Monthly Archives: July 2011

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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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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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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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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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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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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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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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Dietary Supplements Containing Ephedra Alkaloids Recalled

Finemost Corporation, which does business as (dba) Qualiherb, is issuing a nationwide recall of its dietary supplements sold under the brand name Qualiherb, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. Finemost is located at 13839 Bentley Place, Cerritos, … Continue reading

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EPA Proposes Fracking Air Pollution Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed the first ever federal rule to limit air pollution from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the proposed rule is part of a package of new regulations … Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

Phil&Teds Recalls Strollers for Faulty Brakes

Explorer and Hammerhead Strollers are being recalled for faulty breaks, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), just announced. In the United States, 7,400 defective Explorer Strollers are being recalled; 1,900 are being recalled in Canada. … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Flying Foods Expands Listeria Recall

Flying Food Group’s of Lawrenceville, Georgia is recalling all of its U.S. Department of Agriculture- (USDA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration- (FDA) regulated products, including sandwiches, parfaits, wraps, plates, and salads, over concerns the products have been contaminated with … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Listeria |

Iowa Couple Files Latest Imprelis Tree Damage Lawsuit

Yet another class action lawsuit has been filed over alleged < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Imprelis-DuPont-herbicide-tree-death-side-effects-lawsuit">Imprelis tree poisoning. The lawsuit, filed by Daryl and Mary Ann Haley, was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, Cedar Rapids Division, and seeks … Continue reading

Posted in Imprelis Tree Death / Damage |

FDA Slams Merck Over Tainted Vaccines

Merck is taking heat from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) over contamination in some of its vaccines. According to Fox Business, charred pieces of plastic shrink wrap were found in vaccines such as Gardasil (HPV), Varivax (chicken pox), … Continue reading

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Daughter’s Death Inspires Father to Expose Alleged Fort Detrick Cancer Cluster

Randy White, a Tampa, Florida pastor who lost his 30-year-old daughter to a brain tumor in 2008, believes she was a victim of toxic contamination from Fort Detrick, Maryland. The foundation that bears her name, the Kristen Renee Foundation, claims … Continue reading

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Papaya Products Recalled for Salmonella

In the wake of two federal agency investigations into Salmonella-contaminated papayas, another recall is being initiated, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. At least 97 reports of Salmonella Agona have led to 10 hospitalizations in 23 states. … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

Imprelis Harms Trees, DuPont Says

DuPont has admitted that its < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Imprelis-DuPont-herbicide-tree-death-side-effects-lawsuit">Imprelis herbicide has damaged landscape trees in states around the country. The acknowledgement, which came in a statement DuPont issued this afternoon, follows the filing of several class action lawsuits seeking damages for Imprelis … Continue reading

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Prime-Line Recalls Child Safety Products

Prime-Line of Redlands, California has issued two recalls for child safety products, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. In both cases, the defective products were manufactured in China. Prime-Line can be reached, toll-free, at 1.855.839.9555 from 8:00 … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products |

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