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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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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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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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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

81-year-old Port Jefferson Station man was killed in a crash at 4:57 a.m.. He lost control of the vehicle traveling west on Northern State Pkwy, on exit 42, Dix Hills.

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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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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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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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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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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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Takata Air Bag Recall Expands to Nearly 34 Million Vehicles

Takata Corp., under pressure from safety regulators, has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, doubling the number of cars and trucks affected and making this the largest auto recall in U.S. history. The problem is that the chemical that … Continue reading

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Study Shows Link between Volume of Robotic Prostate Surgery and Complication Rate

Study Links between Robotic Prostate Surgery & Complications

Research presented at the meeting of the American Urological Association suggests an association between the volume of robot-assisted prostate surgery at a hospital and complication rates for the procedures. Hospitals with the fewest robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) procedures had a … Continue reading

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FDA Expects to Issue Near-Total Ban on Trans Fats

FDA Expects to Issue Near-Total Ban on Trans Fats

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may issue a near-total ban on trans fats as early as this week, Politico reports. Foods contain trans fats if they list “partially hydrogenated oils” as an ingredient. It has been widely used … Continue reading

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Patient Experiences to Become Part of Medical Device Reviews

Patient Experiences to Become Part of Medical Device Reviews

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is developing guidelines that will incorporate patients’ experiences with medical devices into the regulatory review process. Working together, the Medical Device Innovation Consortium, a collaboration of the device industry, the FDA, and the National … Continue reading

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Following Whistleblower Allegations, Congressional Hearing Probes Allegations of Improper Use of Federal Charge Cards

Allegations of Improper Use of Federal Charge Cards

On Thursday, a congressional hearing was held to investigate whether or not federal charge cards were improperly used at the Department of Veterans Affairs. KUSA reports that the hearing stems from a whistleblower’s letter stating that purchase cards were used … Continue reading

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FDA Warns Newer Type 2 Diabetes Drugs May Cause Ketoacidosis

FDA Warns Newer Type 2 Diabetes Drugs May Cause Ketoacidosis

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that some of the newer Type 2 diabetes medicines—canagliflozin (Invokana), dapagliflozin (Farxiga), and empagliflozin (Jardiance)—may cause ketoacidosis, a serious condition where the body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones. Patients … Continue reading

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CVS Agrees to $22 Million Settlement in Florida Painkiller Case

CVS Agrees to $22M Settlement in Florida Painkiller Case

CVS Health Corp. has agreed to a $22 million settlement with the federal government over allegations that two of its retail stores located in Sanford, Florida distributed controlled substances based on prescriptions that had not been issued for legitimate medical … Continue reading

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Prostate Enlargement Linked to Elevated Levels of Testosterone and Higher Risk of Diabetes, Study Finds

Prostate Enlargement Linked to Elevated Testosterone Level

A study published in the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences suggests that prostate enlargement, also referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is associated with and increased risk of diabetes and higher levels of testosterone. According to Medical Xpress, prostate … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Advisory about Security Vulnerabilities of Hospira LifeCare Infusion Pumps

FDA Issues Advisory about Hospira LifeCare Infusion Pump

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety alert to users of the Hospira LifeCare PCA3 and PCA5 Infusion Pump Systems to warn of security vulnerabilities with the programmable pumps. The Hospira LifeCare PCA3 and PCA5 Infusion Pump … Continue reading

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Berkeley Passes Ordinance Requiring Cell Phone Carriers to Warn of Potential Radiation Exposure

Berkeley Passes Ordinance Requiring Warning for Cell Phones

Berkeley, California is the first city in the United States to pass an ordinance requiring cell phone retailers to warn about potential radiation exposure. According to The Daily Beast, at least six other cities have tried unsuccessfully to pass this … Continue reading

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