Monthly Archives: April 2015

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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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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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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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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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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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Woman Dies After Taking Diet Pill Tainted with DNP

Woman Dies After Taking Diet Pill Tainted with DNP

The tragic death of a 21-year-old college student in the U.K. highlights the dangers of buying quick-fix weight loss products online.
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Queseria La Poblanita Queso Fresco Cheese Recalled Due to Possible Staphylococcus Aureus Contamination

Queseria La Poblanita Queso Fresco Cheese Recalled

On Monday, New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball warned consumers not to eat La Clarita Queseria Queso Fresco “Fresh Cheese,” due to possible Staphylococcus aureus contamination. The cheese is made by Queseria La Poblanita, Inc., 216 E. 117th … Continue reading

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Oklahoma Acknowledges Role of Fracking Wastewater Wells in Earthquakes

Oklahoma Acknowledges Role of Fracking Wastewater Wells in Earthquakes

On Tuesday, Oklahoma’s government acknowledged that earthquakes throughout the state have mostly been caused by wastewater-injection wells, which are often used to dispose of fracking waste products. The New York Times reports that previously, the state government has hesitated to … Continue reading

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Trek Recalls Bicycles Due to Crash Hazard

Trek Recalls Bicycles Due to Crash Hazard

Trek Bicycle Corp is recalling about 900,000 bicycles in the United States and 98,000 in Canada due to a crash hazard. The recall was prompted by reports of three injuries, including one rider who was paralyzed. The recall includes models … Continue reading

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Study Shows Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes for Statin Users

Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes for Statin Users

A new study from Finland has confirmed previous findings about a link between the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and higher risk of Type 2 diabetes. This study, published in the journal Diabetologia, avoided some of the limitations of earlier … Continue reading

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FDA Has Yet to Issue Regulations on E-cigarettes

FDA Has Yet to Issue Regulations on E-cigarettes

Though the acting head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Monday that the agency is moving “full speed ahead” with its efforts to crack down on the use of e-cigarettes, on Friday, it will be a year … Continue reading

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Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalled Due to Listeria Outbreak

Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalled Due to Listeria Outbreak

Blue Bell Creameries has voluntarily recalled all of its products due to a listeria outbreak, which has been linked to five infections, including three deaths. The New York Times reports that Blue Bell, which distributes frozen deserts to about half … Continue reading

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Government Data Shows Sharp Rise in E-cigarette Use Among Teenagers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s annual youth tobacco survey shows that e-cigarette use among middle school and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014. Thirteen percent of high school students use the devices, more than smoke … Continue reading

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FDA Warns of Counterfeit Botox

FDA Warns of Counterfeit Botox

A counterfeit version of Botox was found in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a safety notification dated April 16, 2015. The agency warned that the bogus products may have been sold to doctors’ … Continue reading

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Flu Vaccine Recalled Over Potency Problem

Flu Vaccine Recalled Over Potency Problem

Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced a voluntary recall for the remaining doses of its 2014-2015 Flulaval Quadrivalent Thimerosal-free Pre-Filled Syringes (PFS) flu vaccine. The company discovered a reduction in the vaccine’s potency that may reduce the vaccine’s effectiveness. Glaxo … Continue reading

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