California Jury Awards Close to $10 Million to Woman Injured by Defective Ethicon Hemorrhoid Surgery Device

A retired San Jose, California police officer was awarded nearly $10 million in a lawsuit over injuries she suffered during hemorrhoid surgery.

The suit was brought against Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. and J&J Healthcare Systems, Law360 reports, alleging that the Ethicon PPH 03 hemorrhoid stapler misfired, sealing the woman’s anal canal shut. Continue reading California Jury Awards Close to $10 Million to Woman Injured by Defective Ethicon Hemorrhoid Surgery Device

E-cigarette Flavorings Linked to Serious, Irreversible Lung Disease

In a study just published online in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives, a team of Harvard scientists reveal that candy-flavored e-cigarette liquid contains chemicals that cause the obstructive lung disease Popcorn Lung.

The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, focused on the chemicals used to flavor e-cigarette liquid. Study results reveal that 75 percent of the 51 flavored liquids tested contain diacetyl and other harmful compounds. The flavors tested included fruit and candy varieties with potential appeal to young people, the Harvard Gazette reports. Continue reading E-cigarette Flavorings Linked to Serious, Irreversible Lung Disease

CPSC Announces Recall of Drill Master Cordless Drills for Burn and Fire Hazards

The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of 1.7 million Drill Master 18-Volt Cordless Drills because the drills can overheat and create fire and burn risks.

According to the CPSC, an internal switching mechanism in the drill can become stuck in the “on” position, causing the drill to overheat. Harbor Freight Tools, which markets the drills, has received 25 reports of the drill overheating. Six users reported burns to the hand or fingers, and five users reported minor property damage. Continue reading CPSC Announces Recall of Drill Master Cordless Drills for Burn and Fire Hazards