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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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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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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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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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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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Nursing Homes a Solution but in Some Cases Unsafe

Nursing Homes a Solution but in Some Cases are Unsafe

In this day and age, our senior population is growing in number and living longer. The elderly are among our most vulnerable citizens. The challenge of providing the proper care has become increasingly important as many people are faced with … Continue reading

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Legal Rights Restored for Nursing Home Residents and Their Families

Legal Rights Restored for Nursing Home Residents & Families

As of November 28, 2016, when an individual or a loved one fills out an application for residency in a nursing home, admission will no longer be contingent on signing away one’s legal rights. With a significant new ruling on … Continue reading

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Federal Nursing Home Rule Change Restores Residents’ Right to Day in Court

Nursing Home Rule Restores Residents’ Right to Day in Court

In the most significant change to rules governing federal funding of nursing homes in 20 years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will help prevent facilities from blocking claims of elder abuse through arbitration clauses. CMS, an agency … Continue reading

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Improper Use of Coumadin in Nursing Homes Leads to Deaths and Injuries

Misuse of Coumadin in Nursing Homes Leads to Injuries

Coumadin, known generically as warfarin, is a popular decades-old blood thinner given to patients in order to reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack. It has benefits in patients who need it, but proper management needs to be implemented … Continue reading

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Illinois Nursing Home Employee Charged in Plot to Film Sexual Assaults on Patients

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On January 20, 2016, an Illinois nursing home employee pleaded not guilty to six counts of soliciting to commit sexual assault. Investigators say Channing Butler tried to pay other men to have sex with patients in a memory care facility … Continue reading

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New York Nursing Home Owners and Officials Plead Guilty to Patient Abuse and Neglect

Owners and officials at Mohawk Valley Health Care Center in Ilion, New York, have pleaded guilty to a variety of charges including suppressing incidents of patient abuse and neglect and falsifying business records, according to New York State Attorney General … Continue reading

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ProPublica Exposes Nursing Home Workers’ Inappropriate Postings on Social Media

The nonprofit investigative news organization ProPublica has identified 35 instances since 2012 in which workers at nursing homes and assisted-living centers have posted photos or videos of residents, sometimes partially or completely naked, on social media. At least 16 cases … Continue reading

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Three Long Island Nursing Home Aides Sentenced to Three Years Probation in Death of Resident

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Three nurse’s aides at a Medford, New York nursing home who admitted they did not respond to alarms notifying them that a resident was in medical distress have been sentenced to three years’ probation and one was ordered to perform … Continue reading

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Two Massachusetts Nursing Home Employees Accused of Posting Humiliating Videos of Resident Abuse on Snapchat

Nursing Home Employees Accused of Posting Videos

Two nursing home employees in Lowell, Massachusetts, are accused of abusing residents of the facility and posting humiliating videos of the abuse on Snapchat. Lowell Police were called to Wingate at Belvidere Nursing Home on Wentworth Avenue around 2 p.m. on … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Nursing Home Worker Receives Prison Sentence for Patient Abuse

Pennsylvania Nursing Home Worker Receives Prison Sentence

A former nursing home worker in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania could spend up to a year behind in prison for abusing a patient. On Wednesday, Joshua Wegielewski of Scranton was sentenced to three to 12 months behind bars, Scranton television station … Continue reading

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