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Plaintiffs Push to Consolidate Smith & Nephew Metal-on-Metal Hip claims in MDL

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On Feb. 1, plaintiffs filed a petition asking the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to consider consolidating complaints against Smith & Nephew over its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) and R3 Acetabular System devices. As many as 31 cases are still pending in 22 federal district courts, according to the petition, and dozens more are expected to flood in. Pretrial coordination before a single judge in Maryland would facilitate resolution of the claims, the plaintiffs say. In June of 2012, Smith & Nephew recalled its R3 Acetabular System, an optional metal liner component used in hip implant devices. This includes about 7,700 metal liners that ... Read More

Psoriasis drug Humira linked to lupus erythematosus

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The plaque psoriasis drug Humira has been linked to drug-induced lupus erythematosus (DILE) in a case study published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics. Humira, known chemically as adalimumab, is an immunosuppressant drug that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat arthritis, plaque psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis. The case study, detailed by Iva Lomicová, M.D., from Charles University in Pilsen, Czech Republic, and colleagues, involves a patient with severe psoriasis who was treated with adalimumab, but discontinued the medication two weeks prior to having a hysterectomy. A month later, she ... Read More

Noted sportscaster Craig Sager Dies of AML

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Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a devastating disease that affects 20,000 Americans and claims the lives of 10,000 every year. Last December, it claimed the life of Craig Sager, longtime NBA and Turner Sports broadcaster. “There will never be another Craig Sager,” said Turner president David Levy. “His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports. While he will be remembered fondly for his colorful attire and the TNT sideline interviews he conducted with NBA coaches and players, it’s the determination, grace and will to live he displayed during his ... Read More

Landfill worker found dead in trash compactor after landslide

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Authorities have identified the body of a 49-year-old landfill employee who was found inside a compacting machine that was buried under 40 feet of trash after a landslide. The body of William L. Pierce, a decade-plus veteran with Advanced Disposal, was discovered Feb. 10 at the Greentree Landfill in Elk County, Pennsylvania. His body was recovered two days after a large amount of waste and dirt shifted off a large disposal area, burying large equipment and multiple workers. Though four workers escaped the slide before emergency services arrived, Pierce remained unaccounted for and crews worked for days to locate him and ... Read More

Six things to know about dietary supplements

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Dietary supplements often promise to contain all-natural ingredients and to deliver too-good-to-be-true effects when it comes to weight loss, athletic performance, sexual enhancement, disease treatment and prevention, and more. But buyer beware, says Paul Doering, a professor of Pharmacy at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. Nutritional supplements may not be all they’re cracked up to be and, in some cases, they may be dangerous. Doering offers six tips to consider before buying these over-the-counter and mail-order remedies. 1. Be suspicious when you see a “kitchen sink” worth of ingredients. Supplement companies will often add chemicals with lengthy names ... Read More

Judge Rules Whistleblowers Can Provide SEC with Confidential Documents To Substantiate Fraud Claims

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A San Diego federal judge’s Feb. 14 ruling in a whistleblower dispute involving Bank of Internet (BofI) and a former employee who provided classified information to federal regulators about potential securities violations enhances protections for certain whistleblowers who report fraud. According to Courthouse News Service, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant denied most of BofI’s motions for a summary judgement of whistleblower protections from Charles Matthew Erhart, who was formerly employed as BofI’s internal auditor. Mr. Erhart started working for San Diego-based BofI in September 2013. He reported the bank to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) upon discovering it worked ... Read More

Elevated lead levels found in California industry workers’ blood

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One of a number of possible toxins that workers can potentially be exposed to, lead has made headlines lately for its toxicity in drinking water, but a new study shows lead is also an issue for California workers in munitions, manufacturing and other industries. A January 2017 study by the Occupational Health Branch of the California Department of Public Health, known as Cal/OSHA, found of the 38,440 workers who had their blood tested for lead from 2012 through 2014, 6,051 workers had elevated levels, according to PBS. An elevated lead level is considered 5 or more micrograms of lead per ... Read More

Clinical study supports effectiveness of non-drug treatment for infant acid reflux, Safe alternative to PPIs

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A new clinical study looks at the effectiveness of the Bare Air-Free feeding system as a non-drug treatment for infant acid reflux by tracking the changes in acid reflux (or GER) symptoms in 122 infants over a two-week period. The infants were divided into a control group with typical GI functioning and a GER group that had clinically significant ratings of GER symptoms based on the Infant- GER Questionnaire (I-GERQ). The researchers found that not only did the Bare Air-Free reduce clinical symptoms in the GER group, 75 percent of the babies in that group no longer met the clinical ... Read More

High-Speed Crash On Country Road Kills Three Alabamians; Injures Two others

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A high-speed crash that killed an Alabama woman and her grandson on a rural Madison County road last month was caused by a driver speeding at 118 mph – 73 mph above the posted speed limit – according to an Alabama State Trooper crash report. The report shows that 32-year-old driver Johnny Mara of Hazel Green, Alabama, was driving a 2003 Lexus west on Ready Section Road at a violent speed when he lost control of the vehicle after topping a rise in the road near the intersection of Butter and Egg Road. A crash report diagram shows Mr. Mara’s ... Read More

Sargento announces cheese recall expansion; severs ties with supplier Deutsch Kase Haus

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Sargento Foods Inc., one of the largest cheesemakers in the nation, is expanding its initial recall of specialty Longhorn Colby cheese to include products packaged on the same lines as the cheeses recalled last week. The recalled cheese may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes, according to its supplier Deutsch Kase Haus. Sargento axed its relationship with the supplier due to the cheese recall. “Out of concern for the health and well-being of Sargento consumers, the company has also terminated its relationship with Deutsch Kase Haus, which supplied Sargento with the affected Longhorn Colby cheese,” the company stated in regards to ... Read More