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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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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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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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9/11 Toxic Exposures and Pediatric Asthma

9/11 Toxic Exposures and Pediatric Asthma

Among the many health concerns that have arisen since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there are concerns about asthma diagnosed in children and teenagers who were exposed to toxins during and following the September 11, 2001 attacks. A September 2016 article … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson Request Dismissal of Fraud Accusation on Talc Lawsuit

J&J Request Dismissal of Fraud Accusation on Talc Lawsuit

On August 23, a request was made by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to dismiss claims of conspiracy, fraud, misrepresentation and warranty claims relating to its talcum powder, saying that the claims were not specific enough. The motion was filed in … Continue reading

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EWG Report Identifies ‘Erin Brockovich’ Chemical in Americans’ Drinking Water

EWG Finds ‘Erin Brockovich’ Chemical in Drinking Water

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released a report showing that chromium-6, a carcinogenic chemical brought to light by environmental activist Erin Brockovich, is present in the tap water of millions of Americans. In 2010, EWG published an investigative report … Continue reading

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Final Rule for Antibacterial Soap Efficacy and Safety Released by Federal Regulators

Final Rule for Antibacterial Soap Efficacy and Safety

Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just released the agency’s final rule concerning over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic hand soap products that are made with specific active ingredients, including triclocarban and triclosan. These soaps are no longer marketable … Continue reading

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A 9/11 First Responder Continues to Fight for Benefits

A 9/11 First Responder Continues to Fight for Benefits

Many 9/11 first responders continue to cope with the adverse reactions that followed the September 11th terrorist attacks. In once case, a man reached out to NY1.com for assistance just a few months following the attacks. With the 15th anniversary … Continue reading

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9/11 Health Problems Persist, Cleaner Battles Breast Cancer

9/11 Health Problems Persist, Cleaner Battles Breast Cancer

When the towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001, massive volumes of toxic dust were released into the air. In the years to come, researchers would show that the dust contained a hazardous mix of toxic chemicals. Exposure to the toxic … Continue reading

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9/11 Exposure Linked to Prostate Cancer, Heart Problems

9/11 Exposure Linked to Prostate Cancer, Heart Problems

Doctors are getting a better sense of health problems associated with exposure to the hazardous substances at Ground Zero. Prostate cancer, premature stiffening of the heart and thyroid cancers are turning up as key medical problems among 9/11 responders. Health … Continue reading

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