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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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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

81-year-old Port Jefferson Station man was killed in a crash at 4:57 a.m.. He lost control of the vehicle traveling west on Northern State Pkwy, on exit 42, Dix Hills.

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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 Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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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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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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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 ...

New Study Shows Increase in Asthma Attacks in People Living Near Fracking Sites

Study findings from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggest that people with asthma who live near natural gas wells operated by the fracking industry are 1.5 to four times likelier to have asthma attacks than those who … Continue reading

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Texas Man Blames Fracking for Well Explosion that Injured His Family

Cody Murray, a former oil field services supervisor, blames hydraulic fracturing—fracking—for an explosion on his property that injured him and members of his family. The water well on Murray’s property exploded in August 2014, burning Murray, his father, wife and … Continue reading

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Study Shows Increased Hospitalization Rates Among Those Living Near Fracking Sites

Increased Hospitalization Among Those Near Fracking Sites

A study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University indicates that people who live near hydraulic fracturing drilling sites have a higher rate of hospitalizations for such issues as heart conditions, neurological illnesses, and cancer. The research … Continue reading

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Oklahoma Court Rules Homeowners Can Sue Oil and Gas Companies Over Earthquake Damage

Oklahoma Court Rules Homeowners Can Sue Oil and Gas Companies

In a 7-to-0 ruling last week, the Oklahoma State Supreme Court is allowing homeowners who have sustained injuries or property damage from earthquakes blamed on oil and gas company drilling operations to sue for damages in state courts. This ruling … Continue reading

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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

A new study reveals that two hazardous chemicals—ammonium and iodide—are being released and spilled into Pennsylvania and West Virginia waterways from fracking operations in the Marcellus shale. These substances can have a devastating impact on fish and ecosystems, and they … Continue reading

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Research Study Confirms Fracking as Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Research Study Confirms Fracking Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

A new study published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America confirms that a fracking operation near Poland Township, Ohio, activated a previously unknown fault in the, causing 77 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 in March … Continue reading

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Fracking Workers Exposed to High Levels of Benzene, Study Finds

Workers at hydraulic fracturing – fracking – oil and gas sites are routinely exposed to high levels of benzene, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The agency, part of the Centers for … Continue reading

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Scientific Case Against Fracking Continues to Grow Stronger

A Cornell University engineering professor argues that the scientific case against hydraulic fracturing – fracking – continues to get stronger. Prof. Anthony Ingraffea cites three concerns with the oil and gas drilling technique: groundwater contamination, earthquake generation, and accidental methane … Continue reading

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California Stops Fracking Waste Water Injection, Citing Danger to Aquifers

California officials have shut-down 11 oil and gas waste water injection sites in the Central Valley and ordered a review of more than 100 others, fearing that energy companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into … Continue reading

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Texas Family Awarded $2.9 Million in Fracking Lawsuit

Last month, a Dallas County, Texas, jury awarded $2.9 million to a family for personal injury and property damages arising out of a lawsuit against Aruba Petroleum, Inc. for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations near the Parr family’s property. The award … Continue reading

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