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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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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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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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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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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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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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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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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

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Metal Hip Implants |

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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