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Physiomesh Found to be Shredded Inside Woman’s Abdomen


A new lawsuit against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson was filed after a woman’s Physiomesh shredded inside her body. Jo Ann Lax of Lafe, Arkansas underwent a laparoscopic surgery to repair an umbilical hernia on Oct. 27, 2014. The surgeon, Dr. Robert Warner Jr., implanted Lax with Physiomesh 15×15 cm. in size. The mesh was designed to reinforce the tissue affected by the hernia, to allow Lax to return to life as normal. When Lax began experiencing pain at the hernia site, it was determined that the hernia mesh must have failed. On May 28, 2015, Lax underwent an additional surgery to have ... Read More

Florida nursing home resident files negligence lawsuit

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A 94-year-old woman who lived at the Hollywood, Florida nursing home where eight residents died after Hurricane Irma knocked out the air conditioning, is suing the rehabilitation center over claims that the facility was negligent and showed reckless indifference toward the vulnerable patients who lived there. The lawsuit was filed by the legal guardian of Rosa Cabrera against Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. Cabrera is a double amputee who relies on round-the-clock skilled care. When the facility’s electrical system went out, shutting down the air conditioning, management did not protect residents despite being located just across the street from a ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Crash Throws Three People off New Orleans Bridge

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Three people were hurled off a New Orleans Bridge into Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans when a tractor-trailer collided with a tow truck and an SUV Sunday night, Sept. 17. The Louisiana State Police said the accident occurred just before 10 p.m. when a tractor-trailer traveling westbound on the Bonnet Carre Spillway Bridge stretch of I-10 slammed into a tow-truck that was in the right lane attempting to load a stranded SUV, according to The Times-Picayune. The collision caused all three vehicles to burst into flames. The driver of the tractor-trailer, a passenger in that truck, and the driver of ... Read More

Dancer Paralyzed by O’Hare Accident Remains ‘Heartbroken’ Despite $148M Verdict

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Tierney Darden, the dancer who was paralyzed when a 750-pound pedestrian shelter fell on top of her at O’Hare Airport, is grateful for the $148 million verdict in her favor, but still remains “heartbroken.” When members of the jury found out that the city of Chicago had failed to keep the shelter maintained, they had no trouble ruling in 26-year-old Darden’s favor. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Darden’s verdict is the highest personal injury verdict recorded in Cook County. Until then, the highest had been $127.7 million, which was from a 1991 verdict in a drug company’s product liability case. ... Read More

CDC warns men are more likely to get skin cancer


“Men, especially those with lighter skin, are more likely than anybody else to get skin cancer, including melanoma — the deadliest kind of skin cancer,” says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC says that this might be because men over their lifetimes get more sun exposure than women, are more likely to have outdoor careers, and that women’s beauty care products often contain sunscreen. They report that only 14 percent of men use sunscreen on both their face and exposed skin when outside in the sun for more than an hour. Men may also be exposed ... Read More

No DKA risk in type 1 diabetics taking Farxiga


The type 2 diabetes drug Farxiga helped patients with adequately controlled type 1 diabetes better manage their blood sugar and weight loss in the first phase 3 clinical trial testing a drug in the SGLT2 inhibitor class on type 1 diabetics. The study showed that Farxiga, as an oral adjunct to insulin, at both 5mg and 10mg doses, provided clinically relevant benefits to type 1 diabetics compared to similar patients treated with placebo. “The 24-week results are important as they represent the first phase 3 trial in type 1 diabetes of the newer selective SGLT-2 class of diabetes medicines as an ... Read More

Self-Driving Boats and Ships: Coming Soon To a Port Near You

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In the race to develop self-driving technologies, it appears that self-navigating boats and ships will be the first to cross the finish line. In the U.S., Norway, the Netherlands, Japan, China, and several other countries, self-navigating vessels are on the threshold of plying the world’s oceans and waterways completely free of a captain and crew. According to the Associated Press, “marine innovators are building automated ferry boats for Amsterdam canals, cargo ships that can steer themselves through Norwegian fjords and remote-controlled ships to carry containers across the Atlantic and Pacific.” “One experimental workboat spent this summer dodging tall ships and ... Read More

Galena to pay $7.5M for illegally pushing potent opioid

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Galena Biopharma Inc., was ordered to pay more than $7.55 million to resolve allegations that it paid kickbacks to doctors to prescribe its potent fentanyl-based drug Abstral, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced. Abstral is a powerful opioid that is only approved for breakthrough pain in cancer patients 18 years of age and older who are already tolerant to opioid therapy for their underlying persistent cancer pain. It is contraindicated for patients who are not already tolerant to opioids because life-threatening respiratory depression and death can result at any dose in patients not on a chronic regimen of opioids. For this ... Read More

Korea adds severe skin reaction warning to Xarelto


Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) is requiring an update to the safety label of the blood thinner Xarelto to include new warnings regarding the risk of the serious and sometimes fatal skin reactions known as Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). The warning comes after the European Commission issued a public safety alert regarding serious skin conditions with Xarelto. Most side effects were reported within the first week of treatment. The ministry collected opinions and reviewed them last month and determined that the warnings should also come with a recommendation for doctors to discontinue ... Read More

Chemical Release Puts Baltimore Communities Under Temporary Lockdown

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A chemical spill that sent a plume of acid gas into the air prompted officials to put three Baltimore area communities under an emergency shelter-in-place order Monday morning. The leak occurred at the Solvay plant when a tank truck delivering chlorosulfonic acid, a raw material used for producing soaps and detergents, leaked from a valve as it was being transferred by hose to a trailer. The chemical, which produces a white cloud when exposed to air, is extremely corrosive to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. Symptoms associated with inhaling ... Read More