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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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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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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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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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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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Oklahoma Woman Files Lawsuit over Benicar, Alleges Intestinal Problems

OK Woman Files Suit over Benicar, Alleges Intestinal Issues

A new lawsuit has been filed over Benicar, a medication used to treat patients with high blood pressure. An Oklahoma woman alleges that the drug, manufactured by Daiichi Sankyo, caused sprue-like enteropathy, intestinal problems causing chronic diarrhea. The lawsuit filed … Continue reading

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Antibiotic Zithromax May Cause Adverse Skin Side Effects in Children

Antibiotic Zithromax May Cause Skin Side Effects in Children

Zithromax is a popular prescription medication preferred by doctors and many parents as a drug designed to attack infections quickly and conveniently, as it is taken relatively briefly compared to other antibiotics. However, it has come to light that Zithromax … Continue reading

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FDA Investigation Finds Underreporting of Medical Device Problems

FDA Finds Underreporting of Medical Device Problems

Under federal law, hospitals must report adverse events related to medical devices to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but an FDA investigation has revealed that many hospitals are likely underreporting these events. This reporting helps the FDA identify … Continue reading

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Jury Awards $70M Verdict to Talcum Powder Plaintiff

Jury Awards $70M Verdict to Talcum Powder Plaintiff

Johnson & Johnson has been hit with a $70 million verdict in the third talcum powder trial. Earlier this year, two juries also found for talcum powder plaintiffs, awarding verdicts of $72 million and $55 million. Plaintiffs in the litigation … Continue reading

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Unprecedented $2.1 Million Settlement by Yeshiva in Child Sex Abuse Settlement

$2.1M Settlement by Yeshiva in Child Sex Abuse Settlement

Yeshiva Torah Temimah, a Jewish Orthodox school in Brooklyn, has agreed to pay two former students $2.1 million for alleged molestation when the boys were 6 years of age by a senior rabbi on the faculty of the school, reports … Continue reading

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Judge Expedites Plaintiff Deposition in Talcum Powder Cancer Case

Judge Expedites Plaintiff Deposition in Talcum Powder Case

Plaintiffs in the California talcum powder litigation are concerned that the coordinated pretrial proceedings will not allow the cases to proceed quickly enough for plaintiffs who are seriously ill with ovarian cancer. In a group of more than 300 women … Continue reading

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5 People Dead following Wrong-Way Crash in Massachusetts

5 People Dead following Wrong-Way Crash in Massachusetts

A deadly wrong-way crash on Interstate 495 in Massachusetts killed five people, four of whom were college students. The four students were riding together in a 2003 Mercury Sable headed northbound when they were hit by a wrong-way driver. The … Continue reading

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Car Accident in Montauk Injures Martha Rogers, Wife of Dick Cavett

Car Accident on LI Hurts Martha Rogers, Wife of Dick Cavett

Emmy award-winning talk show host Dick Cavett and his wife Martha Rogers were involved in a car accident in Montauk. The couple were passengers in a 2012 Toyota Highlander eastbound on Route 27 near Beech Street when the accident occurred, … Continue reading

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St. Jude ICD Recall Is Deemed a Class I by Federal Regulators

St. Jude ICD Recall Is Deemed a Class I

St. Jude recently reported two patient deaths tied to early depletion of lithium batteries in St. Jude Medical Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD) and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillators (CRT-D). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and St. Jude issued an … Continue reading

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Teleflex Medical Recalls Tracheostomy Tube Set Due to Possible Disconnection During Use

Teleflex Medical Recalls Tracheostomy Tube Set

Teleflex Medical has issued a recall for the Willy Rusch Tracheostomy Tube Set because the connector may disconnect from the tracheostomy tube during use on a ventilated patient. If the connector detaches from the tracheostomy tube shaft during use, the … Continue reading

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