Monthly Archives: September 2016

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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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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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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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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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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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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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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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$55M Talcum Powder Verdict Upheld

$55M Talcum Powder Verdict Upheld

A trial court has upheld a $55 million verdict issued to a talcum powder plaintiff this May. The plaintiff in the case had alleged that regular use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene contributed to her ovarian cancer. She further … Continue reading

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Federal Nursing Home Rule Change Restores Residents’ Right to Day in Court

Nursing Home Rule Restores Residents’ Right to Day in Court

In the most significant change to rules governing federal funding of nursing homes in 20 years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will help prevent facilities from blocking claims of elder abuse through arbitration clauses. CMS, an agency … Continue reading

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Xarelto Plaintiffs have More Time to File Lawsuits

Xarelto Plaintiffs have More Time to File Lawsuits

Due to the number of Xarelto lawsuits that have flooded the clerk’s office, Judge Eldon Fallon has extended the filing deadline by 90 days. There are more than 7,000 lawsuits pending in the multidistrict litigation in the Eastern District of … Continue reading

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Fatal Commuter Train Crash Injures 114 People and Kills One

Fatal Commuter Train Crash Injures 114 People and Kills One

One person was killed and over 100 other people were injured when a commuter train crashed into a New Jersey rail station just before 9:00 this morning. The train was carrying 250 passengers and caused significant damage to the train … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Alleges Zithromax Led to Liver Failure, Resulting in Liver Transplant

Lawsuit Alleges Zithromax Led to Liver Failure

Pfizer is facing a lawsuit alleging that its popular antibiotic Zithromax is to blame for a case of liver failure, which resulted in the need for a liver transplant. The lawsuit was filed in March 2016 on behalf of a … Continue reading

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Police Officer Arrested Following Deadly Wrong-Way Crash

Police Officer Arrested Following Deadly Wrong-Way Crash

A Suffolk County police officer is under arrest following a deadly wrong-way crash on Sunrise Highway in West Islip. Police said the off-duty officer, who works for the Third Precinct, was driving the wrong way and crashed into another vehicle, … Continue reading

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Black Forest Hams Recalled due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Black Forest Hams Recalled due to Possible Contamination

The food company 502 Boundary Blvd. Inc., formerly known as Fletcher’s Fine Foods Ltd., has recalled approximately 8,700 pounds of ham products that may be contaminated with foreign matter, specifically rubber. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection … Continue reading

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Alleged Drunk Driver Destroys Student’s Wheelchair-Accessible Van

Drunk Driver Destroys Student’s Wheelchair-Accessible Van

An alleged drunk driving accident has destroyed one college student’s wheelchair accessible van, turning his half hour commute by car into 3 hours by public bus. The student, who attends Suffolk County Community College, was born with spinal muscular atrophy. … Continue reading

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American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Cell Phone Radiation Guidelines

AAP Updates Cell Phone Radiation Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is updating its recommendations for cell phone radiation exposure in light of new study findings released by the US National Toxicology Program, which is part of the National Institutes of Health. Researchers found that … Continue reading

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9/11 Toxic Exposures and Pediatric Asthma

9/11 Toxic Exposures and Pediatric Asthma

Among the many health concerns that have arisen since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there are concerns about asthma diagnosed in children and teenagers who were exposed to toxins during and following the September 11, 2001 attacks. A September 2016 article … Continue reading

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