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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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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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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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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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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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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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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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Ban Sought for Force-Placed Insurance Policy Fees

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The Federal Housing Financing Agency (FHFA) is seeking to ban on fees for so-called “force-placed” insurance policies. The policies are for costly insurance coverage that borrowers are forced to take when their homeowners’ policies have lapsed, according to The Wall … Continue reading

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Unpaid Life Insurance Benefits Subject of New York Joint Investigation

Life insurance companies are under scrutiny in New York for the way they handle < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Unclaimed-Life-Insurance-Death-Benefits-Lawsuit">unpaid life insurance death benefits. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced late last week that they would be collaborating … Continue reading

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New York AG Investigating Life Insurance Death Benefit Payouts

The New York Attorney General has launched an investigation into the way life insurance companies identify deceased insured and pay death benefits. According to several media reports, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman last month sent subpoenas to nine companies … Continue reading

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AMA Sues Aetna, CIGNA Over Out-of-Network Care

Aetna and CIGNA have been named in a lawsuit filed by the American Medical Association (AMA) over health insurance reimbursement payments.  According to the AMA, the lawsuit charges that Aetna and CIGNA used a flawed database to pay physicians artificially … Continue reading

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Cigna, Wellpoint Settle with Cuomo Over Reimbursements

Wellpoint and Cigna, two of the country’s largest insurers, have as agreed to stop using the much-maligned Ingenix database for determining reimbursements for customers who seek out-of-network care.  Wellpoint and Cigna are just the latest insurers to reach an agreement … Continue reading

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Independent Health, HealthNow New York Latest Insurers to Swear Off Ingenix Database

Two Buffalo, New York insurers have reached an agreement with the state’s Attorney General to stop using Ingenix, the reimbursement database owned by < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/UnitedHealth_Care_Reimbursement_Fraud">UnitedHealth Group.   Independent Health and HealthNow New York Inc. are just the latest insurers to agree … Continue reading

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Cigna and Aetna Named in Ingenix Reimbursement Lawsuit

Cigna and Aetna  are the latest insurers to be hit with a lawsuit over the Ingenix database, which is used by many large health insurers to determine reimbursement rates.  The lawsuits, filed by the American Medical Association (AMA) and several … Continue reading

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UnitedHealth Settles Class Action Lawsuit with Doctor Group

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/UnitedHealth_Care_Reimbursement_Fraud">UnitedHealth Group has settled a class action lawsuit over its Ingenix database.  The $400 million settlement with the American Medical Association (AMA) comes just days after UnitedHealth settled similar charges with the state of New York for $50 million. … Continue reading

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UnitedHealth Group to Pay $50 Million to Settle Claims it Over Charged Millions

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/UnitedHealth_Care_Reimbursement_Fraud">UnitedHealth Group has agreed to pay $50 million to settle charges that it overcharged millions of customers.  As part of the settlement with the New York State Attorney General’s Office, UnitedHealth Group will also revise the process that health … Continue reading

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Hurricane Ike Damage Estimates Surge

A risk assessment group now says damage costs from < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Hurricane_IKE_Insurance_Claims">Hurricane Ike could go as high as $21 billion.  That figure would make Hurricane Ike the third most expensive storm in U.S history, behind Hurricanes Katrina and Andrew. The new … Continue reading

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