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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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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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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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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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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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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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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half 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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Monsanto’s Roundup the Focus of Deep Controversy

California Closer to Mandating Roundup Warnings In March 2015, leading cancer experts from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a Lyon, France-based branch of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), classified glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen.” … Continue reading

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J&J Faces 4th Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Trial in St. Louis

J&J Faces Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Trial in St. Louis

J&J Talcum Powder Allegedly Caused Ovarian Cancer Johnson & Johnson is facing another talcum powder ovarian cancer trial in St. Louis, where a number of lawsuits allege that the product contributed to ovarian cancer. The case is the fourth talcum … Continue reading

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Lead Contamination a Problem Nationwide

Lead Contamination has Become a Nationwide Problem

In the last two years, significant national attention has been focused on the lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, and the health consequences for Flint residents, in particular the children. But Flint is not an isolated instance of lead problems. Lead … Continue reading

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Exposure to 9/11 Toxic Cloud Linked to Low Birth Weight Babies

Fifteen years after the collapse of the World Trade Center towers in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, researchers are still learning the impact of the attacks on people’s health. When the twin towers fell, a cloud of toxic dust … Continue reading

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New York Mayor’s Office Issues Comprehensive Report on 9-11 Health Impact

The Office of the Mayor of the City of New York has issued a report on the health impacts of the 9/11 attacks. The report is detailed and comprehensive, covering short-, mid- and long-term impacts for fire, police, rescue, and … Continue reading

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Florida Jury Awards Nearly $29 Million in Damages in Smoker’s Death

Florida Jury Awards Nearly $29M in Damages in Smoker’s Death

On October 25, a Florida jury awarded $20 million in punitive damages against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in a trial over a chain smoker’s lung disease death. The jury added to the $8.8 million in compensatory damages awarded a day … Continue reading

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Court Rejects J&J Bid to Toss Talcum Powder Trial

Court Rejects J&J Bid to Toss Talcum Powder Trial

A talcum powder lawsuit is currently on trial in St. Louis, Missouri. The plaintiff in the lawsuit is a 63-year-old California woman who suffers from stage 4 ovarian cancer. She alleges that using talcum powder for feminine hygiene for 44 … Continue reading

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Talcum Powder Lawsuits Continue to Pile Up

Talcum Powder Lawsuits Continue to Pile Up

Johnson & Johnson is faced with a growing number of lawsuits from women who allege that Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder are responsible for their ovarian cancer. The lawsuits include wrongful death lawsuits from the families … Continue reading

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Expert Testimony: J&J Talcum Powder Should have Carried Cancer Warning Since 1982

J&J Talcum Powder Should Have Had Cancer Warning Since 1982

During an expert testimony, jurors heard that Johnson & Johnson should have placed an ovarian cancer warning on its talcum powder products since 1982. The expert testimony was given by David C. Steinberg, who runs a topical over-the-counter drug compliance … Continue reading

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J&J Talcum Powder Lawsuit Verdict Upheld, J&J Appeals

J&J Talcum Powder Lawsuit Verdict Upheld, J&J Appeals

A $55 million judgment awarded in a 2016 talcum powder lawsuit has been upheld, according to an Order dated September 9th. The Missouri 22nd Judicial Circuit Court for St. Louis City denied Johnson & Johnson’s post-trial motions which included a … Continue reading

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