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Reports suggest Audi was heavily involved in Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating

New reports from media outlets in Germany suggest that Audi was deeply involved in the Volkswagen Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal. In September 2015, Volkswagen admitted that it had installed a software “defeat device” on millions of VW and Audi “clean diesel” models in an effort to conceal the high emissions levels of these vehicles from regulators and consumers. Read the full article…

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Lack of Basketball Buffer Zones May Cause Serious Injuries to Young Athletes

More than 4 million children participate in competitive basketball leagues in the U.S. each year. As the popularity of the sport has grown, so too has the number of serious injuries occurring during games or in practice. According to data collected by the Children’s Hospital at Stanford, more than 200,000 children between the ages of 5 and 14 end up in emergency rooms for basketball-related injures each year. Read the full article…

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Monsanto Roundup lawsuits consolidated in California MDL

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation announced in October 2016 that it would consolidate dozens of Roundup lawsuits filed against Monsanto in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in California. At least 37 lawsuits against Monsanto had been filed on behalf of individuals who were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using Roundup. Read the full article…

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Spread of synthetic fentanyl fuels public health crisis for officials

The spread of painkillers containing the opioid drug fentanyl has risen sharply in recent years, leading to an epidemic of overdoses and deaths caused by this powerful narcotic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal overdoses involving fentanyl products rose by 80% between 2013 and 2014, a period during which fentanyl seizures by law enforcement officials rose by a staggering 426%. Read the full article…

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New York Times investigation sheds light on the personal cost of the U.S. opioid epidemic

A recent investigation published in the New York Times examines the stories of several Americans caught up in the opioid epidemic that has swept the country in recent years. Health official have called the opioid epidemic one of the worst public health crises in U.S. history. In 2015, more than 33,000 Americans died as a result of an overdose from prescription opioid painkillers, nearly equaling the number killed by car accidents. Read the full article…

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Six VW executives charged by Justice Department over Dieselgate scandal

Prosecutors with the U.S. Department of Justice indicted six Volkswagen executives last week on charges connected with their role in the Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that additional executives at Volkswagen are also being investigated in connection with the case and could face charges. Read the full article…

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EPA accuses Chrysler of emissions cheating on Dodge, Jeep EcoDiesel models

Fiat Chrysler is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations of emissions cheating on Dodge and Jeep diesel models. News of the investigation following an announcement this week by the EPA that Chrysler had installed an emissions cheating device on 2014 – 2016 Dodge RAM 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel models. Read the full article…

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One in three opioid users affected by addiction or dependence, recent survey finds

About one in three Americans who were given prescription opioid painkillers by their doctor for two months or longer report that they became addicted to or dependent on these drugs, according to a recent survey. The widespread prescription of opioid medications – combined with limited guidance on the proper use of these drugs by physicians – has helped contribute to the epidemic of opioid addiction and abuse in the U.S., the Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation survey found. Read the full article…

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Lawsuits filed in Texas and Virginia against IVC filter manufacturers

Lawsuits against Cook Medical and C.R. Bard were filed this month on behalf of women in Texas and Virginia who were injured as a result of complications from inferior vena cava filters (or IVC filters) manufactured by these companies. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Cook Medical, C.R. Bard, and other IVC filter manufacturers on behalf of patients who suffered complications from these medical devices. Read the full article…

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