New Jersey Agency: Companies Must Pay Costs Associated With Tainted Groundwater
TRENTON, N.J. - The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) on March 25 issued a directive to a group of chemical companies notifying them that it considers them liable for "the significant contamination" of the state's air and groundwater with poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) (In the Matter of Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances Generated By: Solvay Specialty Polymers U.S.A. LLC, et al., N.J. DEP). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - April 3, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Plaintiffs Seek Exclusion Of Defense Expert Due To Conflict In Testimony
MILWAUKEE - A group of plaintiffs suing the former makers of lead-based paint filed a brief in Wisconsin federal court on March 21, arguing that it should exclude one of the defendants' experts because his affidavit conflicts with the deposition testimony (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 - April 3, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Judge: City Need Not Exhaust Administrative Remedies In PCB Suit
SAN DIEGO - A federal judge in California on March 22 refused to dismiss the city of Chula Vista, Calif.'s public nuisance lawsuit against Monsanto Co. over polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination, finding that the city does not need to exhaust all administrative remedies before the state's Commission on State Mandates before pursuing its claim (Chula Vista v. Monsanto Co., et al., No. 18cv1942-WQH-AGS, S.D. Calif., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48323). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Toxic Torts Legal News - April 3, 2019 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

CBD is getting buzz, but does it work? And is it legal?
US regulators exploring ways CBD could be used legally in foods and dietary supplements (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Arkansas House Votes 75-18 to Keep Medicaid Plan
Arkansas lawmakers have voted to keep the state's Medicaid expansion another year, days after the program's future appeared in limbo following a court decision blocking the state from enforcing a work requirement. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - April 3, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Cameras secretly recorded women in California hospital delivery rooms
A women's hospital in California used hidden cameras to secretly record approximately 1,800 patients without their consent, according to a lawsuit. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Purdue owners request Massachusetts opioid case to be thrown out
The Sackler family are arguing that the lawsuit from the Massachusetts attorney general is misleading (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - April 2, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Sackler family fight back against opioid legal claims
Purdue Pharma owners file motion to dismiss lawsuit from Massachusetts attorney-general (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 2, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

California Hospital Secretly Filmed Women During Surgery and Childbirth, Lawsuit Says
The cameras were set up in three operating rooms at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, Calif. as part of an effort to catch a possible thief. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JACEY FORTIN Tags: Hospitals Video Recordings, Downloads and Streaming Suits and Litigation (Civil) Women and Girls Ethics and Official Misconduct Privacy Sharp Grossmont Hospital Sharp HealthCare California Source Type: news

Family behind OxyContin calls opioid suit false, misleading
The wealthy family who owns the company is calling a Massachusetts lawsuit false and misleading in its first court response to allegations that the family helped fuel the deadly opioid epidemic (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

What a new FDA commissioner could mean for clinical research
With the resignation of FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb taking effect this month, many clinical research professionals are wondering how this could impact their drug and device trials. During his tenure of just under two years, Dr. Gottlieb introduced a number of initiatives, including one aimed at aggressively regulating teenage vaping, reducing nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels and banning menthol in cigarettes. He also oversaw the approval of a record number of new medicines, generic drugs and medical devices. Yet his departure leaves many questions unanswered, especially those that impact the med...
Source: Mass Device - April 2, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blog IMARC Source Type: news

The Latest: GOP leader says Senate not tackling health law
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's told President Donald Trump that the Senate will not be taking up a rewrite of the nation's health care laws now that Democrats control the House (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Family behind OxyContin denies aggressive marketing, its first legal response to claims about its role in opioid crisis
(Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Channel Medsystems wins PMA for Cerene cryoablation device
Channel Medsystems last week won pre-market approval from the FDA for its Cerene endometrial cryoablation device, starting the clock on a mandatory three-year post-approval study. Cerene, which is designed to treat heavy but benign bleeding in premenopausal women for whom child bearing is complete, won CE Mark approval in the European Union in June 2017. The PMA granted March 28 is based on 12-month data from the 242-patient Clarity pivotal trial, which must now be extended for another 36 months, according to the FDA. Emeryville, Calif.-based Channel Medsystems must follow at least 85% of Clarity patients out to ...
Source: Mass Device - April 2, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Featured Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Women's Health Boston Scientific Channel Medsystems Source Type: news

