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Study examines Cardiovascular Risk of Vaping

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E-cigarettes were first introduced into the United States in 2006 and have rapidly increased in popularity, often due to vape sellers’ claims that e-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes, while also delivering the craved nicotine hit. A study led by Dr. Holly R. Middlekauff of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California in Los Angeles points out that e-cigarettes may certainly have a significantly lower number of carcinogens, but appear to be just as harmful to the heart as smoking. Nicotine addiction is as prevalent with e-cigarettes as it is with traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes produce little or no tar, ... Read More

Could results of 2017 Risperdal lawsuits prompt global J&J settlement?

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Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals face more than 15,000 lawsuits over alleged disfiguring side effects caused by its antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The last case to be tried resulted in a $70 million verdict in favor of a young Tennessee boy. The next scheduled trial, which involved a New York boy who claimed he suffered serious Risperdal side effects, ended with a confidential settlement agreement early this year. Could that be a sign that the pharmaceutical giant is considering settling more cases? J&J says it is taking each case one-by-one to decide whether a settlement is in order. ... Read More

NC nursing home ordered to pay $5.2 million for the wrongful deaths of three patients

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The skilled nursing care given by Blue Ridge Health Care Center and management companies Care Virginia Management LLC and Care One LLC was grossly negligent, intentional or in reckless disregard of the rights of three nursing home patients, a North Carolina federal jury determined, and ordered the companies to pay the families of the three deceased residents $5.2 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The jury found that the companies’ actions caused the deaths of Del Ray Baird, Elizabeth Jones, and Bettie May Kee. Baird’s estate was awarded $50,000, and the estates of Jones and Kee were each awarded $300,000 ... Read More

Generic heartburn drug Protonix recalled

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Aurobindo Pharma Limited issued a recall for a generic version of the injectable heartburn treatment Protonix because some vials appeared to be discolored with a possible contaminant. Pantoprazole sodium is the active ingredient in Protonix. It is a class of acid-reducing drugs called proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, which work by blocking the production of acid in the stomach. The medication is intended to be used short-term (7 to 10 days) in adult patients to treat esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and a history of erosive esophagitis. The recall affects 29,800 vials of pantoprazole sodium for injection, 40mg per vial, single dose. ... Read More

Getting to the root cause of various types of hair loss

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The Kashmir Monitor encourages readers who are experiencing hair loss to make themselves aware of the various causes. “The key to finding a solution to thinning hair or baldness is determining the root of the problem and seeking treatment accordingly,” the article states. The article lists 10 different possible reasons that a person might be suffering from hair loss, and treatments when applicable. Some of the causes were purely physical, such as thyroid disorders and nutrient deficiencies, in which getting your hormones or your diet back in balance will allow your hair to start growing again. The article warns readers ... Read More

Dr. Reddy recalls generic version of Zyprexa for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

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Pharmaceutical company Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories is recalling a generic version of the antipsychotic Zyprexa, known chemically as olanzapine, because the drug failed impurity and degradation specification testing. “Due to out-of-specification results for the Related Substance Compound C (Impurity 6 – N-Oxide at the 18 month stability station,” the recall noticed stated. The recall is classified as a Class III, which is a less serious type of recall reserved for products in which use of exposure is not likely to cause adverse health consequences. Olanzapine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009 under the brand name Zyprexa. It ... Read More

Volkswagen’s $1.22 Billion Repair and Buyback Plan Gets Preliminary Approval

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A federal judge granted preliminary approval Feb. 14 to a $1.22 billion plan for German automaker Volkswagen to repair or buy back about 80,000 3.0-liter diesel vehicles in the U.S. that are equipped with an emissions cheat that allows them to spew illegal levels of pollution. The deal follows an earlier agreement requiring Volkswagen to spend as much as $10.3 billion to fix or buy back nearly half a million 2.0-liter diesel vehicles equipped with the same emissions-cheating software that allows them to emit as much as 40 times the allowable limits of toxic air pollutants. U.S. Judge Charles Breyer ... Read More

Alabama Demolition Worker Suffers Fatal Injuries After Floor Collapse In Old Mill

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Federal officials and local police are investigating the death of a construction worker who died after the floor in an old mill where he was working gave way, causing him to plummet four stories to the concrete ground floor. The Lanett Police Department identified the worker as Cirilo Banuelos Reyes, a 50-year-old male from Alexander City, Alabama. Mr. Reyes was performing demolition and reclamation work inside the Dye Works building of the Old Lanett Mill on South Gilmer Ave. Tuesday, Feb. 14. when the flooring collapse occurred. Lanett Emergency Medical Services, the Lanett Police Investigations Division, and the Chambers County ... Read More

Viagra being studied in pregnant women; is it safe?

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Researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) have conducted an initial trial of Viagra as a treatment for early intrauterine growth restriction, according to Counsel and Heal. In this rare condition, the placenta does not supply enough nutrients to the fetus which results in premature delivery or stillbirth. Treatment options for this condition are limited. Scientists wondered if sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, which works by increasing blood flow, might be able to increase the flow of nutrients to the fetus. According to Dr. Kenneth Lim of B.C. Women’s Hospital, the results of the small initial study were promising ... Read More

FDA speeds up medical device recall notification in 2017

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) vowed that it will deliver warnings regarding recalled medical devices to the public in a more timely manner in 2017. The FDA defines a medical device recall as a correction or removal action to address a problem with a device that violates FDA law. Recalls occur when a medical device is defective, when it could be a risk to health, or when it is both defective and a risk to health. When the FDA learns of a company’s recall or removal action regarding a medical device, the agency reviews the strategy the company poses ... Read More