Monthly Archives: February 2014

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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

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The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research called for government regulation & research of e-cigarettes on health effects.

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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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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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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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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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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