Emerging Product Liability Concerns for Medical 3D Printing
Conclusions Advancements in additive manufacturing have the healthcare industry understandably excited about future possibilities. But as innovation continues to progress, industry standards, federal regulations, and case law lag behind, creating some uncertainties regarding liability. We will continue to keep a close eye on FDA guidance and emerging ASTM standards as they relate to additive manufacturing, as such developments will likely serve as a barometer for the treatment of 3D-printed devices in products liability law. The author would like to thank Dana J. Ash, chair of the Products Liability...
Source: MDDI - April 2, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sean K. Burke Tags: 3-D Printing Source Type: news

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on new steps to advance agency ’ s continued evaluation of potential regulatory pathways for cannabis-containing and cannabis-derived products
FDA is announcing a number of important new steps and actions to advance our consideration of a framework for the lawful marketing of appropriate cannabis and cannabis-derived products under our existing authorities. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 2, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on new steps to advance agency ’s continued evaluation of potential regulatory pathways for cannabis-containing and cannabis-derived products
FDA is announcing a number of important new steps and actions to advance our consideration of a framework for the lawful marketing of appropriate cannabis and cannabis-derived products under our existing authorities. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - April 2, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Distribution of bone injuries in cases of non-natural death: a retrospective, encompassing study from 2008 to 2017 - Teifel D, Rothschild M.
For this study all autopsy reports of non-natural deaths performed at the Institute of Legal Medicine at the University of Cologne from a 10-year period (2008-2017) were examined in regards to the manner of non-natural death and their frequency and distrib... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

An archival analysis of sexual assault victims' age estimation accuracy when describing stranger offenders - Thorley C, Almond L, Gregory A, McAlonan V, McLoughlin A.
Approximately 10% of all serious sexual assaults in England and Wales involve victims and offenders who are strangers. The victims often estimate the stranger offender's age during police interviews. These age estimations, if accurate, can help identify of... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Antigay "honor" abuse: a multinational attitudinal study of collectivist- versus individualist-orientated populations in Asia and England - Lowe M, Khan R, Thanzami V, Barzy M, Karmaliani R.
Cultural collectivism, a core feature of honor cultures, is associated with the acceptance of aggression if it is used in the name of so-called "honor." Currently overlooked in the research literature, this study explored perceptions of antigay "honor" abu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Avoiding blame when violating traffic rules: the development and validation of the justifications of traffic violations scale - Holman AC, Popu șoi SA.
Traffic norms violations are the most common form of law breaking. Our aim was to investigate a factor that might contribute to the massive disobedience to traffic laws, namely drivers' use of self-legitimization strategies that allow them to transgress th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Criminal defense and judicial sentencing in China's death penalty cases - Xiong M, Liu S, Liang B.
Drawing upon 503 cases of violent and drug crimes involving the death penalty from three intermediate courts in China, this study explores various defense arguments, their acceptance rates, and factors that influence judicial sentencing. Our findings revea... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

From legislation to compliance: the power of traffic law enforcement for the case study of Spain - Castillo-Manzano JI, Castro-Nu ño M, Lopez-Valpuesta L, Pedregal DJ.
Using a dynamic transfer function model-based methodology, this study analyzes the joint influence of legislation changes, enforcement and compliance with driving regulations in terms of road fatalities in Spain during the 2005-2015 time period. Three robu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Gender differences in the evaluation of aggravating and mitigating circumstances: the mediating role of attributional complexity - West MP, Yelderman LA, Miller MK.
At the penalty phase of a capital trial, jurors endorse and weigh aggravators and mitigators. The purpose of the current studies was to examine how gender differences in attributional complexity relate to endorsements of aggravators and mitigators. In Stud... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Death penalty decision-making: fundamentalist beliefs and the evaluation of aggravating and mitigating circumstances - Yelderman LA, West MP, Miller MK.
PURPOSE Jurors' religious characteristics are related to death penalty attitudes and verdicts. Jurors' religious characteristics might also relate to endorsements of aggravating circumstances (aggravators) and mitigating circumstances (mitigators)--factors... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

