Monthly Archives: October 2012

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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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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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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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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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Upstate New Yorkers want Home Rule to ban fracking locally

A group of 53 municipalities in upstate New York are being backed by state organizations in asking an appeals court to allow them to weigh in on the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) debate ongoing there. According to a PressConnects.com report from … Continue reading

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Safety Experts Consider Dangling Crane Removal in Manhattan

In the wake of massive super storm Sandy, a partially collapsed construction crane continues to dangle from the top of an unfinished luxury high-rise building. Sandy’s winds may be responsible for the partial collapse 700 feet above midtown Manhattan, said … Continue reading

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Prescription Painkillers Can Have Deadly Consequences

Opioids are associated with serious risks of overuse, abuse, misuse and death and the numbers continue to rise. Physician prescribing practices are among the contributing factors in the growing opioid epidemic being seen in America and worldwide. In the United … Continue reading

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Diet sodas may increase risk of leukemia in men

A new study suggests that men who consume regular amounts of diet sodas or sodas sweetened with sugar may be facing a higher risk of leukemia and other forms of cancer than men who avoid those drinks. According to a … Continue reading

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Senators Seek FDA Assistance on Energy Drinks

Democratic senators Dick Durbin (Illinois) and Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut) urged the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to resolve loopholes they say enable energy drink makers to sell products that contain additives and massive amounts of caffeine they say have … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Food Products, Health Concerns |

Stryker Sales Drop Following Hip Implant Recalls

Medical device maker, Stryker Corp. reported a third-quarter sales dip following a recall of two of its hip implant devices. Sales of Stryker’s reconstructive joint devices dropped one percent in all and its international markets reported the worst performance with … Continue reading

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Tekturna Linked to Significant Number of Adverse Events

Independent watchdog group, the Institute for Safe Medical Practices (ISMP) reports a 90 percent increase in significant adverse drug event reports received by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) over the past four years. Among these, are events associated … Continue reading

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On Halloween, novelty contact lenses putting many at risk

The seemingly perfect accessory to a Halloween costume: a pair of piercing, red, or bloodshot eyes that completes a vampire, ghoul, or some other ghastly creation. They’re as widely available as almost any other fashion accessory these days, especially this … Continue reading

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Stress, worry plague those injected with contaminated steroid drug

For the thousands who received a contaminated epidural steroid injection in the last few months, the next few days and weeks will be filled with worry and stress as they wonder if they’ll be the next victims in the deadly … Continue reading

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Emotional testimony delivered in manslaughter trial of former Melrose Place actress

The latest testimony in the manslaughter trial against former Melrose Place actress Amy Locane-Benizer came from the husband of the woman killed in a 2010 car accident. The actress is accused of being drunk behind the wheel of her SUV at … Continue reading

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