DrugNews Adds Skin Cancer Warning for Popular Erectile Dysfunction Drug


New York, NY (PRWEB) June 04, 2014

The prescription drug safety advocates at DrugNews.net are alerting patients who have taken popular erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra of new information on the site. A recent study found that men taking these medications were nearly twice as likely to develop melanoma skin cancer*.

DrugNews is a free resource for patients taking popular prescription drugs. By providing the latest recalls, safety alerts, research and litigation news, visitors can recognize potential dangers, see if others are experiencing similar side effects and decide if they need legal advice.

Viagra, or sildenafil, has been taken by an estimated 23 million men worldwide since it was introduced in 1998**.

Now, DrugNews has learned of a new study published by the American Medical Association finding those who have used the drug have a 84% higher occurrence rate of melanoma*. The results were based on a study of more than 25,000 men of an average age of 65***.

Researchers found the results held true regardless of whether patients had a family history of skin cancer, lived in areas with high ultraviolet light exposure, or had other kinds of cancer***.

Melanoma is diagnosed in around 76,000 people each year, and results in about 9,700 deaths***.

Lawyers are investigating claims for those affected. Anyone diagnosed with melanoma after taking an erectile dysfunction drug is encouraged to visit DrugNews or speak with a lawyer about their legal options. DrugNews only recommends lawyers who have already handled ED skin cancer lawsuits.

For more information on the research, side effects and litigation news related to erectile dysfunction drugs and skin cancer, or to speak with a lawyer, visit http://www.DrugNews.net.

*JAMA, 4/7/14; http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1857095

**NBC News, 4/4/13; nbcnews.com/id/8004291/ns/health-mens_health/t/blindness-noted-men-using-impotence-drugs/#.U4yQWyhwGfQ

***NBC News, 4/7/14; nbcnews.com/health/health-news/viagra-may-boost-risk-deadly-skin-cancer-study-finds-n73976







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Fake Botox Use Rampant Despite FDA Warnings


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 10, 2013

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Canadian medical supplier Canada Drugs has been linked to the sale and distribution of fake Botox, as well as Levitra and Viagra, and the acne treatment drug Accutane (go to: http://goo.gl/dSUCE). A copy of the letter sent by the FDA to the physicians it determined received unapproved Botox from Canada Drugs can be found here(or go to: goo.gl/WC3fX). Authorities recently seized over $ 10.5 million worth of various counterfeit drugs (go to: goo.gl/D5R5A).

In addition, the supplier, its subsidiaries and related businesses have been ordered to stop marketing their fake Botox and other products to American practitioners and to shut down over 4,100 pharmaceutical websites (go to: http://goo.gl/dSUCE). The FDAs action was part of Internet Action Week, a global effort involving international law enforcement and regulatory agencies from about 100 countries.

As of December 19, 2012 the Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to more than 350 medical practices that they have received doses of the drug commonly known as Botox that may be contaminated or otherwise unsafe. Frankly, Im shocked at the extent of the problem, says Simon Ourian, M.D., Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills. I never expected to see any of my colleagues in Beverly Hills on the FDA’s list, but there they were.

Please check here to ensure that your doctor is not among those implicated. If your doctor is not listed at the above site but you suspect that they are using counterfeit treatments, contact the FDA’s Department of Criminal Investigations.

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Silver Visibility Featured In TMZ EXCLUSIVE Anthony Weiner Sexting Story


New York, New York (PRWEB) July 28, 2013

One publicist might have the answers to Anthony Weiner’s publicity troubles. Trent Silver, CMO of Silver Visibility, public relations and crisis management firm, has issued a letter to Weiner offering social media and PR services in the wake of the scandal and the news that his campaign manager quit.

“I want to help get Weiner’s campaign back on track with a dose of PR Viagra. Since he’s not pulling out of the race, we are offering to facilitate a partnership with a wholesome brand, such as Oscar Mayer Wieners or Planters Nuts, to make people forget his salacious side,” says Silver.

The article notes that the letter specifically says Silver Visibility experts “will teach [Weiner] the proper way to use social media so [he] won’t get caught with his pants down.” Among the suggestions they offer are the Snapchat app, so his raunchy photos disappear in six seconds instead of his political career, and the Drunk Dial! NO! app that hides a contact’s phone number(s) and email address(es) for between one and 48 hours. There’s no limit on how many contacts you can lock.

