Monthly Archives: January 2012

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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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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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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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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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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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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Luxor Las Vegas Guests Stricken With Legionnaires’ Disease

Several guests of the Luxor resort in Las Vegas have been sickened with Legionnaires’ disease. Although two of three sickened patients have recovered, one died. The initial two cases were reported early last year; collected samples and assessment did not … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Keppra, Lamictal May Birth Defect Risks Possibly Higher Than Thought

A non-profit group believes two epilepsy drugs should be reclassified by federal regulators to indicate their risk of birth defects if they’re taken by pregnant women. According to a statement from AdverseEvents Inc., the epilepsy drugs Keppra and Lamictal should … Continue reading

Posted in Keppra, Lamictal, Legal News |

HIV Drugs May Increase Risk Of Some Birth Defects

Although HIV drugs can help expectant mothers from passing HIV—the virus that causes AIDs—to their unborn babies, HIV drugs may increase risks for some birth defects, according to emerging research. The drugs studied included Epivir (lamivudine); Sustiva (efavirenz); Viracept (nelfinavir); … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Class Action Lawsuit Claims Maytag Centennial Washing Machines Fall Short of ENERGY STAR Standards

A class-action lawsuit filed in a New Jersey federal courtroom accuses Whirlpool Corp. and two major retailers with misrepresenting select Maytag Centennial washing machines as being ENERGY STAR efficient appliances. ENERGY STAR has become a mark which consumers look for … Continue reading

Posted in Maytag Centennial Washer Lawsuit |

Costa Concordia Passengers File $100 Million Class Action Lawsuit

Passengers from the crashed Costa Concordia have filed a $100 million class action lawsuit following the historic collision that has left at least 16 people dead and the luxury liner grounded off the Tuscan coast. The Costa Concordia struck a … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Costa Concordia Disaster |

FDA Detains More Orange Juice Imports

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has detained more orange juice imports being shipped in from Brazil and Canada to the United States because of concerns they may be tainted with an unapproved fungicide. As we’ve mentioned, PepsiCo recently … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Julienne Salads Recalled For Listeria Contamination

Salads are being recalled for Listeria contamination in what has been described by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) as a Class I recall, its most serious. Class I recalls represent a health hazard … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Listeria, Product Recalls, Recalled Food Products |

Imprelis Victims Wait for DuPont to Respond to Claims

Home and property owners claiming Dupont’s herbicide Imprelis is responsible for widespread damage and death of certain tree species continue to wait for compensation from the manufacturer. According to a Detroit Free Press report, class-action lawsuits filed in eight states … Continue reading

Posted in Imprelis Tree Death / Damage |

Baby Lotion Recalled For Bacterial Contamination

Johnson & Johnson just announced that it is recalling one lot of its Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion for bacterial contamination. The contamination was discovered following a test by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that revealed the baby … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Dimock, PA Fracking Controversy Heats Up Again

Sixty-one homes in Dimock Township, Pennsylvania will have their well water tested to determine if they were contaminated by natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking). According to a report from the Reading Eagle, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has … Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

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