Ghana: Aussie Tennis Star Seeking Mental Health
[Ghanaian Times] Temperamental Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios says he is talking to psychologists and "trying to get on top" of his mental health after another roller-coaster season where he was criticised for his on-court antics. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 9, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

An Impatient Truth
15 years ago, I introduced the concept of patient centricity at our first ‘Patient Summits’ in London and Philadelphia. At the time, the idea was somewhat alien; pharmaceutical executives were more interested in patient compliance, the science of getting patients to take their medicine as instructed, and driving sales through repeat prescriptions.The existing language of the day was aggressive. It was all about ‘capturing’ market share and ‘dominating’ the minds of customers. I’ll never forget being berated by one delegate because a conference talk had deviated from the agenda &nda...
Source: EyeForPharma - November 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Paul Simms Source Type: news

Thai lawmakers back legalizing medical marijuana
Thailand's legislature has proposed legal amendments that would allow the licensed medical use of marijuana, making it a potential trailblazer in Asia in legalizing what used to be regarded strictly as a dangerous drug (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

New Guidelines for Early-Stage Melanoma Treatment
The American Academy of Dermatology published new clinical practice guidelines with recommendations for the treatment of primary cutaneous melanoma. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - November 9, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Leah Lawrence Source Type: news

Inflammation Marker Prognostic in DLBCL
An inflammation marker was associated with several unfavorable characteristics in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - November 9, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Leah Lawrence Source Type: news

Five Ways the Midterms Changed Healthcare Five Ways the Midterms Changed Healthcare
Three red states approved Medicaid expansion, Utah and Missouri legalized medical marijuana, and ACA changes are likely on hold for at least 2 years.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Scientists reveal 10,000-year-old mummy is Native American ancestor
DNA testing discredits theory Nevada ’s ‘Spirit Cave mummy’ is of Paleoamerican heritageScientists attempting to map out the historical migrations of North and South America by analysing ancient bones have revealed that a 10,000-year-old skeleton unearthed in a cave in Nevada is the ancestor of a Native American tribe.The iconic skeleton, known as the “Spirit Cave mummy”, was reburied this summer by the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone people in Nevada, bringing closure to a decades-long legal dispute with anthropologists who fought for it to remain on display in a museum.Continue reading... (Source: Gu...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 8, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Archaeology Native Americans Americas Indigenous Australians Indigenous peoples Source Type: news

