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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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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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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.

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling & the Economy

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The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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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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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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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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Parker Waichman Representing Another Louisiana Plaintiff in Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

A Louisiana man has become the latest to claim that his taking the type 2 diabetes drug Actos resulted in developing bladder cancer. He has filed a lawsuit against the Japanese manufacturer of the drug and the marketer of it in the U.S., claiming they failed to warn about this ...

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Antipsychotic Medications Linked to Increased Risk of Early Death in Dementia Patients

Antipsychotic Meds Linked to Death in Dementia Patients

Antipsychotic medications are sometimes used to treat aggressive or violent behavior in patients with dementia, but new research suggests that health care professionals should consider the risks closely before prescribing them. According to study published in JAMA Psychiatry, antipsychotic medications … Continue reading

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Kraft Foods Recalls Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Due to Possible Metal Pieces

Kraft Foods Recalls Macaroni & Cheese Dinner

Kraft Foods Group has voluntarily recalled approximately 242,000 cases of Original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner because some boxes may contain small pieces of metal. The recall is limited to the 7.25-oz. size of the Original flavor with “Best … Continue reading

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Stryker Hip Settlement Enrollment Deadline Extended

Stryker Hip Settlement Enrollment Deadline Extended

The deadline for hip implant recipients to enroll in the Stryker Orthopaedics Rejuvenate Hip System settlement has been extended to March 30, 2015. Patients who received a recalled ABG II Modular Hip System or Rejuvenate Modular Hip System still have … Continue reading

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Biomet Probation Extended by a Year in Light of New Bribery Evidence

Biomet Probation Extended by a Year in Light of Evidence

The New York Times reports that Biomet’s federal probation was set to expire next week, but new evidence of foreign bribery has extended it by a year. During that time, the Justice Department will investigate the issue. Additionally, the Justice … Continue reading

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Brilinta May Prevent Heart Attacks But Can Raise Bleeding Risks

Brilinta Prevents Heart Attacks But Can Raise Bleeding

While clinical trial results for AstraZeneca’s heart drug Brilinta (ticagrelor) are positive, the trail showed bleeding risks with the blood-thinning drug. A 21,000-patient clinical trial showed Brilinta (ticagrelor) cuts heart attacks and strokes, but caused more bleeding, Reuters reports.

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Retired Ground Zero Worker Wins Appeal for Disability Pension

Retired Ground Zero Worker Wins Disability Pension

A retired police officer has successfully won an appeal for disability pension after years of legal struggle. The Chief reports that last month, a state appeals court ruled in her favor. The offer serviced over 300 hours at Ground Zero … Continue reading

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Birth Control Pill Triples the Risk of Developing Crohn’s Disease

Birth Control Pill Triples the Risk of Developing Crohn’s

Taking birth control pills triples the risk of developing Crohn’s disease, an incurable disease of the digestive system. The incidence of Crohn’s disease has greatly increased since the 1960s, and researchers now believe widespread use of the Pill may be … Continue reading

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Three Patients Die after Eating Tainted Ice Cream in Kansas Hospital

Three Patients Die after Eating Tainted Ice Cream

Blue Bell ice cream contaminated with listeria has been linked to the deaths of three patients at a Kansas hospital, LA Times reports. Health officials say that eating the tainted ice cream was not the only cause of their deaths.  … Continue reading

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Scandal Exposes Massive Fraud in Art Market

Scandal Exposes Massive Fraud in Art Market

A scandal unfolding in the art market in Monaco and Singapore could shed light on the workings of the global market in multimillion-dollar art and possible manipulations by dealers. The case involves Swiss businessman and art dealer Yves Bouvier, who … Continue reading

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FDA Steps Up Oversight of Endoscopes Linked to “Superbug” Outbreaks

FDA Steps Up Oversight of Endoscopes Linked to “Superbug” Outbreaks

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stepped up its oversight of the medical scopes linked to potentially fatal “superbug” outbreaks. In the last month, two Los Angeles hospitals have reported multi-drug resistant infections in patients following a duodenoscope procedure, … Continue reading

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