continues to lag on implementing a nationwide ban on the toxic chemical < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">bisphenol A—BPA—China and Malaysia have banned the ubiquitous polycarbonate plastic compound. Green Chip Stocks wrote that, at a press conference, the Chinese ministry … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

More Protein Supplements Recalled for Salmonella

Universal Nutrition of New Brunswick, New Jersey, just issued a recall of specific lots of its Gain Fast, LAVA, Real Gains, Super Whey Pro, Torrent, Ultra Mass 4500, Ultra Whey Pro, and Uni-Syn protein supplements, the U.S. Food and Drug … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

Botulism Risk Cited in Pickled Beet Recall

Lakeside Foods Inc. of Wisconsin just issued a recall of about 3,000 cans of its pickled beets, which were sold between December 2009 and January 2011, Sign On Detroit just announced. Some cans of the company’s 105-ounce pickled sliced beets … Continue reading

Posted in Botulism, Food Poisoning |

NY Senators Call for Audit After Fatal Bus Crashes

Following a second < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/bus_accidents">fatal bus crash this month, Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that he and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will co-sponsor legislation to strengthen bus safety and improve driver training. “The tragedy of two fatal crashes in just four … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Bus Accident |

Overuse of Generic Tylenol Led to Florida Man’s Death

The death of a Florida man is being blamed on his use of over-the-counter painkillers made with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Acetaminophen-Liver-Damage-Injury-Failure-Lawsuit-Lawyer">acetaminophen. According to a report on WPTV, doctors say 49-year-old Mark Erdman died in part because of liver damage brought on by … Continue reading

Posted in Acetaminophen / Tylenol, Pharmaceuticals |

Hydraulic Fracturing Behind Big Drop at West Virginia Reservoir

Hydraulic fracturing is being blamed for missing water at a West Virginia reservoir. According to the Wheeling Intelligencer, the water level at the Moundsville Reservoir dropped more than 10 feet over a few days last month. Now it turns out … Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

Axxent FlexiShield Mini Device Recalled After Breast Cancer Patients Left Polluted with Tungsten

The < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">Axxent FlexiShield Mini, a device intended to protect parts of the body from unwanted radiation during cancer treatment, was named in a recall recently, after it injured several breast cancer patients. According to The New York Times, the … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Lap Band Weight Loss Device Poses Risks, Study Says

Although there have been changes to the weight loss device since its introduction, an older version of the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">Lap-Band device can lead to significant complications over time, say Belgian researchers. By placing a silicone band around the upper stomach, … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Japan Radiation Turns Up in Washington State

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Posted in Radiation Exposure Environmental Contamination |

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