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Silent Epidemic’ From Herbal and Dietary Supplements?

Mark Zamora, a lawyer in Georgia: A good read about how supplements affect the liver: A 10-year study by investigators tasked with tracking the primary causes of liver injury has found that although conventional medications continue to be a major contributing factor, the proportion of cases tied to herbal and dietary supplements (HDS) is growing at a nearly threefold faster pace. Products marketed for bodybuilding were a common type of HDS causing liver abnormalities, the investigators reported (Hepatology 2014;60:1399-1408). But the most severe outcomes—liver transplantation and death—were seen in patients who ingested non-bodybuilding formulations. Middle-aged women were among the most …


Estimated $1 Billion Settlement for Dangerous Hip Replacement Patients

Chris Welsh, Esq. Courts in Minnesota and New Jersey have announced an important win for people injured by faulty hip devices. Nearly 4,000 people who had surgery to remove hip devices made by Stryker Corp. will share a settlement potentially worth more than $1 billion. The settlement involves those who had to endure two surgeries–one for the hip replacement, and an unfortunate second operation to replace the replacement. Such patients suffered painful complications as the Stryker devices corroded within their bodies, emitting debris from friction between metal parts into their bodies and bloodstreams. Due to the invasiveness of the procedure, …


AMP Citrate Warnings

A new warning is out from researchers about a hidden and potentially dangerous stimulant. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Drug Testing and AnalysisThursday, concluded 12 out of 14 tested supplements for weight loss, workouts and brain enhancement contain “AMP Citrate,” or DMBA. Scientists say it’s a chemical cousin to an ingredient banned by the Food and Drug Administration. You can find the study  here:


Gretna, LA Football Player sues a Jefferson Parish Hospital

A local hospital and its employees are being sued over the care received by a patient who was knocked out during a high school football game. Layne Punch filed suit against Jefferson Parish Hospital Service District No. 1, West Jefferson Medical Center, all employees and contract employees of Jefferson Parish Hospital Service, District No. 1, Westbank Urgent Care LLC, all employees and or contract employees of Westbank Urgent Care LLC, the State of Louisiana, board of supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, Louisiana State University School of Public Health, Louisiana State University Health Science Center–Emergency Medicine …


Assistant coach faces judge in triple fatal DUI wreck

I practice law in Columbia SC and it’s heartbreaking to read stories like this one:   A college baseball coach has been arrested for DUI.  Lt. Mike Aikens, with the Anderson Police Department, said Riley Christopher McDermott, 24, was driving a vehicle that crossed the centerline at 12:17 a.m. Saturday morning and crashed head-on into a car at the intersection of East Calhoun Street and U.S. Highway 29, also known as Boulevard Street. Investigators said McDermott was taking a curve at more than 70 miles per hour when the wreck happened. Read more:  


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