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Legal News Archive: July 2016

FDA Increases Warnings for Levaquin and Additional Antibiotics

July 28, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

This week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated its previous warnings on a group of strong antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones. The FDA will now require additional information be printed on the boxes, labels and patient medication guides to include warnings of potentially serious side effects on muscles, joints and nerves. It is also recommended that this class of antibiotics only be used for severe bacterial infections.

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The Story Behind a River on Fire and Environmental Pollution Reform

July 25, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

With the country’s attention in Cleveland last week for the Republican National Convention, multiple references were made to the city whose river once caught on fire. While that may be quite a distinguishing characteristic, many people still do not know the whole story of the Cuyahoga River and how massive amounts of pollution set fire to water. The 1969 event is seen as one of the major contributing factors that spawned the environmental protection movement of the early 1970s.

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More Product Recalls Affecting the Safety of Children

July 22, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Parents were alarmed last month when IKEA issued a voluntary recall on furniture that could fall and trap children underneath, potentially killing them. This month has seen two recalls on children’s products that parents need to be aware of as well. They involve a baby monitor with the potential to overheat and water bottles that could possibly have lead contamination.

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Crane Accident on the Tappan Zee Bridge Leads to Traffic Nightmares for Commuters

July 20, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A beautiful summer afternoon turned into quite the headache for drivers who rely on the Tappan Zee Bridge to travel between Westchester and Rockland counties. A crane being used in the construction of the new bridge collapsed across the lanes of the current bridge just a few hours after the morning rush had ended. The investigation is currently looking into the cause of the industrial accident. With strong winds ruled out, the focus shifts to a mechanical malfunction or operator error.  

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Liquid Biopsies and Virtual Reality Aim to Help Cancer Research and Treatment

July 18, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Along with the ongoing research to find a cure for cancer, doctors and scientists continue to search for more efficient ways to examine different parts of cancer cells and focus on how certain changes affect the way cancer operates in the body. A new test known as a liquid biopsy, which will help detect a recurrence of cancer, is being used in trials on prostate cancer patients. A virtual reality program is giving doctors an opportunity to observe cancer protein structures in an effort to find the best treatment possible for cancer patients. 

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Keeping Kids Safe in the Heat

July 15, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The heat and humidity has hit the Tri-State area and parents are doing their best to keep their children safe while still enjoying the fun that summer has to offer. There are important issues for parents to be aware of to protect kids from the negative effects of playing in the sun during times of soaring temperatures and severe humidity.

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The Pokemon Go Phenomenon Results in Accidents, Injuries and More Safety Concerns

July 13, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Since its launch on July 6, Pokémon Go has sent players out on the street looking to catch the virtual monsters that pop up on their cell phone screens.  With so many people paying even more attention to their phones, police departments and transit agencies across the country have been forced to issue warning about the dangers of playing the game.

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Latest Police Shootings Reignite Anger over Police Brutality and Racial Profiling

July 12, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Protests continue throughout the nation over the deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana, the latest black men killed at the hands of police officers. In New York City, police commissioner William Bratton is asking the public to remain calm so a peaceful and meaningful discussion can be held on the issues affecting the community.

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Safety Must Be a Priority to Avoid Boating Accidents

July 08, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

With the first major heatwave of the summer hitting the Tri-State area and the rest of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, many people are relaxing on boats while trying to beat the heat. Recreational boating has continued to grow in popularity, which can only lead to an increase in boating accidents. Before heading out on the water, it is important to remember that most boating accidents can be prevented simply by paying more attention to safety preparation and procedure.

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Vice President Joe Biden Continues His Fight for Cancer Patients

July 05, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Every day this year, cancer will take the life of approximately 1,600 Americans. This is in addition to the more than 4,600 new cancer cases diagnosed on a daily basis. California, Florida, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania will see the highest numbers in each of these categories. Vice President Joe Biden recently hosted a summit to bring doctors, researchers and other caregivers together to discuss what actions need to be taken to help treat and cure cancer.

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Protecting Children from Swimming Pool Accidents

July 01, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

This Fourth of July weekend will be filled with plenty of backyard parties and get-togethers with family and friends to celebrate Independence Day. While there is much discussion on fireworks safety, it is also critical to be reminded of the danger of swimming pools and possible swimming pool accidents, especially involving children. This holiday weekend alone, an average of 15 children will die as a result of a swimming pool accident.

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