Justice Ginsburg in Hospital With Broken Ribs
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, was hospitalized Thursday morning with three broken ribs. after falling in her office Wednesday evening. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lawrence Memorial to close ER amid dwindling patient volume
Visits to the satellite emergency facility in Medford are down 32 percent from 2016, according to the hospital. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - November 8, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's injury: Why falls are so dangerous for older people
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell in her office Wednesday evening, resulting in three fractured ribs on her left side. She was admitted to George Washington University Hospital for observation and treatment, according to a press officer of the court. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Hospital With Broken Ribs
THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 -- After falling in her office on Wednesday evening, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized with three broken ribs on Thursday morning. The 85-year-old first went home, but after experiencing... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 8, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Vaccine court admits that the chickenpox vaccine permanently disabled a young boy
(Natural News) While vaccine makers and the mainstream media continue to deny that vaccines can be harmful, the vaccine court in the United States is quietly awarding money to victims of vaccine injuries, and after a protracted legal battle, the Department of Health and Human Services has even admitted the chickenpox vaccine caused one boy’s... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Delusional Left believes a person's sex NOT determined by biological anatomy ... it's simply a "wish" that can be altered at any moment
(Natural News) The Cult of LGBT and its leftist allies are incensed about possible new plans by the Trump administration to legally define individuals on official government documents as either male or female, and nothing else, based on their actual biological sex. The proposed Title IX revisions, as explained in a memo allegedly leaked to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Google admits in court documents that it believes free speech is "disastrous" for society
(Natural News) Every year, nearly half the world’s population uses Google. According to Internet Live Stats, Google processes over 40,000 search queries every second. In that same second, internet users view over 76,000 YouTube videos, a streaming service designed by Google. Across the globe there are now over two billion active android devices, a mobile... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hologic reports growth in Q4, year-end revenue
Women's imaging firm Hologic reported revenue growth in both its fourth-quarter...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Hologic points to results of breast density survey Hologic to buy Focal Therapeutics Solis, Hologic roll out 3D mammo technology Hologic appoints new CFO Hologic wins $4.8M in patent lawsuit against Minerva (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - November 8, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Using social media to strengthen public security
An EU-funded project is improving understanding of the opportunities, challenges and legal and ethical considerations arising from the use of social media in policing. The project aims to provide a roadmap, including recommendations, to help policymakers better target ways to fight crime and improve public safety. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 8, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Opinions on a firearm prohibition policy that targets intimate partner violence - Montanez J, Donley A.
Firearms and intimate partner violence form a nexus of dangerousness and lethality. But, some policies aim to separate the two phenomena. The present study aims to fill a gap in the literature focusing on opinions toward a firearm prohibition for persons w... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Observation results on pedestrian-vehicle interactions at non-signalized intersections towards simulation - Gorrini A, Crociani L, Vizzari G, Bandini S.
The modelling and simulation of pedestrian-vehicle interactions is an open challenge for both research and practical computational solutions aiming at supporting urban/traffic decision makers and managers. The social cost of pedestrian-car accidents pushes... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Modeling pedestrian crossing behavior and safety at signalized intersections - Marisamynathan S, Vedagiri P.
Pedestrian noncompliance behavior is one of the most critical causes of pedestrian involved traffic crashes at intersections in India. Thus, the objectives of this study are to examine how various factors affect pedestrian crossing behavior and to propose ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Integrated modeling approach for non-motorized mode trips and fatal crashes in the framework of transportation safety planning - Lee J, Abdel-Aty M, Cai Q, Wang L, Huang H.
In recent decades, considerable efforts have been made to incorporate traffic safety into long-term transportation plans (LTTPs), a process which is often termed transportation safety planning (TSP). Although some researchers have attempted to integrate tr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Influence of oncoming traffic on drivers' overtaking of cyclists - Bianchi Piccinini GF, Moretto C, Zhou H, Itoh M.
Active transportation - such as cycling - can provide health benefits to the population. However, cycling safety remains a major threat to favour the use of bicycles and, for this reason, more efforts are needed to reduce the number of crashes involving cy... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

How operators' legal status affects safety of intercity buses in Thailand - Ratanawaraha A, Chalermpong S.
Legalization is often a policy solution to perceived problems of inefficient and unsafe operation of informal buses in developing countries. Facing the world's second worst road safety record, the Thai government is set to ban the use of vans for intercity... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Legal and ethical responsibilities of physicians in coercive situations, such as natural disasters - Senel Eraslan B, Karaday ı B, Çakı İE, Aslan N, Varlık Tokgözoğlu E, Kılıç Ç, Ozaslan A, Cetin G.
BACKGROUND: The relationship between the physician and the patient is based on the provisions of the proxy agreement. The attitude of the physician and the legal and ethical responsibilities of this attitude in an event of force majeure, such as severe nat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Eyeing Conservative U.S. Top Court, Two States Pass Abortion Measures Eyeing Conservative U.S. Top Court, Two States Pass Abortion Measures
Voters in Alabama and West Virginia on Tuesday passed ballot measures that could pave the way for new limits or a full ban on abortion in those states if the conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court overturns the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Federal Judge Denies Motion To Certify Allocation Question In Lead Suit
BALTIMORE - A Maryland federal judge on Oct. 22 denied a motion to certify a question to the Maryland Court of Appeals regarding the proper allocation method for underlying lead-exposure and lead-poisoning claims because Maryland case law requires the application of a pro rata method of allocation (Allstate Insurance Co. v. N4 Inc., et al., No. 17-2980, D. Md., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 180437). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

