Monthly Archives: December 2013

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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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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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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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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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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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Infant Boy Suffers Serious Injury During Religious Circumcision


A baby boy who suffered serious injuries during the religious bris ceremony of circumcision is bringing attention to the routine practice and its potential risks. The infant boy’s penis was severed during a bris that was performed by Pittsburgh rabbi … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

Breathing, Air Hazards Feared Following North Dakota Train Derailment


A North Dakota town was under voluntary evacuation after a train derailment spewed a fireball and left 10-20 train cars burning potentially hazardous smoke through the night. The one-mile long train was carrying crude oil when it derailed last night. … Continue reading

Posted in Accident |

Study Finds Adverse Events Tied to da Vinci Robot Surgery Are Unreported


A recent report reveals that adverse reactions associated with da Vinci surgical robot procedures may be greater than believed. The under-reporting of actual patient injuries may be presenting a different picture of the surgical technology to prospective surgical patients. The … Continue reading

Posted in da Vinci Surgical Robot, Defective Medical Devices |

Sailors from USS Ronald Reagan File Lawsuit Over Cancers, Radiation Sickness from Japanese Tsunami Rescue Effort


Sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan, which helped in the rescue effort after the tsunami struck Japan in March 2011, have since experienced a variety of illnesses, which they say are due to radiation exposure. They have filed a federal … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Lawsuit Accuses “Candy Man” Physician of Facilitating Drug Addiction and Overdoses


A California woman’s medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Julio Gabriel Diaz – called “the candy man” – claims his over-prescribing of  powerful pain medications got her addicted to drugs. The doctor is accused of causing 11 overdose deaths. Courtney Canter’s … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Malpractice, Pharmaceuticals |

Baxter Recalls Injectable Products that May Cause Stroke, Heart Attack, Other Organ Damage


Baxter International Inc. has recalled specific lots of its injectable products over particulate matter found in the products’ solutions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. The recall involves one lot of 5 percent Dextrose Injection, USP and four … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Lawsuits Allege SimplyThick Injuries


Injuries and deaths of more than 20 children are the focus of lawsuits brought against SimplyThick, LLC, the maker of SimplyThick, a food-thickening agent. SimplyThick was used in baby formula to manage swallowing disorders. A recent lawsuit involves a baby … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns |

Study: Hip Device Regulatory Review Found to be “Entirely Inadequate”


Emerging research reveals that some hip implants on the market today received clearance with little or no proof of efficacy or safety. The researchers indicate that about 8 percent of the hip devices on today’s market are involved and that … Continue reading

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

FDA: Mass Destruction Tied to At Least One Serious Liver Injury


According to the product label for the dietary supplement, Mass Destruction, the bodybuilding supplement contains at least one synthetic anabolic steroid, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. Anabolic steroids are known to increase serious liver and other … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Testosterone Treatments Associated with Cardiac Risks


A study of older men reveals that testosterone treatments are linked to dangerous heart risks and have no established benefits. The large Veterans Affairs study looked at senior men diagnosed with low hormone levels, as well as other health issues, … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

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