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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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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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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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Forest Laboratories Denies Claims in Antidepressant Drug Multidistrict Litigation

  Forest Laboratories is facing claims in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) that alleges it misrepresented the efficacy of the antidepressant drugs Lexapro and Celexa for the treatment of depression in pediatric patients. Forest countered telling the Massachusetts federal court that … Continue reading

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Hip Implant Recipient Maintains $11 Million Award Should Stand

In a multidistrict litigation (MDL) bellwether trial, a recipient of an allegedly defective metal hip implant maintained that her suit against Wright Medical Technology, received a verdict that was correct. The jury awarded the plaintiff $11 million: $1 million in … Continue reading

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Women File Lawsuits over Skin Reactions to EOS Lip Balm

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A number of women have filed lawsuits against lip balm maker EOS after they experienced skin reactions on and around their lips, including bleeding, blisters, dermatitis (skin rashes), and pigmentation loss. Dr. Marie Jhin, a San Francisco dermatologist, said the … Continue reading

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Study Shows Flavored E-Cigarettes Contain Diacetyl, Chemicals, that Cause Irreversible Lung Disease

Flavored E-Cigarettes Contain Diacetyl

Harvard scientists found that flavored e-cigarette liquid contains chemicals that cause bronchiolitis obliterans, an irreversible obstructive lung disease commonly known as “Popcorn Lung” or “Popcorn Workers Lung.” The study, published online in Environmental Health Perspectives, revealed that 75 percent of … Continue reading

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California Supreme Court Upholds Right to Sue for Intentional Misuse of “Organic” Label

The California Supreme Court issued a groundbreaking unanimous decision upholding the rights of consumers to sue an herb grower for intentionally mislabeling conventionally grown herbs as “organic” and charging the premium price that organic products command. The court rejected a … Continue reading

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Charges Brought Against Makers of OxyElite Pro

Charges Brought Against Makers of OxyElite Pro

USPlabs LLC has been indicted on charges that it intentionally misbranded its dietary supplement products and lied to customers, the Justice Department announced. Star Advertiser reports that the company is accused of engaging in behavior intended to place its products … Continue reading

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Data Breach for Ashley Madison, Dating Site that Promotes Affairs

Data Breach for Ashley Madison, Dating Site

Ashley Madison, an online dating service with the slogan “Life is Short. Have an Affair,” reports that the site has been breached and hackers have obtained personal data about the service’s millions of members. The Impact Team, the name given … Continue reading

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Five States Pursue Magazine Subscription Scams

Five States Pursue Magazine Subscription Scams

A lawsuit brought jointly by the attorneys general of five states alleges that consumers nationwide received unauthorized and misleading magazine and newspaper subscription notices. New York was one of five states that sued “to stop unlawful and deceptive business practices … Continue reading

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Scandal Exposes Massive Fraud in Art Market

Scandal Exposes Massive Fraud in Art Market

A scandal unfolding in the art market in Monaco and Singapore could shed light on the workings of the global market in multimillion-dollar art and possible manipulations by dealers. The case involves Swiss businessman and art dealer Yves Bouvier, who … Continue reading

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FDA Warns L’Oréal about Improper Marketing of Skin Care Products

FDA-Warns L’Oreal - Improper Marketing of Skin Care Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned cosmetic giant L’Oréal, for the second time in three years, about improper marketing of skin care products. Cosmetic products are not subject to the same scrutiny and regulation as drugs, but cosmetics … Continue reading

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