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Researchers aim to understand the potential harm in nanoparticles

When a mineral is broken down into smaller and smaller particles, or nanoparticles, its biological makeup can be affected, turning a seemingly harmless mineral into a potential lethal threat. Understanding which minerals’ nanoparticles pose risks is the work of a group of researchers at Northwest Nazarene University. Chemistry professor Jerry Harris refers to the book, “Asbestos: Silk of the Mineral Kingdom,” which was published in 1946 and touted the benefits of abestos. Asbestos became widely used in the United States throughout the 20th century as insulation because of its affordability and sound absorption. What researchers didn’t learn until decades later ... Read More

Greek prosecutors charge DePuy officials with bribery, money laundering

Greek prosecutors have filed criminal corruption charges against medical device officials who they say bribed state hospital doctors to promote the company’s products. The charges were waged against officials with DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of consumer health products giant Johnson & Johnson. Court documents allege that five DePuy officials engaged in bribery and money laundering deals between 1998 and 2006, during which DePuy paid eight Greek state hospital doctors more than $21 million. The doctors – most of whom are orthopedic specialists – have already been formally accused in the same case. No specific products were cited, however DePuy and Johnson ... Read More

Public Citizen raised flags about Darvocet, now warns of Alli, Xenical

Consumer watchdog group Public Citizen was the first to raise concerns about the safety of propoxyphene, the active ingredient in the brand-name drugs Darvocet and Darvon. The group petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) twice since the prescription painkiller was introduced more than 50 years ago. Public Citizen claimed the drug had a sketchy track record for efficacy and that patients were needlessly dying from accidental overdoses while taking the drug. The FDA opted to keep propoxyphene-containing drugs on the market, but did agree to put stronger warnings on the product’s safety label. Still, Public Citizen urged, it was ... Read More