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Jury Awards Student $10.5 Million In Chicken Suit Case

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A California county school district and its insurer reached a $10.5-million settlement with a former student who was mobbed and assaulted for wearing a chicken suit at a rowdy football rally. The Kern County School District reached the settlement Wednesday shortly after the liability phase of a two-part trial came to a close, with jurors finding the school district 100 percent liable for the injuries plaintiff Mitch Carter sustained in the attack. Mr. Carter, a former Bakersfield High School Student, had to don a chicken suit at the 2010 rally to mock the Golden Eagle mascot of the opposing team. ... Read More

Children’s nightgown recall announced due to failure to meet federal flammability standard

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Almost 8,000 children’s nightgowns are now under recall by the Saro Trading Company upon learning the clothing did not meet the country’s federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear. Any families in possession of the recalled children’s nightgowns should be aware they are at risk of burn injuries. The children’s nightgown recall specifies five different styles of nightgowns manufactured by Saro Trading Company. Each recalled nightgown is made of 100 percent white cotton, while the neck label should have “Taleen” printed on it. The recalled nightgowns also feature embroidery with either eyelet trimming, ribbons on the chest, or buttons on the center front ... Read More

Diacetyl In Coffee Flavorings Suspected in worker’s severe Lung Injury

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Emanuel Diaz de Leon was living in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, in 2009 when he was taking care of his family’s grocery store business. He grew weary of the dangerous threat of drug cartel members, and decided to move his family to the United States, where he was born. They found an ideal home in Tyler, Texas, and settled in. When Diaz de Leon took a job at a coffee roasting plant, he was completely unaware of the health risk involved in the coffee roasting business. In spring of 2010 he was promoted to work in the flavor room. Diaz de Leon was thrilled with ... Read More

The Huffington Post reports J&J ‘purposely concealed critical information about talcum’s safety’

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In a recent article called “The Talcum Powder Lawsuit – The Truth, The Lies, and The Cancer Victims,” the Huffington Post tackles the important questions about the significance of the recent jury verdicts against Johnson and Johnson, what they actually mean, and why the science community is continuing to send mixed messages to the public, saying that there is not a consensus about talc. “One of the most important reasons why J&J was found eventually guilty of its accusations, was the fact that the pharmaceutical company purposely concealed critical information about talcum’s safety for more than 40 years,” the article said. ... Read More

Six Killed, Two Injured After Tractor Trailer Collides With Van on California Freeway

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Four children and two women were killed and two men seriously injured when a tractor trailer rear-ended a minivan early Tuesday morning on Interstate 5 in Gorman, Calif. The crash is still in the early stages of investigation, but the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that the van was on the shoulder of the 5 freeway’s southbound lanes when it the truck hit it just before 3:30 a.m. The CHP said the van had stopped after a prior minor collision with a sedan and may have been partially blocking the lane. The impact of the crash sent the van rolling ... Read More

Texas Cab Companies, Execs Pay $1.125 Million To Settle Allegations of Medicaid Fraud

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Three North Texas cab company executives, their companies, and their affiliates have agreed to pay the U.S. $1.125 million to resolve allegations made in a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by whistleblowers who accused the defendants of Medicaid fraud. According to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, the settlement resolves a portion of a lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act by Robert Spence, Mike Jones, and Cheryl Jones – all former employees of Yellow Cab and its parent company Irving Holdings Inc. Yellow Cab contracted with Medicare and Medicaid to provide non-emergency medical transportation ... Read More

Invokana effective in type 1 diabetics but side effects persist

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Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals announced promising efficacy results from a Phase II study showing improvements in blood sugar levels in type 1 diabetics who were treated with its type 2 diabetes drug Invokana. But the news was dampened when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new warnings for Invokana the same week as the pharmaceutical company’s announcement. Invokana, known chemically as canagliflozin, is in a class of diabetes drugs known as SGLT2 inhibitors. The medication is approved to treat patients with type 2 diabetes, but Janssen’s latest study focused on patients with type 1 diabetes, formerly known ... Read More

Antipsychotic drugs inappropriately prescribed to elderly with dementia

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Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas prescribe more antipsychotic drugs to nursing home patients than any other state in the U.S., according to a report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which could have dire consequences for some patients. Antipsychotics are primarily used to manage psychosis. For example, Risperdal, made by Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and irritability with autism. It is often prescribed for conditions for which it is not approved, such as ADHD and anxiety, and has also been prescribed off-label to elderly patients with dementia and children with ... Read More

Problems with Metal-on-Metal Hip implants may be detected with MRI before painful symptoms appear

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According to a study published by the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, problems with metal-on-metal hip implants such as inflammation and tissue damage may be present before symptoms such as as discomfort or pain ever appear. The researchers say that implant failure can be detected with a simple MRI before the patient ever experiences the first signs of pain, and before the surrounding tissue sustains any further damage. Inflammation of the joint lining is called synovitis, and is linked with metal-on-metal hip implants, such as the Pinnacle by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, currently facing a number of lawsuits alleging injuries linked to the device. Other ... Read More

Congressman introduces bill requiring doctors to report adverse effects of medical devices

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In 2013, at the age of 43, Amy Reed, an anesthesiologist and mother of six, had a hysterectomy to alleviate symptoms from what doctors presumed were benign uterine growths. Rather than open surgery, her doctors recommended a laparoscopic procedure using a power morcellator, a surgical tool fitted with a tube-like blade that shreds uterine growths or entire uteruses within the uterine cavity and removes the tissue through a small incision in the abdomen. The procedure would be less invasive, put her at less risk for infection, and offer shorter recovery. What her doctors didn’t know was that Reed had a ... Read More