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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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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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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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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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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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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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Another Costa Cruise Ship In Trouble

Another Costa cruise ship is in trouble. While the Costa Concordia remains downed off the coast of Tuscany, the Costa Allegra is being towed in the Indian Ocean in an area known for Somalian pirate attacks. The Costa Allegra is … Continue reading

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More Costa Concordia Passengers Join U.S. Lawsuit

Even more Costa Concordia passengers are joining in a U.S. lawsuit against Carnival Corp. The luxury liner is accused of negligence and fraud. The Costa Concordia struck a rock off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio suffering a … Continue reading

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Costa Concordia Passengers Add Charges To U.S. Lawsuit

Passengers suing the owners of the downed Costa Concordia cruise ship are adding charges to their U.S. lawsuit. The Costa Concordia struck a rock off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio suffering a collision that tore a 160-foot … Continue reading

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Costa Concordia Passenger Files Suit Over Miscarriage

Another passenger from the grounded Costa Concordia cruise ship has filed a lawsuit; this time, over a miscarriage she suffered after the accident. The woman, identified as Cristina M., was four months pregnant on January 13 when she boarded the … Continue reading

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Costa Concordia Lawsuits Piling Up

Lawsuits continue to be filed by survivors of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster. Most recently, several survivors filed a lawsuit in Miami, Florida, seeking $461 million in damages from Costa Crociera SpA and its parent, Miami-based Carnival Corp. The … Continue reading

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Costa Concordia Passengers File $100 Million Class Action Lawsuit

Passengers from the crashed Costa Concordia have filed a $100 million class action lawsuit following the historic collision that has left at least 16 people dead and the luxury liner grounded off the Tuscan coast. The Costa Concordia struck a … Continue reading

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Costa Concordia Owner Offers Compensation to Uninjured Cruise Ship Passengers

The operator of the doomed Costa Concordia cruise ship has offered most passengers – those who were not injured in the disaster – $14,460 each for their lost baggage and psychological distress. However, one Italian consumer group has deemed the … Continue reading

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Costa Concordia Operator Knew Ship Was in Trouble Moments After Collission

A new report says the operator of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, Costa Crociere, was made aware that the doomed vessel was in trouble minutes after it struck a rock and began taking on water. According to a report from … Continue reading

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Italian Prosecutor Says Costa Concordia Captain Not Solely Responsible For Disaster

An Italian prosecutor has announced that the beleaguered Costa Concordia cruise ship captain is not the only one responsible for the historic disaster that has left 16 dead and more missing, including 17 passengers—two American. The chief prosecutor of Tuscany, … Continue reading

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U.S. Lawmakers To Hold Hearing On Cruise Ship Safety

U.S. Lawmakers plan on holding a hearing on cruise ship safety, following last week’s Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster off Italy’s Tuscan coast. The Concordia struck a rock off the the island of Giglio last Friday evening that tore a … Continue reading

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