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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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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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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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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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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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Honda has Added More than 2 Million More Vehicles to Airbag Recall

Honda has added an additional 2.23 million vehicles in the U.S. to the list of vehicles recalled over Takata airbags that could explode.

On Wednesday, February 2, the automaker said that certain Honda and Acura vehicles from the 2005 to 2016 model years are being recalled to replace the Takata-manufactured driver-side front airbag inflators, USA Today reports. Continue reading

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9/11 First Responders Have Not Made Significant Lung Function Recovery Since WTC-Exposure

A new study published online in the journal Chest, says New York firefighters exposed to toxins in the 9/11  World Trade Center attacks lost, on average, 10 percent of lung function after 9/11, and they experienced little recovery over the first six years.

The article’s authors—public health, pulmonary, and epidemiology experts—say that follow-up into the next decade allowed them to determine the “longer-term exposure effects and the roles of cigarette-smoking and cessation on lung function trajectories.”Now, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks, most firefighters continue to show a lack of lung function recovery, the authors say.

The advocacy group Citizens for Extension of the Zadroga Act reports that more than 200 New York police officers and firefighters have died from 9/11-related illnesses and about 33,000 responders and survivors suffer a variety of ailments, including chronic respiratory conditions and gastric reflux. Medical researchers have identified more than 50 types of cancer linked to toxins released when the towers fell. While some responders and survivors became ill soon after 9/11, many of the 9/11-related illnesses took years to emerge. Tens of thousands of people were exposed to toxins and health experts expect illnesses to continue to develop.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, reauthorized by Congress in December 2015, provides health care, health monitoring, and compensation to 9/11 responders and survivors who suffer illnesses and injuries related to the September 11, 2001 attacks. These programs are crucial for many responders suffering from serious medical conditions as a result of toxic exposures on 9/11 and during the subsequent cleanup and recovery operations.

The reauthorization extends the World Trade Center Health Program, which had expired in October 2015, through 2090, the New York Daily News reported. The Victim Compensation Fund would have expired in October 2016, but the reauthorization extends the fund for another five years to provide benefits to first responders too sick to work. To be eligible to file a claim, individuals must register with the VCF by the applicable deadline, and the registration deadline depends on the individual claimant’s circumstances. The new deadline for filing the claim itself (and all supporting documents) is December 18, 2020.

The extension of the Zadroga Act was the work of a bipartisan group of legislators, led by members of the New York congressional delegation, including Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, and Reps. Caroline Maloney and Gerald Nadler. Gillibrand was a leader in passage of the original legislation in 2010 and she led the coalition working for the extension. She called the Zadroga reauthorization, her “proudest day in Washington.”

 

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances, Zadroga Act Claims |

J&J Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Case Goes to Trial

A lawsuit alleging Johnson & Johnson talcum powder caused ovarian cancer is going to trial in Saint Louis Missouri state court. Talcum powder is most commonly found in baby powder to prevent and treat rashes. Some women also use talcum powder for personal hygiene; products such as J&J’s “Shower to Shower” is marketed for this purpose. There are some 1,200 lawsuits nationwide alleging that talcum powder led to ovarian cancer.

The trial, which is expected to last two to three weeks, is considering a lawsuit filed on behalf of woman who died of ovarian cancer last year at the age of 62. Her lawsuit alleges J&J knew its product could increase the risk of ovarian cancer but failed to warn the public. Plaintiffs claim internal documents show J&J continued to market talcum powder for feminine hygiene despite being aware of studies linking it to ovarian cancer. The lawsuit does not contend that the talcum powder was the only cause of cancer; it alleges it was a contributing factor. Continue reading

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Jurors Hear Expert Testimony in DePuy Pinnacle Trial

The bellwether trial over injuries allegedly caused by the DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant continues in the Northern District of Texas. For the past four weeks, jurors have been hearing arguments over whether the hip replacements are to blame for painful complications, such as metal poisoning. Federal Judge Ed Kinkeade is presiding over the case; the outcome could affect other Pinnacle lawsuits.