The impact of masculinity upon men with psychosis who reside in secure forensic settings - Searle R, Hare D, Davies B, Morgan SL.
PURPOSE Masculinity is a core cognitive structure that plays a central role in organising attitudinal and behavioural processes. Yet there is limited research focussing upon the meaning of masculinity for men who have a past history of violent behav... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Violent extremism: a comparison of approaches to assessing and managing risk - Logan C, Lloyd M.
PURPOSE The task of assessing and managing risk of violence has evolved considerably in the last 25 years, and the field of violent extremism has the potential to stand on the shoulders of the giants of this time. Therefore, the objective of this study was... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Violence and aggression towards staff in secure settings - Greenwood A, Braham L.
PURPOSE The purpose of this paper is to undertake a systematic literature review to appraise the current evidence relating to the factors associated with violence and aggression in adult psychiatric hospital inpatient settings. Design/methodol... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Voices from behind the bars: kidnappers' natural self-accounting views, perceptions, and feelings on kidnapping in the southeastern states of Nigeria - Otu SE, Nnam MU, Uduka UK.
Assumptions and debates on the trend, causes or motives, implications, and appropriate sanctions on kidnapping dominate literature, are largely speculative, and come mainly from the media or academic and nonacademic writers. The aim of this article is to e... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

When a corporation rapes: perceptions of rape in civil court for corporate defendants - Lippert A, Golding J, Lynch K, Haak E.
In recent years, the coupling of poor outcomes for rape victims in criminal court and the widening scope of legal responsibility for sexual assault has prompted plaintiffs to file civil suits for rape against corporations. Unfortunately, we know little abo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Does the format of the message affect what is heard? A two-part study on the communication of violence risk assessment data - PhD ABB, Ma CEH, Michael J. Vitacco PhD ABPP, PhD RDM, Bs LCC, Ba MEL.
There is currently limited understanding about how best to communicate the results of violence risk assessments to legal decision makers. To advance this literature, a two-part study was conducted assessing whether layperson perceptions of risk and dangero... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Media, Marketing, and Internet Issues Source Type: news

The construction of allegedly abused children's narratives in Scottish criminal courts - Prince ER, Andrews SJ, Lamb ME, Foster JLH.
This study investigated lawyers' use of social narratives surrounding child sexual abuse when questioning 66 5- to 17-year-old alleged victims in Scottish criminal courts using a mixed-methods approach. Thematic analysis found that the use of beliefs and s... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Firearm legislation stringency and firearm-related fatalities among children in the United States - Madhavan S, Taylor JS, Chandler JM, Staudenmayer KL, Chao SD.
BACKGROUND: Firearm-related injuries are the second leading cause of pediatric death in the U.S. We sought to evaluate the effectiveness of both state child access prevention (CAP) laws and gun regulations on pediatric firearm mortality. We hypothesized th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Court evaluations of young children's testimony in child sexual abuse cases - Ernberg E, Magnusson M, Landstr öm S, Tidefors I.
PURPOSE Prosecutors working with child sexual abuse (CSA) cases involving young children have raised concerns that reliability criteria from the Supreme Court of Sweden are holding children's testimony to impossible standards (e.g., expecting the child's t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Death cases involving certain new psychoactive substances: a review of the literature - Kraemer M, Boehmer A, Madea B, Maas A.
In the last decades, more and more new psychoactive substances (NPS) were introduced on the drug market which were sold as "legal" alternatives for classic drugs and misused medications. Due to an increased number of available substances and a growing util... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

$20 million from W.M. Keck Foundation to UCLA will enhance patient experience, spur medical research
A $20 million gift from the W.M. Keck Foundation will fund competitive biomedical research grants at UCLA and support the renovation of the UCLA Medical Plaza, one of Southern California ’s busiest outpatient care centers. The gift brings the W.M. Keck Foundation’s total giving to UCLA to $55 million, and its giving to University of California campuses to more than $165 million.“UCLA is proud to continue its decades-long partnership with the Keck Foundation,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. “Its visionary investments have helped accelerate groundbreaking discoveries that have improved countle...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 2, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Left-wing cities going LAWLESS as Boston orders police to stop arresting criminals for breaking and entering, destruction of property or shoplifting
(Natural News) Leftist policies are reaching new levels of insanity in Massachusetts, as Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins pushes her highly contested “no-prosecute” list into action. The “list” gives a green light to a number of arrest-worthy offenses — including trespassing, shoplifting, disorderly conduct, and “wanton or malicious destruction of property.” In other words, local... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baby defied the odds to survive after she was born with her bowel OUTSIDE HER BODY
Lily-Rae Lawrence, of Sheffield, was born with the birth defect gastroschisis, which occurs when the bowels exit the body via a hole near the belly button. She turns one on Thursday. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

