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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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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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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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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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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A car accident on LI left one person dead & two more critically injured. The crash occurred Monday in Deer Park on Straight Path, south of Sagamore Lane.

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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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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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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Yale’s Infuse® Bone Graft Study Expected in June

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A Yale University report concerning the bone graft product Infuse® is expected out next month. Device maker, Medtronic, commissioned Yale University researchers to conduct independent studies of its Infuse® bone graft products, allegedly in response to a June 2011 report … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Medtonic Infuse, Medtronic Infuse |

Blood Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug, MabThera, Linked to Severe Skin Reactions

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Roche Products Limited just issued a letter to healthcare providers in cooperation with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) concerning the use of MabThera (rituximab) and severe skin reactions. According to Roche, … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Januvia, Byetta, Other Diabetes Drugs Focus of Controversy

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Some popular and money making diabetes drugs are at the center of a conflict over disturbing research findings. Although Dr. Peter C. Butler declined to test its then-new diabetes medication, Januvia, he ultimately relented and, in 2008, observed that the … Continue reading

Posted in Byetta Cancer, Pharmaceuticals |

Supreme Court of New Jersey Centralizes Mirena® IUD Litigation

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The Supreme Court of New Jersey just reconsidered a prior decision and is centralizing all Mirena® intrauterine device (IUD) litigation in Bergen County, New Jersey. This will enable the process to move more efficiently given that many of the plaintiffs … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Mirena IUD |

Study: Zyprexa, Other Antipsychotics, Associated with Increased Risks for Torsade de Pointes

Zyprexa_Torsade

A recent study has found that some antipsychotic drugs were associated with increased risks for developing torsade de pointes (TdP), a type of abnormal heart rhythm, and other adverse events. Zyprexa was among the drugs studied. For their research, the … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

EPA Proposes Stricter Rules over Formaldehyde Exposure

Formaldyhyde-Exposure

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just proposed two rules to protect Americans from exposure to the harmful chemical, formaldehyde. The rules are consistent with a 2010 Federal law unanimously passed by Congress. The rules ensure that domestically produced or … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Wal-Mart Pleads Guilty to Federal Environmental Crimes, Civil Violations, to Pay More Than $81 Million

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Wal-Mart has admitted to violating criminal and civil laws meant to protect water quality and ensure proper handling of hazardous wastes and pesticides, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced. The retailer pleaded guilty to six counts of violating the Clean … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Experts Question Drugmakers’ Push to Treat Low Testosterone

Low-Testoterone

Drugmakers are lavishing millions of dollars on ads promoting the wonders of testosterone treatment, but they overhype the benefits and underplay the risks, according to Consumer Reports magazine. The print and television ads, primarily for two products, AndroGel and Axiron, … Continue reading

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Study: Pesticide Exposure Increases Risks for Parkinson’s Disease

Pesticide_Exposure

For not the first time, a study suggests a link between Parkinson’s disease and pesticide exposure. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, degenerative central nervous system disorder that typically affects motor skills and speech, among other functions and, while not fatal, … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Paraquat, PCBs, Perchlorate, Toxic Substances |

Yale’s Medtronic Reporting Expected Next Month

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As the fallout from a conflict-of-interest scandal continues, drug maker Medtronic, announced in its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings report that the results from a long-awaited Yale review are expected to be published next month. Medtronic has been the focus of a … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Medtonic Infuse, Medtronic Infuse |

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