Monthly Archives: April 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

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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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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Nursing Homes Overprescribing Antipsychotic Drugs

Nursing homes are overprescribing antipsychotic drugs, according to government figures. The strong, sedating drugs, as we’ve long written, are often used on nursing home patients who are agitated and combative. A Boston Globe investigation, which involved data collected 19 months … Continue reading

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Environmental Group ID’s 28 Coal Ash Pollution Sites

An environmental advocacy group has identified at least 28 coal fly ash dump sites, previously unrecognized by federal regulators, responsible for contaminating groundwater and posing serious public health risks. According to a report at Care2.com, the Environmental Integrity Project has … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Warning Letters to Makers of DMAA Workout Boosters

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just issued warning letters to the makers of DMAA workout boosters, challenging the marketing of DMAA dietary supplement products for lack of safety evidence. The FDA cited 10 companies that manufacture and distribute … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Kawasaki Recalls Off-Highway Vehicles for Crash Risk

Kawasaki has issued a recall of off-highway vehicles for crash risk, said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The recall involves about 2,000 Teryx Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles, which were manufactured in the United States; distributed by Kawasaki Motors Corp., … Continue reading

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Deadly SUV Accident at Bronx Zoo Under Investigation

This weekend’s deadly SUV accident at New York City’s Bronx Zoo is under investigation. All seven people in the SUV died. Authorities are trying to understand why the vehicle drove off the highway, jumped a guardrail, and crashed—upside down—on zoo … Continue reading

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Cancer Conference Attendees Call for More Independent Study of Cell Phone – Brain Cancer Link

Calling the tremendous growth in cell phone use the “biggest experiment of our species,” attendees at a scientific conference held in London last week have called for more independent research into the possible connection between cell phones and brain cancer. … Continue reading

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Accretive Health Facing Scrutiny for Questionable Debt Collection Tactics at Hospitals

A debt collection agency is facing scrutiny for the heavy handed tactics it employs at some hospitals around the country. According to a report from The New York Times, Accretive Health, the nation’s largest collectors of medical debt, is facing … Continue reading

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Recalls Issued for Dangerous Rattles, Sippy Cups

Two recalls have been issued for dangerous rattles and sippy cups, government agencies just announced. A recall involving Whoozit® Starry Time Rattle was announced jointly by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC). The Target Home … Continue reading

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke. Two recent studies … Continue reading

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