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FDA Warns of Fraudulent "Dietary Supplements"

It’s easy enough to become injured by approved dietary supplements, over-the-counter or prescription medications, but the risk increases exponentially if the product in question is fraudulent. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that there are many products marketed as “dietary supplements” that are potentially dangerous. The FDA has discovered nearly 300 fraudulent products—promoted mainly …

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What You Need to Know About Youth Sports Concussion

In an article on Branford.Patch.com, a Connecticut news site, Dr. Stephanie Arlis-Mayor provides information and advice about the best ways to handle sports-related concussions in children. Dr. Arlis-Mayor is a physician at the Center for Orthopaedics, and on staff at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. She has experience working with young athletes, including those in …

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CDC Releases Latest Information About TBI Deaths

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the latest surveillance report about traumatic brain injury (TBI) deaths. The information, collected from 1997 to 2007, is compiled to help provide insights to help doctors, public health officials, and other professionals assess the impact of brain-related injuries. There is some good news in the …

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Hip Replacements To Be Evaluated for Safety

Last year, DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, recalled two of their hip replacement systems due to a higher-than-usual failure rate, causing patients to have to have second surgeries to replace the replacement. (To read our blog about that announcement, click here: DePuy Hip Replacement Recall Raises More Questions) Now, the U.S. Food …

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Winners of the 2011 HensonFuerst "My PSA Contest!" Announced

You watched the entries… you voted… and now HensonFuerst Attorneys are proud to announce the winners of this year’s Bicycle Safety PSA Contest. Each year, we challenge students from eastern North Carolina students to use their imaginations and create a 30-second video about the importance of bicycle safety. In previous years, we limited the contest …

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Hazardous Antipsychotic Drugs

The New York Times published an eye-opening article about how some antipsychotic drugs given to the elderly are dangerous, and even potentially lethal. Nearly one in seven elderly nursing home residents, nearly all of them with dementia, are given powerful atypical antipsychotic drugs even though the medicines increase the risks of death and are not approved …

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NC Takes a Step Backward on ATV Safety Regulation

North Carolina lawmakers passed a bill loosening the safety rules for adult riders of all-terrain vehicles, commonly known as ATVs. This means that when the bill goes into effect on October 1, 2011, adults will be exempt from wearing helmets and eye protection while riding on private property. This is just plain goofy. Governor Beverly Purdue …

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