German court rejects damages for prolonging patient's life
A German federal court has rejected a man's claim for compensation for what he argued was needless suffering caused to his sick father by a doctor's efforts to keep him alive (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

A California Hospital Filmed Women Without Their Knowledge, Lawsuit Says
The cameras were set up in three operating rooms at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, Calif. as part of an effort to catch a possible thief. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JACEY FORTIN Tags: Hospitals Video Recordings, Downloads and Streaming Suits and Litigation (Civil) Women and Girls Ethics and Official Misconduct Privacy Sharp Grossmont Hospital Sharp HealthCare California Source Type: news

Liverpool Women ’ s Hospital staff win pay battle
UNISON members at Liverpool Women’s Hospital have won their struggle to secure NHS rates of pay. The domestics, porters, catering and security staff are all employed by a private contractor, OCS, which had refused to pay them the same rate for the job as staff employed directly by the NHS, who had seen their pay rise under last year’s nationally agreed deal. Now, the OCS staff will no longer be paid just the legal minimum wage, but will receive the higher NHS rate. This is worth more than £1 an hour – over £2,000 a year for full-time staff. As part of a three-year deal, staff will also get the...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 2, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Liverpool Liverpool Women's Hospital NHS nhs pay north west region UNISON north west Source Type: news

Bill: Immediately Reinstate People to Medicaid After Ruling
Arkansas Democratic lawmakers are calling for the state to immediately reinstate thousands of people kicked off the Medicaid expansion program because of a work requirement that's been halted by a federal judge. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - April 2, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

"Fetal heartbeat" abortion ban approved by Georgia lawmakers
A heartbeat can be detected in an embryo as early as six weeks, before many women know they're pregnant (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Examining Opioid-Related Hospitalizations for Patients With Cancer
Researchers looked at the trends and risk factors for opioid-related hospitalizations among patients with cancer. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - April 2, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Leah Lawrence Source Type: news

Two Republican attorneys general urge court to uphold Obamacare
Two Republican state attorneys general on Monday urged a federal appeals court to uphold the Obamacare federal healthcare law, saying that striking it down would be disruptive for patients, doctors, insurers and employers. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

President Proposes Shrinking DOE Science Budget by 16 Percent
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) would receive $31.7 billion in FY 2020, $3.8 billion below FY 2019 enacted appropriation. Within this, $5.5 billion (-16 percent) would be directed toward the Office of Science. The request allocates 40 percent of Office of Science’s FY 2020 budget to research. Approximately 22,000 researchers are supported by grants from the Office of Science. Funding for Biological and Environmental Research (BER) would be slashed by nearly 30 percent from the FY 2019 level to $494 million, with funds directed to research in foundational genomic sciences. The proposed level of funding for BER...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 2, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Become an Advocate for Science: Join the AIBS Legislative Action Center
Quick, free, easy, effective, impactful! Join the AIBS Legislative Action Center. The Legislative Action Center is a one-stop shop for learning about and influencing science policy. Through the website, users can contact elected officials and sign-up to interact with lawmakers. The website offers tools and resources to inform researchers about recent policy developments. The site also announces opportunities to serve on federal advisory boards and to comment on federal regulations. This new tool is made possible through contributions from the Society for the Study of Evolution and the Botanical Society of America. AIBS an...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 2, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

NASEM Study: Red Wolves Are a Distinct Species
A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) panel has found that the red wolf is a taxonomically distinct species from the Mexican gray wolf. The committee released its congressionally mandated report, Evaluating the Taxonomic Status of the Mexican Gray Wolf and the Red Wolf, on March 28, 2019. In 2018, at the direction of Congress, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) asked NASEM to conduct an independent assessment of the taxonomic status of the red wolf and Mexican gray wolf. The study was mandated as a part of an appropriations bill passed in March 2018, in order to inform conser...
Source: Public Policy Reports - April 2, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS 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

Heritage Pharma files lawsuit after drug shipment knocked into a river
New Jersey-based Heritage Pharmaceuticals is seeking damages from a Port of Virginia blunder that sent a container of its drugs toppling into the Elizabeth River. (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - April 1, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news