Monthly Archives: August 2012

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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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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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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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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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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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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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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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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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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Recall Issued for EphBurn 25 Supplements

A recall has been issued for EphBurn 25 supplements, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. Brand New Energy, a dietary supplement re-sale distributor, is recalling all lot codes of EphBurn 25. The recall was implemented on August … Continue reading

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Report Highlights Button Battery Danger for Children

A new U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) report is highlighting button battery dangers to children. As we’ve long written, young children and senior adults are unintentionally swallowing button batteries, sometimes with immediate and devastating consequences. Cases of … Continue reading

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Approval of Fracking in New York Expected to Spark Legal Battles

As New York prepares to allow more widespread hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling, each side of the contentious debate is preparing for the next round of legal battles. According to a report from North Country Public Radio (N.Y.) out of Albany, … Continue reading

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Toll in Cantaloupe Salmonella Outbreak Passes 200

The illness toll in the cantaloupe Salmonella outbreak now exceeds 200, according to United States health officials. The strain involved is Salmonella Tynphimurium. The states involved are up to 22; at least 78 people have been hospitalized. Two people, both … Continue reading

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FDA Warns Against Revatio in Children, Cites High Death Risk

Federal health regulators are warning doctors against using Revatio (sildenafil) in children to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).  According to a Drug Safety Communication from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the warning was prompted by a clinical trial … Continue reading

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2 Million Mother’s Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers Recalled for Fall Hazard

A massive recall of more than two million Mother’s Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers was just announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC). The bathers are being recalled due to fall hazard. About two million Mother’s … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Filed Over Food Safety Lapses

A lawsuit was just filed against the federal government over food safety lapses. U.S. health and environmental organizations filed the lawsuit on Wednesday. According to Reuters, the lawsuit was filed over what both groups described as a failure to implement … Continue reading

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103 U.S. Salmonella Cases Linked to Tainted Mangoes

Earlier this week, we wrote that Mexican mangoes were being recalled over concerns that the fruit is contaminated with the dangerous, sometimes fatal, Salmonella pathogen. Now, United States Salmonella cases are being linked to the tainted mangoes, which were first … Continue reading

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Judge’s Ruling Allows Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against New York Prep School to Proceed, Despite Statute of Limitations

Under New York’s statute of limitations,  victims of child sexual abuse must file  civil lawsuits against their attackers  and the organizations that failed to prevent the abuse by their 23rd birthday, or their claims are time-barred. New York’s statute of … Continue reading

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Age-Related Cataracts Linked to Statin Use

People who use statins to lower their cholesterol may face a higher risk of developing age-related cataracts, according to a new study that appears in the August issue of Optometry and Vision Science.  According to the study, the association between … Continue reading

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