Metal-on-metal hip implants have become associated with high rates of failure. Even though hip replacements are supposed to last over a decade, some metal hip recipients have suffered complications much sooner and undergone a revision surgery to remove the device. DePuy came under fire in 2010 after it recalled its ASR metal-on-metal hip implants worldwide due to a high failure rate. Since then, other brands and models have been recalled. In 2013, DePuy Orthopaedics opened a settlement program to resolve ASR lawsuits. Continue reading

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Arkray Recalls Glucose Test Strips Because of Inaccurate Readings

Arkray USA, which makes products for diabetes management, has announced the recall of SPOTCHEM II Basic PANEL-1 Reagent Test Strip and SPOTCHEM II Glucose Reagent Test Strip used to test blood sugar (glucose) levels in patients with diabetes because these test strips may give falsely low blood glucose levels.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified this action as a Class I recall, the most serious recall category. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death. Continue reading

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Microsoft Recalls Surface Pro AC Power Cords for Fire or Shock Hazard

Microsoft has recalled about 2.25 million power cords for Microsoft Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 computers that can overheat, posing fire or shock hazards.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says an additional 190,000 cords were sold in Canada, which joins in the recall. Continue reading

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Hip Revision Expert Testifies at Bellwether DePuy Pinnacle Hip Trial

Expert testimony continues in the bellwether trial considering injury claims brought by people implanted with the DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip replacement device.

Five DePuy Orthopaedics Pinnacle hip injury device lawsuits from among the cases consolidated in the Northern District are being tried in one bellwether trial. The claims in these cases are representative of similar claims in the Pinnacle hip litigation and this trial’s outcome could influence whether DePuy enters a settlement program for Pinnacle injury claims. DePuy has already established a settlement program for injury claims related to the similar ASR metal-on-metal hip implant. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy, Health Concerns, Metal Hip Implants |

25 Food Recalls Issued in 2016 Alone

Food recalls appear to be more prevalent now than ever before. According to Forbes, there have been 25 food recalls in January 2016 alone. On January 26th, Whole Foods/North Atlantic Kitchens recalled roughly 73,898 pounds of frozen pepperoni pizza products due to improper labeling. On January 22nd, Giant Food Stores LLC recalled packaged Dole salads due to a listeria contamination found in other salads produced at the same facility in Ohio. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified salmonella in macadamia nuts, prompting Mahina Mele Farms, LLC to recall several brands including Izzie Macs! Macadamia Nuts and Baby Bruddah’s Mac Nut Buttah. Trader Joe’s also issued a recall last month, after testing identified salmonella in a lot of Raw Cashew Pieces.

Food recalls are increasing. “We have seen an uptick in recalls due to bacterial and viral contamination. In 2015 alone, 120 companies faced recalls due to food contamination, with 11 of them experiencing multiple recalls.” said Kevin Pollack, vice president of recalls at Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS to Forbes. The company helps brands manage food recalls. “We are less than a month into 2016 and this issue continues to challenge the food industry.” Continue reading

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Flint Evaluates How Lead-Tainted Water Affects Children

The city of Flint, Michigan is taking a close look at how lead in the drinking water has harmed its children. The water crisis goes back to 2014, when the water source was switched from Lake Huron to Flint River water. Residents complained of their tap water shortly afterwards, stating that it looked dirty, tasted bad and led to rashes, but officials did not take any action until researchers found elevated blood lead levels in children the following year. As of December 2015, the state identified 43 people with elevated blood lead levels.

Children face the greatest risk of adverse effects with lead exposure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no safe level of lead in children; even small amounts can lead to development problems. Filters have been distributed to residents to remove the lead. According to the New York Times however, officials said recent testing showed the levels of lead in some samples surpassed the amount of lead the filters are designed to remove. Continue reading

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Dole Upgrades Withdrawal of Packaged Salads to Recall

Federal officials have confirmed the presence of listeria monocytogenes in packaged salad produced at the Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. plant in Springfield, Ohio. Dole recalled products packaged under multiple brands because testing linked salad greens from the facility to a seven-month listeria outbreak.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the results of its analysis on January 29, Food Safety News reports. As of last week, 15 people in eight states had been confirmed with listeriosis, the infection caused by listeria bacteria. The most recent case was diagnosed January 3, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All 15 people have needed hospitalization and one person has died. Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Health Concerns, Listeria, Product Recalls, Recalled Food Products |

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