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Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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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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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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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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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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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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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A car accident on LI left one person dead & two more critically injured. The crash occurred Monday in Deer Park on Straight Path, south of Sagamore Lane.

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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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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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Intuitive Surgical Declines as Revenue Misses Estimate

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Intuitive Surgical Inc., maker of the da Vinci surgical robot system, reports its revenues fell the most in three months after third-quarter profit declined on lower sales of the da Vinci and related equipment. Revenue decreased 7.2 percent to $499 … Continue reading

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Increased da Vinci Marketing may be Tied to Increased Injury Reports

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Robotic surgery marketing appears to be tied to robotic surgery injury reports, according to a new report concerning the da Vinci robotic surgical system that is manufactured and marketed by Intuitive Surgical. In one case highlighted by Bloomberg.com, general surgeon … Continue reading

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Analysts Warn That Adverse da Vinci Reports Part of a Larger Problem

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Citron Research just published a rather negative report concerning device maker Intuitive Surgical and its da Vinci surgical robot. Citron discusses a marked increase in reported adverse events, while Intuitive Surgical argues that sudden increases are in filings, not in … Continue reading

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Most Robotic Surgery Deaths Involve Gynecologic Surgery

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins are warning that inappropriate reporting processes may be hiding real dangers tied to robotic surgical procedures, such as those conducted using Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci system. Most reported injuries and deaths involved gynecologic surgery. The researchers … Continue reading

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da Vinci Uses Expanding Despite Mounting Controversy

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In the midst of growing controversy over its robotic surgical system, Intuitive Surgical continues to add functionality to its da Vinci robot. Ho-Sheng Lin, M.D., a fellow with the American College of Surgeons and professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery … Continue reading

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Medscape Weighs in on da Vinci Controversy

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Although Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci robotic surgical system, continues to tout the controversial system’s so-called benefits, mounting injury reports and litigation tell a different story. Now, an editor and surgeon just published the slide show, “Robotic Surgery: … Continue reading

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Weak Sales, Regulator Warning, Mounting Injury Reports, Litigation Plague Intuitive Surgical

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Intuitive Surgical, the developer of the da Vinci surgical robot system has dropped its stock price significantly in the face of stalled sales, a warning from federal regulators, and mounting injury reports and litigation. In this year’s second quarter, Intuitive … Continue reading

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Another Lawsuit Alleges Serious Injuries Tied to da Vinci Robot

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A woman claims that Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the da Vinci robotic surgical system, is responsible for serious injuries she suffered from her robotic surgery. The woman, 45, brought a federal lawsuit after suffering chronic abdominal pain and serious … Continue reading

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da Vinci Robotic System Still the Focus of Controversy

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Although Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the da Vinci robotic surgical device, continues to tout the controversial system’s so-called benefits, mounting injury reports and litigation tell a different story. David Rosa from Intuitive Surgical tells CNN that, “The benefit is … Continue reading

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Robotic Surgery Mishap Causes Oregon Woman Months of Pain

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A Portland, Oregon woman suffered months of intense pain after a hysterectomy performed last September with the aid of the da Vinci surgical robot system. Heidi Carlson knew something was wrong, but she couldn’t convince doctors, she said in an … Continue reading

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