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April 12, 2012

Birth Control Warning: New warning label added to Yaz and other birth control pills

Federal health regulators have announced that Yaz®, Yasmin® and other birth control pills containing the hormone drospirenone (synthetic version of the naturally occurring female hormone progesterone) will now carry new labeling warning that these drugs may be more likely to cause blood clots than other types of birth control. The new labeling is based on recent studies that compared drospirenone-containing pills to low-dose estrogen pills.

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April 11, 2012

Dangerous Medical Devices: Most medical implants have never been tested

A recent article by Consumer Reports addresses the potential risks associated with medical devices such as artificial joints and pelvic mesh. Although millions live each day with artificial medical devices in their bodies, the article reports that "Often, the only safety ?testing' that occurs is in the bodies of unsuspecting patients."

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April 9, 2012

Lives at Risk: Maritime workers continue to risk asbestos exposure

The Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers (AIMPE) issued a warning that inspection of some foreign vessels, including flagships and tug boats, found the vessels to be "riddled with asbestos." These vessels carried fake documentation stating that the materials on board were asbestos-free. Such discoveries prompt concern about the health of seafarers and the global need to enforce health and safety laws requiring asbestos-free workplaces

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March 30, 2012

JetBlue Midair Meltdown: Pilot charged with interfering with flight crew

JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon experienced what passengers and crew members described as a mental breakdown ultimately leading to an emergency landing during Flight 191's route from New York to Las Vegas. Osbon is being charged with interfering with a flight crew and has been suspended pending a full investigation.

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March 28, 2012

ABA Spring Meeting: Motley Rice asbestos lawyer participates in mock trial

Motley Rice member and asbestos lawyer Anne McGinness Kearse has been invited to participate in the American Bar Association's (ABA) 21st Annual Toxic Torts and Environmental Practitioner's (TTEL) Spring Meeting, "Scorching in the Desert: Hot Topics Facing Corporate Counsel and Toxic Torts and Environmental Practitioners."

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