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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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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

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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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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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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Jury Awards $46.5 Million in Damages in Monsanto PCBs Lawsuits

On May 25, 2016, a St. Louis jury awarded $46.5 million to three plaintiffs who claimed Monsanto and three other companies were negligent in the production of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). The award consisted of $17.5 million in damages and $29 … Continue reading

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Study: Pesticide Exposure Increases Risks for Parkinson’s Disease

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For not the first time, a study suggests a link between Parkinson’s disease and pesticide exposure. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, degenerative central nervous system disorder that typically affects motor skills and speech, among other functions and, while not fatal, … Continue reading

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PCBs at Whirlpool Park Prompts Legal Action

Whirlpool Corporation and the current and former owners of the Whirlpool Park in Clyde, Ohio, are accused of alleged PCB contamination. A number of people who lived in and near Clyde have fallen ill and died since the mid-1990s from … Continue reading

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PCB-Leaking Lights Discovered at Long Island City School

PCB-leaking lights were discovered at a Long Island City school, just as the new school year gets underway and following a similar incident last week. Parents are demanding answers and action. The parent’s concern is not unfounded. PCBs—or polychlorinated biphenyls—include … Continue reading

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PCBs Linked To Autism in New Study

PCBs, polychlorinated biphenyls, have been linked to autism, based on results of emerging research from the University of California-Davis and Washington State University. The research suggests that PCB exposure may increase risks for autism in some children, said PsychCentral. Dr. … Continue reading

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EPA To Test New Jersey Park For PCBs, Dioxin

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is testing New Jersey’s Riverside County Park for PCBs and dioxins following potential flooding contamination resulting from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. High levels of both dangerous chemicals were found in the river next … Continue reading

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PCB Contamination Closes Connecticut Athletic Fields

Greenwich High School in Connecticut has closed all of its playing fields indefinitely following discovery of soil tainted with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The school has been attempting to initiate its preliminary stages of construction for a $29 million music instruction … Continue reading

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NYC Schools PCB Plan Sparks Lawsuit

Following approval of a decade-long plan to replace old, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/pcbs_nyc_schools">PCB-tainted light figures in New York City schools, a community group just filed a federal lawsuit to speed the process. PCBs, polychlorinated biphenyls, are suspected carcinogens. We’ve been following the … Continue reading

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Hudson PCB Dredging to be Expanded

We’ve long covered the issue of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/PCBs_health_concerns">PCB’s–polychlorinated biphenyls—dumped by General Electric Co. (GE) into the upper and lower Hudson River from two capacitor manufacturing plants in Hudson Falls and Fort Edward. The site involves some 200 miles of New … Continue reading

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PCBs, Mercury Contamination Reported in California Fish

A new study has raised concerns about California’s coastal fish supply, finding mercury and< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/PCBs_health_concerns"> polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in several popular species of sports fish. The report, prepared by the State Water Resources Control Board’s Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program … Continue reading

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