Monthly Archives: December 2015

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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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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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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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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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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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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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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.

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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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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and 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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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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Citgo Penalty in 2006 Louisiana Oil Spill Raised to $81 Million

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After the appeals court ordered him to reconsider the evidence and the penalty in a case against Citgo over a 2006 oil spill, a federal judge has imposed an $81 million penalty on Citgo Petroleum Corp. for gross negligence the … Continue reading

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Recall for Potentially Inaccurate bioMérieux Antibiotic Effectiveness Tests

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The French biotechnology company bioMérieux has recalled the Etest PIP/TAZO/CON-4 PTC 256 because test results from the affected product may indicate that antibiotic therapy using Piperacillin/Tazobactam (PIP/TAZO) could stop or slow the growth of certain bacteria when it may not … Continue reading

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J&J, Purdue to Pay Kentucky $39.5M in OxyContin, Risperdal Lawsuits

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Lawsuits brought by the Kentucky state attorney general over the painkiller OxyContin and the antipsychotic Risperdal have reached a combined settlement of $39.5 million, Law360 reports. After nine years of litigation, Purdue Pharma LP has agreed to pay $24 million … Continue reading

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Feminist Educator-Activist Decries Abuse Epidemic in Orthodox Jewish Community

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Speaking at a conference in England, an American feminist educator and activist says the Jewish community is experiencing a “rampant epidemic” of rabbis who sexually abuse children. Elana Sztokman, former executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, said, “We … Continue reading

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Investigation Shows Olympus Failed to Alert Authorities to Deadly Bacteria Found on Medical Scopes

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In spring 2012 at a Dutch hospital, a technician for Olympus, maker of medical scopes, found a brown, grimy film inside parts of the flexible scope that were supposed to be sealed, and a rubber ring designed to keep bacteria … Continue reading

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Study Sheds Light on Blood Lead Levels in Flint, Michigan

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Blood lead levels have increased among children in Flint, Michigan after the city implemented a more corrosive water source, a study published in the American Journal of Public Health reveals. In April 2014, Flint’s drinking water source was changed from … Continue reading

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Recalled Hockey Goalie Masks Have Caused Serious Eye Injuries

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U.S. and Canadian health and safety agencies have issued a joint recall of Bauer hockey goalie masks with cages that have broken and caused serious eye injuries. In March 2015, Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), … Continue reading

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$35 Million Verdict Against Tobacco Companies in Smoker’s Death

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On December 22, 2015, a Florida jury returned a verdict of $25 million in punitive damages against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA Inc., adding to $10 million in compensatory damages, in a lawsuit brought by the husband … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Alleges Invokana Responsible for Diabetic Ketoacidosis Injury

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A lawsuit filed against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen, alleges that the Janssen diabetes medication, Invokana, causes patients to develop diabetic ketoacidosis. The lawsuit was filed in the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, and includes allegations that … Continue reading

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Study: Increased Kidney Disease Associated with Long-Term Statin Use

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A large, lengthy study has found that long-term statin use is tied to an increased risk of kidney disease. The retrospective study was eight years in length with a median 6.4-year follow-up and involved an analysis of a large number … Continue reading

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