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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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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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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. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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Monsanto’s Roundup the Focus of Deep Controversy

Monsanto’s Herbicide Roundup the Focus of Deep Controversy

California Closer to Mandating Roundup Warnings In March 2015, leading cancer experts from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a Lyon, France-based branch of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), classified glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen.” … Continue reading

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Lead Contamination a Problem Nationwide

Lead Contamination has Become a Nationwide Problem

In the last two years, significant national attention has been focused on the lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, and the health consequences for Flint residents, in particular the children. But Flint is not an isolated instance of lead problems. Lead … Continue reading

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EWG Report Identifies ‘Erin Brockovich’ Chemical in Americans’ Drinking Water

EWG Finds ‘Erin Brockovich’ Chemical in Drinking Water

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released a report showing that chromium-6, a carcinogenic chemical brought to light by environmental activist Erin Brockovich, is present in the tap water of millions of Americans. In 2010, EWG published an investigative report … Continue reading

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NYC Schools’ Lead Testing May be Inaccurate, Experts Say

NYC Schools’ Lead Testing May be Inaccurate, Experts Say

Lead tests in New York City school buildings’ drinking water may have given inaccurately low results, experts say. The night before samples of water were taken, the schools ran every water outlet fully for two hours. This practice, known as … Continue reading

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Flint is Not the Only City with Lead-Tainted Tap Water

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The city of Flint, Michigan is not alone in facing drinking-water contamination issues, New York Times reports. After budget cuts led to a switch in water source, as many as 8,000 children under age 6 have been exposed to dangerously … Continue reading

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Senate Passes Reforms to Toxic Substances Control Act

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The U.S. Senate voted on December 17 to approve a sweeping chemical safety bill after months of negotiations. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, named after the late New Jersey senator, updates the 1976 Toxic … Continue reading

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MDL Created for Volkswagen Emissions Lawsuits

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More than 500 lawsuits alleging Volkswagen cheated emissions standards have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation in California federal court in San Francisco, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation announced. According to Law360, more than a fifth of the suits … Continue reading

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EPA Forced to Reassess Outdated Toxic Dust Rules

EPA Forced to Reassess Outdated Toxic Dust Rules

A lawsuit by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and one of its own chemists has forced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider whether to dramatically adjust corrosive dust limits to prevent the kind of lung damage suffered by … Continue reading

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Exposure to herbicide atrazine could cause rare nasal disorder in newborns

Exposure to the common herbicide atrazine while a baby is still in the womb could cause the child to suffer a rare but potentially serious birth defect to their nasal passages, making it difficult for them to breathe. According to … Continue reading

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