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Anti-inflammatory painkillers linked to cardiac arrest

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Commonly used anti-inflammatory painkillers have been linked to an increased risk of cardiac arrest, according to a research published in the European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, are widely available both over-the-counter and by prescription and include ibuprofen (sold OTC as Advil) and naproxen (sold OTC as Aleve). “Previous studies have shown that NSAIDs are related to increased cardiovascular risk which is a concern because they are widely used,” said the study’s lead author Professor Gunnar H. Gislason, professor of cardiology at Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte in Denmark. “Allowing these drugs to be purchased without ... Read More

Two Workers Severely Burned By Hot Oil Sue Church’s Fried Chicken For $150 Million

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Two employees of a Church’s Fried Chicken in Livingston, Texas, are suing the fast-food chain for $150 million after suffering life-threatening grease burns when the kitchen floor collapsed. Hugolina Guerrero de Garzon, a 35-year-old mother of three, and Joselin Damian Gonzalez, 17, remain hospitalized in guarded condition after being “horrifically, permanently injured” when the floor caved in Aug. 1, 2016. The women were working in a small area of the kitchen in a Church’s Fried Chicken location in Livingston, about 70 miles north of Houston, when the floor gave way. They and another female employee fell down onto a sub-floor ... Read More

Analysis: ‘Judicial Hellhole’ designation motivated by big business, not accurate assessment of talc litigation

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Missouri Lawyers Weekly recently talked to Thomas Stewart, director of the trial advocacy program at Saint Louis University School of Law about his city’s reputation and tort reform in regard to the recent talc litigation. “So much of this tort reform business is based on the idea that you file your case in the city of St. Louis, and the jury automatically gives you money. Of course that’s nonsense,” Stewart said. “City judges and juries analyze on a case by case basis.” St. Louis drew the ire of tort reform groups last year, when three separate juries returned verdicts for plaintiffs ... Read More

Passenger’s Headphones Explode On Flight From China To Australia

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Australian authorities are investigating an explosion and fire caused by a pair of headphones that injured a female passenger about two hours into a flight from Beijing to Melbourne. The passenger was sleeping while playing music on the headphones when she heard a loud explosion and felt a burning sensation on her face. “I just grabbed my face which caused the headphones to go around my neck,” she told the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). “I continued to feel burning so I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor.” The passenger said the headphones were sparking and on ... Read More

Lab Animal Company Pays U.S. $1.8 Million To Settle FCA Allegations of Improper Billing

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A company that provides laboratory animals to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has agreed to pay the U.S. government $1.8 million to settle a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit claiming the company fraudulently charged for labor and other costs that were never actually provided. Charles River Laboratories International Inc. holds contracts with the NIH to develop, provide, maintain, and distribute animals to NIH for medical and biotech purposes. According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Wilmington, Massachusetts-based corporation billed the NIH for labor and associated costs of employees at its facilities in Raleigh, North Carolina; and Kingston, ... Read More

Pennsylvania Woman Files Lawsuit Over Cook Medical IVC Filter

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Pennsylvania resident Caitlin G. was implanted with an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter on June 21, 2012, when she was found to be at risk for a blood clot. At Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, the Günther Tulip, made by Cook Medical, was implanted. However, Caitlin was left with injuries that led her to file a lawsuit against Cook on March 9, 2017, alleging the filter failed and resulted in her injuries. Her lawsuit has been added to 1,500 similar lawsuits pending in a multi-district litigation. The Günther Tulip is one of the oldest IVC filter models still on the market. Different from other ... Read More

Adopted son donates kidney to his father; living donors needed

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This month is National Kidney Month and WISH TV in Indianapolis shared the inspiring story of a man in need of a kidney transplant, one in more than 1,300 Indiana residents waiting for a kidney donation, who was surprised to find that his 25-year-old adopted son was the perfect match. “He’s sacrificed for 25 years for me, so when I had this opportunity I knew this was my time to give back,” said Jared Foster, Tim’s son. “To know that I could potentially be the reason why my dad lives the rest of his life, a good life, it was ... Read More

Gaffney Industrial Accident Kills North Carolina Man

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Johnny Kent, a resident of Mooresville, North Carolina, died the Saturday following an industrial accident in Gaffney last month. Kent, 68, was operating a large machine at the Global Carolina plant when he was pulled into the machine and sustained life-threatening injuries. “Kent reportedly was pulled into a large machine he was operating at the company and trapped for about half an hour until being freed by Gaffney Fire Department and EMS personnel,” said Coroner Dennis Fowler in a statement. He later died of his injuries at Spartanburg Medical Center. An autopsy was scheduled for last week to gather more details about the ... Read More

Testosterone replacement therapy increases plaque buildup in arteries of older men

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A group of older men treated with AbbVie’s AndroGel testosterone replacement therapy for a year had a 20 percent greater buildup of non-calcified plaque in their arteries than men who received a placebo gel, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The men – 138 in total – had a mean age of 71 as well as having cardiovascular risk factors. Half had severe atherosclerosis, a buildup of fats, cholesterol, and other substances in and on the artery walls, which can cause blockages that can lead to conditions such as coronary artery disease, chronic ... Read More

Colorado dietary supplement companies ordered to stop selling unapproved drugs

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A group of dietary supplement manufacturers based in Colorado were found in violation of federal laws and ordered to cease operations by U.S. District Judge Marcia S. Krieger for the U.S. District Court of Colorado. EonNutra LLC, CDSM LLC, and HABW LLC, , and their owner, Michael Floren, were hit with a decree of permanent injunction for manufacturing and distributing unapproved drugs and dietary supplements and selling them through numerous websites including www.sotosupplements.com, www.deerantlermax.com, www.warhorselabs.com, www.primalragenutrition.com and www.dnnutrition.com. The products were also sold in a retail store in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The complaint was filed by the U.S. Department of Justice ... Read More