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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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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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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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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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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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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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California High School Bans Lunchtime Driving Following Student Crash

CA H.S. Bans Lunchtime Driving Following Student Crash

A high school in northern California is among the latest to implement a ban on lunchtime driving after a recent crash involved two students. Mendocino High School is prohibiting driving during school lunch breaks until at least Thanksgiving. The school … Continue reading

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California Tour Bus Crash Leaves 13 Dead, 31 Injured

California Tour Bus Crash Leaves 13 Dead, 31 Injured

Thirteen people were killed and 31 others were injured early Sunday morning, October 23, when the USA Holiday tour bus carrying them back from a casino near the Salton Sea crashed into a big rig truck near Palm Springs. The passengers, … Continue reading

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California Coconut Oil Maker Faces Class Action over Labeling Claims

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A proposed class action against a company that touts its coconut oil as “healthy,” claims the company misleads consumers into thinking the product is good for them when it is almost entirely made up of saturated fat. A California woman claims … Continue reading

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Infected Nurse May Have Exposed More than 1,000 People to Tuberculosis

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More than 1,000 people, including 350 infants, may have been exposed to tuberculosis (TB) in the maternity wing of a hospital in California, hospital officials say. The Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California, said it was notified … Continue reading

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Santa Monica Rabbi Arrested on Child Sexual Abuse Charges

Santa Monica Rabbi Arrested on Child Sexual Abuse Charges

Rabbi Sholom Doyber Levitansky was arrested by Santa Monica, California police last week on felony charges of sexual abuse of a child. The police are seeking further information and are trying to locate any additional victims, the Santa Monica Daily … Continue reading

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Berkeley’s Cell Phone Radiation Warning is First in US

Berkeley’s Cell Phone Radiation Warning is First in US

Berkeley’s cell phone ordinance, which requires retailers to warn consumers about the potential risk of radiation with cell phones, is the first measure of its kind to be passed. In May, the City Council unanimously passed the ordinance, titled Right … Continue reading

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Warning to UCLA Hospital Patients Exposed to Drug-Resistant Superbug

Warning to UCLA Hospital Patients Exposed to Superbug

One hundred seventy-nine patients at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center have been told they may have been exposed to a drug-resistant “superbug” during endoscopy procedures that infected seven patients and may have contributed to two deaths. Patients who may have … Continue reading

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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries. The devices were marketed to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, but thousands of women … Continue reading

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Jury orders Jehovah’s Witnesses to pay $28M in California child sex abuse case

Jehovah’s Witnesses have been ordered to pay a woman more than $20 million by a California jury, believing she was sexually abused by a member of that church. According to an MSNBC.com report via USA Today, The Watchtower Bible and … Continue reading

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