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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

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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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

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

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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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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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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FDA Warns About Supplement Claims to Treat, Cure Concussions

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just issued a warning concerning supplement claims to treat or cure concussions.

According to the agency, no proof exists that dietary supplements treat or cure concussions, according to KSBY.com. Also, while supplements may not contain dangerous ingredients, experts point out that the bogus claims may convince athletes, coaches, or parents that the injured person is ready to return to normal activities before it is safe to do so.

The FDA warns that, with school starting, football, soccer, and other sports practices may be beginning and that there is the potential for injuries due to violent jarring and shocks. The FDA also notes that some supplement makers are offering untested and unproven products that may be dangerous and that claim to prevent, treat, or cure traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), such as concussions. The FDA described these marketing practices as exploiting the public’s mounting concern about these injuries. Continue reading

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Sexual Assault Allegations Involve Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi, Israel-Based Seminaries for Girls

A federal lawsuit filed over sexual assault allegations tied to Rabbi Elimelech Meisels of an ultra-Orthodox community in Chicago, follows similar allegations brought before rabbinical courts in both Chicago and Israel, so called “beis din” courts.

The federal allegations involve that Meisels, who runs Israel-based seminaries for girls, is a sexual predator, according to The Chicago Tribune. The federal lawsuit was filed by the parents of female students who seek tuition reimbursement given allegations against Meisels that include that, for 10 years, the rabbi recruited young women from cities such as Chicago to attend his Israel-based seminaries “under the guise of educational and spiritual development.” The lawsuit also accuses the rabbi of “developing mentor-mentee relationships with girls,” and bringing them on late-night coffee meetings, then sexually assaulting the young women. Meisels does not face any criminal charges, The Chicago Tribune noted. Continue reading

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Deadline Approaching to Register World Trade Center Compensation Claims

-World-Trade-Center-Compensation-ClaimsThe September 11 Victim Compensation Fund has an important filing deadline on October 12, 2014 for those who took part in World Trade Center rescue and recovery efforts in 2001-2002 and now suffer cancers and other illnesses caused by toxic exposure.

Those who were diagnosed on or before October 12, 2012 with one of the cancers recognized by the VCF by that date must register with the VCF by October 12, 2014, according to The PBA Beat, the New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association newsletter.  Participants in the recovery efforts who were diagnosed on or before October 21, 2013 with prostate cancer must register by October 21, 2015. Those diagnosed on or before February 18, 2014 with a “rare cancer” (as defined by the WTC Health Program) must register by February 18, 2016. Anyone diagnosed with one of the recognized cancers after the cut-off dates above may register up to two years after the date they became ill, but no later than October 3, 2016. Continue reading

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

Lawsuit Alleging Yeshiva High School Covered Up Sexual Abuse May be Reinstated

Lawsuit-Alleging-Yeshiva-High-SchoolLast Thursday, a federal appeals court was asked to reinstate a lawsuit filed on behalf of 34 men who allege that they were sexually abused by rabbis at Yeshiva University High School for Boys; according to their lawsuit, the school covered up the abuse for decades.

The case was previously dismissed by federal judge John G. Koeltl, who ruled that the abuse had taken place too long ago for the lawsuit to proceed. Attorneys for the plaintiffs argued that the judge misinterpreted the statute of limitations. It was not known that the school helped hide the abuse until December 2012, when The Daily Forward published an article, the plaintiffs’ attorney said. Continue reading

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Putting Cell Phone in Your Bra could Lead to Breast Cancer, Dr. Oz Warns

Cell-Phone-in-Your-BraDr. Mehmet Oz is warning against placing your cell phone in your bra, a habit that many women do out of convenience. “When it comes to cell phones, the bra has become the new purse,” Dr. Oz said on an episode of the Dr. Oz show that aired Aug. 26th. Continue reading

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Supreme Court Rejection of Pfizer RICO Case Appeal Could Unleash Cases

PfizerThe US Supreme Court’s rejection of  an appeal from drug maker Pfizer, letting stand a First Circuit ruling that the drug company improperly marketed the epilepsy drug Neurontin to Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, could unleash a flood of cases

Pfizer must pay Kaiser $142 million in damages for violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and an additional $65.4 million for violating the California Unfair Competition Law (UCL). Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Drug Maker, Teva, Recalls Parkinson’s Disease Medication as it may be “Super Potent”

tevaTeva Pharmaceutical Industries just issued a recall of one lot of its generic Parkinson’s disease combination medication, carbidopa/levodopa, over it potentially containing too much of an active pharmaceutical ingredient.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries indicated that the recall, which has been deemed a Class II, involved 3,881 bottles of carbidopa/levodopa 25 mg/100 mg, according to FiercePharmaManufacturing. Teva also indicated that stability testing revealed that the recalled carbidopa/levodopa may be what the drug maker described as “super potent.” The voluntary recall is for the entire United States. Continue reading

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Researchers Study Whether Chemicals in the Environment Increase the Risk of Diabetes

Diabetes ConceptResearchers at the University of Buffalo will be studying how chemicals in the environment affect the risk of diabetes and metabolic conditions.  According to an article posted on the university’s website, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has awarded a two-year $436,751 grant to Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD and Rajendram V. Rajnarayanan, PhD to study this issue.   Continue reading

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FDA Issues Injunction Against BioAnue Laboratories

FDA-Issues-Injunction-Against-BioAnue-LaboratoriesA federal court order demands that BioAnue Laboratories of Rochelle, Georgia stops illegally marketing its products as treatments for disease, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on its website. The court order, which was signed on July 23, 2014 in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, says that BioAnue’s products were sold as supplements but were illegally marketed as treatments for conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes. The FDA did not approve these products for those uses.

In February 2012, the FDA issued a warning lette Continue reading

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Government Will Withhold Up to One Third of Payment Records in Launch of Physician Payment Database

Launch-of-Physician-Payment-DatabaseFor next month’s launch of the Open Payment database showing payments to physicians from pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers, about one-third of the records will be withheld because of data inconsistencies.

The release of payment information – intended to promote greater transparency about possible conflicts of interest in medicine – is mandated under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, a provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, according to the non-profit investigative journalism group ProPublica. Continue reading

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