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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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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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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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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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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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Penn Station Derailment and Collision Disrupts Evening Train Service

A morning collision on March 24, 2017, at New York’s Penn Station affected evening rush hour travel in the metropolitan area. On Friday morning, an incoming NJ Transit train was hit when an Amtrak train leaving Penn Station derailed during … Continue reading

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Pancreatitis Risk for Some Patients Taking Viberzi

Viberzi (eluxadoline), a drug to treat irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D) has drawn a warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following the deaths of two patients. The patients who died did not have their gallbladders and … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

What You Need to Know about Medical Malpractice

Every year, patients across the country are injured due to medical malpractice (or medical negligence). Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, health care professional, hospital or health care facility fails to care for a patient in accordance with the accepted … Continue reading

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Study Shows E-Cigarettes May Raise Risk of Stroke More than Smoking

Research presented at the American Heart Association’s International Stroke Conference suggested that e-cigarettes may raise the risk of stroke more than smoking traditional cigarettes. The study that vaping—inhaling the nicotine vapor produced by an e-cigarette—reduced the amount of glucose in … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns |

Spike in Traffic Deaths Highlights Gaps in Safety Laws

Spike in Traffic Deaths Highlights Gaps in Safety Laws

After years of steady decline, traffic deaths spiked in 2015: 35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes –the largest percentage increase in nearly 50 years. Preliminary data for the first nine months of 2016 show an eight percent increase … Continue reading

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Allergic Reactions Reported to Atrium C-Qur Hernia Mesh Coating

Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh has been drawing increasing reports of serious injuries and complications. Patients report that they have suffered infection, pain, organ damage, and allergic reactions to the mesh’s fish oil coating. Lawsuits allege Atrium was aware of the … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns |

Lead Contamination a Problem Nationwide

Lead Contamination has Become a Nationwide Problem

In the last two years, significant national attention has been focused on the lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, and the health consequences for Flint residents, in particular the children. But Flint is not an isolated instance of lead problems. Lead … Continue reading

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St. Jude Medical Cardiac Devices Recalled Over Life-Threatening Battery Issue

St. Jude Medical Inc. has recalled 400,000 implanted heart devices because of the risk of premature battery depletion. The defect is linked to two deaths in Europe. The devices included in the recall are St. Jude Medical Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators … Continue reading

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Takata to Pay $1 Billion in Continuing Airbag Scandal

Automotive parts maker Takata Corporation will pay $1 billion in fines and settlements for concealing information about its defective airbags. The settlement includes $25 million to the U.S. government to settle one count of fraud, $850 million to automakers, and … Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor Asbestos Exposure Linked to Veterans’ Mesothelioma

The Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 that killed more than 2,400 Americans, wounded nearly 1,200 others, and plunged the country into World War II, also exposed more than 10,000 service members to high levels of airborne … Continue reading

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