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Plaintiffs' Steering Committee In BP Gulf Oil Spill Litigation Announces Settlement In Principle With BP

The Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) spearheading the litigation surrounding the 2010 BP Gulf Oil Spill today announced that a settlement in principle has been reached with BP that will fully compensate hundreds of thousands of victims of the tragedy.

The settlement is to be fully funded by BP, with no cap on the amount BP will pay.  BP is obligated to fully satisfy all eligible claims under the terms of the Court supervised settlement, irrespective of the funds previously set aside.

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Last Month the Costa Concordia, This Month the Costa Allegra

For the second time in as many months the Genoa Italy-based Costa Crociere Cruise Lines is receiving unwanted, unfavorable publicity in the world news. This time it is the cruise ship Costa Allegra which lost power and began drifting in the Indian Ocean after a fire in the ship's generator room. When at sea the generators supply all the electrical power for the ship. No one was reported injured in the fire but the ship was left without power, lights, communications, air conditioning or functioning toilets.


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Glucosamine – Does It Help?

A few years ago, I began having severe knee pain – particularly during cold, damp weather. On one of those rare occasions that I was able to see a doctor, the diagnosis was - “You're getting older – get used to it.”

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From Twice a Day to Once a Week – Is It Better?

Exanatide is an alternative treatment for type 2 diabetes that has been around for awhile. Unlike Actos and Avandia – which work by trying to make cells more sensitive to insulin – exanatide works directly on the pancreas by trying to get that organ to produce more insulin.


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Study Exposes Bleeding Risk From Pradaxa

In addition to risks associated with hemorrhaging, a study published in the 9 January 2012 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine reports that patients taking dabigatran have a 33% greater chance of developing heart disease or experiencing cardiac arrest.

Currently, this drug is being investigated by the Food and Drug Administration, though the authors of the above-referenced study continue to insist that for certain patients suffering from arrhythmia, the benefits outweigh the risks.Individual case report may indicate that some of the patients who suffered severe bleeding were unaware of the increased risk.

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DePuy - Profits Above All

If this story isn't a damning indictment of the U.S. profit-driven health care “system,” it's hard to know what is.


Recently, a story in the New York Times reported that Johnson & Johnson, parent company of DePuy Orthopaedics, continued to sell its defective joint implants overseas after the devices had been pulled from the U.S. market.


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U.S. Justice Department Calls for Gulf Oil Spill Documents To Be Made Public

Last Friday Mike Underhill, a U.S. Justice Department lawyer who is the federal government's lead lawyer in an upcoming trial to determine fault for the 2010 blowout of the Macondo well off the Louisianna coast, urged judges to make public the voluminous documents, depositions and other evidence gathered in preparation for a Februaary 27, 2012 trial date in the United States District Court in New Orleans.

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Does Drilling in Cuban Waters Threaten the U.S.?

The Spanish Company Repsol has begun drilling a deep-water exploratory oil well approximately 31 miles north of Havana, Cuba and 70 miles south of the Florida Keys. The drill site is just south and west of Dry Tortugas the westernmost island in the Florida Keys.

Repsol has leased the Scarabeo 9, a state-of-the-art drilling rig built in China and Singapore, owned by an Italian company and flagged (registered) in the Bahamas.

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2011 Yaz Yasmin Ocella Investigative Report: A Hazardous Pill

A recent television documentary produced by Temps Presents, an award winning Swiss investigative news program, demonstrates the dangers of Yasmin, Yaz and Ocella. The program profiles several young women whose lives have been forever changed by the harmful side effects of the dangerous oral contraceptives.

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More Evidence That You Might Not Need Their Meds

This news probably have the makers of Actos, Avandia and other diabetic drugs pitching a fit.


After all, nothing is as threatening to their bloated profit margins as the idea that simply going on a calorie-restricted diet can reverse Type 2 diabetes.


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New England Journal Study Reveals Very Small Number of Osteopenic Women Develop Osteoporosis

A New England Journal of Medicine study recently published indicates that less than 10% of women with normal, mild, or moderate T-scores will develop osteoporosis over a fifteen year period. This study calls into question the currently Medicare DEXA-scan screening protocol of every two years for postmenopausal women. Further, because most osteopenic women never would develop osteoporosis, the study refutes marketing positions adopted by Merck & Co. relating to its prescription drug Fosamax which Merck touted would help osteopenic women prevent osteoporosis.

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Can Robotic Surgery Help Hip Implant Patients?

One factor in hip or other joint replacement surgery that can make a serious difference when it comes to patient outcomes is the experience and expertise of the surgeon.  More specifically, correct positioning and alignment of the implant components can mean the difference between long-term success in restoring the patient's mobility - or a return visit within a few years for revision surgery.

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