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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Continue, New Complaint Filed by Tennessee Resident

Actos bladder cancer lawsuits continue, with a new complaint filed by a resident of Tennessee. The national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, represents the Tennessee man who alleges that Actos caused his bladder cancer.

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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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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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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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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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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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Food Company Execs May Be Held Liable for Food Poisoning Outbreaks

Instances of food company executives receiving prison sentences and serving time over large, even deadly, food poisoning case are mounting. Now, some wonder why pharmaceutical and medical device company executives are not subject to the same punishments. Stewart Parnell, former … Continue reading

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Nashville Health Officials Confirm Cases of Norovirus at Opryland Hotel

Health Officials Confirm Cases of Norovirus at Opryland

Officials with the Metro Public Health Department In Tennessee have confirmed that three people have at the Gaylord Opryland hotel have tested positive for norovirus, the two latest cases yesterday. A hotel representative contacted the health department last Thursday after … Continue reading

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Royal Caribbean Cuts Cruise Short After Nearly 700 on Ship Taken Ill


After nearly 700 passengers and crew members were taken ill in a suspected norovirus outbreak, Royal Caribbean ordered the cruise ship Explorer of the Seas to return to its home port in New Jersey two days early.  The ship is … Continue reading

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Norovirus Likely Cause of Growing Hilton Westchester Outbreak


The number of those sickened with a gastrointestinal illness at New York’s Hilton Westchester last week has risen into the hundreds. The Westchester County Department of Health said that early indications point to norovirus, according to The cause of … Continue reading

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100 Partygoers Sickened Following Hilton Event in Westchester

About 100 people have fallen ill with what appears to be a norovirus after attending a fundraiser at the Pelham Picture House at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, New York. One person has been hospitalized. The event took place … Continue reading

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Sick crew members aboard cruise ships contributing to spread of Norovirus

Each year, more than 2,000 people on board cruise ships leaving the entering the U.S. contract Norovirus. Thousands more contract some other form of viral infection and according to a recent report, many times the cruise liner’s crew are to … Continue reading

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Sick Employees Spread Norovirus at Indiana Subway Restaurant

Sick employees spread norovirus at an Indiana Subway restaurant, apparently returning to work even when they were ill and contagious. The Star Press, citing a report it obtained from the state health department, revealed that the information was discovered by … Continue reading

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FDA Seeks Recall of Korean Shellfish Due to Norovirus Threat

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking a recall of Korean shellfish over a norovirus threat, it said. The agency is urging food distributors, retailers, and food service operators to remove from sale or service the following: All … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Filed Over 2008 Norovirus Outbreak At New York Waterpark

A class action lawsuit has been filed over a 2008 norovirus outbreak at Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Water Park. The action, which was filed in New York State, involved about 2,700 people. The plaintiffs allege they were … Continue reading

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Norovirus Linked To One-Fifth Of Hospital Infections

Norovirus has been linked to about one-fifth of all hospital infections, according to the results of an emerging survey The nationwide survey covered outbreaks that took place in 289 United States hospitals. In addition to its part in hospital infections, … Continue reading

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