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September 2014 Archives

Possible Link between Anti-Anxiety Drugs and Alzheimer's Disease

Melissa Healy with the Los Angeles Times reports that common anti-anxiety drugs may be linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease ("Drugs used for anxiety, sleep are linked to Alzheimer's disease in older people"). According to new research, Healy writes, "Older people who have relied on a class of drugs called benzodiazepines to reduce anxiety or induce sleep are at higher risk [...]."

The Possible Consequences of NFL Players' On-field Concussions

Linda Carroll with NBC posits the theory that concussion-related brain injuries could be fueling the legal problems currently plaguing the NFL ("Could Brain Injuries Be Behind the NFL Rap Sheet?") Texas authorities have accused star Vikings running back Adrian Peterson of hitting his child with a switch made of a stripped tree branch. Peterson faces charges for child abuse. The Vikings played the off-again, on-again, off-again game with Peterson, but seems to have settled on suspending Peterson for the time being.

Powdered caffeine now on the radar of state, federal health officials

At this time of the year, it's not just high school classrooms and hallways that are once again bustling with activity, but athletic fields, weight rooms and locker rooms as well. That's because students are embarking on seasons in football, soccer and cross-country, while others are busy training for their respective winter or spring activities.

As Seen in Forbes: Our Wins Tell Only Part of the Story

At Girardi Keese, we pride ourselves on the success we have enjoyed in representing thousands of people in California and nationwide. We have recovered millions of dollars for individuals who were hurt or killed because of negligence and wrongdoing. However, these financial successes tell only part of the story.

Plaintiff awarded $73 M in lawsuit over dangerous vaginal mesh

Imagine being forced to live with a dangerous and defective product that you could not dispose of and couldn't even stop interacting with. This is effectively the fate of countless Americans who are implanted with a defective medical device. Not only can these dangerous devices cause serious and permanent health problems, but removing them from the body can require multiple surgeries - if they can be removed at all.

Misclassification: Treating Workers as Independent Contractors

This McClatchyDC special report ("Contract to Cheat") is the result of a year of investigative reporting in seven states, including California, in an effort to uncover the widespread practice of classifying workers as independent contractors when they probably should be classified as employees.

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