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Testosterone cases tossed from MDL for lack of information

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly threw out 160 cases from a multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving cardiovascular risks with testosterone replacement therapies because they failed to provide more information about their use of the products, how they obtained them, and their alleged injuries. “The failure of these plaintiffs to produce discovery is prejudicial to the defendants in these cases because it hinders the investigation and preparation of a defense in these cases,” Judge Kennelly wrote. He also suggested more dismissals may be ordered down the line. The dismissal of 160 cases makes a small impact on the multidistrict litigation, where more ... Read More

E-Cigarette Explosion Suspected In Florida Man’s Death

Authorities in Florida believe a St. Petersburg man died from blast injuries he sustained from an e-cigarette malfunction Saturday, May 5. According to the Miami Herald, the St. Petersburg Fire Rescue unit responding to a fire just north of downtown St. Petersburg found the 38-year-old man, identified as Tallmadge D’Elia, dead in his 19th Ave. North home with “multiple injuries to his face.” The explosion reportedly started a fire in a room of the house. Investigators said they are uncertain whether Mr. D’Elia died from injuries he suffered directly in the explosion or from the resulting fire. If authorities confirm ... Read More

Inside Data Security Threats Present in All Companies

The words “cyberattack” and “data theft” may conjure images of outside hacker jobs for most, but a new study has found that 100 percent of businesses and other organizations face active threats from the inside. Data leaks and breaches caused by employees were present in some form in all the organizations studied by Dtex Systems, an analytics company specializing in user behavior intelligence and insider threat detection. According to the report, inside threats stem from both negligent employees and malicious employees. Negligent employees pose a risk to their organization’s data security due to their lack of awareness, carelessness, or error. ... Read More

Nursing home employees report abuse – from residents

Pioneer Health Care Center is a nursing home and elderly living establishment located in Rocky Ford, Colorado. It provides residential services to its clients, which consist mainly of long-term care as well as mental health services. In February, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) cited the company for its failure to keep employees from being exposed to violence in the workplace. According to the Denver Post, investigators learned nursing home residents “grabbed, kick, bit and punched at staff members,” causing injuries including “cuts and bruises” as well as sprains, bruising, and injuries to the head ... Read More

Tesla on Autopilot Slams into Tractor-Trailer in Utah

The driver of a Tesla Model S that slammed into the back of a firetruck in South Jordan, Utah, while traveling at 60 mph said the vehicle was operating in autopilot mode. The 28-year-old driver, a woman from Lehi, Utah, told crash investigators that the Tesla Model S was operating in autopilot – a semi-autonomous mode with crash-avoidance technology – when it collided with the firetruck. Eyewitnesses said the car never slowed down or swerved before impact. Incredibly, the woman escaped the high-speed crash with only a broken ankle, USA Today reports. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, whose company faces growing ... Read More

Verdict reached in latest testosterone side effects trial

Jurors in the fifth bellwether to be tried a multi district litigation (MDL) accusing testosterone replacement therapies of causing serious cardiovascular events found in favor of the defense. More than 6,500 cases remain in the MDL against testosterone makers, where previous verdicts have resulted in multimillion dollar awards to victims of testosterone side effects. Arthur Myers and his wife Heather sued AbbVie Inc., in 2015, claiming Arthur was lured to seek specific testing and treatment for low testosterone by the drug company’s direct-to-consumer advertising for its top-selling testosterone treatment AndroGel. In February 2008, Arthur suffered a pulmonary embolism, or blood ... Read More

FDA issues safety alert on brain aneurysm stents

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising neurology professionals to consider risk factors in patients they are considering for neuromuscular stents for the treatment of unruptured brain aneurysms because the agency has received reports that suggest some strokes and/or deaths occurred during or soon after procedures which may have been related to procedural risks or patient selection factors. These factors include patients who had serious comorbidities that reduced life expectancy, or who were intolerant to the anticoagulants or anti-platelet medications required for the treatment. These neurovascular stents used for stent-assisted coiling (SAC) are used to treat wide-neck, intracranial, saccular ... Read More

Summer Heat Increases Risk of Tire Failures

How Hot Pavement and Soaring Temperatures Can Cause Dangerous Tire Damage Tire maintenance is important all year long, but summer introduces special conditions that subject your vehicle’s tires to extraordinary stress, making summertime tire care a critical part of safe driving. Summer heat and hot pavement subject tires to extra stress and pressure, causing tire treads to degrade more rapidly than in cooler seasons. Tires with excessively worn treads and underinflated tires are especially prone to fail in the hotter months. Friction against scorching-hot pavement and heat buildup inside the tire dramatically accelerate the breakdown of tire rubber. Such degradation ... Read More

Dräger Medical recalls anesthesia machines

Dräger Medical is recalling its Fabius Anesthesia machines because they may have excessive oil that was not removed during production of the machines. This oil may interfere with the position detector of the ventilation motor during operation and cause the ventilation to fail, which can lead to serious patient injury or death. The recall affects several lots of Fabius Anesthesia machines including Fabius GS Premium, Fabius Tiro, Fabius Tiro M, and Fabius MRI. A total of 62 machines are being recalled from the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, ... Read More

J&J product relaunch will keep talc in baby products

Johnson & Johnson is redesigning its Johnson’s Baby products line to appeal to millennial moms who are more conscious about the ingredients in the products. According to CNBC, three years ago, the consumer health care giant began researching a relaunch of its line of baby products and, after talking to thousands of mothers, realized it needed to consider what it was putting into its products. “What we learned is that they were looking for fewer, simpler ingredients, more naturally derived ingredients in their products,” Trisha Bonner, associate director of research & development at J&J Consumer, told the news agency. “From ... Read More