Silver also offers to match the consulting fee Weiner would pay for restoring his reputation in donations to FDNY in Weiner’s name, “So they can put out your fires – in more ways than one.”

While much of the letter is intended to be tongue-in-cheek, Silver is serious about his offer to help Weiner restore his reputation and about the offer to match the fee in donations to FDNY. “It’s not impossible to come back after a sex scandal,” explains Silver.

In fact, he says in the letter, “Dont worry, Mr. Weiner, these scandals seem like they are career killers however, let us remind you that Marv Albert, Charles Barkley and Frank Gifford all got ‘caught with their pants down’ as well and most everyone has forgotten about their indiscretions (well, until we just reminded them).”

Trent Silver is the CMO of Silver Visibility, a public relations and crisis management firm. Silver is available for interviews and speaking engagements.







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New York, New York (PRWEB) July 29, 2013

Publicist Trent Silver has issued a public statement and letter to Anthony Weiner to curtail the sexting scandal surrounding his mayoral campaign. TMZ broke the story that Trent Silver, CMO of Silver Visibility, public relations and crisis management firm, is offering his services to help Weiner get his campaign back on track.

“I want to help get Weiner’s campaign back on track with a dose of PR Viagra. Since he’s not pulling out of the race, we are offering to facilitate a partnership with a wholesome brand, such as Oscar Mayer Wieners or Planters Nuts, to make people forget his salacious side,” says Silver.

The TMZ article notes that the letter specifically says Silver Visibility experts “will teach [Weiner] the proper way to use social media so [he] won’t get caught with his pants down.” Among the suggestions they offer are the Snapchat app, so his raunchy photos disappear in six seconds instead of his political career, and the Drunk Dial! NO! app that hides a contact’s phone number(s) and email address(es) for between one and 48 hours. There’s no limit on how many contacts you can lock.

Silver also offers to match the consulting fee Weiner would pay for restoring his reputation in donations to FDNY in Weiner’s name, “so they can put out your fires – in more ways than one.”

While much of the letter is intended to be tongue-in-cheek, Silver is serious about his offer to help Weiner restore his reputation and about the offer to match the fee in donations to FDNY. “It’s not impossible to come back after a sex scandal,” explains Silver.

In fact, he says in the letter, “Dont worry, Mr. Weiner, these scandals seem like they are career killers however, let us remind you that Marv Albert, Charles Barkley and Frank Gifford all got ‘caught with their pants down’ as well and most everyone has forgotten about their indiscretions (well, until we just reminded them).”

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Introducing the new phenomenon: The Prestige System Pop-up shop


Poole, Dorset (PRWEB UK) 19 June 2014

Nowadays, with online retailing becoming more popular than ever and costs of renting a shop space continuing to soar, business landlords are now under more pressure than ever to persuade retailers to sign new leases.

Introduced by cities across the world such as Tokyo, London, Los Angeles and New York City, the concept of a pop up store allows the retailer to use a temporary space to market their products, gaining recognition and generating a buzz for the company wherever they go.

Another reason that swayed retailers to go with this new solution is the insignificant difference in cost: launching pop-up store costs 80% less than renting out a traditional retail store.

Big brands such as Ebay, Adidas, Kate Spade and Lacoste are just some of the big names that have followed the pop-up shop trend and have taken their creativity one step further.

A great example of a system that can be used by retailers to set up their very own pop-up store is The Prestige System, which is a modular and portable solution that allows clients to re-configure their stand for different retail spaces.

The system is also ideal for all exhibitions, conferences and live marketing events.

Quadrant2Design, the sole UK suppliers of Prestige based in Poole in Dorset, have adapted the system into the World’s first bespoke Pop-up Shop System.

The Swiss-designed Prestige Events System is constructed from lightweight, but extremely strong, aluminium pop-up frames which are ideal for easy transportation, as pop-up shops travel around frequently. This structure bestows on Prestige the twin benefits of easy and rapid construction, without any tools or special knowledge.

Graphics magnetise to the erected framework in seconds, rapidly forming stunning, and seamless-effect graphic walling, with the option of integrated, brightly lit product showcases and floating-effect digital screens.

So with Prestige ‘Pop-up Shop, you have a solution that will allow you to quickly cover unsightly shop walling with stunning graphics, branding, showcases and digital screens.

