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Asbestos found in makeup marketed to children

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Tween clothing store Justice, formerly known as Limited Too, is under fire as an investigation has uncovered asbestos in its makeup. WTVD, an ABC affiliate in Durham, North Carolina, worked with the Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro to test samples of the store’s makeup and their results found that “Just Shine Shimmer Powder” contains four heavy metals, barium, chromium, lead, and selenium, as well as asbestos, according to Buzzfeed News. “I would treat it like a deadly poison, because it is,” Sean Fitzgerald, the director of research and analytical services at the institute said of the product, which is marketed ... Read More

Whistleblower Alleges Gentiva Defrauded Medicare

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A whistleblower lawsuit against Gentiva Health Services unsealed July 10 alleges the company defrauded Medicare by misclassifying home health care patients as hospice patients in order to boost reimbursements. Alan Stewart, an Area Vice President with Gentiva, filed the complaint in 2014 under whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. He alleges Gentiva launched a “new financial plan” in 2013 that involved recoding many patients receiving home health care as hospice patients, even when those patients did not require hospice services. According to McKnight’s, more than half of the patients who migrated from home health care to hospice care were ... Read More

AndroGel needed heart risk warning, witness says

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Peggy Pence, the president and CEO of pharmaceutical consulting firm Symbion Research International Inc., told an Illinois federal jury that there was enough evidence that testosterone replacement therapies may cause heart attacks that warnings should be placed on the hormone treatments’ labels and further testing should be conducted, Law360 reports. Pence told the jury in the first bellwether among thousands in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) to go to trial alleging cardiovascular risks with testosterone treatments that Abbvie had received so many reports of heart problems in patients who had used its AndroGel testosterone gel that further testing was warranted. Pence ... Read More

Stuntman Killed On Set of The Walking Dead

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A stuntman filming for AMC’s hit television show The Walking Dead died last week from injuries he suffered from a fall on the show’s set in Georgia. John Bernecker, 33, was flown to Atlanta Medical Center Wednesday, July 12, after falling more than 20 feet from a balcony on The Walking Dead set to a concrete floor below. He died at 6:30 p.m. the same day from blunt force trauma, including a head injury, Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk said. The Walking Dead has been filmed in and around the town of Senoia, Georgia, just southwest of Atlanta, since it ... Read More

Researchers study Viagra enzyme for new uses, risks

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According to Bel Marra Health, new research has shown an interesting potential new use for erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. Researchers doing animal studies found that when they used sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, to coat artery-opening cardiac stents, the drug helped prevent blood vessels from closing again and cut down on blood clot formation. The tiny mesh tubes that prop up failing blood vessels can lose effectiveness over time. The specific means by which Viagra’s addition to the stents complemented their action is that the drug, by increasing the activity of certain enzymes, prevented artery walls from forming scar ... Read More

Nursing home faces two wrongful death lawsuits

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Two families have filed lawsuits against a Massachusetts nursing home claiming the facilities are to blame for the residents’ wrongful deaths, according to the Lowell Sun. The lawsuits were filed against the Beaumont Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center by the families of 89-yer-old Betty “Betsy” Crane and 85-year-old Vincent Walsh. Both patients died from injuries sustained from falls. According to the complaint, Crane fell July 29, 2015, and died about a week later from blunt force head trauma. Walsh fell Sept. 15, 2015, and died four days later of blunt force head trauma. The lawsuits claim that the Department of ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps U.S. Recover $155 Million

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One of the nation’s largest vendors of electronic health records software, eClinicalWorks, and certain of its employees will pay a total of $155 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging they misrepresented the capabilities of their software and paid kickbacks to customers in exchange for promotional favors. The U.S. Department of Justice said that the Westborough, Massachusetts-based software firm “falsely obtained” government-required certification for its electronic health records software by concealing from its certifying agency the software’s noncompliance with federal certification requirements. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 established the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program to encourage ... Read More

Genetic tests can reveal risk for pattern baldness

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Fox News Health ran an article by senior managing health editor Dr. Manny Alvarez about hair loss and a genetic test that can be performed to detect the tendency for androgen alopecia. “Whether you’d like to admit it or not, your appearance has a great effect on your everyday life. If your hair starts thinning or balding noticeably, you may find yourself uneasy in public and lacking confidence. Thankfully, there is a way to predict hair loss regardless of your gender and get treatment before your condition worsens,” he writes. Androgen alopecia, also known as pattern baldness, is a hereditary ... Read More

Ethicon blames Physiomesh failures on many factors

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The high failure rates associated with Ethicon’s Physiomesh hernia repair mesh is due to a “multifactorial issue,” the company admits. The Florida Record reported that in a lawsuit filed late last year, Ethicon began admitting that there were problems with its hernia mesh product. Ethicon is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The lawsuit was filed by Joanne Quinn, who was implanted with Ethicon’s hernia mesh product in 2014 for treatment of an abdominal hernia. She reports the pain worsened after the surgery and says she began experiencing diminished bowl motility and painful bowel obstruction. A year after being implanted with Physiomesh, Quinn underwent another ... Read More

Kraft asked to remove ‘toxin’ in mac and cheese

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The bright yellow-orange color of powder-based mac-and-cheese should have raised red flags alone, but now lab tests have found that at least 10 varieties of these powered macaroni and cheese products, including the popular Kraft brand, contain toxic industrial chemicals, called phthalates, hormone-disrupting chemicals that can cause reproductive and thyroid issues and neurological problems in children and unborn babies. The Coalition for Safer Food Processing & Packaging is putting its foot down about the issue, calling for “Trump’s Food and Drug Administration” (FDA) to get off its bum and start regulating and prohibiting these chemicals in our foods. But since ... Read More