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Brett Emison

Did You Know… Vehicle Electronic and Computer Systems Are Easy To Hack?

A recent publication by experts at MIT showed just how easy it can be to break into your vehicle by hacking into your car’s keyless entry system. MIT’s Technology Review found that all it takes is some basic gadgetry to circumvent [...]
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DePuy Hip Recall: Problems With DePuy's Pinnacle Hip Replacements As Well

I wrote an earlier blog post about the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement system and the fact that the metal-on-metal design of this device is very similar to the DePuy ASR XL replacement hip that has already been recalled by Johnson & Johnson. [...]
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Surgeons Urge Recall Of Zimmer NexGen Knee Replacements

The NY Times reported earlier this year that a prominent orthopedic surgeon in Chicago has called for a recall of Zimmer NexGen artificial knees and knee replacement components – specifically, the Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex replacement knee. For [...]
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Toyota Recalls 1.7 Million Vehicles Because Of Fuel Leak Defect

Another Toyota recall… The Associated Press [via MSNBC] and others have reported that Toyota recalled 1.7 million vehicles today because of fuel leaks, calling this recall "the latest in a ballooning number of quality problems…." [...]
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SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments in Two Cases Impacting Citizens’ Rights to Just Recovery

A pair of hotly watched business law cases were heard before the nation’s High Court last week – at stake is whether and when a foreign manufacturer can be sued in a state court. Houston lawyer Collyn Peddie, argued for the plaintiffs [...]
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Did You Know… A Doctor Was Fired For Trying To Improve Patient Care?

This ABC News report asserts that a Milwaukee-based cardiologist, Dr. Kiran Sagar, was terminated after the results of her study on the misreading of diagnostic echocardiograms were presented at a national medical meeting. The study was originally [...]
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Bayer’s Beyaz Birth Control Pill: New Name, Same Side Effects

Fifty years ago, in May 1960, the birth control pill was introduced to America. "The pill" gave women more control over their bodies, but not without certain health risks. One set of contraceptive pills – Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella [...]
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Angry Birds Privacy Problems: Mining Private Data On Your Phone

Angry Birds has been one of the most popular apps across both Apple (iPhone, iPod and iPad) and Google (Android) devices. CNBC reported that Angry Birds has been downloaded more than 50 million times and players around the world result in 200 [...]
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Volvo Highlights Safety At Detroit Auto Show

I have been highly critical of auto makers when they sacrifice safety in the name of profits and market share. Today, I want to acknowledge a company with a history as the leader in automotive safety. Volvo has put much work into building its [...]
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Prempro Maker Wyeth Hid HRT Side Effect Dangers

Terry Allen at In These Times recently offered a scathing critique of Wyeth’s attempt to distort study results and hide deadly side effects from its hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs such as Prempro. After the FDA approves a new [...]