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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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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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Actos Side Effects Lawyers Says Whistleblower Revelations Could Boost Bladder Cancer, Heart Failure Lawsuits

An attorney with a prominent personal injury law firm says an Actos whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year could strengthen legal claims alleging the type 2 diabetes medication caused some users to develop bladder cancer and heart failure.

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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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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A car accident on LI left one person dead & two more critically injured. The crash occurred Monday in Deer Park on Straight Path, south of Sagamore Lane.

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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Bill Proposes to Give FDA More Authority on Cosmetics

Bill Proposes to Give FDA More Authority on Cosmetics

Compared to drugs and medical devices, there are few regulations in place to assure the safety of a cosmetic product. A new bill, introduced by senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), seeks change. The proposed legislation would require … Continue reading

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Monsanto Faces Growing Litigation over Roundup Herbicide

Monsanto Faces Growing Litigation over Roundup Herbicide

Litigation is mounting against multinational agrochemical manufacturer Monsanto Co. alleging that an ingredient in its Roundup herbicide increases the risk of cancer. Madison Record reports that a growing litigation in Illinois could become a class action lawsuit. Plaintiff’s lawsuits have … Continue reading

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Study Shows Flavored E-Cigarettes Contain Diacetyl, Chemicals, that Cause Irreversible Lung Disease

Flavored E-Cigarettes Contain Diacetyl

Harvard scientists found that flavored e-cigarette liquid contains chemicals that cause bronchiolitis obliterans, an irreversible obstructive lung disease commonly known as “Popcorn Lung” or “Popcorn Workers Lung.” The study, published online in Environmental Health Perspectives, revealed that 75 percent of … Continue reading

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Due to Cancer Link, France Bans Roundup Weedkiller

Due to Cancer Link, France Bans Roundup Weedkiller

France has banned Monsanto’s Roundup Weedkiller after the UN classified it’s main ingredient, glyphosate, as a probable carcinogen. According to The Independent, French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal commented on the ban to France 3 television Sunday. “France must be on … Continue reading

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Argentine Town Worried that High Cancer Rate is Linked to Pesticides

Argentine Town Worried High Cancer Rate is Pesticide Linked

People in a town in Entre Rios province in Argentina are demanding action on the high cancer death rates in the town. Nearly half of all deaths there in recent years have been caused by cancer, a rate far higher … Continue reading

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Consent Decree Requires Medtronic to Halt Sales of Implantable Drug Pumps

Decree Requires Medtronic to Halt Sales of Implantable Pumps

Despite years of warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Medtronic Corp. failed to correct problems with its SynchroMed infusion drug pumps, and now the Justice Department has taken legal action to halt the sale of the pumps. At … Continue reading

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World Health Organization Declares Monsanto Herbicide Roundup a Probable Carcinogen

W.H.O. Declares Monsanto Herbicide Roundup a Carcinogen

Last week the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization’s cancer research arm, declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used herbicide Roundup, probably causes cancer in humans. The agency also classified the insecticides … Continue reading

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Takeda to Potentially Settle Actos Lawsuits for $2.2B

Takeda to Potentially Settle Actos Lawsuits for $2.2B

Reportedly, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. has offered to settle more than 8,000 Actos lawsuits alleging the diabetes drug caused cancer for $2.2 billion; each case would receive about $275,000. Bloomberg reports that it would be one of the largest settlements in … Continue reading

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Artificial Coloring in Soda Increases Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Artificial Coloring in Soda Increases Cancer Risk

A new study has found that drinking at least one can of soda per day may significantly increase the risk of cancer. Research conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that some caramel colorings in soda … Continue reading

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

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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. A Harvard Medical School study of 5,583 girls age nine to 14 found those who drank more than … Continue reading

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