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Vaping: The New Deadly Epidemic

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Vaping: The New Deadly Epidemic

In the 1920s, the federal government initiated a ban on alcohol during prohibition for, among other reasons, health concerns. Almost a full century later, vaping-related health hazards that continue to surface are creating a similar climate of fear with many local governments urging users of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) to quit use immediately. That…

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What You Need to Know about Batteries in Exploding E-Cig Cases

Over the last few years, there have been countless news stories about lithium-ion batteries and the role they play in causing products to combust. Hoverboards, Samsung phones, laptops, and now e-cigarettes: all these explosions seem to come back to the batteries in the devices. It is not necessarily that all lithium-ion batteries are dangerous; we…

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Monsanto, Roundup, and Cancer Claims

The agricultural product Roundup is the most commonly used product in the world for eliminating unwanted plants and weeds. Roundup’s manufacturer is Monsanto, the agrochemical giant responsible for manufacturing products like DDT, Agent Orange, and bovine growth hormone (BGH). Over the last few years, thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto, alleging that its…

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Injuries and Deaths Continue to Plague the Medical Device Industry

With a recent decision in February 2019 to release information previously concealed from the public concerning defective medical devices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is making the dangers of many medical devices more visible to the American public. Over the last two decades, the FDA has permitted manufacturers to provide reports in quarterly installments…

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Judge Allowed Evidence of Regulatory Manipulation in Roundup Lawsuits

The District Judge who oversaw federal litigation regarding the link between cancer and Roundup weed killer rejected Monsanto’s bid to exclude certain evidence of regulatory manipulation during the first phase of the trial. Reuters reports that United States District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled that the company’s alleged manipulation of scientific studies and regulators was “super relevant”…

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Jury Awards California Couple $2 Billion Verdict against Monsanto

A jury has awarded more than $2 billion to Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a couple in California who claimed that years of using Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer led to them developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Each spouse was awarded $1 billion in punitive damages, as well as a collective $55 million in compensatory damages for them both.…

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Defective Defibrillators Are More Common Than You Might Think

Defibrillators are electrical devices used to treat heart conditions like arrhythmia, which is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. A defibrillator’s job is to deliver an electric shock to the heart, effectively jolting it back to its normal rhythm. When we hear the word “defibrillator,” many of us think about the…

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Why Are My Heart and Blood Pressure Medications Being Recalled?

In July 2018, several drug companies started recalling dozens of lots of heart and blood medications – specifically valsartan, losartan, and irbesartan – after tests found the drugs had trace amounts of impurities and carcinogens. These recalls have been ongoing into early 2019. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently investigating the underlying causes…

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FDA Recalls Even More Drugs Which Use Valsartan, Citing Cancer Risk

In July of 2018, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall notice for a number of drugs containing valsartan, a medication used in the treatment of high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. The batches, which had been manufactured in China, contained traces of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) – a cancer-causing carcinogen. In early August,…

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