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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier

Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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Research Studies Show Link Between Cell Phone Radiation and Cancer

A Canadian research and media organization says that findings from a number of peer-reviewed research studies indicate that cell phone radiation causes cancer and other diseases.

The Montreal-based organization Global Research says that cell phone radiation can penetrate the body and many experts believe it causes cell changes that lead to cancer. Studies done to date indicate cell phone radiation exposure is principally linked to two types of brain tumor, gliomas and acoustic neuromas. Gliomas start in the brain or spine and are typically malignant; most people survive only one to three years after diagnosis. Acoustic neuromas, though non-malignant, can be life threatening because they cause increased intracranial pressure. Continue reading

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Growing Body of Evidence Suggests Cell Phones can Cause Cancer

For many years, a growing body of research has suggested that cell phones can increase the risk of cancer. Recently, Global Research published a report highlighting “44 Reasons to Believe Cell Phones Can Cause Cancer”. According to the National Cancer Institute ““Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues…“Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues ” Continue reading

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Child Dies from Liquid Nicotine Poisoning

Police report that a one-year-old child died in Fort Plain, New York, after ingesting liquid nicotine, used in e-cigarettes.

The child was found unresponsive and rushed to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead, ABC News reports. A statement from Fort Plain police called the death a “tragic accident.” Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Concerned about Interior Power Failure

One Jeep Grand Cherokee owner is afraid due to an interior power failure issue that leaves her driving in the dark. The Morning Call reports that Sandy Busedu experiences this issue about once a week; the interior power failure turns off the dashboard instruments and interior dome lights, radio and heater. Ms. Busedu is unable to see how fast she is driving when this happens. Furthermore, it appears that she is not the only one to experience this issue.

“Now it’s occurring more often and I’m afraid to go on a long-distance drive,” she said to The Morning Call. Continue reading

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FDA Warns of Potentially Life-Threatening Skin Condition with Antipsychotic Drug Geodon

In a safety announcement last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) is associated with a rare but serious skin reaction that can progress to affect other parts of the body.

The FDA is requiring the manufacturer to add a new warning to the Geodon drug label to describe the serious condition known as Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS). Patients taking Geodon who develop a fever with a rash and/or swollen lymph glands should seek immediate medical attention, the agency advises. Ziprasidone should immediately be stopped if DRESS is suspected. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Sutphen Firetrucks Recalled due to Faulty Ladder

Sutphen has recalled its firetrucks to repair a cable failure that could cause the aerial ladders to collapse while being used, “increasing the risk of injury to a user”, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced. According to Associated Press, the recall began in November and affects trucks from the 2000 to 2014 model years.

Last November, Sutphen recalled 156 aerial platform trucks from model years 2000 through 2011 because the ladder could retract unexpectedly. The company issued another recall in July. Hours before the recall was issued, one of the ladders being used in Hall County, Ga. retracted more than 20 feet and jammed, injuring three firefighters. Three firefighters were also injured a month earlier in Erie, Pa when their aerial platform rapidly descended.

The NHTSA announced it was investigating the issue in August to determine whether the repair for the 2013 recall was adequate. Trucks from the 2000 to 2012 model years are affected by the investigation. Drew Sutphen, company president, stated on the website that fire departments should not use the ladders until further notice. The statement said the company has “voluntarily removed all 5-Section Aerial Devices (SPH 100, SP 110, SPI 112, and SAI 110) from service” and is undertaking a thorough review of the equipment and the 2013 remedy.

In the 2013 recall, the company said that ball bears could seize and cause the cables running over them to chafe and fail. The July 2014 and November 2013 recalls both involved the SPH100, SPI112 and SAI110.

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Judge Urges C.R. Bard to Settle Thousands of Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

In a rare move, a federal judge has urged device maker, C.R. Bard, to settle thousands of lawsuits brought over its vaginal mesh implants. According to Bloomberg.com, the move was made as juries are expected to potentially award billions of dollars in damages in the cases.

“I can’t imagine a corporation facing potentially billions of dollars in verdicts wouldn’t find it advisable to try to achieve a settlement for a much lesser sum,” U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin in Charleston, West Virginia, said at a December 9 hearing, according to a transcript. “I base that billions of dollars of business on some of the rather large verdicts that we’ve had,” the judge added, according to Bloomberg.com. The judge noted that the many multi-million-dollar verdicts that have been reached against a number of implant device makers, including C.R. Bard, should provide incentive for the device maker to, by 2015, resolve the more than 12,000 cases it faces. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Transvaginal mesh |

Health Canada Warns About Risk that Uterine Surgery Tool May Spread Cancer

In a Notice to Hospitals, Canada’s national health regulatory agency, has warned about the use of laparoscopic morcellators during hysterectomies and surgeries for uterine fibroids.

The notice warns that the use of a morcellator during minimally invasive hysterectomy or fibroid surgery may result in the spread and “upstaging” of an undetected uterine cancer.  These cancers cannot “reliably” be detected preoperatively, according to Health Canada. The frequency of such unsuspected uterine cancer is estimated to be about 1-in-350, a higher rate than previously reported. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

12-year-old Valley Stream Boy Dies after being Hit by Driver with Suspended License

On Thursday, a 12-year-old boy in Valley Stream was struck and killed by a car on his way to school, Newsday reports. Nassau police say the driver had a suspended license.

According to Newsday, the boy was standing on the southeast corner of South Franklin Avenue and West Merrick Road and started crossing west onto South Franklin. He was hit by a 29-year-old man of Seaford driving a GMC Yukon. He was pronounced dead at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park.
“I can’t believe this is happening. I keep telling myself he’s with his father now.” said the boy’s grandmother to Newsday; in 2006, the boy’s father died of pneumonia. His grandmother described him as “a very happy boy, very smart”. He participated in Boy Scouts and Little League teams. Continue reading

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Retaliation Against Corporate Whistleblowers at All-Time High

Retaliation against corporate whistleblowers is at an all-time high, according to Stephen Kohn of the National Whistleblowers Center.

In addition, Kohn said, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has mounted an aggressive lobbying campaign against the False Claims Act, one of the country’s most effective whistleblower laws. Continue reading

Posted in Whistleblower |

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