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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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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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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

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The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research called for government regulation & research of e-cigarettes on health effects.

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling & the Economy

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The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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Federal Panel Hears Oral Arguments on Proposed Biomet M2A Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawsuit Consolidation

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) heard oral arguments last week regarding the proposed consolidation of all Biomet M2A Magnum metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits as a multidistrict litigation.  Plaintiffs pushing for the Biomet M2A Magnum hip implant consolidation … Continue reading

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ADHD in Children Linked to Lead, Mercury Exposure

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been linked to lead and mercury exposure in young children, according to an emerging study. The study, which followed about 300 Inuit children born in northern Quebec, Canada, found that young children exposed to … Continue reading

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Patients Need Regular Checks, Australian Medical Device Regulators Warn

Australian regulators have become the latest to issue warnings about the possible dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants.  In a posting on the website for Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the agency advised that recipients of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices … Continue reading

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Settlement Reached in Fosamax Dead Jaw Syndrome Lawsuit

A confidential settlement on damages has been reported in a Fosamax lawsuit brought by the estate of a Florida woman who developed Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ON J or Dead Jaw Syndrome) while taking the bisphosphonate drug.  According to a … Continue reading

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Mirapex Being Reviewed for Possible Association with Heart Failure

U.S. drug regulators are investigating a possible link between the Parkinson’s disease drug, Mirapex, and heart failure. In a Drug Safety Communication issued yesterday, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned that some research has raised concern that taking Mirapex … Continue reading

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H&M Recalls Children’s Water Bottles for Choking Hazard

H&M issued a recall of its children’s water bottles over choking hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. About 2,900 Children’s Water Bottles are constructed with a spout that can break off, posing a choking hazard to … Continue reading

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Crestor, Other Statins Little Help in Preventing Blood Clots

New analysis of a previously conducted clinical trials casts doubt on the effectiveness of statin drugs, specifically rosuvastatin, in the prevention of blood clots. Rosuvastatin is available in name brand form as Crestor and is among the most widely prescribed … Continue reading

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FDA Warns Intestinomicina Can Lead to Life-Threatening Injuries

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers that the drug Intestinomicina can lead to life-threatening injuries. The drug is made in El Salvador and advertised as a treatment for infectious diarrhea and acute gastrointestinal infections. Intestinomicina, which … Continue reading

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Former 9/11 Airline Dispatcher Fights for Zadroga Act Compensation to Treat PTSD

A former airline dispatcher who helped guide hundreds of flight to safety on 9/11/2001 is now fighting a battle to obtain health benefits from the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.  Michael Winter recently told CBS News that he desperately needs Zadroga … Continue reading

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Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Named in Two Florida Lawsuits Alleging Metal Poisoning

Lawsuits against Stryker Orthopaedics over its recalled Rejuvenate Modular Hip Implant System continue to mount.  This week, the medical device maker was named in two Florida lawsuits alleging Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacements resulted in metal poisoning that caused bone and … Continue reading

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