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Anti-seizure drug abused alongside opioids

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A rise in the recreational use of the anti-seizure drug gabapentin appears to fall in step with the opioid epidemic with many law enforcement agencies recording descriptions of gabapentin misuse in combination with opioids, according to a study published in the journal Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety. Gabapentin is used to treat seizures, but it is also used as a treatment for nerve pain. It is sold under the brand names Neurontin, Gralise and Horizant. Epidemiologic and case reports have pointed to an increase in recreational use of gabapentin, most often among people with a history of abuse. However, no studies have ... Read More

What’s the Hidden Harm in Wire Grill Brushes?

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The problem of wire grill brushes losing their bristles and injuring people who unknowingly ingest them has become so widespread that many Canadian and U.S. surgeons are hoping the brushes will be pulled from the market. Avoiding cleaning the grill with a wire brush is an important, potentially life-saving bit of advice from physicians throughout North America who say they are treating more and more patients injured by stray wire bristles that become attached to grilled food and swallowed. In most cases, the bristles will become lodged in the patient’s mouth, throat, or epiglottis – a flap of cartilage attached ... Read More

Fidget spinners may pose a choking hazard

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Fidget spinners are just beginning to take a turn as the latest gadget to grab kids’ attentions, but a Texas mother says the whirligig can be a dangerous pastime. Kelly Rose Joniec of Houston, Texas,shared her story on Facebook to warn other parents that these spinners are no joke. Joniec’s 10-year-old daughter Britton was innocently playing with her spinner in the be back seat of her mother’s car when Joniec heard her daughter choke. She pulled over and discovered that her daughter had swallowed one of the bearings from her fidget spinner. She performed Heimlich in an attempt to dislodge ... Read More

E-Cigarette Blast Burns NJ Man’s Face, Starts House Fire

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An e-cigarette explosion badly injured a New Jersey man and set his Manchester home on fire May 16. The Asbury Park Press reports that police were alerted to an explosion and house fire on New Brunswick Avenue in Manchester, New Jersey, shortly before 7:20 p.m., citing a statement about the incident from police Captain Todd Malland. The e-cigarette reportedly blew up in the 21-year-old man’s face, leaving him with facial burns, eye injury, and a laceration on his nose. Capt. Mallard said the man “had been the victim of an explosion involving a vape cigarette,” the Asbury Park Press reported. ... Read More

Studies suggest cranberries could help women with ovarian cancer

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Ovarian cancer is the most deadly cancer of the female reproductive system and the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women. According to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance the survival rate is much lower than that of other cancers affecting women; the relative five-year survival rate is 46.246 percent. This deadly cancer has been in the news recently with high-profile lawsuits against Johnson and Johnson accusing the health-care company of knowingly marketing products that increase ovarian cancer risk. Johnson and Johnson has lost four of the five lawsuits that have gone before St. Louis juries in the last ... Read More

Trinity Industries Settles Guardrail Amputation Lawsuit Hours Before Trial

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Guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries Inc. has settled a product liability lawsuit brought by a North Carolina man who claims that the company’s unapproved guardrail alterations resulted in a defective product that malfunctioned in a crash and severed his legs. Plaintiff Jay Scott Traylor, who filed the suit in February 2014, reached a settlement with Trinity the day before his case was to go to trial. Trinity informed Dallas County, Texas, District Judge Eric Moye of the settlement after it was agreed upon Monday, May 15. According to the complaint, Mr. Traylor struck a Trinity ET-Plus guardrail on Interstate 40 in ... Read More

First Physiomesh Lawsuit Goes to Trial in 2018

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The first lawsuit filed against Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Ethicon Inc. over complaints the companies’ Physiomesh device failed is scheduled to go to trial in 2018, according to the Daily Hornet. In June of 2016, Ethicon Inc. issued a market withdrawal at a global level for Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh due to the high rate of revision surgery required. “Analysis of unpublished data from two large independent overseas hernia registries (Germany and Denmark) has shown that laparoscopic ventral hernia repair using Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh has a higher rate of recurrence/reoperation compared to the average rates of other similar products among patients…” ... Read More

Lactation enhancement drug linked to heart risks

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The anti-nausea drug domperidone, also known by the brand name Motilium, should not be used to increase milk production in nursing mothers, because it can cause serious heart problems, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) professionals warned in a commentary in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. Because of the serious health risks domperidone poses, it is banned in the U.S. for any use. However, it is approved for gastrointestinal disorders in some countries and is sometimes obtained illegally in the U.S. and used by lactating mothers to increase milk production. Domperidone is in a class of drugs called dopamine receptor antagonist. ... Read More

Exploding E-Cigarette Battery Severely Burns Woman While Driving

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A British woman is recovering from severe burn injuries after her e-cigarette exploded in her pocket as she was driving home from work. Ellie Petty, a 32-year-old IT worker told The Sun that she was driving home to Salisbury on the A303 when “the battery exploded like a gas torch” inside the pocket of her pants. She told The Sun that she was driving 70 mph in the vicinity of Andover, Hants at the time. “I absolutely thought I was going to die – it was a horrific experience,” Ms. Petty told The Sun. “I was on my hands-free kit ... Read More

Maintenance Worker Killed after Being Crushed Beneath Lawn Mower

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Last Saturday at a north suburban country club in Northbrook, Illinois, a maintenance worker was killed after being crushed beneath a lawn mower. Richard L. Bowden, a 62-year-old Deerfield resident, was operating a commercial lawn mower on the grounds of Greenacre Country Club. As a contract employee of the landscaping company charged with maintaining the country club’s property, Bowden was mowing the grass along an embankment with a steep incline when the heavy machine tipped over, crushing him beneath its weight. NBC News Chicago reports that the autopsy performed by the Cook County medical examiner’s office determined he died of traumatic asphyxia, with blunt force ... Read More