Stryker Launches First 64-Wire Cobalt Chromium Flow Diverter in the US to Treat Brain Aneurysms
KALAMAZOO, Michigan, USA, Aug. 24, 2020 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Stryker announced today the launch of the Surpass Evolve Flow Diverter following approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is the first 64-wire cobalt chromiu... Devices, Interventional, Neurology, Product Launch Stryker, Surpass Evolve, Flow Diverter, brain aneurysm (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - August 24, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Iron-based superelastic alloys with near-constant critical stress temperature dependence
Shape memory alloys recover their original shape after deformation, making them useful for a variety of specialized applications. Superelastic behavior begins at the critical stress, which tends to increase with increasing temperature for metal shape memory alloys. Temperature dependence is a common feature that often restricts the use of metal shape memory alloys in applications. We discovered an iron-based superelastic alloy system in which the critical stress can be optimized. Our Fe-Mn-Al-Cr-Ni alloys have a controllable temperature dependence that goes from positive to negative, depending on the chromium content. This...
Source: ScienceNOW - August 13, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Xia, J., Noguchi, Y., Xu, X., Odaira, T., Kimura, Y., Nagasako, M., Omori, T., Kainuma, R. Tags: Materials Science reports Source Type: news

Finding toxic carcinogenic metals faster in foods and water
(University of Johannesburg) Finding out if the food and water we consume are safe from toxic and carcinogenic metals can now be much faster and simpler. Researchers at the University Johannesburg developed an efficient and more sensitive method to test for dangerous levels of heavy metals, like arsenic, cadmium and chromium in vegetables and water. The method can be used to test other foods also. A clay-based adsorbent makes testing for several metals at the same time possible. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ammonium dichromate poisoning - Kumar H, Kumar C, Parmar K.
Chromium (Cr) is a strong oxidant and poisoning usually begins with gastrointestinal symptoms progressing to multiorgan failure. Lethal dose of chromium salt varies between 6 to 8 g in adults [1, 2] and 1 g in children. In the human body, Cr VI is reduced ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Diabetes and COVID-19 Link
I have results from my clinic… Three of my diabetic patients went into remission after using hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Two patients had type 1 diabetes… and another had type 2 diabetes. All three recovered with oxygen therapy. Most mainstream doctors would scoff at the idea… they “know” there’s no cure for diabetes. And to be treated for it with oxygen seems laughable. If you’re a regular reader, you know more about oxygen therapy than 99% of the general public, including most doctors. But the reason diabetes responds so well to oxygen may surprise you… It al...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - May 29, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr.A.Sears Tags: Health Source Type: news

Co-occurring contaminants may increase NC groundwater risks
(Duke University) Eighty-four percent of the wells sampled in the Kings Mountain Belt and the Charlotte and Milton Belts of the Piedmont region of North Carolina contained concentrations of vanadium and hexavalent chromium that exceeded health recommendations from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 24, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Chromium (Chromium Chloride Injection Solution) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - February 19, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Officials Identify Mysterious Bright Green Liquid That Spilled Onto Michigan Highway
Investigators say they believe the substance found on a freeway north of Detroit is groundwater mixed with a chemical called hexavalent chromium. The public safety risk is minimal, officials say.(Image credit: The Michigan Department of Transportation ) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bobby Allyn Source Type: news

