98 posts

Doctor advises women to familiarize themselves with risk factors, symptoms of ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is the deadliest form of female reproductive cancer and can be developed by women at any age. The main reason for its deadliness is its difficulty to detect. In many cases, this disease it diagnosed when it is already too late for treatments to have a positive effect. Darlene Gibbon, MD, chief of Gynecologic Oncology, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, spoke recently to about how important it is for women to educate themselves about ovarian cancer. Dr. Gibbon noted that although the cause of ovarian cancer is still unknown, it is imperative for women to be ... Read More

Judge allows liability, negligence claims to go ahead in Smith & Nephew hip implant lawsuit

A federal judge in West Virginia announced on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, that he would permit a woman named Anna Raab’s product liability and negligence claims to go to trial in a lawsuit in which she claims Smith & Nephew Inc. produced a faulty hip replacement that led to her personal injuries. Anna Raab claims that Smith & Nephew clearly violated the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) current good manufacturing practice requirements, which is a breach of federal law. The current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) is a regulation system whose goal is to ensure medical devices are safe, effective, ... Read More

Study reveals history of oral contraceptive use may improve ovarian cancer outcome

A recent study performed by researchers of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., found that women who have history of using oral contraceptives (birth control) have a reduced risk of developing ovarian cancer, as well as a higher survival rate for those who are diagnosed. During their study, which took place over a 13-year span (2000-2013), nearly 1,400 ovarian cancer patients completed a questionnaire about their history of birth control use in which more than 800 reported they have in fact taken oral contraceptives in the past. One statistical analysis found that patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer who have a ... Read More

Oil rig explosion in Gulf of Mexico

  Update #2 (9/02/2010 @ 4:45pm) – Coast Guard Petty Officer Elizabeth Bordelon said there is a sheen on the water at the site of the platform, measuring about 100 feet wide and stretching for one mile. Jindal said the sheen can’t be confirmed. The fire at the platform is not out yet, but it has been contained, Bordelon said. Update #1 (9/02/2010 @ 12:31pm) – All thirteen people aboard a production platform that exploded in the Gulf are accounted for and safely on a commercial vessel according to initial information, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement. “We ... Read More

3 signs the Government is still in bed with BP

As the disaster in the Gulf has played out over the last 47 days, it has become painfully obvious just how much control big business has over our federal government. BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates during the past 20 years. Obama has received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top recipient of BP money in the past 20 years, according to financial disclosure records. On top of that, the oil giant has spent millions each year on lobbying — including $15.9 million last year alone — as ... Read More

Chemicals Meant To Break Up BP Oil Spill Present New Environmental Concerns

The chemicals BP is now relying on to break up the steady flow of leaking oil from deep below the Gulf of Mexico could create a new set of environmental problems. Even if the materials, called dispersants, are effective, BP has already bought up more than a third of the world’s supply. If the leak from 5,000 feet beneath the surface continues for weeks, or months, that stockpile could run out. On Thursday BP began using the chemical compounds to dissolve the crude oil, both on the surface and deep below, deploying an estimated 100,000 gallons. Dispersing the oil is ... Read More

Bon Secour Fisheries joins legal battle against BP, other firms over Gulf of Mexico oil spill

MOBILE, Ala. — Bon Secour Fisheries today joined the growing legal battle against BP Plc and the other companies involved with a drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last week. The Baldwin County shrimp processing company filed a class-action lawsuit seeking to represent everyone in Alabama who owns or leases residential or commercial property that is threatened by an enormous oil slick caused by the destruction of the Deepwater Horizon. BP said today that it is responsible and that it will compensate those impacted. “We are taking full responsibility for the spill and we will clean it ... Read More

Alabama's Beasley Allen files oil spill suit

Montgomery law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles PC filed a class action lawsuit against BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The law firm filed a complaint against BP – officially called British Petroleum – in attempts to recoup losses for individuals and businesses that have incurred damages related to the disaster, such as property damages, loss of profits and loss of commercial and subsistence use of natural resources, according to a written statement. The oil spill happened early last week when an explosion caused the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico to sink. As a ... Read More

Yamaha Rhino ATVs recall issued for two models

All Yamaha Rhino 450 and 660 model vehicles were recalled for repairs designed to prevent accidents that resulted in 46 deaths and hundreds of injuries. The reported deaths occurred between the fall of 2003, when the vehicles were first distributed, through this year. More than two-thirds of the incidents were rollovers. According to the CPSC many of these involved turns on level ground at relatively slow speeds. A number of incidents also involved riders not wearing seat belts. The repairs are designed to reduce rollover risk, as well as to improve handling and keep riders’ limbs inside the vehicles. Rhino ... Read More

Tuscaloosa judges uphold $35M Family Dollar ruling

Three federal judges this week upheld a $35.6 million ruling against Family Dollar Stores Inc., saying the chain denied employees overtime pay by classifying them as store managers. A three-judge panel in Tuscaloosa agreed with a 2006 jury that found the Matthews, N.C.-based company in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and awarded back pay to 1,424 employees, who routinely worked 60 to 70 hours a week. Their duties often included mopping floors, unloading trucks, stocking shelves and running cash registers. The jury “reasonably determined that Family Dollar failed to meet its burden of proving that Plaintiff store managers’ ... Read More