Monthly Archives: June 2015

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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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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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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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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling & the Economy

DeflateGate’s-Effects-Impact-Legal-Gambling-and-the-Economy

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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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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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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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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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Advocacy Groups Sue for Release of Clinical Trial Data for Hepatitis C Drugs

Advocacy Groups Sue for Release of Clinical Trial Data

Two public health advocacy organizations have filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for release of clinical trial data for Gilead Sciences hepatitis C treatments. Researchers and patient advocates have long fought with drug makers and regulators … Continue reading

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Study Shows Energy Drinks Can Lead to Caffeine Intoxication

The fact that energy drinks contain excessive amounts of caffeine comes as no surprise. But what are the chances that these popular beverages present real health risks? A study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence investigated this; the … Continue reading

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ADHD Treatment May Cause Permanent Skin Discoloration, FDA Warns

ADHD Treatment May Cause Permanent Skin Discoloration

The Daytrana patch, a daily treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), may cause permanent skin color changes, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns. The FDA added a new warning to the drug label to describe this skin condition, … Continue reading

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UK Regulators Issue Updated Guidance for Smith & Nephew Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

UK Regulators Issue Updated for Smith & Nephew Hip Implants

The United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has issued updated guidance for Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) system due to a higher than expected failure rate. According to a medical device alert posted on the … Continue reading

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Thousands of Complaints Prompt FDA Panel Meeting about Essure Birth Control

Complaints Prompt FDA Panel Meeting about Essure

In response to more than 5,000 reports of adverse events and side effects of the Essure birth control implant, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has scheduled a hearing for September 24 to evaluate the safety and effectiveness device. The … Continue reading

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FDA Says Partially Hydrogenated Oils, Source of Trans Fat, Must be Removed from Food

FDA Says Hydrogenated Oils Must be Removed from Food

In a press release issued last Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that partially hydrogenated oils (PHO), the main source of trans fat in processed foods, must be removed from food products over the next three years. … Continue reading

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Medtronic Recalls Tracheostomy Tubes Because of Injury Reports

Medtronic Recalls Tracheostomy Tubes Because of Reports

Medtronic PLC has announced the voluntary recall of 70,000 tracheostomy tubes for children and babies following reports that some patients have had difficulty breathing while using them. Hundreds of adverse events involving the Covidien Shiley tube have been reported to … Continue reading

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Covidien Agrees to Settlement in 11,000 Transvaginal Mesh Cases

Covidien to Settlement in 11,000 Transvaginal Mesh Cases

Device maker Covidien has agreed to a settlement of more than 11,000 claims involving its transvaginal mesh devices, alleged to have caused severe and painful side effects. A court filing on Tuesday in West Virginia federal court did not disclose … Continue reading

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Research Indicates Viagra Use Could Increase Melanoma Risk by 20 Percent

Viagra Use Could Increase Melanoma Risk by 20 Percent

A new research study shows that men who use Viagra and similar drugs to treat erectile dysfunction could be at greater risk of developing skin cancer. The study, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked … Continue reading

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Study Indicates Popular Sleep Medications Increase Risk of Respiratory Cancers

Sleep Medications Increase Risk of Respiratory Cancers

A new research study reveals that some of the most widely used sleep medications could triple the user’s risk of lung cancer. The widely used medications—benzodiazepines and “Z-hypnotic” drugs—are carcinogenic, the (U.K.) Daily Mail reports. Taking these drugs on a … Continue reading

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