Acute renal failure due to acute chromium poisoning after chromic acid burns - Zhu Q, Wang B, Ling B, Walline J, Tan D.
Chromic acid is an industrial metal acid widely used for electroplating in alloy and dye production. It can cause serious skin burn and, if absorbed, may lead to acute chromium poisoning. Such poisoning cases appear rarely in the literature [ 1 ]. We n... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Chrome ulcers: an occupational hazard - Pathania YS, Budania A.
Chromium is ubiquitous in the environment, found in chrome plated metals, tanned shoe leather, cement, detergents.1 Following cutaneous exposure chromium can cause adverse reactions, mainly allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) and an irritant react... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Wear resistance of 3D-printed denture tooth resin opposing zirconia and metal antagonists
The Journal of Prosthetic DentistryAvailable online 27 November 2019In Press, Corrected ProofAbstractStatement of problemAdditive manufacturing technology can be used for denture bases and also denture teeth. Therefore, the mechanical properties of 3D-printed resin denture teeth should be evaluated.PurposeThe purpose of this in vitro study was to compare the wear resistance of 3D-printed denture tooth resin with that of conventionally prefabricated denture teeth.Material and methodsEighty substrate specimens were prepared with 5 kinds of resin denture teeth: 3D-printed denture tooth resin (DENTCA denture tooth resin; ...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - December 6, 2019 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Antioxidants also shield you from the harmful effects of water contaminants, according to study
(Natural News) Contaminants are ever present, even in seemingly clean water. Researchers suggest that antioxidants such as vitamin C and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) may help protect you from the harmful effects of hexavalent chromium, a contaminant commonly found in drinking water. Researchers from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois looked at human cells to determine... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vitamin C and other antioxidants can prevent cell toxicity linked to the water contaminant hexavalent chromium
(Natural News) Antioxidants such as vitamin C are often taken to boost immunity and prevent diseases, but these substances can also be used against a water contaminant called hexavalent chromium. This chemical contaminates the water supply in about 200 million American homes. Researchers from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois discovered that vitamin C and other... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Direct observation of van der Waals stacking-dependent interlayer magnetism
Controlling the crystal structure is a powerful approach for manipulating the fundamental properties of solids. In van der Waals materials, this control can be achieved by modifying the stacking order through rotation and translation between the layers. Here, we observed stacking-dependent interlayer magnetism in the two-dimensional (2D) magnetic semiconductor chromium tribromide (CrBr3), which was enabled by the successful growth of its monolayer and bilayer through molecular beam epitaxy. Using in situ spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, we directly correlate the atomic lattice structure with t...
Source: ScienceNOW - November 21, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Chen, W., Sun, Z., Wang, Z., Gu, L., Xu, X., Wu, S., Gao, C. Tags: Materials Science, Physics reports Source Type: news

Boston Scientific ’s Shining Moment at TCT
Perhaps one of Boston Scientific’s greatest moments at the 31st Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT), the annual scientific symposium of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, came when the company announced primary endpoint results from the EVOLVE Short DAPT clinical trial. The Marlborough, MA-based company said the trial evaluated its Synergy Bioabsorbable Polymer (BP) stent and that the EVOLVE is first prospective study initiated in the U.S. to examine the safety of a shortened duration of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) in patients at high risk for bleeding. Results and demonstrated that ...
Source: MDDI - September 30, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Source Type: news

AIIMS finds high toxin levels in 16% of patients
Of 216 patients tested, 32 (16%) had high levels of dangerous metals and substances, including arsenic, lead, chromium, fluoride, iron and cadmium. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tattoo Needles May Trigger Allergic Reactions
Nickel and chromium may shed from tattoo needles and cause allergies, a study found. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicholas Bakalar Tags: Tattoos Metals and Minerals Allergies Source Type: news

Using Advanced Materials to Make Better Implants is Just the Starting Point for MiRus
“We're always trying to solve meaningful problems,” said Jay S. Yadav, MD, founder and CEO of MiRus, in an interview with MD+DI. Yadav formerly founded CardioMEMS, which created the first wireless cardiac implant, among other companies, and he has always been interested in creating better materials for all types of devices. MiRus, his latest venture, is focused on the orthopedic world, at least for now. “Several years ago we were searching for better alloys for cardiovascular implants and were fortunate to collaborate with metallurgists that had previously w...
Source: MDDI - August 27, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Susan Shepard Tags: Implants Source Type: news

