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Surgical Staplers Implicated in 9,000 Injuries and Over 350 Deaths

Surgical staplers are commonly used by surgeons as a substitute for sutures for the purpose of closing lacerations or incisions as well as connecting or removing internal organs, such as the lungs or lower intestines. These devices have been used for over 50 years – and have been the subject of more than 41,000 adverse event reports submitted to the FDA's Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database.

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California Jury Awards Couple $2 Billion in Latest Roundup Verdict

Is Bayer having buyer's regret over its recent acquisition of Monsanto? It should be. For the third time in less than a year, a jury has awarded a hefty amount to plaintiffs who claim they developed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) from using the glyphosate-based herbicide, Roundup.

The plaintiffs in the most recent case were a married couple from the San Francisco area, both of whom are in their 70s and were diagnosed with NHL. They reported having used Roundup for 35 years and were diagnosed within four years of each other.

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GPB Private Placements / Sales Practice Investigation

The Levin Papantonio law firm is currently investigating brokerage firms misconduct relating to sales practices to their customers.  It appears that some firms were recommending that their customers invest in GPB Capital Holdings’ high-risk, high-commission private placements.

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Hurricane Harvey Victims Sue Federal Government, Claiming Army is Liable for Flooding

Residents and business owners whose properties sustained millions of dollars in flood damage during Hurricane Harvey in August, 2017, have filed a lawsuit against the United States Government. Their complaints allege that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for the flooding that caused the damage. More specifically, the plaintiffs claim they are owed compensation for their properties under the nation's “eminent domain” laws.

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Scouts Dishonor: 7,800 Predators Abused 12,000 Boy Scouts According to “Perversion Files”

A professor of psychiatry who has worked with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) since 2014 recently testified that she and her colleagues have identified more than 7,800 former scout leaders and volunteers whom they say “were involved in sexually abusing a child” over the past 75 years. The information comes from the BSA's “Ineligible Volunteer Files,” which some now call the “Perversion Files.” Dr. Janet Warren, who teaches at the University of Virginia, also says, “From reviewing all these files, we identified 12,254 victims.”

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Xeljanz: an Arthritis Treatment That Can be Fatal

Xeljanz (tofacitinib) is a prescription drug first approved by the FDA in 2012 for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A number of side effects have been known for some time: diarrhea, headaches, and minor sinus and upper respiratory tract infections similar to bronchitis and the common cold are among the more common ones.

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The Potential Dangers of Treating Gout with Uloric

Uloric is prescribed for the treatment of gout, a type of arthritis afflicting more than 8 million Americans. The cause is elevated uric acid levels in the blood, which can be due to impaired kidney function, genetic factors, and/or diet. It is most common in those who primarily eat too much fatty meat, consume large amounts of alcohol, and/or are obese (historians suggest that Henry VIII of England had suffered from the condition, and it has been known since ancient times as “the disease of kings”).

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California Wildfires Appear to be a Year-Round Danger. Meanwhile, PG&E Seeks Bankruptcy “Protection”

Global climate change has begun a vicious cycle in California. What was once a seasonal hazard is now 12 months a year, according to a report published earlier this month in Bloomberg. Because of warming, large areas of the Golden State have been “riddled with pockets of dry bush” and nearly 130 million trees have died. As a result, wildfire danger is now constant, not just during summer and early fall.

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National Safety Council: Opioid Overdose Deaths Now Exceed Traffic Fatalities

For the first time in U.S. history, the risk of dying from an opioid overdose is greater than that of being killed in a traffic accident. Opioids also exceed slip and fall incidents, drowning, and fire as causes of unintentional deaths. Furthermore, only 13 states (including the District of Columbia) are making any progress in dealing with the crisis.

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