Quadrant2Design retain full control of retail projects with all key functions in-house, including: CAD design, graphic design, large format graphics production, project management, manufacture and Worldwide installations.

Quadrant2Design prebuild every single exhibition stand or popup shop in their Poole factory.

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Back to School and the Newest Chemical to Watch: Phthalates

With children across the country returning to school this week, many parents are just completed the infamous back-to-school shopping trip, wherein backpacks, notebooks, pencils, markers, and locker decorations were purchased. This year, some scientists and politicians are warning about the dangers of phthalates.

Phthalates are also known as “plasticizers.” This is a group of industrial chemicals, used in everything from raincoats, shower curtains, toys, and children’s backpacks. According to the Environmental Working Group, phthalates can disrupt the endocrine system, decrease a man’s sperm count, and possibly even cause cancer.

This week, the Center for Health, Environment and Justice released the “Back-to-School Guide for PVC-Free School Supplies.” The report tells parents how to avoid PVCs, calling them “poisonous.” A number of media sources have picked up the story and are cautioning parents against purchasing products containing these chemicals. However, not everyone is necessarily ready to call phthalates a health hazard just yet.

An op-ed piece appearing on Forbes.com this week blasts the allegations made by some politicians and environmental groups, noting that many of the studies only involved animals or test groups so small that it would be irresponsible to draw sweeping conclusions from them:

Most recently, in NeuroToxicology, the Mt. Sinai Hospital researcher linked phthalates and another controversial plasticizer, bisphenol A, to a variety of health problems including neuro-developmental delays, behavioral issues and reduced fertility. Her evidence? She examined urine samples from 10 Mennonite women —yes, 10 of 1.5 million Mennonites worldwide. From a science perspective, any conclusions she might make from such a dismally small sample is literally ridiculous—but the media had a field day, nonetheless.

The truth is that there simply is not enough information out there at this point to make a definite determination regarding the safety of phthalates. These chemicals not not highly regulated, and science is still emerging about any potential long-term effects.

 

Surface Miners Inhaling Toxic Dust At Risk for Black Lung

Many surface coal miners previously believed that only their colleagues working underground were at risk for contracting black lung disease. A new study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) says otherwise.

Black lung disease is simply a common name used to describe any lung disease that can be contracted by inhaling coal dust. The name is derived from the appearance of a person’s lungs, which normally appear to be pink. There are two types of black lung disease, also known as coal workers’ pneumoconiosis: coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP or the “simple” form); and progressive massive fibrosis (PMF or the “complicated” form).

Utilizing chest x-rays and breathing tests, researchers at NIOSH discovered severe cases of black lung disease in surface coal miners. While a prior study, completed in 2002, revealed less than a 2% incidence rate of black lung disease, this current study revealed that the rate is actually about five times higher.

Although it is still somewhat unclear as to what specific chemicals are the most harmful, researchers have speculated that silica dust, found primarily in the Appalachian region, is especially dangerous.

Because of these findings, researchers are now alleging that federal regulations governing coal miners may be insufficient to protect workers. Currently, miners who work on the surface are often exposed to clouds of dust around coal trucks, mines, and along mine roadways.

Inhaling coal dust also increases the risk of contracting emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD. X-rays are able to detect many lung diseases early, so workers who are concerned should get tested so that early treatment options are available to them. If an x-ray does reveal a formal positive diagnosis of black lung disease, workers have a legal right to be transferred to a less dusty working environment without a reduction in pay.

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North Carolina Governor Rejects Fracking Legislation

On Sunday, North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue vetoed a bill which would have allowed companies to drill for natural gas in North Carolina through the highly controversial fracking process. (For background information on fracking, please see our blog post from August 24, 2011.) Governor Purdue said in a public statement that she did not believe the legislation contained adequate environmental protection.

“I support energy policies that create jobs and lower costs for businesses and families,” Perdue said. “Our drinking water and the health and safety of North Carolina’s families are too important; we can’t put them in jeopardy by rushing to allow fracking without proper safeguards.”

While Governor Perdue’s veto was criticized by the leadership in both the State House and Senate, the move received praise from a number of state and national environmental groups, who have been cautioning against the risks associated with fracking for many months now.

While Republicans in North Carolina supported fracking for its potential to create many jobs within the state, Democrats and many environmental groups fear that the process will contaminate drinking water and is therefore not worth the risk. They argue that releasing toxic chemicals into potable water could create massive health risks for those consuming water from sources near fracking sites.

