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Diabetes Risk With Lipitor, Crestor, Statins Highlighted in Another Study

Italian researchers indicate that the findings of a new study adds to the mounting evidence that side effects of Lipitor, Crestor and other statin-based cholesterol drugs increase the risk of new-onset diabetes.  Continued

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Blood-Level Monitoring on Pradaxa May Reduce Risk of Major Bleeds: BMJ

Despite claims by drug manufacturers to the contrary, a new report suggests that patients who are taking Pradaxa, Xarelto or other new generation blood thinners meant to prevent strokes due to atrial fibrillation, could decrease their risk of serious bleeding events if they have their blood levels regularly monitored.  Continued

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Asbestos Wrongful Death Damage Awards to 11 Families Total $90M

Two Swiss companies have been ordered to pay $90.5 million in damages to the families of 11 individuals who died from asbestos-related illnesses developed while working in a New Jersey insulation plant.  Continued

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Nicotine Patch Use During Pregnancy Increases ADHD Risk: Study

New research suggests that not only is smoking during pregnancy bad, but use of a nicotine patch while pregnant may increase the risk of children suffering with child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  Continued

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More GM Recalls Hit Chevrolet, Cadillac, and Buick Vehicles

General Motors (GM) continues to recall vehicles for a variety of reasons, with nearly three-quarters of a million cars being the latest, including hundreds of thousands of Camaros, Buicks and Cadillacs that may have defective seat adjustment bolts that could have caused a number of injuries.  Continued

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Dream On Me High Chair Recall Issued Due to Strangulation Risk

Roughly 2,800 high chairs are being recalled due to design defects that may allow a child’s body to pass through the opening for their feet, potentially causing them to become entrapped at the neck or fall.  Continued

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Lawsuit Over GM Wrongful Death Settlement Remanded Back to State Court

A federal judge has remanded a wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors (GM) back to Georgia state court, in which the family of a woman killed in a Chevy Cobalt is attempting to invalidate a prior settlement agreement reached with the automaker. The family claims that evidence was withheld about ignition switch problems that have been linked to a large number of similar crashes. Continued

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Low T Pill May Reduce Some Risks of Testosterone Gels: Study

A new testosterone pill is being developed, which the manufacturer suggests may be just as effective as other “Low T” treatments, yet would not carry the same risks as popular gels and creams, which may cause problems for women and children who accidentally come into contact with the medication. Continued

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Even Low Blood Lead Levels Linked to Child Behavioral Problems: Study

New research suggests that even preschoolers who only have low levels of lead found in the blood face an increased risk of behavioral and emotional problems, adding to concerns about the potential impact of lead poisoning on children. Continued

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Levaquin Mitochondrial Toxicity Warning Urged in FDA Petition

A drug watchdog group is asking federal regulators to put a new black box label warning on Levaquin, which would alert doctors and patients about the potential risk of mitochondrial toxicity from the antibiotic, which may be causing users to suffer a number of serious disorders.  Continued