Monthly Archives: May 2011

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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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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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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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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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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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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

81-year-old Port Jefferson Station man was killed in a crash at 4:57 a.m.. He lost control of the vehicle traveling west on Northern State Pkwy, on exit 42, Dix Hills.

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Yaz, Yasmin, Similar Birth Control Pills in FDA Spotlight over Blood Clots

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it is evaluating the safety of birth control pills, such as < "">Yaz and Yasmin, that contain a synthetic form of progestin called drospirenone. The FDA safety review was prompted … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Yaz / Yasmin |

HP,Compaq Notbook Lithium-Ion Battery Recall Expanded

A large recall of < "">Lithium-ion batteries used in HP and Compaq notebook computers have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. About 162,600 additional batteries—54,000 and 70,000 batteries were previously recalled in May 2010 and … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Boston Scientific Issues Class 1 for iCross Coronary Imaging Catheters

Boston Scientific Corp. just announced a voluntary Class 1 recall of all unused units of its < "">iCross coronary imaging catheters over a problem with tip detachments, said Mass Device. The recall does not involve patients implanted with the iCross … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Cucumbers Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Giant Eagle is warning customers who purchased regular cucumbers from its Northeast Ohio stores in the past week that some of the vegetables they may have purchased may be contaminated with the < "">Salmonella pathogen, said Participants in the … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

Ziram Pesticide Exposure Increases Parkinson’s Disease Risk

We recently reported that the risk for Parkinson’s disease was linked to two toxic substances: Rotenone and paraquat. That link was made in research in which people who used either pesticide developed < "">Parkinson’s disease some 2.5 times more than … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

NHTSA Expands Ford F-150 Pickup Probe

Although car giant, Ford, previously stated that the problem with its < "">F-150 pickups—the gas tanks can break loose from these pickups—do not represent “an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is stepping … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Motor Vehicles |

Yasmin Advertisement Misleading, British Regulatory Body Says

Bayer is in trouble over advertising for its < "">Yasmin birth control pill. According to a report from the Financial Times, a British regulatory authority says Bayer has promoted Yasmin for uses that have not received regulatory approval. The Prescription … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Yaz / Yasmin |

Seafood Labeling Fraud Widespread, Report Says

DNA testing of commercial seafood has found rampant < "">labeling fraud is being used to pass off less desirable fish as more expensive species. According to a report issued by the group Oceana, recent studies have found that fish like … Continue reading

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Judge Refuses to Dismiss Lawsuit against Donald Trump over Fort Lauderdale Development

Donald Trump will have to face a < "">lawsuit filed by people who bought into a Fort Lauderdale, Florida luxury high-rise that bore the “Trump” label. Trump’s lawyers had tried to have the claim dismissed by arguing purchasing agreements disclosed … Continue reading

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Pool, In-Ground Spa Drain Covers Recalled, May Pose Entrapment Hazard

A massive recall of about 1 million defective < "">Pool and Spa Drain Covers, manufactured by a number of different companies, was just announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The recalled Pool and Spa Drain Covers, were … Continue reading

Posted in Product Recalls |

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