Monthly Archives: April 2013

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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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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Research Study Confirms Fracking Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Research Study Confirms Fracking as Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Fracking operation near Poland Township, Ohio, activated a previously unknown fault in the, causing 77 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 in March 2014.

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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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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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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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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

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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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast Cause Still Unknown Two Weeks Later

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A recent fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas killed 14 people, destroyed a nursing home and two schools, and left a 93-foot wide by 10-food deep crater. Some 200 people were injured and nearby residents were forced … Continue reading

Posted in Accident |

Widow’s Lawsuit Alleges da Vinci Robotic Surgery Quickened Husband’s Death

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A lawsuit alleges that a patient’s death was quickened due to a robotic-assisted prostate operation. The surgical robot—the da Vinci—is manufactured by Intuitive Surgical Inc. According to physician testimony, the complications and stress from the long surgery, brought about the … Continue reading

Posted in da Vinci Surgical Robot, Defective Medical Devices |

Norovirus Likely Cause of Growing Hilton Westchester Outbreak

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The number of those sickened with a gastrointestinal illness at New York’s Hilton Westchester last week has risen into the hundreds. The Westchester County Department of Health said that early indications point to norovirus, according to LoHud.com. The cause of … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Norovirus |

Florida Legislation to Limit Lawsuits Against Nursing Homes Draws Criticism

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Families of Florida nursing home patients and advocates for the elderly are fighting legislation that would make it harder to sue nursing homes for abuse and neglect. The bill cleared its last stop on Monday, the Miami Herald reported, approved … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

Actos Bladder Cancer Risks Center of Studies, Thousands of Injury Lawsuits

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According to The American Cancer Society, some 72,570 new cases of bladder cancer will be seen in the United States this year and 15,210 people will die from bladder cancer this year. Most of these patients will be Caucasian, male, … Continue reading

Posted in Actos, Pharmaceuticals |

Drug Maker, Novartis, Accused Again of Kickback Schemes

We have long noted that the financial relationships between the drug and the health care industries have led to enormous controversy. Critics maintain that such relationships create conflicts of interest and could unduly influence everything from research findings to prescribing … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals, Tekturna |

Charter Bus Accident Injures Queens Students in Ohio

A charter bus that crashed in Columbus, Ohio this weekend was filled with a school group traveling from St. Louis to Queens, New York. The bus was carrying 16 students and three adult supervisors from the William Cullen Bryant High … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Legal News |

FDA: Seizure Drug, Potiga, Associated with Vision Loss, Blue Skin

Anti-seizure medication, Potiga, co-marketed by GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Valeant Pharmaceuticals, may lead to optical and skin problems, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said. Potiga, which was developed by Valeant, may cause skin to turn blue around the … Continue reading

Posted in Depakote, Pharmaceuticals |

Study: Just One Daily Soda Increases Risks for Diabetes

A new study has found that just one regular soda consumed daily presents significant risks for developing diabetes. The study was conducted by researchers at Imperial College London and involved a review of data from 350,000 adults in 18 European … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns |

Takeda Pharmaceutical Loses First Actos Trial

A California jury has found that Takeda Pharmaceutical should pay $6.5 million to a California man for failing to warn doctors and consumers that Actos (pioglitazone), a diabetes drug, could cause bladder cancer. This case is the first of more … Continue reading

Posted in Actos, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

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