Monthly Archives: July 2013

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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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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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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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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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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PSEG Taking Over for LIPA Following Superstorm Sandy

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Following the Superstorm Sandy debacle, in which tens of thousands of Long Islanders were stranded without power, Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has been replaced by Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG). New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Bagged Salads Culprit in Multi-State Cyclospora Food Poisoning Outbreak

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The ongoing multi-state cyclospora outbreak that has sickened hundreds is being blamed, in part, on bagged salads, officials say. A pre-packaged salad mix comprised of iceberg and romaine lettuce, as well as red cabbage and carrots, appears to be contaminated … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning |

Research: Salmonella Resistant to Different Antibiotic Classes, Antibacterial Soaps

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The Salmonella pathogen is typically transferred to humans through contaminated food. In the United States, some 42,000 cases of salmonellosis—the infection caused by the Salmonella pathogen—are reported annually, with about 400 people dying from the contamination, according to the U.S. … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals, Salmonella |

Plaintiffs Involved in DePuy ASR Litigation Permitted to Add DePuy Pinnacle Claims

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Plaintiffs who have brought lawsuits over DePuy Orthopaedics’ ASR metal-on-metal hip implant may now also file claims over DePuy’s Pinnacle hip device, according to a recent judicial order. DePuy Orthopaedics is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The plaintiffs impacted … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy, Metal Hip Implants |

Woman Alleges Bisphosphonates Led to “Dead Jaw”

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We’ve long been following risks associated with bisphosphonate (BP) drugs like Fosamax, Boniva, and Actonel, which are approved to treat bone-weakening diseases like osteoporosis and Paget’s disease. Cancer patients also often undergo therapy with Aredia, Zometa, and other bisphosphonate drugs … Continue reading

Posted in Bisphosphonates, Pharmaceuticals |

Study: Children Choking on Food Not Uncommon

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A new study reveals that children choking on food is not that uncommon. Candy was the most common culprit; however, a wide array of foods present choking problems for kids. Every day for the past ten years, some 34 children … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products |

Texas Study: Water Pollution Near Fracking Sites

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A new study reveals water pollution near sites where natural gas production is taking place. The study, which was conducted by a research team from the University of Texas at Arlington, found high metal levels in drinking water supplies near … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking, Toxic Substances |

Rare Salmonella Strain Tied to Outbreak in Iowa

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A rare Salmonella strain has been detected in Iowa. The total reported cases of this particular strain of Salmonella has reached 26. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the 26 reported cases of salmonellosis—Salmonella poisoning—are fairly widespread and … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

Ramen Noodle Price-Fixing Scam Went on for Years

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For ten years, four South Korean companies allegedly fixed the price of instant ramen and ramen-style noodles. According to the Plaza Company, a Koreatown market that runs the Plaza Market, the four defendants in a federal antitrust class action conspired … Continue reading

Posted in Class Action Lawsuits, Consumer Fraud |

Sports Supplement Designer has History of Producing Risky Products

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Sports supplement designer Matt Cahill, who has served a prison sentence for selling dangerous weight-loss pills, is now being investigated over the pre-workout supplement Craze, which contains a powerful and untested steroid. Cahill, through a series of different Internet companies, … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

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