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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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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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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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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 not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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Houston Couple Alleges Bair Hugger Led to Infections

A Houston couple alleges that the Bair Hugger surgical warming blanket is to blame for surgical site infections. Both individuals have had hip surgery and both suffered an infection in the aftermath. They have undergone over a dozen additional procedures to address complications from the infection.

“Some of the days, I don’t remember anything,” said the husband to Click2Houston. “Then I would start to be coherent again, and whoops, you got to go to another surgery.” He now walks with a prosthetic joint. His wife says she doesn’t expect to walk again. “I was in bed for six months, you know, and couldn’t get out of bed,” she said. “Then I go from that to a wheelchair, and then you have to maneuver and not be able to use my legs and use my arms.” Continue reading

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EWG Report Identifies ‘Erin Brockovich’ Chemical in Americans’ Drinking Water

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released a report showing that chromium-6, a carcinogenic chemical brought to light by environmental activist Erin Brockovich, is present in the tap water of millions of Americans. In 2010, EWG published an investigative report showing that chromium-6 was present in the drinking water of 31 cities. These findings led a Senate hearing, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ultimately ordered water utilities to test for chromium-6, a chemical that is currently unregulated by the agency.

According to the EPA report, more than 75 percent of 60,000 samples taken from 2013 to 2015 contained chromium-6. The group found that the water of 218 million Americans, more than two-thirds of the population, had levels higher than the 0.02 parts per billion (ppb) public health goal set by California scientists. This goal was established in an effort to protect the public from cancer and other health problems related to chromium-6 exposure. Continue reading

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Medtronic Recalls Temporary Cardiac Lead Pacing Systems

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a Class II designation for a recall involving thousands of Medtronic temporary lead pacing systems because there is the potential for them to connect to a hazardous voltage.

The recall involves 11,697 of the model 6416; 6,174 of the devices are in the United States. The remaining devices were distributed to countries worldwide. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices |

E-Cig Flavoring, Battery Voltage Associated with Cellular Damage, Study Shows

A new study suggests that the flavorings in e-cigarettes are associated with damage at the cellular level. Researchers from Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York published findings online in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control showing that some flavors were more harmful than others. The study also found that increased battery voltage was linked to greater toxicity, a finding that echoes previous studies. Authors looked at a total of five flavors.

In this study, bronchial cells (cells that are in the respiratory tract) exhibited the most toxicity when exposed to strawberry flavoring. Significant cell toxicity was observed with menthol, coffee and strawberry while piña colada and tobacco flavors were linked to less cytotoxicity. Researchers did not analyze the chemical composition of the flavoring compounds. Continue reading

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Final Rule for Antibacterial Soap Efficacy and Safety Released by Federal Regulators

Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just released the agency’s final rule concerning over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic hand soap products that are made with specific active ingredients, including triclocarban and triclosan.

These soaps are no longer marketable and firms that make these products will not longer be permitted to market these products as ingredient safety and efficacy could not be proven better when compared to plain soap and water. Also, according to Patient Daily, no evidence exists that these OTC soap products impede the spread of illness and infections. Continue reading

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Bayer Faces Thousands of Essure Lawsuits

Thousands of women have filed lawsuits against Bayer alleging that Essure, the permanent birth control device, caused complications. The device has gained more attention in light of complaints from numerous women, many of whom took to social media to express their concerns. The Facebook group “Essure Problems” sparked initial media attention in 2013.

In addressing these concerns, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held an advisory panel to discuss the risks and benefits of Essure last fall. The independent panel of experts concluded that there was not enough data to show that Essure is safe, and said its use should be limited. The FDA has since added a black box warning to Essure. Continue reading

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In Xarelto MDL, Judge Extends Deadline to File Complaints

Certain groups of plaintiffs in the Xarelto multidistrict litigation (MDL) have more time to file a lawsuit against manufacturers Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Healthcare. According to a recent order issued by Judge Eldon Fallon, who is overseeing the MDL in the Eastern District of Louisiana, the filing deadline has been extended for 90 days for certain groups looking to sue over the blood thinner.

The order was issued after the first cases were selected for bellwether trials. The deadline was extended “due to an influx of complaints” in the clerk’s office, court records indicate. More than 7,000 lawsuits have been consolidated into the Xarelto MDL. The first lawsuit is scheduled for trial February 2017. Continue reading

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Woman Alleges Bair Hugger-Linked Infection Led to Leg Amputation

A woman in Texas has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Bair Hugger, a surgical blanket used to maintain a patient’s body temperature in the operating room, caused an infection that ultimately led to the loss of her leg. The suit names 3M and Arizant Healthcare as defendants. The Bair Hugger was developed by Arizant, which was bought by 3M in 2010.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff underwent a knee replacement surgery in 2013. During the operation, the Bair Hugger surgical blanket was used to keep her body warm. After the operation, she developed a Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection in her knee. MRSA is difficult to treat because it is resistant to many different antibiotics. The lawsuit alleges that multiple surgeries were performed in an effort to fight the infection, but ultimately physicians were forced to amputate her leg above the knee. Continue reading

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Due to Fire Hazard, Nissan Recalls Maxima and Murano Models

Due to a potential fire risk, Nissan is recalling roughly 134,000 2016-2017 Maxima sedans, 2015-2017 Murano crossovers, and 2015-2016 Murano Hybrids. The recall only affects models equipped with Intelligent Cruise Control.

According to Auto Blog, the recall is being issued because the Intelligent Cruise Control has an anti-lock brake actuator pump; this feature might let brake fluid leak onto an internal electrical circuit board. An underhood fire can result if this occurs. Continue reading

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Brooklyn Bicyclist Critically Injured in Possible Hit-and-Run

A bicyclist was critically injured on September 15 in a possible hit-and-run in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York.

Witnesses told police that the 43-year-old bicyclist appeared to have collided with a Jeep at Fulton Street and Tompkins Avenue just after 10:30 p.m. Thursday night. According to witnesses, the vehicle fled the accident scene, ABC 7 Eyewitness News reports. Continue reading

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