Monthly Archives: August 2016

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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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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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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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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams get FDA Warning Letter due to Listeria

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams get FDA Warning due to Listeria

For the second time, Listeria contamination is a problem for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams’ manufacturers. The first recall  of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams was in 2015 after the bacteria was found in Jeni’s production facility. Jeni’s issued a voluntary recall … Continue reading

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Investigation of St. Jude Medical Devices Now Includes FDA

Investigation of St. Jude Medical Devices Now Includes FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now joined the investigation into security claims that devices made by St. Jude Medical can be hacked remotely. These claims are still being defended by St. Jude. Muddy Waters Capital, an investment … Continue reading

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Woman Killed by Chain Reaction Crash Caused by Drunk Driver

Woman Killed by Chain Reaction Crash Caused by Drunk Driver

On the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, early Monday morning, a woman standing outside a disabled car was the victim of a drunk driver who rammed into the back of the disabled car. This collision catapulted Aissatou Diallo over the guardrail approximately 30 … Continue reading

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Crash in Long Island Leaves 1 Dead

Crash in Long Island Leaves 1 Dead

An early morning crash leaves a man dead in Long Island. A 56-year-old Sound Beach man driving a 2007 Ford E150 was headed westbound when he collided with a box truck on Sunrise Highway and Helen Avenue. The driver was … Continue reading

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Quality of Xarelto Clinical Trials Expected to be an Issue in 2017 Court Cases

Xarelto Clinical Trials to be an Issue in 2017 Lawsuits

When the first lawsuits involving the blood-thinning drug Xarelto go to trial in 2017, attorneys expect the quality of the clinical trials involved in the drug’s approval to be a major issue. Xarelto lawsuits have been filed in both federal … Continue reading

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Power Morcellator Use Drops in Light of FDA Warning

Power Morcellator Use Drops in Light of FDA Warning

The use of power morcellators in gynecologic procedures has decreased substantially after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in 2014 that the devices could spread undetected uterine cancers. A study published in JAMA examined trends in power morcellation … Continue reading

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SSRI Antidepressants Can Increase Patient’s Fear and Anxiety

SSRI Antidepressants Can Increase Patient’s Fear and Anxiety

For some of the millions of people worldwide who take selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to treat depression, the drug may actually increase the patient’s fear and anxiety. This family of widely prescribed drugs includes Prozac (fluoxetine) and Zoloft (sertraline). … Continue reading

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Study: PTSD in 9/11 Workers Associated with Increased Risk of Asthma

PTSD in 9/11 Workers Connected with Increased Risk of Asthma

A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that 9/11 rescue and recovery workers who developed post-traumatic stress disorder after the attacks were more likely to develop new-onset asthma. The longitudinal study, which conducted … Continue reading

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Honeywell Issues Recall for Possibly Contaminated Eyesaline Eyewash

Honeywell Issues Recall for Contaminated Eyesaline Eyewash

In cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration, Honeywell has recalled one lot of Eyesaline Eyewash solution. The eyewash is used for emergency eye rinsing after an injury. The product has been recalled as a precaution because of the risk … Continue reading

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New Lawsuit Filed over Bair Hugger Surgical Blanket

New Lawsuit Filed over Bair Hugger Surgical Blanket

3M and Arizant Healthcare are facing another lawsuit filed over the Bair Hugger surgical blanket. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a New York man who suffered a deep joint infection, allegedly due to the Bair Hugger warming blanket … Continue reading

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