Daily Archives: May 18, 2011

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling & the Economy

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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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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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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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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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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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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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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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Two Firms Recall Pig Ears for Salmonella

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced two separate recalls for pig ears over concerns that the pet treats might be contaminated with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella pathogen. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk … Continue reading

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Epogen and Procrit Don’t Help, May Harm Heart Attack Patients, Study Finds

A new study has found that the anemia drug sold under the names < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/epogen">Epogen and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/procrit">Procrit don’t reduce damage in heart attack patients, and may actually harm them. The study is published in the Journal of the American … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

New Darvocet Class Action Lawsuit Filed in Louisiana

The maker of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/darvocet">Darvocet is facing a class action lawsuit that alleges the manufacturer’s neglect to warn patients of the drug’s—and its generic equivalent’s—risks and side effects. Propoxyphene is an opioid painkiller that was first sold as Darvon in … Continue reading

Posted in Darvon / Darvocet, Pharmaceuticals |

Fracking A Threat to Susquehanna River

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a natural gas drilling technique which involves blasting a mix of water, chemicals, and sand into shale rock formations to shake loose natural gas deposits. While some gas producers tout the benefits of this practice … Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

Japan Disaster Raises Red Flag for U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

The type of venting system meant to prevent hydrogen explosions at U.S. nuclear power plants failed to work at Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant, according to a report from The New York Times. The revelation is now raising serious concerns … Continue reading

Posted in Radiation Exposure Environmental Contamination |

Many Baby Products Made with Toxic Flame Retardants

Heavy metals, dangerous components, a range of chemicals and toxins, and small parts that pose choking hazards have all been cited in a large array of baby toys and children’s product recalls. Now, USA Today reports that a new study … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Marcellus Shale Driller Hit with Record Fine for Water Contamination

Chesapeake Energy, a major natural gas driller in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale, has been assessed a record fine for contaminating private water wells in Bradford County. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) also fined Chesapeake for a tank fire that … Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

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