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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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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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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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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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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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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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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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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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State of Maine Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit with Former Department of Health and Human Services Employee

State of Maine Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit with Former Employee

A former employee of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services will receive a $142,500 settlement in a federal whistleblower lawsuit. A former division director for the Maine Center for Disease Control sued DHHS and her bosses at the CDC, … Continue reading

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Medtronic Agrees to Pay $2.8 Million to Resolve Allegations about Unapproved Device

Medtronic Pays $2.8 Million to Resolve Allegations

Medical device maker Medtronic will pay the United States government $2.8 million to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that Medtronic caused physicians to submit false claims to federal health care programs for a medical procedure known as “SubQ … Continue reading

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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority. The employee sued the Coliseum Authority in July 2013, claiming she was fired because … Continue reading

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Retaliation Against Corporate Whistleblowers at All-Time High

Retaliation against corporate whistleblowers is at an all-time high, according to Stephen Kohn of the National Whistleblowers Center. In addition, Kohn said, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has mounted an aggressive lobbying campaign against the False Claims Act, one of … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Considers Air Marshal Firing in Whistleblower Case

U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed to side with a fired air marshal in an argument over whether he is covered by a federal law protecting whistleblowers. In 2003, the air marshal received a secret briefing about a terrorist threat affecting … Continue reading

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Hospital Chain Settles Whistleblower Lawsuits for More Than $98 Million

Community Health Systems Inc. has agreed to pay $98.15 million to settle seven whistleblower lawsuits, including one brought by the former medical director of the emergency department at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville, South Carolina. The lawsuits alleged that … Continue reading

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Pharmacy Provider, Omnicare, Settles Two Whistleblower Cases Involving Swapping Scheme Allegations

Pharmacy provider, Omnicare, Inc., just agreed to a $124 million settlement to resolve allegations of a swapping scam that involved below cost discounts. The Department of Justice announced late last month that it settled with Omnicare, Inc. over two issues … Continue reading

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In VA Scandal, Staff Members the Targets of Retaliation

Staff members at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals across the country have been ignored, disciplined or even fired after speaking up about falsified appointment schedules and other improper practices. A half-dozen current and former VA staff members including four doctors, a … Continue reading

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Medtronic Agrees to $9.9 Million Settlement in Physician Kickback Case

The Justice Department announced yesterday that Medtronic Inc. has agreed to pay the United States $9.9 million to resolve allegations that the company made illegal payments to physicians to induce them to implant Medtronic pacemakers and defibrillators. Assistant Attorney General … Continue reading

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St. Louis Jury Awards $175,000 to Former Police Crime Lab Scientist to Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit

A St. Louis jury just awarded a former police chemist $175,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought in 2011. The former police chemist alleged that she was terminated after she complained about drug testing errors at the city’s crime lab, … Continue reading

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