Monthly Archives: September 2016

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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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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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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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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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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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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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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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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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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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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$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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