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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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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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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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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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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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Citgo Penalty in 2006 Louisiana Oil Spill Raised to $81 Million

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After the appeals court ordered him to reconsider the evidence and the penalty in a case against Citgo over a 2006 oil spill, a federal judge has imposed an $81 million penalty on Citgo Petroleum Corp. for gross negligence the … Continue reading

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Train Hauling Crude Oil Derails in West Virginia, Cars Catch Fire

In the second significant oil-train incident in three days, a CSX Corp train hauling North Dakota crude oil derailed in West Virginia on Monday. Cars caught fire, a house was destroyed, and two towns had to be evacuated. Robert Jelacic … Continue reading

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Oil Spill into Yellowstone River Raises Concerns about Nation’s Aging Pipelines

Oil Spill into Yellowstone River Raises Concerns about Aging Pipelines

As a community downstream from the January 17 Poplar Pipeline oil spill into the Yellowstone River works to treat benzene contamination of its water supply, concerns are being raised about oversight of the nation’s aging pipeline network. Federal investigators and … Continue reading

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Plaintiffs Seek Billion in Punitive Damages Over Texas Refinery Malfunction

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BP is facing the first of nearly 48,000 lawsuits alleging toxic exposure from people in the area of a Texas refinery who have promised to give the billions of dollars in punitive damages they seek to a charity, should their … Continue reading

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed for Lake Conway, Arkansas Property Owners Damaged by Pegasus Pipeline Rupture

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A class action lawsuit was filed on June 27 on behalf of those owning property abutting Lake Conway in Arkansas, which allegedly was physically contaminated and polluted by the March 29 ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline fracture. Lake Conway, approximately 6,700 acres, … Continue reading

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Exxon Pipeline Bursts, Empties Arkansas Neighborhood

A broken pipeline spewed some 3,500 – 5,000 barrels of heavy crude oil into a Mayflower, Arkansas, neighborhood, leading to the evacuation of at least two-dozen homes. ExxonMobil is looking into the cause of its Pegasus pipeline burst that took … Continue reading

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One Year Later, BP Oil Spill Continues to Take a Toll

A year after the BP oil spill turned the lives of many Gulf Coast residents upside down, the region has yet to recover from the unprecedented disaster. Its growing list of victims include < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/BP-Oil-Spill-Cleanup-Workers-Injuries-Lawsuit">BP oil spill cleanup workers who … Continue reading

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Origin of New Gulf Oil Spill Identified, but Source of Other Plumes Remains a Mystery

The source of one new < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/oil_spills">oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been identified, but officials are still trying to figure out where other oily slicks spotted in the ocean are coming from. These new incidents come just … Continue reading

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Oil Spill Fears Hit Gulf of Mexico Again as Sheen Spotted, Beaches Fouled

An oil sheen spotted in the Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana’s Grand Isle may have come from a project to plug a well in the Gulf. According to a report on NOLA.com, a second sheen spotted six miles off the … Continue reading

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Some BP Oil Spill Claims near Settlement

Thousands of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/BP-Gulf-Oil-Property-Claims-Rental-Property-Lawsuit-Lawyer-Class-Action">BP oil spill claims are close to being settled, according to a report in the Washington Post. If finalized, the BP oil spill settlements will resolve claims brought by 900 condominium owners, as well as owners of … Continue reading

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