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Risperdal can cause boys to grow breast tissue

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When Sabrina Nixon’s son started developing breasts, his pediatrician said it was normal for a boy going through puberty. But at 16, Nixon began to wonder if it was something more serious. A visit with his primary care doctor confirmed her hunch. Her son has gynecomastia, a condition in which boys and men develop breast tissue. Gynecomastia can be embarrassing for boys, causing emotional scars. But it can also be physically painful. Breasts can become tender and even lactate. The condition can impede male reproduction and increase the risk of beast cancer. Gynecomastia typically goes away in time but for ... Read More

Tractor trailer, bus crash kills four college softball players in Texas

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Four college softball players are dead and at least 15 others injured after a tractor trailer veered across the median of a Texas interstate Friday and collided with a bus carrying the North Central Texas College women’s softball team. The crash occurred on Interstate 35 near the Oklahoma-Texas border around 9 p.m. Friday as the bus was headed back to Gainesville, Texas, after a scrimmage against Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla. Oklahoma authorities investigating the crash told the Associated Press that “right now, it’s being investigated like a homicide.” “Something happened to cause [the tractor trailer] to depart the ... Read More

General Motors ignition switch death toll rises to 23

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The number of deaths linked to the ignition switch defect in more than a decade of General Motors (GM) vehicles continues to climb, with the latest toll hitting 23, according to a report by Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer overseeing a fund established to compensate crash victims and their families. After it finally began recalling vehicles affected by the potentially deadly ignition flaw last February, GM said that it had linked the defect to 13 deaths and 54 crashes. Underscoring the seriousness of the problem, safety advocates and plaintiffs’ lawyers, however, said the real toll was likely to be much higher. ... Read More

Pinnacle hip implant executive pressed to show safety tests on device

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Attorneys for a woman who was poisoned by an allegedly defective hip implant grilled an executive at Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit over what studies the company performed on its Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip replacement system in an attempt to show jurors that the company was negligent in proofing the device’s safety before they were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000. Plaintiff Kathy Herlihy-Paoli’s lawsuit is the first of more than 6,000 lawsuits claiming DePuy’s Pinnacle hip implants caused injuries from premature failures and corrosion of the metal parts causing a type of blood poisoning known ... Read More

Shire settles whistleblower allegations of improper drug marketing for $56.5 million

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Shire Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay the U.S. $56.5 million to settle two whistleblower lawsuits filed by former employees of the company who alleged the company illegally marketed several drugs for unapproved, off-label purposes and then billed Medicare, Medicaid, and other taxpayer-funded health care programs for them. Dublin, Ireland-based Shire operates in the U.S. out of its facility in Wayne, Penn. The company makes and markets Adderall XR, Vyvanse, and Daytrana, which are approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Pentasa and Lialda, which are approved for the treatment of mild to moderate ulcerative colitis. The ... Read More

Whistleblower gets nearly $I million for exposing potentially deadly Army Humvee fraud

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A Minnesota whistleblower who warned his employer, M.K. Battery, and the U.S. Defense Department of a battery change in Humvee vehicles that could have deadly consequences for U.S. combat soldiers has won nearly $1 million in a $5.5-million settlement. David McIntosh, 49, worked as a regional sales representative for M.K. Battery when he repeatedly tried and failed to get his superiors to inform the U.S. Army about a battery change that drastically reduced the life expectancy of the power sources controlling gun turrets on the Humvee. With his concerns falling on deaf ears, Mr. McIntosh contacted the Defense Department directly ... Read More

Breast reduction third most common cosmetic surgery for men

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In 2013, nearly 23,000 procedures – including liposuction and mastectomies – were performed on men to remove enlarged breast tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia. The procedure is the third most common cosmetic surgery performed for men behind rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) and blepharoplasty (eye lift). Gynecomastia can be embarrassing leaving lingering emotional scars. It can also be painful, causing breasts to become swollen and tender. In some cases, the breasts can lactate. The condition may go away after a few months or years, or symptoms may persist for a lifetime, in which case surgical intervention may be considered. “Surgical treatment ... Read More

Newly approved type 2 diabetes drug carries black box warning for thyroid cancer risk

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Eli Lilly and Co.’s new Type 2 diabetes treatment Trulicity, but the approval comes with a black box warning about an increased risk of thyroid cancer. Trulicity is an injectable drug in a family of type 2 diabetes medications known as glucagon-like peptide-1, or GLP-1, receptors. These drugs are in class of medications known as incretin mimetics that help control blood sugar levels in patients who do not produce enough insulin. Trulicity can be used as a single treatment or in combination with other commonly prescribed diabetes drugs including metformin, Actos and ... Read More

Pittsburgh bus drivers reportedly “goofing off” before rollover crash

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Pittsburgh authorities are investigating two Port Authority of Allegheny County bus drivers after one of the port’s buses careened off Interstate 279 and tumbled down a steep hillside onto a residential street, critically injuring the driver Monday afternoon. According to WTAE Pittsburgh, “the transit agency said the drivers were ‘gesturing’ to each other and swerving while goofing off just before the crash …” The Port Authority also said the drivers were driving “in a reckless manner” when the crash occurred. The bus driver who did not crash pulled over and got out of his bus when he saw the other ... Read More

Boston Scientific to pay $73.5 million in transvaginal mesh lawsuit

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Boston Scientific was found negligent and ordered to pay $73.5 million in damages for injuries caused by its transvaginal mesh device. Plaintiff Martha Salazar alleged she suffered nerve damage, pain and infections after having the company’s Obtryx mesh implanted in January 2011. She claims the mesh was defectively designed. Transvaginal mesh, also known as a bladder sling, is used to treat common pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. It is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped over time causing pain, discomfort and incontinence. Several medical device companies manufacture transvaginal mesh ... Read More