Monthly Archives: February 2012

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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

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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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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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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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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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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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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Merck May Face Fine Over Diabetes Drug Studies

Drug maker, Merck, may be facing fines over how it conducted diabetes drug studies for Januvia and Janumet. Merck may be fined by U.S. regulators for neglecting to test if Januvia and Janumet may raise risks for inflamed pancreas, said … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Prescription Sleeping Pills Tied To Higher Death Risk

A new study has found that prescription sleep aids have been linked to increased risks of death. Some 6 to 10% of Americans take a prescription sleep medication such as Ambien (zolpidem), Restoril (temazepam), Lunesta (eszopiclone), and Sonata (zaleplon). According … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

“Wet Gas” Leak at Western Pennsylvania Fracking Site Worse than Thought

A leak at a hydraulic fracturing (fracking) site in southwestern Pennsylvania is worse than originally thought. According to a report from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Chevron has informed officials with Pennsylvania’s Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) that as much as 80 barrels … Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

Health Concerns and Litigation over Yaz/Yasmin Birth Control

Bayer is being widely criticized over Yaz and Yasmin, two similar types of oral contraceptives. The popular birth control pills are reportedly responsible for causing blood-clots, with some instances resulting in death. In light of the evidence, advisors to the … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Yaz / Yasmin |

Some 9/11 Victim Remains Sent To Landfill

Unbelievably, some victim remains from the 9/11 terrorist attack at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania were knowingly sent to a landfill for disposal. The Defense Department, for the first time, admitted that some cremated victim remains were dumped in a … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Statin Labels Updated to Reflect Blood Sugar, Memory Side Effects

Statins, a class of drugs used by millions of people to lower their cholesterol, can raise blood sugar levels and may cause memory loss, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned yesterday. The labels for the drugs are being … Continue reading

Posted in Crestor, Pharmaceuticals, Zocor |

Actos Linked to Bladder Cancer

Takeda’s Actos, the diabetes drug, has been linked to possible cases of bladder cancer. After studies established a connection between the drug and disease, the widely used medication was taken off the shelves in two European countries last June. Shortly … Continue reading

Posted in Actos, Pharmaceuticals |

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Endangering Thousands, Thanks to Lax Regulation in U.S. and Abroad

A report published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) is raising troubling questions about way regulators in the U.S. and abroad responded to mounting evidence of the health risks posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. According to the investigative report, which … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy, Metal Hip Implants |

Gas Powered Backpack Blowers Recalled For Fire Hazard

About 16,000 gas powered backpack blowers have been recalled for fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The recalled Gas Powered Backpack Blowers were manufactured in the United States by ECHO Inc., of Lake Zurich, Illinois … Continue reading

Posted in Product Recalls |

SOL Clock on Drug Lawsuit Doesn’t Start with FDA Warnings, NJ Court Rules

The New Jersey Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warnings about the dangers of prescription drugs do not always “start the clock” on the statute of limitations for product liability claims. According … Continue reading

Posted in Accutane, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

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