Monthly Archives: March 2014

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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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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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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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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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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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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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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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Memo Reveals Federal Regulators Knew About GM Ignition Switch Flaw But Did Not Act

On Sunday, a House subcommittee released a memo that reveals the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) decided not to open an inquiry into the ignition switch problem in a number of General Motors cars although their 2007 investigation showed … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products, Motor Vehicles, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles |

Earthquakes Linked to Fracking Wastewater Disposal Push States to Collaborate

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a hotly debated process that uses large volumes of water and a slew of chemicals to extract natural gas from rock formations. This process is concerning for researchers and residents who live near drilling sites … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Vitamin Shoppe Faces Class Action Over Enzyme Claims

A recently filed class action suit against Vitamin Shoppe Inc. claims the company falsely advertises the efficacy of its dietary supplements in the absorption and digestion of protein. The case, Junior Hermida v. Vitamin Shoppe Inc., case number 2:14-cv-172, in … Continue reading

Posted in Class Action Lawsuits, Defective Products, Legal News |

Blood-Glucose Monitor Maker Dexcom Receives FDA Warning Letter

This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the medical device maker Dexcom both released the text of a warning letter the FDA sent Dexcom earlier this month over incidents involving the Dexcom G4 Platinum Continuous Glucose Monitoring System … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns |

Consumer Group Wants Attorney General to Probe Destroyed Docs in J&J Pelvic Mesh Litigation

Corporate Action Network, a consumer advocacy group that is “founded to address the imbalance of power between corporations and people,” says that U.S. attorney general Eric Holder Jr. should investigate the destroyed documents in the J&J transvaginal mesh litigation. Previously, … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

GlaxoSmithKline Recalls Weight-Loss Drug Alli Over Tampering Concern

GlaxoSmithKline is recalling all supplies of its over-the-counter weight-loss drug Alli (orlistat) in the United States and Puerto Rico after customers reported finding other pills and capsules in some bottles. News of the tampering emerged on Wednesday. GSK received inquiries … Continue reading

Posted in Alli / Xenical, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls, Recalled Drugs |

One in 25 Hospital Patients Catches Infection During Stay, CDC Reports Show

Two new reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that one in 25 hospital patients catches a hospital-related infection during their stay. The CDC reports released on Wednesday point to a national crisis: more than 700,000 … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Recalled Walmart Dolls Pose Burn Risk

Walmart is recalling its My Sweet Love and My Sweet Cuddle Care Baby Dolls due to a burn risk, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said on its website. The hazard comes from the circuit board in the chest of … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Air Bag Defect Found in Nissan Vehicles, 1 Million Cars Recalled

Nearly 1 million Nissan cars were recalled due to a software issue that might prevent the passenger-side air bag from deploying in the event of a collision. USA Today reports that 989,701 Nissan and Infiniti brand vehicles were affected by … Continue reading

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EU Scientific Panel to Investigate Safety of Pelvic Mesh Devices

The European Union’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) has been charged with investigating the safety of pelvic mesh products. In the United States, these implantable devices are the subject of tens of thousands of product … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns, Legal News, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices, Transvaginal mesh |

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