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Automatic Emergency Braking Becoming Standard In More Vehicles

Federal safety regulations do not require car manufacturers to install automatic emergency braking systems in their vehicles, but government officials say this form of crash-avoidance technology is becoming increasingly standard among some automakers. Four of the 20 automakers that have pledged to make automatic emergency braking standard in their vehicle by September 2022 say that the technology became standard already in more than half of their 2017 model-year vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The automakers that are producing the majority of their vehicles with automatic emergency braking standard are mostly luxury brands: Tesla (100 percent), ... Read More

Man sues Cook Medical alleging debilitating IVC filter injuries

Daniel Shafer was 54 when, in October 2011, he was implanted with Cook Medical’s blood clot capturing device prior to back surgery. Shafer had a history of deep vein thrombosis and had difficulty staying in therapeutic levels with his blood thinner, warfarin. The clot catcher Shafer was implanted with was the Cook Celect IVC filter. The tiny, cage-like device is implanted into the inferior vena cava, or IVC, a large vein in the body that carries deoxygenated blood to the heart. The device is designed to catch blood clots traveling from the lower limbs before they reach the heart or ... Read More

Degenerative brain disease ‘strongly linked’ to football

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association strongly links the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) with North American football. Researchers found evidence of CTE in the brains of 177 of 202 deceased men who had played football in college or professionally for at least two years, and 100 of the 111 former National Football League (NFL) players in the study were neuropathologically diagnosed with severe CTE. The study was conducted by a group of investigators from the Neuropathology Service of the Veteran’s Affairs Boston Healthcare System and the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center. ... Read More

Third AndroGel side effects trial begins this week

AbbVie Inc. faces its third bellwether trial this week over claims that testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel caused serious cardiovascular injuries. The case is one of more than 7,500 pending in a multidistrict litigation in Illinois federal court that names several testosterone treatment manufacturers and various testosterone products. The latest trial involves the case of Robert Nolte and his wife Genienne, who sued AbbVie in 2014 after Robert suffered a pulmonary embolism, a life threatening condition caused when blood clots travel to the lungs. He claims AbbVie did not adequately warn that use of AndroGel carried cardiovascular risks, including heart attacks, ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Hits Two Greyhound Buses, Injuring 8

A tractor-trailer collided with two Greyhound buses on a Kentucky highway Thursday, Jan. 4, injuring 8 people. Police in Walton, Kentucky, said that a Greyhound bus carrying 41 passengers had pulled over on the side of the northbound lanes of Interstate 71 due to mechanical problems. A replacement Greyhound bus arrived, and passengers and luggage were moving to the second bus when a tractor-trailer sideswiped both buses. Norla Bennett, 67, was traveling from Birmingham, Alabama, to Toledo, Ohio. She told Cincinnati’s WLWT Channel 5 that she was in the doorway of one of the buses when they were hit. The ... Read More

Orange cream bars recalled due to Listeria scare

Boxes of Tops brand Orange Cream Bars and Meijer Purple Cow brand Orange Cream Bars may look innocent enough with adorable animals posing next to the tasty treats. But buyer beware. Fieldbrook Foods Corporation, maker of the products, has issued a recall of 20 cases of the Tops brand product and 320 cases of Meijer Purple Cow brand cream bars because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The nasty organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. While healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as ... Read More

Breast implant-associated cancer more common than reported

A new study backs what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerted consumers to last year – that breast implants are associated with a small increased risk of rare type of cancer. But the study suggests the risk is higher than reported. The study, published in JAMA Oncology, found that about one in 7,000 women with breast implants develop a rare form of lymphoma called breast implant-associated anapestic large cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL. The cancer develops in a capsule of tissue and fluid that forms around the implant. It’s a slow-growing cancer, with the median diagnosis occurring 13 years after implant ... Read More

Two Workers Die In Gavillon Grain Accident

The owner of a grain storage facility in Wichita, Kansas, where two workers died Tuesday, Jan. 2, after being trapped under tons of grain has a history of federal safety violations. Little is known about the circumstances surrounding last week’s fatal accident, but Gavillon Grain said that both men involved in Tuesday’s accident were employees of the company. Gavillon Grain is a Nebraska-based agricultural company specializing in grains and fertilizers. The company owns 136 grain facilities in more than a dozen states. Sedgwick County Deputy Fire Chief Larry Tangney told reporters that the two workers were killed after being trapped under ... Read More

NJ judge considers consolidating Abilify compulsion cases

Drug companies and dozens of people suing them over claims that the antipsychotic drug Abilify caused them to compulsively gamble or have sex, urged a New Jersey state court to grant multi-county litigation status to the pending cases, Law360 reported. The request was made to the New Jersey Supreme Court for cases pending in Bergen County Superior Court before Judge James J. DeLuca. Centralizing the cases would help cut the cost of litigating the cases of similar claims against Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc., brought by geographically dispersed plaintiffs. Abilify, which contains the active ingredient aripiprazole, was ... Read More

Mammogram center’s certification pulled, patients advised to have images rechecked

Patients who have had mammograms at Palm Beach Broward Medical Imaging Center in Deerfield Beach, Florida on or before April 2, 2016, are being alerted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about possible problems with the quality of their mammograms. This does not mean that the results of the mammograms were inaccurate, just that patients and their doctors should consider having their mammograms re-evaluated at a Mammography Qualified Standards Act (MQSA) certified facility to determine if a repeat mammogram or additional medical follow-up is needed. The agency issued the Safety Communication following an annual MQSA inspection at the facility ... Read More