Effects of precementation on minimizing residual cement around the marginal area of dental implants
The Journal of Prosthetic DentistryAvailable online 2 August 2019AbstractStatement of problemResidual cement is detrimental to the long-term success of dental implants with a cement-retained restoration. The complete elimination of excess cement remains a challenge.PurposeThe purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the effects of precementation technique on minimizing the residual cement and retention of restorations.Material and methodsFour custom cobalt-chromium alloy (Co-Cr) abutments were manufactured by computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) as precementation abutments with h...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - August 9, 2019 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Panel Vacates, Remands Water Contamination Case For 'Fact Intensive Inquiry'
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A panel of the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 19 vacated and remanded a case for a "fact intensive inquiry" regarding the accrual of claims brought by two California water districts against the U.S. government related to hexavalent chromium contamination in local groundwater (Rio Linda Elverta Community Water District, et al. v. United States, No. 2018-1761 and No. 2018-1762, Fed. Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 21399). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - July 24, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Millennial storage of near-Moho magma
The lower crust plays a critical role in the processing of mantle melts and the triggering of volcanic eruptions by supply of magma from greater depth. Our understanding of the deeper parts of magmatic systems is obscured by overprinting of deep signals by shallow processes. We provide a direct estimate of magma residence time in basaltic systems of the deep crust by studying ultramafic nodules from the Borgarhraun eruption in Iceland. Modeling of chromium–aluminum interdiffusion in spinel crystals provides a record of long-term magmatic storage on the order of 1000 years. This places firm constraints on the total cr...
Source: ScienceNOW - July 18, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Mutch, E. J. F., Maclennan, J., Holland, T. J. B., Buisman, I. Tags: Geochemistry, Geophysics reports Source Type: news

Probing magnetism in 2D materials at the nanoscale with single-spin microscopy
The discovery of ferromagnetism in two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdW) crystals has generated widespread interest. Making further progress in this area requires quantitative knowledge of the magnetic properties of vdW magnets at the nanoscale. We used scanning single-spin magnetometry based on diamond nitrogen-vacancy centers to image the magnetization, localized defects, and magnetic domains of atomically thin crystals of the vdW magnet chromium(III) iodide (CrI3). We determined the magnetization of CrI3 monolayers to be 16 Bohr magnetons per square nanometer, with comparable values in samples with odd numbers of lay...
Source: ScienceNOW - June 6, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Thiel, L., Wang, Z., Tschudin, M. A., Rohner, D., Gutierrez-Lezama, I., Ubrig, N., Gibertini, M., Giannini, E., Morpurgo, A. F., Maletinsky, P. Tags: Physics reports Source Type: news

New research finds vitamin C can prevent cell damage caused by toxins in drinking water
(Natural News) Illinois-based researchers tested out the effect of natural antioxidants – vitamin C and epigallocatechin gallate – on hexavalent chromium. They reported that the two antioxidants appear to inhibit the toxic effects of the increasingly widespread water contaminant. Hexavalent chromium is a heavy metal that has many industrial applications. It is a crucial part of chemicals employed in carbon and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Much Cobalt Is in Your Metal Alloy?
The European Union is moving forward on its proposal to set risk management and labeling requirements relevant to the amount of cobalt in medical devices. The rule would be triggered at a limit of 0.1% by weight. This action is predicated on elevating the carcinogenic risk level of cobalt into a category known as 1b-Substances presumed to have carcinogenic potential for humans. At a minimum, compliance with these regulations will require knowledge of the amount of cobalt present in the metal alloys from which devices are made. For alloys that intentionally contain cobalt, this information should be readily available from t...
Source: MDDI - May 24, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: William A. Hyman Tags: Materials Source Type: news

Anti-Markovnikov alcohols via epoxide hydrogenation through cooperative catalysis
We describe a cooperative catalysis approach to anti-Markovnikov alcohols by combining titanocene-catalyzed epoxide opening with chromium-catalyzed hydrogen activation and radical reduction. The titanocene enforces the anti-Markovnikov regioselectivity by forming the more highly substituted radical. The chromium catalyst sequentially transfers a hydrogen atom, proton, and electron from molecular hydrogen, avoiding a hydride transfer to the undesired site and resulting in 100% atom economy. Each step of the interconnected catalytic cycles was confirmed separately. (Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - May 23, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Yao, C., Dahmen, T., Gansäuer, A., Norton, J. Tags: Chemistry reports Source Type: news

