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Jennifer Walker-Journey

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Jennifer Walker-Journey is a professional writer whose 20-year career spans from newspapers and magazines to Ezines and business blogs. Her primary focus is corporate and business writing, though she relishes any opportunity to write features. In her limited free time, Jennifer strives to finish the novel she is writing. She lives in Birmingham with her husband, Rick, and their insatiably curious son, Truman.

NJ jury finds gay conversion therapy violates consumer fraud laws

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In a landmark decision, a New Jersey jury has found religious organization JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing) violated New Jersey consumer fraud laws when it claimed that its gay conversion therapy could turn homosexuals to heterosexuals. The organization’s founder, Arthur Goldberg, and a counselor with the religious group, Alan Downing, were found liable for advertising misrepresentations and unconscionable commercial practices, and five plaintiffs were awarded a total of $72,400 for fees they paid for the treatment as well as mental health counseling one plaintiff had to undergo afterward. The lawsuit was filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center ... Read More

Another power morcellator lawsuit filed against Johnson and Johnson

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Jonel Davis-Johnson underwent a thorough cancer screening, which turned out negative, before she underwent a power morcellation procedure in June 2012 for a hysterectomy to remove uterine fibroids. Her husband Arthur claims the operation ultimately killed her. Power morcellatiors are a type of surgical tool that is fitted with a blade that minces entire uteruses or uterine fibroids within the body and removes them through a small incision in the abdomen. The procedures have been favored over open surgeries by many doctors in years past because they are less invasive, leave less scar tissue and offer less recovery time. About ... Read More

Smartphones can cause pacemakers to stop working

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People with pacemakers are advised to keep a safe distance from smartphones and mobile phones to avoid unwanted painful shocks or pauses in function, medical device manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warn. Pacemakers and other implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are small devices that are placed in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms by using electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate. Studies from a decade ago have found that pacemakers can sometimes mistakenly detect electromagnetic interference, or EMIs, from smartphones and mobile devices as a cardiac signal that can ... Read More

Statin users with subclinical hypothyroidism at greater risk of diabetes

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People with hypothyroidism are at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes; however, people with subclinical hypothyroidism, or the earlier stages of the condition, are only at increased risk of developing diabetes if they are using cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, according to new research. Researchers with the Israel Institute of Technology and other institutions conducted a two-phase investigation that included analyzing electronic medical data from more than 20,000 patients with diabetes who began statin treatment from 2004 to 2005 who were randomly matched to nearly twice as many non-statin users. Patients were followed until December 2010. Researchers evaluated to cohorts for thyroid ... Read More

FDA panel to address injuries, deaths with Essure birth control device

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Reported health problems – including at least four deaths – not listed on the safety label of the implantable permanent birth control Essure have prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct an investigation into the safety of the devices. Essure is a nonsurgical permanent birth control implant shaped in a spiral that is inserted through the cervix and through the uterus into the fallopian tubes to block fertilization. Bayer Healthcare’s unit Conceptus Inc., received FDA approval to market the device in 2002. Since then, nearly 5,100 reports of complications have been associated with the device, including four deaths. ... Read More

Attorneys request consolidation of power morcellator lawsuits

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Attorneys for six women suing Johnson & Johnson over injuries they claim to have suffered after undergoing gynecological procedures with the company’s power morcellator device have filed a request with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate with at least 22 similar lawsuits pending in 16 different federal district courts. The motion seeks to transfer the cases to U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil in Kansas. The request comes just weeks after the Wall Street Journal reported that Johnson & Johnson was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about how much the company knew about cancer ... Read More

Tracheostomy tubes for infants, children recalled

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Medtronic is recalling tracheostomy tubes for neonatal and pediatric patients after 12 serious patient injury reports. The tubes, used during tracheostomy procedures to help provide an airway and facilitate the ability to breathe, were formed with a wider-angle bend than standard models, which have caused complications in patients including breathing difficulties that impacted oxygen levels or discomfort. The affected devices include eight product lines of Medtronic Covidien Shiley tracheostomy tubes manufactured after Nov. 29, 2012. Medtronic has informed hospitals and distributors worldwide of the recall and instructed them to notify the primary care physician and the homecare provider that the ... Read More

Law firm takes on FDA over gynecomastia risks with Risperdal

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A law firm is going head-to-head with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over documents the agency refused to make public about specific side effects in children taking the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. Sheller PC claims it was stifled in its efforts to advocate on behalf of children injured by Risperdal when it was barred from turning over to the FDA confidential documents it had obtained through discovery in litigation against the makers of the drug. The firm petitioned the FDA in November to change the safety labels on Risperdal and revoke its pediatric indication because of reports that the drug caused ... Read More

Oregon doctor faces sanctions for overprescribing testosterone treatments, opioids

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A Redmond, Ore., physician could lose her license and be fined thousand of dollars for a long list of violations including prescribing unnecessary and excessive testosterone treatments to a man who developed side effects. The Oregon Medical Review Board’s report claims Dr. Rose Kenny, a family practice physician at a Family Care Center was “grossly negligent” in her treatment of patients. In one case, she over prescribed narcotics to a truck driver who reported having six alcoholic drinks per day. She also prescribed excessive and contraindicated medication to treat diaper rash, and doled out several months of antibiotics to pediatric ... Read More

Attorneys request moving hundreds of transvaginal mesh lawsuits to PA

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Plaintiffs in more than 500 lawsuits spread across two separate multidistrict litigations alleging defectively designed transvaginal mesh made by Bard Inc. and Ethicon Inc. caused serious injuries have requested their cases be moved out of West Virginia and into Pennsylvania federal court so that their claims could be dealt with faster. More than 70,000 lawsuits in seven separate multidistrict litigations alleging injuries with transvaginal mesh from various manufacturers are pending in West Virginia. At least 23,000 of those are waged against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, and another 10,000 have been filed against Bard. This week, U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin, ... Read More