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Endo reportedly agrees to pay $400 million more to settle transvaginal mesh lawsuits

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Endo International Plc and its subsidiary American Medical Systems (AMS) reportedly agreed to pay more than $400 million to settle more than 10,000 lawsuits from women who claim they were injured by the company’s transvaginal mesh device. The $400 million will be added to a $1.2 billion liability reserve already set aside for the bladder slings. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh that is used to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. It is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped causing pain, discomfort and urinary incontinence. Nearly 70,000 transvaginal mesh procedures were ... Read More

Baby powder tops list of cancer-causing household products

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The Cancer Prevention Coalition , Ralph Nader and smartklean.com have released a list of the most common cancer-causing products found in American homes, and the No. 1 item may surprise you. The list cites Cover Girl Replenishing Natural Finish Make Up foundation for having a “wide range of unlabeled, untested, and toxic ingredients;” Crest Tarter Control Toothpaste for having carcinogens FD&C BLUE #1, saccharin and fluoride; Alberto VO5 Conditioner (Essence of Neutral Henna) for various carcinogens and “wide range of undisclosed ingredients;” and Clairol Nice ‘n Easy permanent hair color for a variety of “labeled toxic ingredients” plus “evidence of ... Read More

Army contractor to pay $10 million to settle False Claims Act fraud allegations

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First RF Corporation (First RF), an antenna and radio technology company, has agreed to pay the U.S. $10 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by lying to the U.S. Army about the manufacturing costs of antennas it had been contracted to provide. According to the U.S. Justice Department, the Army contracted Boulder, Colo.-based First RF in 2005 to manufacture electronic warfare antenna systems.  The Army used the antennas to detect Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in combat. An investigation conducted by the Defense Criminal Investigative Service with the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Justice Department’s Civil ... Read More

Patients with Type 2 diabetes should follow care routine, be aware of medication risks

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Some people with Type 2 diabetes can manage their disease with diet and exercise, but for the millions who still experience spikes in blood sugar, it may be time to add medication to their diabetes care routine. For some, a single pill is effective. For many, however, a combination of medications is needed. It may take time finding a good balance but it is well worth the effort. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious health issues including heart disease, kidney disease, dementia, blindness and amputations due to neuropathy. The most commonly prescribed type 2 diabetes medication is metformin, which belongs ... Read More

Statins linked to weight gain, increased blood sugar levels, type 2 diabetes

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Cholesterol-lowering statins significantly increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and are also associated with a small but a statistically significant increase in weight, according to new research. “This study has pooled all available trial data to give us the most accurate idea of the extent to which statin therapy affects diabetes risk,” lead researcher Dr. David Preiss told Heartwire. “The weight increase we found was small and not clinically relevant, but it is possible that it relates to the increased diabetes risk. Notably, the corresponding genetic results provide evidence that these findings from the major statin trials represent a ... Read More

AutoNation responds to Takata air bag recall by refusing to sell affected vehicles

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After reports of Takata Corp’s exploding air bags wreaking havoc on more than 16 million vehicles around the world, AutoNation Inc. has opted not to sell the vehicles affected by the recent Takata air bag recall. “We as a company have made the decision not to retail any vehicle that is involved in this recall until it is repaired and the vehicles that do come in for service,” said AutoNation Chief Executive Mike Jackson in an interview with Reuters. “We are advising the customer not to put a passenger in front of that air bag until it’s repaired.” Although AutoNation is currently ... Read More

U.S. Labor Department to hold Nov. 5 whistleblower meeting

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a Nov. 5 meeting to review its whistleblower practices and programs and gather information that may help strengthen whistleblower laws and protections in the future. Members of the public are welcome to attend the work group meeting, which will be held by members of the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC) and the Best Practices and Corporate Culture Work Group. The public can listen in on the meeting via telephone dial-in access from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time / 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Central. WPAC advises the Labor Secretary and ... Read More

Study indicates weight loss surgery may be linked to severe headaches

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Obese patients who undergo weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) to lose weight are at an increased risk of developing a type of severe headache, according to new research published in the journal Neurology. Researchers with the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles studied 338 people with a history of spontaneous intracranial hypotension, a condition in which the cerebral spinal fluid around the brain leaks. This condition can cause headaches when a person is sitting or standing upright but the headache generally disappears when the person lies down. Other symptoms include vomiting, nausea, stiffness in the neck, and difficulty concentrating. The study also ... Read More

Parkinson’s disease drugs linked to impulse control disorders

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Drugs used to treat Parkinson’s disease may cause impulse control disorders in users, such as compulsive gambling, compulsive shopping or hypersexuality, according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) records. The drugs in question are known as dopamine agonists, and include the brand names Apokyn, Parlodel, Dostinex, Mirapex, Requip and Neupro. The drugs are also used to treat restless leg syndrome and are considered a highly effective class of medications. For the study, researchers analyzed FDA data on 2.7 adverse drug events reported between 2003 and 2012. Among the reports analyzed, 1,580 were identified as involving what researchers categorized as “serious” ... Read More

Halloween-themed flashlights recalled by Meijer due to burn hazards

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With the Halloween season upon us, spooky toys and decorations are being sold across the nation; however, not every product is manufactured under high standards. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Meijer has announced a recall of more than 8,500 Signature Designs Halloween image projector flashlights. The Halloween-themed flashlights reportedly overheat during use, posing a burn risk to unsuspecting consumers. The recalled projector flashlights have an orange cap that is used to hold special lenses with messages and images and project them onto a wall or other surfaces. The word Halloween and pictures of skulls and jack o’ ... Read More