Markovnikov falls to chromium and titanium
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Source: ScienceNOW - May 23, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Yeston, J. Tags: Chemistry twis Source Type: news

Metals influence C-peptide hormone related to insulin
(University of California - Davis) Metals such as zinc, copper and chromium bind to and influence a peptide involved in insulin production, according to new work from chemists at UC Davis. The research is part of a new field of 'metalloendocrinology' that takes a detailed look at the role of metals in biological processes in the body. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How to lose weight without really trying
Cravings not only aid to the difficulties of losing weight but can also affect you mentally, according to London-based nutritionist Rick Hay. He said chromium - found in broccoli - could help. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antioxidants protect cells from harmful water contaminant
(Experimental Biology) Antioxidants such as vitamin C could help reduce harmful effects from hexavalent chromium, according to a new study performed with human cells. The contaminant, which is often produced by industrial processes, was featured in the biographical movie Erin Brockovich. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - April 8, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Researcher finds dangerous levels of metals in liquor sold in Uganda
UCLA Extension ’s Ochan Otim is a chemist who specializes in developing methods for quantifying and assessing the health risk associated with organic and metal contaminants in the environment. For the last few years, Otim, who grew up in Uganda, has been driven to use his expertise to try to help solve a dangero us mystery in his country of birth.Why were so many people having health problems and even dying because of alcohol consumption?The two-decade civil war in Uganda beginning in the late 1980s ravaged the country with violence, abductions, concentration camps and  starvation. The inhumane conditions and ab...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 2, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Scientists Threw a Smartphone in a Blender to Reveal the Contents
The latest results in scientific research have come from an unlikely machine: the blender. Scientists at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom wanted to investigate what materials were used to create an iPhone, so they turned to the friendly kitchen tool to blend a phone to dust. Then, the researchers added sodium peroxide, an oxidizer, and mixed the combination at nearly 500 degrees celsius — that’s more than 900 degrees fahrenheit. The brainchild of two geologists at the university, the project sought “to demonstrate why we should all take a keener interest in what is contained within everyda...
Source: TIME: Science - March 14, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Rachel E. Greenspan Tags: Uncategorized Bizarre onetime Science viral Source Type: news

10x Genomics Brings Total Funding to $243M with Latest Round
10x Genomics is kicking off the year with a $35 million extension to its series D round. This brings the Pleasanton, CA-based company’s total financing to date to $243 million. Meritech Capital led the round and Fidelity along with Wells Fargo participated. As a company, we’ve seen tremendous growth and expansion in the last year,” Serge Saxonov, CEO and co-founder of 10x Genomics, said in a release. “We’ve released new products, announced new facilities, and welcomed two incredible companies to the 10x team. Today’s...
Source: MDDI - January 7, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Source Type: news

Toxic hexavalent chromium tested to be present in the tap water of 218 million Americans
(Natural News) The cancer-causing toxin made notorious by Erin Brokovich is a much bigger threat than that movie showed it to be. A Natural Health 365 article reported that hexavalent chromium isn’t just limited to the water supply of a small town in California; it threatens the health of hundreds of millions of Americans. Following... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Latest RESPONSE Scoliosis System Meets U.S. Food and Drug Administration Standards
The RESPONSE 4.5/5.0mm Scoliosis System is designed for treating the needs of pediatric patients with spinal deformities. The system’s hybrid implant technology provides the option of 4.5 mm rod (cobalt-chromium) or 5.0mm rod (titanium or cobalt-chromium) and multiple implant connector options. The product features proprietary set screw thread design and pedicle screw head that accepts multiple rod diameters in either cobalt chrome or titanium.This story is related to the following:Medical Equipment& Supplies (Source: Industrial Newsroom - Health, Medical and Dental Supplies)
Source: Industrial Newsroom - Health, Medical and Dental Supplies - December 17, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Source Type: news

