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Woman attacked by dogs awarded double damages by Wisconsin appeals court

Ann Schroeder was attacked by a pack of dachshunds. The dogs belonged to Jeffrey and Jody Kistner. In September of 2009, Schroeder arrived at the Kistners’ home with her show dog, Neko. When Schroeder knocked on the front screen, the Kistners’ eleven dachshunds rushed to the noise. Working in concert, the dogs pushed open the door and escaped. The dachshunds attacked Neko. When Schroeder tried to intervene, she was bitten on her hands and leg. The Kistners eventually pulled their dogs away. Read the full article…

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Study suggests link between SSRI antidespressants during pregnancy and autism

Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a class of drugs typically used as antidepressants in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, and some personality disorders. It is not uncommon for women to take SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy. A study published in August 2014 in the British Journal of Psychiatry is the latest to suggest an association between prenatal SSRI exposure with childhood autism. Read the full article…

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Study finds benefits of new table saw flesh detection safety technology greatly outweighs costs

According to government estimates, table saws accidents are associated with approximately 28,000 emergency room visits and 2,000 cases of finger amputation per year in the United States. One safety option is to add automatic safety protection devices to table saws that can prevent all injuries. However, such devices may increase the cost of making and buying table saws. Read the full article…

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Class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart alleges retailer wrongfully marketed juice as ’100% cranberry pomegranate’

Pomegranate is rich in antioxidants and has gathered a reputation as something of a “super-fruit,” helpful in maintaining health and preventing disease. As a result, Pomegranate juice has become a popular drink among health-conscious consumers and demand for pomegranate juice has increased rapidly. Read the full article…

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Federal court refuses to dismiss former Celgene drug sales rep’s whistleblower lawsuit over Medicare fraud

Beverly Brown has filed a qui tam or whistleblower lawsuit against Celgene Corporation. Brown alleges that Celgene defrauded government-funded healthcare programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA by systematically promoting the drugs Thalomid and Revlimid for non-reimbursable off-label uses and paying illegal kickbacks to physicians. Read the full article…

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Chemical industry braces for hundreds of lawsuits over widespread contamination from MTBE gasoline

Dozens of oil, gas, and chemical companies are facing hundreds of class action and personal injury lawsuits over water contamination linked to the gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE). Until 2005, MTBE was commonly mixed with gasoline in the U.S. to increase the fuel efficiency of motor vehicles, but has since been phased out after it was linked to numerous cases of groundwater contamination and a potential increased cancer risk. Read the full article…

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Accidental morphine overdose at New York nursing home results in $1.5 million wrongful death verdict

In 2011, John Solari was a nursing home resident in Plattsburgh at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility. A nurse at the facility mistakenly gave him a dose of morphine that was intended for another resident, according to evidence recently presented during a Clinton County, New York jury trial of the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Solari’s estate. Solari died three days later as a result of complications from this accidental morphine overdose. Read the full article…

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Comedian Tracy Morgan, others file lawsuit against Wal-Mart for “reckless” conduct in fatal NJ Turnpike accident

You may have heard about the trucking accident that claimed the life of comedian Jimmy Mack and injured others including Tracy Morgan, the former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star. Morgan suffered a broken leg and broken ribs in the June 7th crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. Read the full article…

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FDA and Consumer Reports issue warning about dangers of spray sunscreens

The Food and Drug Administration is warning parents about the potential health risk of spray sunscreen. The ingredients in spray sunscreen can be harmful to children if accidentally breathed in by the child, according to the FDA. The federal agency announced in June that it was investigating the safety of spray sunscreens. For now, it has been recommended that you first spray the sunscreen on your hand and then lather it into your skin. Read the full article…

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