Monthly Archives: April 2016

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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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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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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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Research Study Confirms Fracking Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Research Study Confirms Fracking as Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Fracking operation near Poland Township, Ohio, activated a previously unknown fault in the, causing 77 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 in March 2014.

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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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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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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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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Possible Listeria Threat Noted by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been made aware of a possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. The agency is working with the Oregon Potato company involving bulk shipments of onions that may be contaminated with Listeria. The Pasco, … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Food Products |

Pilgrim’s Pride Recalls Fully Cooked Chicken Products

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. is recalling roughly 4.5 million pounds of fully cooked chicken products. The recalled products may contain extraneous materials such as plastic, wood, rubber and metal, … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Safety Warning from IKEA after Third Child is Killed by Toppling Chest of Drawers

A 22-month old boy was found dead under a fallen IKEA chest of drawers at his home in Minnesota. This follows the death of a 2-year-old boy from Pennsylvania in February 2014. Three months later, a 23-month-old boy from Washington … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

Testing of Toxic Bethpage Plume Ordered by Governor Cuomo

The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman have been ordered by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to allow access to monitoring wells so the state and a local water district may test water supplies for potential contamination, the Long Island Press … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Lawsuits Increasing in the US and Canada with Risks of Xarelto Use

The blood thinner Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is a relatively new anticoagulant that has gained popularity through its convenience of use for the patient. Warfarin, also known as Coumadin, the established anticoagulant for the last 60 years, requires dietary restrictions and a … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Recalled Drugs |

Medtronic Recall for Respiratory Monitoring Battery Pack

A worldwide voluntary recall for the battery pack used in Medtronic’s Covidien Oridion labeled Capnostream 20 and Capnostream 20p Patient Monitor is being conducted due to a manufacturing defect that may increase the thermal damage in the battery pack. Battery … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Recalled Medical Devices |

Federal Regulators Say Study Finds Diflucan Yeast Infection Drug Potentially Tied to Increased Risk of Miscarriage and Birth Defects

Diflucan is the brand name for the generic drug, fluconazole, which is prescribed to treat various fungal infections. Research results released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on April 26, 2016 indicate that a Danish study on Diflucan reveal … Continue reading

Posted in Diflucan, Pharmaceuticals |

Study Proposes IVC Filter Follow-Up to Prevent Patient Morbidity

A study published in the journal Thrombosis suggests that follow-up in patients with inferior vena cava filters can reduce patient morbidity. IVC filters are used to catch blood clots and stop them from becoming an embolism; an estimated 250,000 are … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.1 Million Vehicles over Problem with Putting Vehicle into Park

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.1 million vehicles worldwide, including more than 800,000 midsize SUVs and full-size cars in the United States, because of confusion about when the vehicles’ automatic transmission is in the “park” position. The problem has resulted in 41 injuries. … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles |

New Warnings and Revised Prescribing Information for 35 Drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered label changes and revised prescription information for 35 drugs in a March 2016 Drug Safety Labeling Changes announcement. The changes include Contraindications, Warnings, Precautions, and Adverse Reactions as part of the … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

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