Should You Develop Your Own Material Specification and Skip ASTM ’s?
The basic format for an ASTM standardized metal alloy for medical uses includes a specification of the required elements as well as one or more undesirable elements for which there is a maximum allowable amount. For example, ASTM F2886, last approved in 2017, covers Metal Injection Molded Cobalt-28Chromium-6Molybdenum Components for Surgical Implant Applications. While the name gives part of the recipe, a more-detailed list of elements specifies that chromium must be between 27 and 30%, and molybdenum between 5 and 7%. Thus, these major required alloying elements together constitute 32 to 37% of the mix. Twelve other eleme...
Source: MDDI - November 6, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: William A. Hyman Tags: Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

Biotronik receives FDA approval for covered coronary stent
  [Image from Biotronik]Biotronik has received FDA approval for its PK Papyrus covered coronary stent system. The PK Papyrus coronary stent system is a balloon-expandable covered stent that is placed in the coronary artery using a balloon catheter delivery system. The stent system is designed to treat tears in heart blood vessels, known as coronary artery perforations. It is manufactured from cobalt-chromium metal alloy and covered with a polyurethane membrane. Get the full story on our sister site, Medical Design & Outsourcing. The post Biotronik receives FDA approval for covered coronary stent appeared firs...
Source: Mass Device - October 30, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Cardiac Implants Featured Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Biotronik Source Type: news

E-Cigarette Warnings Coming To High School Bathrooms Nationwide
By Sandee LaMotte, CNN (CNN) — The US Food and Drug Administration will stage a massive education campaign aimed at the nearly 10.7 million teens at risk for e-cigarette use and potential addiction, the agency said Tuesday. For the first time, the agency will take the message that vaping is dangerous into high school bathrooms and social media feeds of those at-risk youth to stop what the FDA calls an epidemic of e-cigarette use by minors. The trend was flagged in a 2016 report from the US surgeon general, which cited a 900% increase in e-cigarette use by high school students between 2011 to 2015. More than 2 million...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News e-cigarettes FDA vaping Source Type: news

360 dust analysis at IUPUI offers free test of household dust contaminants
(Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Science) US and Canadian households can easily determine whether dust in their homes harbors dangerous contaminants such as lead or chromium by sending what they collect when vacuuming to IUPUI's Center for Urban Health for free analysis as part of global 360 Dust Analysis project. Results will benefit citizen scientists who send in sample and inform environmental researchers around the world. There has been little previous research on composition of, and risks associated with, house dust. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Giant tunneling magnetoresistance in spin-filter van der Waals heterostructures
Magnetic multilayer devices that exploit magnetoresistance are the backbone of magnetic sensing and data storage technologies. Here, we report multiple-spin-filter magnetic tunnel junctions (sf-MTJs) based on van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures in which atomically thin chromium triiodide (CrI3) acts as a spin-filter tunnel barrier sandwiched between graphene contacts. We demonstrate tunneling magnetoresistance that is drastically enhanced with increasing CrI3 layer thickness, reaching a record 19,000% for magnetic multilayer structures using four-layer sf-MTJs at low temperatures. Using magnetic circular dichroism measure...
Source: ScienceNOW - June 14, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Song, T., Cai, X., Tu, M. W.-Y., Zhang, X., Huang, B., Wilson, N. P., Seyler, K. L., Zhu, L., Taniguchi, T., Watanabe, K., McGuire, M. A., Cobden, D. H., Xiao, D., Yao, W., Xu, X. Tags: Materials Science reports Source Type: news

Dutch defense ministry apologizes for chromium-6 exposure
The Dutch government has apologized and agreed to compensate military personnel who contracted illnesses including cancer after working with paint containing the toxic element chromium-6 (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

How Drones Are Helping Scientists Study and Protect Endangered Whales
The above video was provided by Intel. If you’re a six-foot human standing on a paddleboard, it’s just as well you don’t know that a 60-foot, 40-ton humpback whale with 16-foot flippers is surfacing directly beneath you. The only thing more unsettling would be if there were four 60-ft., 40-ton humpback whales with 16-foot flippers doing the same. Just such a don’t-look-down moment played out off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Kauai in 2016. Ordinarily, it would have been the kind of experience that the paddleboarder—who came through unharmed—would have described to his friends with...
Source: TIME: Science - May 31, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized Drones Source Type: news

