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Lawmakers Introduce the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act last week. Under the bill, the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund would continue for another 25 years.

Registration for the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund are set to expire in October 2015 and October 2016, respectively. If the bill is passed, both programs will be extended through 2041, according to a 9/11 Health Watch press release issued last week. More Lawmakers Introduce the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act

FDA Says E-cigarette Makers Don’t Have Enough Data to Claim Their Products are Healthier than Tobacco Cigarettes

The makers of e-cigarettes want consumers to believe the nicotine delivery systems are healthier than regular cigarettes, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says there is not enough information to make those claims.

“While e-cigarette aerosol may contain fewer toxicants than cigarette smoke, studies evaluating whether e-cigarettes are less harmful than cigarettes are inconclusive,” according to a FDA report obtained by Daily News Journal (DNJ). More FDA Says E-cigarette Makers Don’t Have Enough Data to Claim Their Products are Healthier than Tobacco Cigarettes

DePuy Moved Forward with its Pinnacle hip Device Despite a lack of data About the Implant’s Possible Risks

DePuy Orthopaedics did not analyze any human studies that looked at the health effects of metal debris for the company’s Pinnacle hip implant before 2001 because none existed, an executive for the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) subsidiary told a jury on Monday.

Pamela Plouhar, the worldwide vice president of clinical research at DePuy, testified in defense of the company in the first trial of more than 6,000 lawsuits filed over the Pinnacle metal-on-metal (MoM) implant. The cases have been consolidated before U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas. The lawsuits allege DePuy failed to comprehend and warn patients and doctors about the dangers of the device, marketing them as safe, Reuters reported. More DePuy Moved Forward with its Pinnacle hip Device Despite a lack of data About the Implant’s Possible Risks

Death toll in Crashes Caused by Faulty Ignition Switches in some General Motors Vehicles Rises to 19

Nineteen deaths have been linked to a serious flaw with some models of General Motors (GM) vehicles, 13 more than originally believed.

GM has received 125 claims for deaths and 320 for injuries in the five weeks since the GM Ignition Compensation Fund has been up and running. Thirty-one of the claims have been found to be eligible for compensation, while most of the remaining claims are still under review. Fewer than a dozen have been rejected, according to CNN Money. More Death toll in Crashes Caused by Faulty Ignition Switches in some General Motors Vehicles Rises to 19

Workers at Fracking Sites Exposed to Cancer-Causing Gas

People who work at oil and gas sites where fracking occurs are exposed to high levels of a cancer-causing gas, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The agency, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that people who work near fracking sites are at an increased risk of being exposed to benzene, a colorless gas known to cause cancer. More Workers at Fracking Sites Exposed to Cancer-Causing Gas

Woman Alleges Pinnacle Hip Implants are Defective

A Montana woman who filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics alleging her metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implant was defective and caused her to endure substantial pain is the first Pinnacle hip implant case to go to trial.

The trial is taking place in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas. U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade is presiding over the case. More Woman Alleges Pinnacle Hip Implants are Defective

The First of 6,000 Pinnacle Hip Lawsuit Cases is Underway in the Texas District Court

The first of 6,000 cases  related to the Pinnacle hip implant device went to trial on September 2, 2014 before U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli, a Montana woman who claims she was implanted with two Pinnacle hip devices in 2009. Shortly after the surgery, Herlihy-Paoli said she began experiencing pain and had to have the devices removed in 2011, court records show. According to the lawsuit, the Pinnacle hips leaked a large amount of metal debris into the woman’s body, causing an infection. More The First of 6,000 Pinnacle Hip Lawsuit Cases is Underway in the Texas District Court

Viagra Linked to Increased Risk of Skin Cancer

Use of Viagra is linked to an increased risk of a form of skin cancer, according to a study published online in April in Jama Internal Medicine.

Viagra (sildenafil) was associated with an increased risk for melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. These cancerous growths grow when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells triggers genetic defects that lead the skin cells to multiply quickly and form malignant tumors, SkinCancer.org reported. About one person dies every hour in the U.S. due to Melanoma.   More Viagra Linked to Increased Risk of Skin Cancer

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Unit Will Pay $3.27 Million to Woman Injured by TVT-O Transvaginal Sling

A woman who alleged she was seriously injured by a TVT-O transvaginal sling made by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit was awarded $3.27 million by a West Virginia federal court jury last Friday.

After only three hours of deliberation, the panel found that Ethicon’s TVT-O transvaginal sling was defectively designed and that the company didn’t warn of the device’s potential risks. The jury found in favor of Jo Huskey on all counts, including strict liability, design defect, failure to warn and negligence, according to Law360. More Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Unit Will Pay $3.27 Million to Woman Injured by TVT-O Transvaginal Sling

Lawmakers Push for Extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

Thirteen years after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, thousands of first responders and survivors are fighting to stay alive and running out of time to be compensated for their suffering.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was passed in 2010 to assist responders and survivors injured or sickened at the site of the World Trade Center (WTC) towers. Two of the Zadroga Act’s critical programs are set to expire in October 2015 and October 2016, however, so a handful of lawmakers will introduce the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act later this month in the Senate and the House of Representatives in an effort to ensure the programs will continue through 2041, according to a 9/11 Health Watch news release. More Lawmakers Push for Extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act