10th Circuit Says Air Exclusion Is Ambiguous, Coverage Owed To Insured
DENVER - The 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 16 reversed and remanded a district court's ruling in favor of an insurer after determining that an indoor air exclusion is ambiguous and should be construed in favor of the insured hotel seeking coverage for underlying carbon monoxide poisoning claims (Siloam Springs Hotel LLC v. Century Surety Company, No. 17-6208, 10th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 29013). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Railroad Company Properly Joined To Clean Water Act Suit, Magistrate Rules
PITTSBURGH - A federal magistrate judge in Pennsylvania on Oct. 26 denied Buffalo& Pittsburgh Railroad Inc.'s (BPRR) motion seeking dismissal of a Clean Water Act (CWA) lawsuit brought by two environmental groups, finding that it is a properly joined party because it has right of way access to land that may need to be remediated (PennEnvironment, et al. v. PPG Industries Inc., et al., No. 12-342, W.D. Pa., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 183752). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Illinois Couple: Lung Disease Caused By Working In Food Additives Industry
CHICAGO - A couple on Oct. 22 filed a lawsuit against several food companies in Illinois state court, contending that they were injured by exposure to diacetyl and acetyl propionyl while working for a company that produced chemical food additives, which led to the development of lung disease (Lazaro Sanchez, Jr., et al. v. DSM Food Specialties USA Inc., et al., No. 2018L011469, Ill. Cir., Cook Co.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Benzene-Related Cancer Case Removed To Federal Court In Timely Manner, Judge Says
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in Louisiana on Oct. 17 ruled that a lawsuit brought by a man who alleges that his cancer was caused by exposure to benzene while working on a ship was removed to federal court in a timely manner, and the plaintiff's motion to remand was denied (Kenneth Matte v. Mobil Exploration and Producing North America Inc., et al., No. 18-7446, E.D. La., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 178388). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Amicus Brief On Petition For Rehearing Ruling Should Be Permitted, Groups Say
SAN FRANCISCO - A group of agricultural companies on Oct. 18 filed a supplemental brief in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, arguing that they should be granted leave to file an amicus curiae brief regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's petition for rehearing en banc of a Ninth Circuit split decision that found that there was no justification for the agency's decision to maintain a tolerance for the chemical chlorpyrifos in the face of scientific evidence that its residue on food causes neurodevelopmental damage to children. The divided panel also it ordered the agency to "revoke all tolerances and can...
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Shipyard Workers Seek To Bar Evidence Of Investigation In Lead Poisoning Case
MADISON, Wis. - A group of shipyard workers on Oct. 31 filed a brief in Wisconsin federal court, arguing that the district court should grant their motions in limine and bar all evidence and references to a federal investigation related to allegations of lead poisoning at the shipyard where they contend they were injured (Donald Holden, et al. v. Fraser Shipyards Inc., et al., No. 17-636, W.D. Wis.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Armstrong Is Liable For Lead Injuries, Should Be Sanctioned Plaintiffs Argue
MILWAUKEE - Residents who contend that they have been poisoned by exposure to lead-based paint on Oct. 23 filed a brief in Wisconsin federal court, arguing that Armstrong Containers Inc. is a success-in-interest to a previous maker of lead-based paint and that the asset sale agreement Armstrong made with a third entity involved an assumption of obligations related to any judgment involved in lead-poisoning litigation. The plaintiffs also seek sanctions against Armstrong related to its denial of successor-in-interest liability (Glenn Burton v. American Cyanamid, et al., No. 07-0303, E.D. Wis.). (Source: LexisNexis® Meal...
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Finding Of Successor Liability Should Be Denied In Lead Paint Case, Company Says
MILWAUKEE - Armstrong Containers Inc., one of the companies sued by Wisconsin residents who contend that they have been injured by exposure to lead-based paint, on Oct. 10 filed a brief in Wisconsin federal court, contending that the plaintiffs' motion for partial summary judgment on successor liability should be denied because it relies on new materials and it makes new arguments (Glenn Burton v. American Cyanamid, et al., No. 07-0303, E.D. Wis.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Judge: Chevron Motion For Sanctions 'Moot' In Light Of Notarized Transfer Document
NEW YORK - A federal judge in New York on Oct. 12 declared as "moot" a motion by Chevron Corp., which sought to impose sanctions and possible imprisonment on the attorney who won an $18.5 billion judgment against the company in a court in Ecuador for injuries, only to have it reversed. The judge ruled that the attorney satisfied the district court's orders, albeit belatedly (Chevron Corporation v. Steven Donziger, No. 11-691, S.D. N.Y.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Chevron: Donziger Deposition Overseen By Special Master Needed Given Contempt Plan
NEW YORK - Chevron Corp. on Oct. 26 filed a letter with a New York federal judge asking him to order Steven R. Donziger, the attorney who won an $18.5 billion judgment against the company in a court in Ecuador for injuries, only to have it reversed, to sit for a deposition presided over by a special master given Donziger's "stated intent to limit the scope of the deposition improperly" and risk contempt of court (Chevron Corporation v. Steven Donziger, No. 11-691, S.D. N.Y.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Chevron's Contempt Motion Should Be Rejected, Sanctions Proper, Donziger Says
NEW YORK - Steven R. Donziger, the attorney who won an $18.5 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. in a court in Ecuador for injuries only to have it reversed, filed a brief in New York federal court on Oct. 31, contending that the court should reject the company's motion to hold him in contempt, impose costs and "warn Chevron's counsel that further efforts so explicitly aimed at unconstitutionally chilling corporate accountability advocates generally and Chevron critics specifically" will be met with sanctions (Chevron Corporation v. Steven Donziger, No. 11-691, S.D. N.Y.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's&tra...
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Former State Employee: Flint Water Crisis Plaintiffs May Not Amend Complaint
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A former employee of the state of Michigan on Oct. 26 filed a brief in Michigan federal court arguing that the residents of Flint, Mich., who have sued state and local authorities for the lead-contaminated drinking water in their city should not be permitted to file an amended complaint to add a claim for gross negligence because he has "absolute statutory immunity from Michigan tort claims" (In re Flint Water Cases [Luke Waid, et al. v. Richard D. Snyder, et al.], No. 16-10444, E.D. Mich.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Flint Co-Liaison Counsel: Data Order Does Not Affect Absent Class Members
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The co-liaison counsel in the litigation pertaining to the Flint water crisis on Oct. 15 filed a brief in Michigan federal court, arguing that a data collection order issued by the special master does not affect absent putative class members but portions of it should be revised regarding how it governs information collected as part of the litigation (In re Flint Water Cases [Luke Waid, et al. v. Richard D. Snyder, et al.], No. 16-10444, E.D. Mich.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Group: EPA Should Follow Its Own Guidance And Reduce Glyphosate Tolerance Level
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A collection of advocacy groups concerned about the amount of glyphosate in food, led by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), on Sept. 27 filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency asking it to reduce the tolerance level of the chemical in oats and to "to require glyphosate-containing product labels to explicitly prohibit the use of glyphosate as a preharvest desiccant," in keeping with findings by one of the EPA's internal departments. (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Juror: Glyphosate Verdict Not Due To 'Inflamed' Passions; Finding Should Stand
SAN FRANCISCO - One of the members of the California jury that awarded a cancer victim $289,254,882.32 in damages for exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto Co.'s herbicide Roundup, on Oct. 19 said in a phone interview that the judge should deny the company's attempts to throw out the verdict because Monsanto's allegation that the jury was "inflamed with passion" following the plaintiff counsel's closing argument "is just not true" (DeWayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company, No. CGC 16550128, Calif. Super., San Francisco Co.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Cancer Victim Accepts Reduced Punitive Damages Award In Monsanto Glyphosate Case
SAN FRANCISCO - A cancer victim who won $289,254,882.32 in damages for exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto Co.'s herbicide Roundup, on Oct. 26 filed a notice of acceptance of the reduced punitive damages verdict, which was cut by nearly $211 million (DeWayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company, No. CGC 16550128, Calif. Super., San Francisco Co.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

