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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, 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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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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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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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 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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After BP Oil Spill, Gulf Oyster Industry Continues to Struggle

The BP oil spill is still wreaking havoc in the Gulf Coast oyster industry. According to a report on NPR, some oystermen are worried they may never recover. The BP oil spill began on April 20, 2010 with an explosion … Continue reading

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BP Oil Spill Result of Management Failures, Presidential Commission Says

The BP oil spill is being blamed on a range of management failures on the part of the oil giant, as well as other companies involved in the Macondo well endeavor. According to various media reports, the presidential commission investigating … Continue reading

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BP Oil Spill Taking Mental Toll in Gulf Coast Communities

People impacted by the BP oil spill are exhibiting mental health problems similar to those seen in the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez disaster, according to a researcher who has spent the last 20 years tracking the mental health fallout … Continue reading

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Scientist Studying BP Oil Spill Finds Crude on Gulf of Mexico Floor

Since the BP oil spill was capped in mid-July, many have wondered where all the oil went. In mid-August, the federal government even optimistically declared that as much as three-quarters of the oil had dispersed, evaporated or otherwise disappeared. But … Continue reading

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New Details on Final BP Oil Spill Claims Released

Now that the deadline has passed for victims of the BP oil spill to file claims for Emergency Advance Payments with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, businesses and individuals impacted by the disaster will start working on their final damage … Continue reading

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First BP Oil Spill Claims Deadline Comes Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the last day businesses and individuals who sustained economic or physical damage from the BP oil spill will be able to file for Emergency Advance Payments from the Gulf Coast Claims Center. After that, they will only be … Continue reading

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BP Ordered to Court Over Alaska Pipeline

Yesterday, a federal judge in Alaska ordered beleaguered oil giant, BP, to appear in court in December over a petition by BP’s federal probation officer revoking BP’s criminal probation imposed after the 2006 Prudhoe Bay pipeline spill, said the Wall … Continue reading

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BP Oil Spill Compensation Fund Claimants May be Asked to Transfer Legal Rights

It’s already been determined that victims of the BP oil spill who accept a payment for final damages from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility will have to waive their right to sue the oil company. However, according to a Reuters … Continue reading

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BP Oil Spill Report Questions Rig Workers’ Training

A report on the BP oil spill from the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the National Research Council (NRE) has concluded that “an insufficient consideration of risk and a lack of operating discipline” contributed to the disaster. The interim … Continue reading

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BP Oil Spill Could Have Long-Term Impacts on Wildlife, Scientists Say

A group of scientists says the long-term affects of the BP oil spill on Gulf of Mexico wildlife are not yet apparent, and that the federal government needs remain on guard for signs of collapse of species in the future. … Continue reading

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