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Protein supplements tied to deadly overload for bodybuilder

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The family of a female bodybuilder are calling for tighter restrictions on protein supplements after the woman died from a condition doctors allegedly said was caused by protein overload. Meegan Hefford, 25, was a bodybuilding competitor and mother of two who was taking protein supplements as part of her training toward a competition in September. In June, she told her mother she was feeling tired and a little “weird.” Her mother suggested she was overdoing it at the gym. But on June 19, she was found unconscious in her apartment and rushed to the hospital. Doctors ran tests for two ... Read More

Fashion headwear collection for women suffering hair loss

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An up-and-coming British company, Avakino, which sells headwear around the world, has introduced a line specifically designed for people suffering from hair loss such as alopecia, an autoimmune disease causing patchy hair loss, or side-effects of chemotherapy. For some who take drugs like Taxotere this means more than the short-term hair loss usually associated with cancer treatment; some cancer survivors face permanent baldness. Avakino acknowledges the emotional struggles that women who find themselves with hair loss face. On its website for the Masumi headwear line the company encourages women to rediscover their confidence. “At Avakino we feel passionately that losing your ... Read More

Lithium Battery Explosion Disrupts Nevada City Council Meeting

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A lithium battery for a vape pen exploded inside a woman’s purse during a Boulder City, Nevada, city council meeting Aug. 8, sending alarmed bystanders running. Video footage taken at the city council meeting focuses on a speaker at the podium when a woman seated in the background jumps as her purse shoots fire and smoke. She appears to throw the purse to her right, prompting others to flee the scene. According to FOX 5 Las Vegas, the purse landed on the floor, burning the carpet and leaving burn marks on the sidewalk outside. “I just knew something was wrong. I ... Read More

Arkansas Woman Joins Thousands in IVC Filter Lawsuit

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An Arkansas woman has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of her IVC filter, joining thousands of others seeking justice for their pain, which they say is a result of the medical device. Kelly B. was the recipient of a Gunther Tulip made by Cook Medical LLC for the prevention of pulmonary embolism (PE), a deadly condition in which a blood clot travels through the blood stream and reaches the lungs. The device was implanted on May 23, 2011, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock by Dr. Kenneth V. Robbins. Kelly says she was injured when the filter failed, resulting ... Read More

Contraindication added to ethinyl estradiol drugs

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A new contraindication is being added to birth control pills and other treatments containing the hormone ethinyl estradiol regarding the use of these drugs with certain hepatitis C (HCV) drug combinations. Specifically, using HCV drug combinations containing ombitasvir, partiaprevir/ritonavir, with or without dasabuvir is contraindicated because there is a risk for liver enzyme elevations. This was observed in clinical trials with women using ethinyl estradiol-containing medications, such as combined oral contraceptives. These women were significantly more likely to have ALT elevations that in some cases was greater than 20 times the upper limit of normal. ALT, or alanine transaminase, are ... Read More

Lawsuit Blames Tractor-Trailer For Deadly Chicago Crash

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The wife of a tractor-trailer driver who was killed last year when he crashed into the back of another tractor-trailer that pulled onto the shoulder of I-55 in Chicago is suing the driver of that truck and three trucking companies. Melissa Hansen filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court Aug. 10, seeking damages on eight counts over the deadly crash. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Illinois State Police reported that Hansen’s husband, William Hansen Jr., 60, was traveling in the right northbound lane of I-55 on Dec. 20, 2016, when he crashed into the back of the other ... Read More

Jury hears third case of Xarelto side effects


A jury of five men and four women were selected in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi to hear the case of Dora Mingo, a 69-year-old woman from Summit, Mississippi, suing Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer over claims that their blood thinner Xarelto caused her internal bleeding. It is the third bellwether trial in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) of more than 16,000 cases making similar claims about Xarelto. Jurors in the two previous trials cleared the drug makers of liability relating to claims that the blood thinner caused users to suffer internal bleeding which ... Read More

Statin recalled due to labeling mixup


International Laboratories LLC is recalling one lot of pravastatin tablets, a generic version of the cholesterol-lowering statin Pravachol, because the bottle may contain bupropion, a generic version of the antidepressant Wellbutrin. This labeling mixup could cause a patient to suffer potential serious side effects. For example, someone who mistakenly takes bupropion could experience nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, headache, constipation, sweating, sore throat, diarrhea, dizziness, restlessness and blurry vision. These are typically minor and reversible side effects. But people with epilepsy are at higher risk of seizure on bupropion because it lowers the seizure threshold. Also, people taking MAOIs can have ... Read More

Sun protection isn’t only for trips to the beach

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Schools may be starting back and you may have less free time, or your family may have already returned from their trip to the beach, but the summer sun is still blazing. In fact, protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation is important all year. Did you know unprotected skin can be damaged by UV rays in as little as 15 minutes? Since it can take up to 12 hours for the skin to show the sun’s effects, just assuming that you or your children look fine isn’t wise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that sun protection is especially ... Read More

Mylan to pay $465M to resolve EpiPen issue

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Mylan NV has agreed to pay $465 million to settle claims by the U.S. Justice Department that the company overcharged the government for its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment. The announcement comes three years after drug maker rival Sanofi SA blew the whistle on the company calling foul play. Sanofi filed a whistleblower lawsuit last year and as a result will pocket $38.7 million of the settlement money as a reward. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts said the deal resolves claims that Mylan misclassified the EpiPen as a generic drug rather than a branded product, allowing it to underpay rebates ... Read More