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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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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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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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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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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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Indiana Woman Alleges Serious Injuries From Transvaginal Mesh Products

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who suffered injuries after receiving transvaginal mesh implants. The lawsuit suit alleges that the transvaginal mesh created an unreasonable risk and directly caused her injuries.

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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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/YAZ">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">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

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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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">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

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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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella pathogen, said Cleveland.com. 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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/parkinsons_disease">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/ford_f-150">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/YAZ">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

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Seafood Labeling Fraud Widespread, Report Says

DNA testing of commercial seafood has found rampant < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">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

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