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New test detects Viagra hidden in supplements

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Korean scientists have devised a sensitive, rapid and efficient test to detect the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra in dietary supplements, according to The process involves combining solid-phase extraction with dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction. The result of this is liquid chromatography-UV detection method is that it sniffs out sildenafil almost as well as more sophisticated methods based on liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS). “Up to now, LC-MS has proved to be the most effective method for detecting sildenafil, but Korean scientists led by Sung Won Kwon at Seoul National University wanted to try to develop an equally effective LC-UV detection method,” ... Read More

Whistleblower: Wells Fargo Defrauded Mortgage Borrowers

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A former Wells Fargo banker has filed a lawsuit against the banking giant, accusing it of firing him in retaliation for standing up against an alleged practice of defrauding borrowers by blaming them for delays in processing mortgage applications that were the bank’s fault, then hitting them with the resulting fees. According to the Los Angeles Times, Mauricio Alaniz, a former banker at a Wells Fargo Beverly Hills unit, alleges in his federal lawsuit that the bank’s mortgage-processing and underwriting division was understaffed, resulting in chronic delays that weren’t the borrowers’ fault. Borrowers applying for mortgages are typically locked into ... Read More

Powassan Virus Reported in NY County

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New York health authorities confirmed that a second person in Saratoga County is infected with the Powassan virus, a rare but potentially deadly disease linked to ticks. The New York State Department of Health announced last week it suspects a third person in the same county also has contracted the Powassan virus and is expected to confirm that case. Charles Smith, the first Saratoga County resident to be infected with the virus, died June 8 from the disease. A second person infected with the Powassan virus remains hospitalized. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the ... Read More

Four Seriously Injured in motorboat Accident

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Ten people were ejected from a speeding motorboat operated by an allegedly drunk driver on an Indiana lake Saturday evening, resulting in four serious and potentially life-threatening injuries, including an amputation and head injury. Authorities in Steuben County, Indiana, responded to a 911 call about 7:15 on July 15 from the Lake Gage area in northern Indiana, just south of the Michigan border. According to WTVB Ft. Wayne, responders arrived at the scene to find a Ski Nautique motorboat circling unmanned in the lake at about 30 mph. All 10 people who were aboard the boat were brought to shore by ... Read More

Diet doesn’t affect Xarelto effectiveness


A cross-study analysis of Xarelto indicates that neither the timing nor the content of a meal appear to clinically change the level or effectiveness of the blood thinner, according to a study published in The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. The highly selective oral direct factor Xa inhibitor is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent strokes in patients with the heart condition atrial fibrillation. It is also used to treat or prevent deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and to prevent blood clots in patients who have recently undergone hip or knee replacement surgery. Xarelto, which contains ... Read More

Doctor testifies about testosterone heart risks

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There is plenty of evidence to show that testosterone replacement therapy increases the risk for hear attacks, a cardiologist told an Illinois federal jury during the first trial among thousands in a multi district litigation alleging Abbie’s AndroGel causes heart risks, Law360 reports. Dr. Hossein Ardehali, a cardiologist at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, is an expert witness testifying for plaintiff Jesse Mitchell. Dr. Ardehali told jurors that he reviewed several studies involving men who took AndroGel and concluded that there was sufficient evidence to show the testosterone treatment increases cardiovascular risks. For example, he pointed to a 2010 ... Read More

Hospice groups settle whistleblower suits


Two subsidiaries of the Compassionate Care Hospice Group have agreed to settle separate False Claims Act lawsuits filed by whistleblowers who claim the companies defrauded Medicare and other federal health care programs. The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Georgia said that Compassionate Care Hospice of Atlanta will pay the U.S. $2.4 million to resolve allegations that it paid illegal kickbacks to five doctors in exchange for patient referrals and certifying patients as eligible for hospice services when they weren’t. Compassionate Care Hospice of Atlanta provided payments to a medical director in return for referrals and also created ... Read More

Drug-free non-invasive treatment for erectile dysfunction

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Erectile dysfunction is something few men want to talk about but in the U.S. alone ED affects approximately 30 million men, and worldwide the number rises to more than 100 million. According to, a large U.S. survey determined about 50 percent of men 40 to 70 years of age experience some degree of ED. The most well known and popular treatment options for erectile dysfunction are PDE5 inhibiting drugs such as Viagra and Cialis. These drugs have recently come under scrutiny as researchers have been linking them to increased risk of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. ... Read More

W. Va. law protects nursing homes against elder abuse claims

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A new law that went into effect in West Virginia this month gives nursing homes an added layer of protection in the event they are sued for elder abuse or neglect, or wrongful death. As of July 1, people who want to sue a nursing home have one year to file their lawsuit and and can only file it in the county in which the nursing home is located. Previously, residents and their family members had two years to file and could do so in either the county they resided or worked in. The law is just another example of how ... Read More

States to Fight Pollution With Volkswagen Settlement Funds

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U.S. States will soon have access to $2.7 billion of a Volkswagen settlement resulting from its use of emissions cheating devices in certain diesel vehicles, and that money may be invested in projects that promise to reduce pollution. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the state of Minnesota will receive a $47 million share of the Volkswagen settlement amount. Officials there are currently receiving proposals from a number of businesses and organizations urging that some of the funds be invested in various environmentally friendly projects and products. In June 2016, Volkswagen agreed to pay the U.S. and automakers affected by ... Read More