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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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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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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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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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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

Dozens-Receive-Nonsterile-Simulated-Saline-Solution

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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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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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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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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Study Points to Medical Mistakes as 3rd Leading Cause of Death

An analysis published in the BMJ points to medical mistakes as the third-leading cause of death in the United States. According to the study, “Medical error has been defined as an unintended act (either of omission or commission) or one … Continue reading

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Senate Report Criticizes Physician-Owned Distributorships

A report issued by the United States Senate’s Finance Committee takes issue with physician-owned distributorships that sell spinal implants prescribed by the doctors-owners. The findings led the committee to recommend more stringent transparency laws requiring doctors to disclose their financial … Continue reading

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Johns Hopkins Researchers Examine Deaths Linked to Medical Errors

A study published in the BMJ looks at the frequency of “medical errors” in relation to patient death. The analysis, conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, found that such errors may be the third-leading cause … Continue reading

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NY Assemblywoman Pushes for Statute of Limitations Reform in Child Sex Abuse Cases

New York law is being scrutinized for its statute of limitation provisions in child sex abuse cases. New York Daily News reports that Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, a longtime advocate for sexual abuse victims, is proposing that the NYS Child Sex … Continue reading

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Pilgrim’s Pride Recalls Fully Cooked Chicken Products

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. is recalling roughly 4.5 million pounds of fully cooked chicken products. The recalled products may contain extraneous materials such as plastic, wood, rubber and metal, … Continue reading

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Study Proposes IVC Filter Follow-Up to Prevent Patient Morbidity

A study published in the journal Thrombosis suggests that follow-up in patients with inferior vena cava filters can reduce patient morbidity. IVC filters are used to catch blood clots and stop them from becoming an embolism; an estimated 250,000 are … Continue reading

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Study: Antioxidants in Diabetes Drugs May Promote Spread of Cancer

According to a study published in Science Translational Medicine, the presence of antioxidants in type 2 diabetes medications may promote the spread of cancerous cells. Antioxidants are an important part of disease prevention. They help neutralize harmful molecules known as … Continue reading

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Grand Jury Reportedly Selected in Boston Scientific Pelvic Mesh Investigation

A grand jury has reportedly been selected to weigh allegations that Boston Scientific used counterfeit resin to manufacture its pelvic mesh products, Mass Device reports. The allegations stem from a purported class-action racketeering lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court … Continue reading

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Research Links PPIs to Dementia, Kidney Injury

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a class of drugs used to treat conditions such as gastric reflux and peptic ulcers. Well-known brand names include Prevacid (lansoprazole), Nexium (esomeprazole), and Prilosec (omeprazole). Medscape reports that the medications have been linked to … Continue reading

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Court will Expedite $1B Fukushima Radiation Lawsuit

In granting a request from a group of U.S. sailors, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has agreed to speed along a lawsuit over radiation injuries stemming from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. According to Law360, the plaintiffs … Continue reading

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