Monthly Archives: September 2012

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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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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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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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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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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

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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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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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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Toy Guns Recalled for Lead Paint Standard Violations

Toy guns are being recalled for lead paint standard violations, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. About 6,970 Captain Cutlass Toy Pirate Pistols are involved in the recall because the surface paints on the pirate toy pistols … Continue reading

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Petition Launched to Remove Tainted Pet Treats from Stores

Angry consumers have launched a petition to remove tainted pet treats from store shelves following ongoing pet illnesses and deaths. Manufacturers have not issued any recalls for potentially tainted products and U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) officials say that … Continue reading

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Fresh Express Expands Recall for Listeria-Tainted Romaine Lettuce

Fresh Express Incorporated just expanded its recall of Listeria-tainted Romaine lettuce, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced. The expanded recall now involves expired 18-ounce Hearts of Hearts of Romaine Salad with an expired Use-by Date of September 26, … Continue reading

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Despite Risk, Drug Makers Must Rely on Chinese Ingredients

Despite risks, drug makers must rely on Chinese ingredients to make their medications. APIs, or active pharmaceutical ingredients, are produced in greater quantities in China, leaving Western producers with little or not options. In fact, some 70-80 percent of the … Continue reading

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E. coli Scare Tied to Canadian Beef Spreads to U.S.

U.S. consumers are again being warned that beef imported from Canada could be contaminated with E. coli.   According to its latest update, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Canada’s XL Foods its expanding its … Continue reading

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Elderly Dementia Linked to Anxiety, Insomnia Drugs

Elderly patients taking benzodiazepines or other similar anxiety or insomnia drugs are more likely to develop symptoms of dementia than those who avoid the drugs entirely. According to a WebMD.com report on a new study appearing in the journal, British … Continue reading

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Impotence, Erectile Dysfunction, Low Sex Drive, Other Propecia Side Effects May be Long-Lasting

It’s becoming increasingly clear that men who use Propecia run the risk of developing severe sexual side effects, including impotence, erectile dysfunction, lower sex drive, infertility, testicular pain and genital shrinkage.  Unfortunately for many men, recent research indicates that Propecia … Continue reading

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PCB-Leaking Lights Discovered at Long Island City School

PCB-leaking lights were discovered at a Long Island City school, just as the new school year gets underway and following a similar incident last week. Parents are demanding answers and action. The parent’s concern is not unfounded. PCBs—or polychlorinated biphenyls—include … Continue reading

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Fall Hazard Prompts Big Lots to Recall Garden Swings

Fall hazards have prompted Big Lots to recall garden swings, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. Wilson & Fisher Garden Swings is recalling about 6,900 garden swings, which were manufactured in China by Anji Jiayi Garden Supplies … Continue reading

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Forever Cheese Expands Listeria Cheese Recall

Forever Cheese just expanded its Listeria cheese recall, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. The expanded recall, which was announced on September 14, 2012, includes all lots and all production codes of all Marte brand Ricotta Salata … Continue reading

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