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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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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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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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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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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Monsanto May Have Colluded to Stop Release of Cancer Link to Roundup

Undue Influence Used to Cease Official Release of Damaging Scientific Data” Documents that have been released in a lawsuit brought against Monsanto over its weed killer, Roundup, have raised some issues concerning if Monsanto attempted to influence public opinion via … Continue reading

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Bestherbal Herbal Coffee Recalled Over Possible Tainting with Viagra-Like Substance

Bestherbal Coffee Recalled New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natjral Herbs Coffee Bestherbs Coffee LLC just has issued a recall for its “New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee” following an analysis by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) … Continue reading

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Stryker Hip Implant Failure Lawsuits Update

State-Based Stryker Lawsuits Consolidated in New Jersey The New Jersey Supreme Court recently approved consolidation of all pending and future state-based hip replacement implant failure lawsuits brought against Stryker Corp. subsidiary, Howmedica Osteonics Corp.. within a multicounty legislation. The medical device products … Continue reading

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Retired FDNY Firefighter Died Following Fight with 9/11-Related Cancer

Injured FDNY Member Fought Long and Hard for Zadroga Act and its Reauthorization Ray Pfeifer, 59, a retired 27-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) died of cancer associated with his selfless work at the September 11th … Continue reading

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Flight Attendant Uniforms Sickening Flight Attendants, Pilots

American Airlines Flight Attendants and Pilots Complain of Uniform-Related Illnesses American Airlines flight attendants and pilots are alleging that their uniforms are sickening them due to chemicals in the uniforms. One American Airlines flight attendant told The New York Post … Continue reading

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Wrongful Death Lawsuits

What to Know About Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

What is Wrongful Death? Wrongful death involves legal actions brought by surviving family members and/or dependents for damages when a person’s death is caused by the wrongful conduct of another individual. These cases may arise from construction accidents; death during … Continue reading

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Asbestos Exposure Continues to Lead to Fatal Illnesses

Where is Asbestos Found? Individuals working or attending school in a building that was damaged after a storm or following maintenance work should know about potential asbestos concerns. When storms damage buildings, especially buildings built prior to the 1970s, the … Continue reading

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Government Reports Careless Oversight of Gynecologic Device

Government Finds Careless Oversight of Gynecologic Device

Lax Oversight Put Women at Risk of Cancer: A recently released governmental investigative report has found that for more than 20 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved 25 surgical devices that may spread undiagnosed cancer in … Continue reading

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Monsanto’s Roundup the Focus of Deep Controversy

Monsanto’s Herbicide Roundup the Focus of Deep Controversy

California Closer to Mandating Roundup Warnings In March 2015, leading cancer experts from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a Lyon, France-based branch of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), classified glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen.” … Continue reading

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Merck’s Implanon Tied to Device Migration

Implanon Migration Leads to Unwanted Pregnancy, Surgery The Implanon (etonogestrel implant) birth control, is a small, thin implantable plastic rod that slowly releases etonogestrel. The device is meant to last three years and received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) … Continue reading

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