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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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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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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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Pella Architect Series Windows Allow Water to Penetrate Home, Cause Extensive Damage

For many consumers who purchased Pella Architect Series Windows, they’re learning that the advertised benefits simply aren’t true. More and more, property owners whose homes have been installed with Pella Architect Series Windows have come to believe that the Pella … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Man Claims DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant is Defective, Caused Metal Poisoning

A Pennsylvania man claims he suffered serious and debilitating injuries caused by the DePuy Orthopaedics Pinnacle Acetabular System Device metal-on-metal hip implant. Mark Hart, has become the latest to file a lawsuit against DePuy and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, … Continue reading

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Illinois nursing home faces neglect lawsuit after resident blames care for leg amputation

An Illinois man claims he was forced to have part of his leg amputated and is “deathly ill” after receiving negligent care at a nursing home already under state scrutiny. Patch.com reports that John Eric Rush has filed a lawsuit … Continue reading

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Government sequestration will impact Zadroga Act compensation

As the federal government sequestration looms today and lawmakers in nation’s capital appear unwilling to reach a compromise on a budget deal, the automatic spending cuts that will go into place may affect the healthcare compensation granted first responder victims … Continue reading

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DePuy’s latest defense: Infections, not a defective implant, led to revision surgery

The complications suffered by the retired Montana prison guard who claims his DePuy Orthopaedics ASR metal-on-metal hip implant was defective were not caused by the device but from an infection he had in his hip as well as other prior … Continue reading

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Poland Spring bottled water may be contaminated with gasoline; Sandy and gas shortage likely to blame

The effects of Superstorm Sandy in October are still being felt months later and in some unexpected places: Poland Spring bottled water. WMUR.com reports that health officials in New Hampshire have warned consumers about the potential dangers posed by larger … Continue reading

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Firm seeks Bausch & Lomb IPO after private sale fails to materialize

The owners of the well-known eye care products company Bausch & Lomb are considering an Initial Public Offering of the company after attempts to sell it privately did not meet expectations. Bloomberg broke news at the end of last week … Continue reading

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Stryker issues new guidance in Australia for recipients of recalled ABG II Modular neck hip implant component

Medical device maker Stryker Corp. has issued updated guidance for patients who rely on the company’s ABG II Modular neck hip implant component. According to a report at MassDevice.com, a recent finding that one patient who showed no other signs … Continue reading

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DePuy marketing boss tells jurors ASR hip implant is safe

The head of marketing at DePuy Orthopaedics assured one of his subordinates who expressed concerns over the safety of the company’s ASR metal-on-metal hip implant that the company was on top of the matter and the product he was pitching … Continue reading

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FDA investigating potential link between chicken jerky dog treats from China and spate of pet illnesses

With thousands of reports of illnesses suffered by pet dogs in the U.S. already on the record and some new cases being reported as recently as last month, federal health officials said this week they’ll begin to investigate a possible … Continue reading

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