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A soon to be published report by the American Diabetes Association has found that the number of heart attacks by diabetic patients who took Avandia is double that of those who took a different oral diabetic medication. In the study, Harvard University researchers analyzed clinical data from more than 26,375 patients from 2000 to 2006 in the Boston area who took at least one oral diabetes medication. Of these patients, the incidence of heart attack among Avandia users was more than double that of those who used a different drug.

Further, a jointly sponsored study by both GlaxoSmithKline and i3 Drug Safety showed that diabetic patients who took Avandia had a 35-41% increased risk of heart attack over users of Actos, Avandia’s main competitor.

These findings reinforce the claims of thousands of former users – that Avandia causes serious illnesses and complications, including heart attack and death, within an already vulnerable population. In fact, over 13,000 former Avandia users have filed claims against GlaxoSmithKline in both Federal and State court as the result of significant illnesses and complications.

However, despite these known, life-threatening dangers associated with Avandia, GlaxoSmithKline still continues to market and sell the drug, placing thousands of people at risk. This is unacceptable.
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Less than a month into 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has already recalled dozens of products – including a massive crib recall of 635,000 Dorel Asia Cribs. The recall came after reports of 10 separate injuries and one infant death as a result of being trapped and strangled by a defective crib. The Dorel Asia crib’s drop side hardware can fail, causing the drop side to detach and allow a gap between the crib and mattress where an infant or toddler can become trapped, suffocated or strangled.

With 20 different models being sold at stores throughout the United States, including Walmart and Sears, the potential for more serious injuries and deaths is widespread.

The recent recall is but the latest in a long list of crib recalls. In fact, more than 5 million cribs, bassinets and play yards have been recalled since 2007. These include such popular cribs as the Simplicity Drop Side Crib, Babi Italia Pinehurst and Delta Enterprise Drop Side Cribs, Stork Craft Baby Cribs and Convertible Cribs by Playkids, USA.

As a result of the dangers presented by cribs and bassinets, it’s crucial to check resources such as the CPSC’s crib information center to see if the crib, bassinet or play yard in your nursery is on the recall list.
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