To read more about the bill in North Carolina, please see the article in the Charlotte Observer.

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New Vaccination Designed to Help Smokers Quit and Prevent Non-Smokers from Starting

British scientists have developed a vaccination that is designed to remove all addictive properties of nicotine. Specifically, the pleasure your body associates with smoking would no longer be generated when you smoke a cigarette.

While human trials for the vaccine have yet to begin, tests on mice have proven to be successful. After a single dose, mice were found to be immune to nicotine addiction for their entire lifespan.

The vaccine contains a harmless virus, which is engineered to generate anti-nicotine antibodies upon administration. The virus works by selectively affecting cells in the liver.

Because the vaccine works by turning liver cells into antibody generators, it is expected to cost far less than prior vaccines, which required antibodies to be administered directly. Because older vaccines have required numerous administrations of these antibodies, they were believed to be less effective and more costly.

If human trials are successful, scientists believe that the vaccine could be administered to children, who have never tried a cigarette. This should prevent any recipients of the vaccine from ever deriving pleasure from smoking.

To read more about the vaccine, please visit Sky News.

Certain Toxic Chemicals Possibly Linked to Autism

The product of a conference hosted by the Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) in 2010 has gained publicity in the past few days. Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, Luca Lambertini, PhD, MPH, MSc, and Linda Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, recently published an editorial called “A Research Strategy to Discover the Environmental Causes of Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.” The editorial focuses on certain toxic chemicals that the editors suggest are linked to autism.

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According to the National Academy of Sciences, 3 percent of neurobehavioral disorders in children are caused by exposure to toxins in the environment. The disorders in this category include ADHD and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). An additional 25 percent of these disorders are believed to be caused by a mix of exposure to environmental factors and genetics, though the exact causes are still unknown. Researchers at Mount Sinai have estimated that between 400,000 and 600,000 of the 4 million children born each year in the U.S. are affected by these issues.

For these reasons, Dr. Landrigan, as well as four other editorials, have called for additional studies to be conducted to determine which chemicals might be causing conditions like autism. The CEHC listed ten chemicals it believes to be linked to causing autism and learning disabilities. They are:

1. Lead

2. Methylmercury

3. PCBs

4. Organophosphate pesticides

5. Organochlorine pesticides

6. Endocrine disruptors

7. Automotive exhaust

8. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

9. Brominated flame retardants

10. Perfluorinated compounds

If you or a family member have been injured by exposure to a toxic substance, contact our firm for a complementary consultation. We have over 25 years of experience and would be happy to explain your legal options, free of cost.

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The New Drug of Choice: Hand Sanitizer?

While you certainly can’t sue over the subject matter of this post, this new trend is so baffling that it nonetheless merits attention. According to a recent article in the L.A. Times, a new trend is emerging on college campuses throughout the country: drinking hand sanitizer.

In the past year, the California Poison Control System announced that it has received sixty reported cases of teenagers drinking hand sanitizer. In order to kill all of those germs on your hands, sanitizer contains 62% ethyl alcohol. Unfortunately, many teens have begun to utilize the substance to create a very potent alcoholic beverage, which sometimes includes salt to separate out the alcohol. Some students reported locating instructions for making this stiff cocktail on the Internet.

If you are concerned that your child might be interested in experimenting, there are ways to continue using hand sanitizer, while minimizing the availability of the product around your house. According to Cyrus Rangan of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, “All it takes is just a few swallows and you have a drunk teenager.” Health experts have advised purchasing foam hand sanitizers instead of the liquid versions, as the foam is more difficult to transform into a legal beverage.

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California Study Finds Toxins in Nail Polish

Reports in a variety of scientific journals demonstrate that nail salon employees suffer from more frequent headaches, respiratory issues, and skin irritation than most Americans. Furthermore, those working in nail salons are frequently exposed to dangerous chemicals at higher levels than most.

With this in mind, it is disturbing that the Department of Toxic Substances Control is releasing a report, showing that toxic chemicals were found in a number of nail products, claiming to be toxic-free. ”Toxic-free” refers to products not using the “toxic trio:” formaldahyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate. Exposure to these three chemicals has been linked to both cancer and birth defects.

