Monthly Archives: January 2015

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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Bronx Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run, Second Teen Injured

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Pkwy in Dix Hills west of Exit 42. He was driving a Nissan Altima.

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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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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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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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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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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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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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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

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A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy. According to Medical News Today, these complications were so worrisome that the study period was ended early by … Continue reading

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

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Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk. A Harvard Medical School study of 5,583 girls age nine to 14 found those who drank more than … Continue reading

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

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. The sleep medication Nytol and anti-allergy drug Benadryl are among the drugs highlighted in a warning from researchers. Each of these … Continue reading

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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries. The devices were marketed to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, but thousands of women … Continue reading

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J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled Over Potential Listeria Contamination

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Valparaiso, Indiana-based pet food manufacturer, J.J. Fuds, has recalled a specific lot of its J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food over potential contamination with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, Listeria monocytogenes pathogen, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration … Continue reading

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Xarelto Mass Tort Organized in Philadelphia

Administrative Judge Kevin Dougherty of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas ordered the creation of a mass tort, transferring roughly 75 cases involving the blood thinner Xarelto to the court’s Complex Litigation Center. The lawsuits are filed against Johnson & Johnson … Continue reading

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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A single-car accident on Long Island left one person dead and two more critically injured, Associated Press reports. The crash occurred at 4:30 a.m. Monday in Deer Park. Suffolk County Police have not yet determined the cause of the crash, … Continue reading

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Oil Spill into Yellowstone River Raises Concerns about Nation’s Aging Pipelines

Oil Spill into Yellowstone River Raises Concerns about Aging Pipelines

As a community downstream from the January 17 Poplar Pipeline oil spill into the Yellowstone River works to treat benzene contamination of its water supply, concerns are being raised about oversight of the nation’s aging pipeline network. Federal investigators and … Continue reading

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FDA-Approval Does Not Ensure Safety or Effectiveness of Drugs

FDA-Approval Does Not Ensure Safety/Effectiveness of Drugs

When a drug is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it may give some the impression that it is proven to be safe and effective for a certain condition. An investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, however, … Continue reading

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

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. Hormonal contraceptives, which contain female sex hormones, are commonly prescribed in pill form. “The Pill” first … Continue reading

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