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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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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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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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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Continue, New Complaint Filed by Tennessee Resident

Actos bladder cancer lawsuits continue, with a new complaint filed by a resident of Tennessee. The national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, represents the Tennessee man who alleges that Actos caused his bladder cancer.

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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.

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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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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Research Study Confirms Fracking Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Research Study Confirms Fracking as Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Fracking operation near Poland Township, Ohio, activated a previously unknown fault in the, causing 77 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 in March 2014.

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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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