According to Thu Quach of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, nail products are not closely regulated, and the toxic effects of nail products can be compounded if a nail salon is not properly ventilated. Therefore, some cities have begun to pay attention and implement stricter regulations. While Boston has approached the issue by requiring salons to obtain health permits, the city of San Francisco has used an incentive approach by recognizing salons that use toxic-free products.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a toxic product, contact us for a complementary consultation.

For more information on toxic nail products, please see the article appearing in today’s Los Angeles Times.

Cancer Cluster in Fridley, MN? Erin Brockovich is on the Scene.

Shortly after wrapping up an investigation in upstate New York, Erin Brockovich has traveled to Fridley, Minnesota, where she and her team are now attempting to decipher what might be causing elevated cancer levels in the area. Current estimates place the incidence of cancer in Fridley at around ten percent higher than other areas in the state.

While heightened occurrences of all types of cancer are cause for concern, epidemiologists are working to trace which types of cancers are appearing more than others. John Soler, an epidemiologist for the Minnesota Cancer Surveillance System, indicated that initial findings revealed higher concentrations of lung cancer, especially in women. Despite this, Soler noted that final numbers have yet to be crunched.

In the meantime, Bob Bowcock, Brockovich’s associate, is reaching out to Fridley residents on the facebook page, “Fridley Cancer Cluster.” The page was started by residents and was one of the reasons Fridley caught Brockovitch’s attention.

The page has nearly 1,900 members and is full of stories from locals whose lives have been affected by cancer.

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More Reasons to Quit Smoking

Just when you thought you had heard every possible reason under the sun to quit smoking, another one emerges. The latest incentive for kicking your habit comes from an article released today by Reuters. The article pronounces, not only is smoking bad for you, for your friends and family, for those around you, but it’s a “drag on the world economy.”

The Tobacco Atlas, funded by the American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation, launched a book, which contains a number of statistics concerning the harm caused by tobacco. One of the most important figures indicates that smoking costs around 1 to 2 percent of the world’s gross domestic product every year. Included in these figures are costs such as healthcare expenses for treating tobacco-related illnesses and the costs of tobacco-related absences from work.

Today, there are around 7 billion people on the planet, and approximately one out of every seven smokes. Each year, approximately 600,000 non-smokers die as a result of second-hand smoke.

Sadly, these staggering statistics don’t seem so staggering after being in the news for so many years. The World Health Organization is taking action to curtail global tobacco use, and so are nations around the globe. As of today, 174 countries have signed and ratified the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

While this is certainly a step in the right direction, the Convention lacks any penalties for a State’s failure to comply with Convention provisions. The United States has signed the treaty, but it has not been ratified. Therefore, the signature is nothing more than a symbolic gesture; treaties are not binding until they have been ratified.

While frightening statistics about tobacco use and related injuries have become the norm, and while one more article likely won’t cause anyone to to toss their last pack of Marlboros in the trash, it remains important to be reminded every once in a while that kicking the habit can not only save lives, but apparently, it can help our ailing economy.

Is Fluoride in Water Dangerous?

Recently, the New Jersey State Legislature introduced a bill, requiring all public water systems to add fluoride to local water supplies. This bill was proposed in light of the discovery that around two hundred New Jersey municipalities have stopped adding fluoride to water.

 

Fluoride prevents tooth decay and guards against the development of cavities. According to WebMD, the mineral allows teeth to resist being damaged by bacteria and sugars in the mouth, and it reversed early tooth decay. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has hailed the addition of fluoride to local water supplies as one of the top ten public health achievements of the 20th century.

Objections to fluoridation of water have been raised over concerns that fluoride, in addition to preventing tooth decay, also can cause bone weakness if consumed in high doses over many years.

In 1986, the E.P.A. mandated that fluoride levels in water could not exceed 4.0 milligrams per liter. This regulation was accompanies by a suggestion that levels actually be limited to 2.0 milligrams per liter. Twenty years later, the National Research Council released a study it was asked by the E.P.A. to conduct. The study indicated that the 4.0 maximum level should be lowered, though it does not specify by how much. Today, the E.P.A. is still pondering how to proceed.

It seems that other federal agencies are beginning to take notice of the issue as well. In January 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services recommended that fluoride levels be capped at 0.7 milligrams per liter.

In light of these findings and recommendations, cities throughout the country have begun to explore the issue in greater detail. While many cities in New Jersey have elected to abandon fluoride in local water, others like Aspen, CO and Shippensburg, PA have elected to continue adding it.

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