Hormone Replacement Therapy and Ovarian Cancer Risk

If you happen to be a woman beginning to experience problems related to hormone levels (i.e. with menopause), you may have noticed the commercials out there for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to help alleviate symptoms. There is a story out there that after the analysis of over fifty studies, experts are seeing a distinct link between HRT and a forty percent increased risk of ovarian cancer (specifically the epithelial and endometrioid ovarian cancers). Many women begin receiving HRT to combat the hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal symptoms, and discomfort during sex that crop up in menopausal women. This latest research, however, shows it definitely may not be the risk to start HRT.

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California Apple Plant and Listeria

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, as long as the apple is not one of the apples from a California plant recently connected to a deadly listeria outbreak, according to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). The subject plant apple processing plant in question is Bidart Brothers near Bakersfield, California. The main apples affected were those apples made into packaged caramel apples, products often purchased and frozen for later. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned consumers to avoid eating any prepackaged caramel apples, whether plain or with nuts, sprinkles, or chocolate, even if frozen.

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Recalls, Defects Dominate Automotive Headlines for 2014

For the automotive industry, 2014 was the year of the recall. You couldn’t pick up a newspaper, turn on the evening news or check your favorite news site without hearing about another new and alarming recall. And unfortunately for car owners everywhere, recalls show no sign of letting up. What’s even more concerning is a lapse by automakers and federal regulators in responding soon enough to reports of serious injury and death. Visit Fatal Flaws: Crisis in Auto Safety by The New York Times for an interactive overview of the issue.

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Syngenta GMO Corn Seed Lawsuits

Genetically modified (GMO) corn seeds are the norm in today’s farming world and many American farmers rely on them for choice income producing crops each year. Now American farmers are taking up a fight against at least one big seed company for selling those GMO seeds that are not approved for many importers in the global market (mainly China). Farmers in the United States, in states such as North Carolina and Iowa, have filed lawsuits against Syngenta AG, due to financial losses suffered when China boycotted their corn, and also due to the need for clarification on the seed approval process in this country. Not only were the farmers affected, but also the supportive businesses involved in growth production, transportation, or trade of corn in the United States. Syngenta is a large multinational company that sold the subject corn seeds as Agrisure Viptera MR162.

To date, the lawsuits filed total 360 against Syngenta. Farmers are certainly involved in the lawsuits, but other eligible parties include land owners where corn crops are farmed, grain elevator owner/operators, distributors, transporters (trucking companies, truck drivers, railroads, etc.) and corn exporters. These are occupations built around an American tradition passed from one generation to the next. This industry certainly faces many unknowns every year with the weather, corn prices, pests, and the like, but being misled by companies they must rely on, like Syngenta, is an affront they do not deserve.

Do not hesitate to contact Inserra & Kelley Law Offices if you are a victim of the questionable, irresponsible actions of Syngenta AG. Our caring, knowledgeable experts are committed to help protect the rights of those in the beloved agricultural industry. A lot is owed to those honoring longstanding traditions and back breaking work to bring food to the tables of people around the world.

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SynchroMed Medication Pumps

SynchroMed implantable medication pumps are utilized for patients whom it benefits to have pain drugs directly delivered to cerebral spinal fluid when they have pain conditions that are intractable, or when they experience severe spasticity symptoms not alleviated by prescribed oral medications. Such medication delivery also has the purpose of helping patients receive the medication without the fatigue side effects that occur with oral or injected medications that have to travel throughout the body. While this might sound like a fairly noninvasive way to experience pain relief, there have been dangerous problems with the pump manufactured by Minneapolis-based Medtronic.

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Xarelto: Latest News

Xarelto blood thinning medication continues to be the subject of lawsuits due to its dangerous bleeding risks, with no approved antidote to date. Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Johnson & Johnson subsidiary) and Bayer Corporation are now the subjects of consolidated lawsuits on behalf of patients injured by the commonly prescribed drug. Xarelto has been common to complaints of internal bleeding, including gastrointestinal bleeding and brain bleeding, as well as death. Federal judges have found that a large enough number of the lawsuits includes common complains and similar facts, including the possibility that the drugs were not labeled with the dire warning of severe bleeding possibilities as a large side effect.

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