High Court Should Hear Chemical Case To Settle Class Status Issue, Companies Say
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A group of chemical companies on Oct. 12 filed a petition for writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court contending that it should hear a groundwater contamination class action to settle a conflict among federal appellate courts regarding the necessity of plaintiffs satisfying the predominance requirement to achieve class status (Behr Dayton Thermal Products LLC, et al. v. Terry Martin, et al., No. 18-472, U.S. Sup.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Lax State Gun Laws Linked to More Firearm Deaths in Children Lax State Gun Laws Linked to More Firearm Deaths in Children
Stronger state gun laws, including child access prevention laws, mean that fewer children are injured or killed in firearm-related incidents, two new studies show.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Judge raises patent award against Cochlear Ltd. to $268M
A federal judge in California has ordered Cochlear Ltd. (ASX:COH) to pay $268 million — double a jury’s previous award — to the Alfred E. Mann Foundation in a patent dispute. The foundation, named for one of the inventors of cochlear implant technology, sued Australia-based Cochlear in 2007, alleging infringement of a pair of patents covering the hearing implant technology. The foundation licensed the patents to Advanced Bionics. In November 2016, a federal appeals court overturned a win for Cochlear Ltd. in its patent spat with Advanced Bionics over hearing implant technology, se...
Source: Mass Device - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Legal News Alfred E. Mann Foundation Cochlear Ltd. Source Type: news

