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Atheist Couple Files Lawsuit Citing Words in Pledge of Allegiance

A New Jersey family is attempting to sue a school district in Freehold Township over claims that the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against atheist children.

The lawsuit was filed against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District in state court last month and was announced Monday by the American Humanist Association, ABC News reported. The group claims the phrase ‘under God’ “marginalizes atheist and humanist kids as something less than ideal patriots,” according to ABC News. The phrase has been in the Pledge of Allegiance since 1954. More Atheist Couple Files Lawsuit Citing Words in Pledge of Allegiance

Nissan Issues Recall Due to Airbag Deployment Problems

In the wake of General Motors recalling 1.6 million vehicles due to a faulty ignition switch that disables airbag deployment, another automaker has issued a recall amid similar concerns.

Nissan announced it is recalling more than 1 million vehicles to fix faulty airbag sensors that may not deploy the front passenger airbag in the event a crash, MSN reported. More Nissan Issues Recall Due to Airbag Deployment Problems

Michigan Man Files Lawsuit against GM After Delayed Recall

A Michigan man has filed a class-action lawsuit against General Motors Co., alleging the automaker had knowledge of faulty ignition switches in Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other older cars but failed to act on the information.

The complaint is the first class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in Michigan – and third in the nation – revolving around the defective ignition switch defect, according to The Detroit News. More lawsuits are likely to follow in wake of GM’s recall of 1.62 million cars linked to 12 deaths. GM has been hit by a firestorm of bad press after documents showed the company had information about the defect for a decade, but failed to issue a recall until recently. More Michigan Man Files Lawsuit against GM After Delayed Recall

Arizona Woman Alleges Metal Hip Caused Crippling Pain, Revision Surgery

A Maricopa, Arizona woman is suing DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson (J&J), claiming the companies’ Pinnacle hip implant device caused her serious health problems.

Shortly after undergoing surgery to implant the Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System in May 2007, the woman alleges she endured severe pain from inflammation, bone and tissue loss, a reaction to metal debris shed by components of the implant grinding together, a large fluid cyst collection, and elevated chromium and cobalt levels. More Arizona Woman Alleges Metal Hip Caused Crippling Pain, Revision Surgery

Major Discrepancies With Spine Surgeons Disclosures and Industry Payments

A new study has found that there are alarming discrepancies between spine surgeons disclosures and payments reported by industry.

Rafael A. Buerba, from Yale University in New Haven, Conn., and colleagues examined potential inconsistencies between physician disclosures and payments reported by industry before implementation of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (PPSA), according to doctorslounge.com. The researchers compared publically available disclosures from physicians at the 2011 North American Spine Society (NASS) annual meeting and physicians listed on the 2010 physician payment websites of Medtronic and Depuy Spine, according to doctorslounge.com. More Major Discrepancies With Spine Surgeons Disclosures and Industry Payments

At Least Eight Class Action Lawsuits Filed Against Freedom Industries

At least eight class action lawsuits have been filed against Freedom Industries for a chemical spill in West Virginia that left more than 300,000 residents without water for a number of days.

The lawsuits allege that on Jan. 9, Freedom Industries “negligently and recklessly caused a chemical leak at its Etowah River Terminal plant, which resulted in a chemical spill into the Elk River,” the West Virginia record reported.  The chemical, known as 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, was a foaming agent used in the coal preparation process. The Material Safety Data Sheet for this substance indicates that the chemical can be harmful if swallowed and can lead to irritation in the skin and eyes. Exposure to the chemical can also cause trouble breathing and non-stop vomiting, NBC News reported.  More At Least Eight Class Action Lawsuits Filed Against Freedom Industries

FDA Warns Bodybuilding Supplement, Mass Destruction, May Cause Liver Injuries

In a December 23 press release, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised consumers to stop using the dietary supplement, Mass Destruction This product, which is marketed as a dietary supplement for muscle growth is labeled to contain at least one synthetic anabolic steroid which has caused at least one serious illness. At least two other health supplements made headlines this year for similar reasons, most notably Craze and OxyElite Pro.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) alerted the FDA to a case of an otherwise healthy 28-year-old man who suffered liver failure requiring a transplant after using Mass Destruction for several weeks. Anabolic steroids and steroid-like substances possible causes of liver injury. More FDA Warns Bodybuilding Supplement, Mass Destruction, May Cause Liver Injuries

Train Derails in Bronx, Killing Four, Injuring Dozens

Four people were killed and dozens more injured when a commuter train derailed in the New York borough of the Bronx.

All seven passenger cars and the locomotive left the track when the train hit a curve near the Spuyten Duyvil station, about 10 miles north of Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal, the New York Times reported. Three passengers were thrown out of the train as it flew off the track, twisting and turning in midair, New York Fire Department Chief Edward Kilduff told the New York Times. None of the three survived.

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DePuy Settles ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits for Nearly $2.5 Billion

Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) DePuy unit has agreed to pay nearly $2.5 billion to settle several consolidated cases in the U.S. over problems related to the company’s recalled ASR metal-on-metal hip implants.

The settlement was announced Tuesday at a hearing in federal court in Ohio. Reuters reported that the deal would compensate an estimated 8,000 patients who had undergone revision surgery to remove and replace the defective ASR hip implants. J&J was defending more than 12,000 lawsuits in U.S. state and federal court over injuries allegedly caused by its metal-on-metal ASR hip-replacement systems, according to court filings.

More DePuy Settles ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits for Nearly $2.5 Billion

Statin Drugs May Pose More Risks Than Benefits

For years, statin drugs have been prescribed to lower cholesterol in patients, and the public has long believed that lowering cholesterol was paramount to preventing heart disease.

In reality, heart disease deaths started dropping 40 years ago and the rate of that decline is completely unchanged since statins came into widespread use, according to the Huffington Post. More Statin Drugs May Pose More Risks Than Benefits