Monthly Archives: February 2014

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution


The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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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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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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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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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Study Links Asthma Medications to Increased Risk of Sleep Apnea

Inhaled corticosteroid medications used to treat asthma may increase the risk of sleep apnea, a new pilot study suggests. Dr. Mihaela Teodorescu, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, in Madison … Continue reading

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Jury Awards Michigan Woman $1.3 Million in Medical Malpractice Case

On February 18, Kathy Pagan, 43, of Jackson, Michigan, was awarded $1.3 million in a medical malpractice case arising from complications from her 2009 “tummy tuck” surgery. The jury found that Dr. Rouchdi Rifai, by failing to meet a standard … Continue reading

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General Motors Investigation of Ignition Defect Took Nearly 10 Years, Report Says

Alan Batey, president of General Motors North America, said Tuesday that the company’s nearly ten-year investigation of an ignition switch defect linked to 13 deaths, “was not as robust as it should have been.” About 1.4 million GM vehicles have … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products, Motor Vehicles |

Advocacy Group Calls for Removal of Industrial Plastics Chemical from Hundreds of Foods


The Environmental Working Group has called for the removal of  ADA, an industrial plastics chemical that is an additive in nearly 500 food products on store shelves in the United States. The chemical azodicarbonamide – ADA – is an ingredient … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Petco Sued by Family after 10-year Boy Dies from Infected Rat


A California family is suing Petco after their 10-year old son Aidan Pankey died from an infection contracted through his pet rat. The family’s lawsuit alleges that Petco was negligent in failing to test the rat, and also says that … Continue reading

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Study: Camp Lejeune Military Personnel have Higher Risk of Death from Certain Cancers, Other Conditions


Marines and Navy personnel stationed at Camp Lejeune had a higher risk of death from cancer and other serious conditions, according to a new retrospective study released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Toxic Substances … Continue reading

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Pro-Fracking Exxon CEO Sues to Stop Fracking Near His $5M Ranch


Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil Corp.’s chief executive office (CEO) is one of a group of people suing to block hydraulic fracturing—known as fracking—activities in their neighborhoods. The group also includes House Majority Leader, Dick Armey. Given that both men have long touted fracking, the … Continue reading

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

Deadly Toll for Texas Onshore Oil- and Gas-Drilling Workers


For many of the 100,000-plus workers in oil and gas exploration jobs, the Texas drilling boom has left a toll of death and devastating injuries. Between 2007 and 2012, 664 U.S. workers were killed in oil and gas fields, with … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

Lawsuits Over Severe Diarrhea Filed Against Maker of Blood Pressure Drug Benicar


Earlier this month, three lawsuits were filed against drug maker Daiichi Sankyo alleging that the company’s blood pressure drug Benicar (olmesartan) caused severe diarrhea and other  serious injuries to those taking the drug. Additional suits are expected to be filed … Continue reading

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Cheese Recall Issued Following Listeria-Linked Death


A Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has caused Delaware-based Roos Foods to recall sixteen varieties of cheese. According to Law360, seven people became ill in Maryland and one person died in California because of the tainted products. Roos Foods, a company that … Continue reading

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