Department of Justice Looking Closer at Asbestos Trusts
The U.S. Department of Justice has increased its scrutiny of asbestos trust funds in recent months, urging more accountability and transparency. Those who administer the funds believe they work just fine. The trust funds are designed mostly to compensate workers who were sickened by negligent companies that sold or manufactured asbestos products. Currently there are more than 60 trust funds with an estimated $30 billion combined, stemming from companies seeking bankruptcy protection and avoiding future liabilities related to asbestos exposure. Since the first trust was established in 1988, they have paid out more than $20 ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - November 7, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Syneron Candela updates on patent infringement cases
Syneron Candela today updated on a number of patent infringement suits, including a large number in defense of its Profound radiofrequency-based microneedling product. The Wayland, Mass-based company said that in April, it filed complaints against 18 manufacturers and distributors of fractional RF micro-needle dermatological treatment systems in both the U.S. Int’l Trade Commission and Federal District Court. Allegedly infringing products in the suit include the Secret RF by Ilooda and Cutera; Fraxis Duo by Ilooda, Emvera Tech and Rohrer Aesthetics; Fractora by Invasix and InMode MD; Legend Pro by Lumenis and Po...
Source: Mass Device - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cosmetic/Aesthetic Legal News Patent Infringement Syneron Medical Ltd. Source Type: news

Why a Sunny Pacific Island Is Banning Sunscreen
The Pacific archipelago of Palau is regarded as one of the best diving locations in the world, with hundreds of varieties of fish and coral found within its reefs. In an effort to protect those natural treasures from harmful chemicals, Palau recently became the first country to ban many types of sunscreen. Amid growing anxiety about the world’s oceans, advocates hope that Palau’s law—which follows a similar measure by the state of Hawaii—may be just the first swell of a new legal wave. What’s the science behind the ban? An estimated 14,000 tons of sunscreen wash into the oceans each year, but...
Source: TIME: Science - November 7, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Billy Perrigo Tags: Uncategorized coral bleaching Environment hawaii Palau Source Type: news

Democrats flip medtech-heavy Minnesota House seats
Democratic candidates flipped a pair of Minnesota congressional seats with heavy medical device industry constituencies in the mid-term elections yesterday. Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) defeated incumbent Erik Paulsen, a longtime supporter of the North Star State’s huge medtech cluster who led numerous attempts to repeal the medical device tax. The 48-year-old liquor heir carried Minnesota’s Third District by 56% to 44%, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, marking the first time since 1961 that the district is represented by a Democrat. Paulsen won the seat by 14 points in 2016 and by...
Source: Mass Device - November 7, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Business/Financial News Featured Capitol Hill Source Type: news

Health concerns drive voters to back Medicaid, weed and trans rights
Voters in 37 states had more than candidates to choose Tuesday. There were more than 150 statewide measures on ballots this midterm election and several involved health-related issues ranging from the taxes on feminine hygiene products to Medicaid expansion, to abortion access, and legalizing the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana. Based on the preliminary vote results, here's what some voters went for and what they rejected. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The antecedents of mandatory motorcycle helmet legislation enhancing behavior - Lee JM, Outlaw NL.
This study uses a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news