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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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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. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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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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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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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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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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