Stryker ’ s Howmedica owes $13m in fees in Zimmer Biomet patent spat
Stryker‘s (NYSE:SYK) Homedica is on the hook for approximately $13.3 million in attorney’s fees and $513,258 in costs due to Zimmer Biomet (NYSE:ZBH) as a result of a patent dispute, according to recently unsealed court documents. The award is the result of a long-running patent spat over polymers between the two companies that ended in four of Howmedica’s patents being invalidated, court documents indicate. The fees were awarded on April 20, and unsealed earlier this month. Last June, the New Jersey Supreme Court approved a bid to consolidate state court lawsuits against Stryker over an alleged...
Source: Mass Device - May 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Legal News Howmedica Osteonics Corp. Stryker zimmerbiomet Source Type: news

Novel scientific method to derive water quality criteria of metals
(The University of Hong Kong) Increasing contamination of marine ecosystems by metals such as mercury, cadmium, chromium and nickel has been a global environmental concern, because elevated concentrations of metals can pose hazards to marine organisms, and humans who may consume contaminated seafood. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 7, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

New study reveals the secret of magmas that produce global treasures
(University of the Witwatersrand) South Africa's history and economy has been built on its rich natural treasures of a number of precious metals, stones and minerals. The country's mineral deposits have been created over hundreds of millions of years through processes that are still not completely understood. One of these processes is the origin of chromitite layers hosted by layered intrusions - a major source of chromium on our planet. The study reveals the formation of these layers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 1, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Toxic Metals Found in E-Cigarette Vapor
The team found that e-liquid exposed to heating coils produced a vapor containing significant amounts of chromium, lead, manganese, nickel and zinc. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A second life for old treated wood
(Institut national de la recherche scientifique - INRS) Every year, several thousand tons of treated wood waste is buried, incinerated, or mixed with untreated wood waste. The management of this waste is problematic because treated wood contains preservatives such as arsenic, chromium, and copper to slow its deterioration. To remedy this, INRS researchers have found a simple, effective, and environmentally friendly solution. They have developed a process that successfully removed more than 90 percent of the contaminants present in treated wood waste in experiments conducted on a small scale in the laboratory. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 14, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Green leafy vegetables irrigated with wastewater may contain high levels of toxic heavy metals
(Natural News) A study published in the IOSR Journal of Environmental Science, Toxicology and Food Technology showed that irrigating agricultural fields and green leafy vegetables  with wastewater may result in potentially hazardous buildup of heavy metals including copper (Cu), lead (Pb) and zinc (Zn), as well as nickel (Ni), chromium (Cr) and cadmium (Cd). “On the survey... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Judge: Groundwater Lawsuit Filed Prematurely; California Regulation Not In Effect
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A judge in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Jan. 31 dismissed an inverse condemnation lawsuit against the federal government concerning drinking water that was contaminated with hexavalent chromium from McClellan Air Force Base on grounds that the case was filed prematurely (Rio Linda Elverta Community Water District v. United States of America, No. 17-859 C, Fed. Clms.; 2018 U.S. Claims LEXIS 47). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 8, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Water District's Suit Over Hexavalent Chromium Levels Untimely, Judge Says
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge on Jan. 31 dismissed the Sacramento Suburban Water District's inverse condemnation suit against the federal government over levels of hexavalent chromium in drinking water caused by the operation of the McClellan Air Force Base, finding that the suit was premature (Sacramento Suburban Water District v. United States of America, No. 17-860 C, Fed. Clms., 2018 U.S. Claims 44). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - February 8, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Many second hand plastic toys could pose a risk to children's health, study suggests
(University of Plymouth) Scientists at the University of Plymouth have discovered high concentrations of hazardous elements including antimony, barium, bromine, cadmium, chromium and lead in many second hand plastic toys. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news