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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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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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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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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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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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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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Actos Side Effects Lawyers Says Whistleblower Revelations Could Boost Bladder Cancer, Heart Failure Lawsuits

Actos Side Effects Lawyers Says Whistleblower Revelations Could Boost Bladder Cancer, Heart Failure Lawsuits

An attorney with a prominent personal injury law firm says an Actos whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year could strengthen legal claims alleging the type 2 diabetes medication caused some users to develop bladder cancer and heart failure.

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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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Cymbalta Plaintiffs Seek to Have 28 Suits Centralized in a Multidistrict Litigation

The plaintiffs in 28 lawsuits over the antidepressant drug Cymbalta have asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to centralize the actions in California (In Re: Cymbalta Products Liability Litigation).

The plaintiffs allege that drug maker Eli Lilly & Co. deceived patients about the negative withdrawal reactions they would experience when they ended treatment with Cymbalta (duloxetine).  The reactions include “brain zaps” – electric shock sensations – and other adverse health reactions. On August 15, 2014, the plaintiffs asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to centralize their lawsuits in a multidistrict litigation in California. “Coordination of these lawsuits will ensure that redundancies and discovery efforts are not duplicated,” said Gary Falkowitz, managing attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. Continue reading

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Antibiotic May Raise Heart Risks for Some Patients

Antibiotic-Raise-Heart-RisksA new study in the BMJ suggests that the antibiotic clarithromycin may increase some patients’ risk of dying from heart-related causes.

Clarithromycin is prescribed for millions of people each year, HealthDay reports. The Danish research group that conducted the study said their findings require confirmation. Clarithromycin and the antibiotic roxithromycin are drugs in the group of antibiotics called macrolides. The researchers believe that macrolides increase the risk of potentially deadly heart rhythm problems in some patients. The study was published online in the BMJ on August 19. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Class I Recall: Diamondback 360 Peripheral Orbital Atherectomy System

Recall_Peripheral_Orbital_Atherectomy_SystemThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced that Cardiovascular Systems is recalling some lots of its Diamondback 360 Peripheral Orbital Atherectomy Systems.

The agency has deemed this recall a Class I, its most serious type of recall designation and one that involves situations in which a reasonable probability that use of the recalled product may cause serious adverse health consequences, or death. Continue reading

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

DMAA-Containing Dietary Supplement Recalled

controversial-ingredient-DMAAAccording to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “dietary supplements containing DMAA are illegal.” Despite this, products containing this banned substance continue to be sold to consumers.

For example, Regenaca Worldwide just recalled diet capsules containing DMAA, according to NutrainIngredients. DMAA is also known as 1,3-dimethylamylamine; methylhexanamine; or geranium extract and is typically used as a stimulant, as a pre-workout product, and as a weight loss ingredient in dietary supplement products, according to the FDA. Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls |

NHTSA Investigates Fire Truck Recall

firetruck-recallThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into whether the repair made to 156 fire trucks recalled in 2013 adequately fixed the problem with the trucks’ aerial ladders, which can unexpectedly fall.

Late last year Sutphen Corp. recalled 156 aerial platform trucks from model years 2000 through 2011 because the ladder could retract unexpectedly, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Columbus Dispatch reports. The company initiated another recall last week, hours after three Georgia firefighters were injured during a training session when a five-section ladder  unexpectedly retracted more than 20 feet before it jammed. The firefighters were in the bucket atop the ladder of the 2006 Sutphen engine.  In June, three Pennsylvania firefighters were injured during a rapid descent of their aerial platform on a 2010 Sutphen truck. Since these injuries occurred after the trucks had been repaired in the 2013 recall, NHTSA is investigating “the adequacy of the recall remedy.” Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles |

Deadline Near for Registering World Trade Center Service with Worker Compensation Board

Deadline-Near-for-World-Trade-Center-CompensationThe New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has issued a reminder to those who participated in the rescue, recovery and clean-up of the World Trade Center from September 11, 2001 through September 12, 2002 to register their service with the board.

Registering will preserve the right to future benefits, if needed. The notification applies to all who served, whether employed or as a volunteer, whether injured or not. This includes service at Ground Zero, Fresh Kills Landfill, the barges, the piers, and the morgues. Anyone in these categories should file a WTC-12 form by September 11, 2014. Employees and members of entities that participate in the New York State workers’ compensation system are eligible. Continue reading

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

Scientific Case Against Fracking Continues to Grow Stronger

Gas Drilling Public LandsA Cornell University engineering professor argues that the scientific case against hydraulic fracturing – fracking – continues to get stronger.

Prof. Anthony Ingraffea cites three concerns with the oil and gas drilling technique: groundwater contamination, earthquake generation, and accidental methane gas emissions. In fracking, large quantities of water and chemicals are injected deep underground under pressure to break apart shale and release oil and natural gases.  Ingraffea says, “there is now, in my opinion, scientific consensus that human-induced seismicity does occur” as a result of the disposal of chemical-laced fracking wastewater in underground injection wells, Mother Jones magazine reports. Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

Ground Zero Victims Should be Compensated for WTC-Related Illness

Ground-Zero-Victims-Should-be-CompensatedThere is a new controversy at the 9/11 Museum over a descriptive Zadroga Act panel. According to an editorial piece in the New York Post, the panel says the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was intended to ensure medical treatment and financial compensation “for those with health conditions claimed to be related to the World Trade Center Disaster.” Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

More 9/11 First Responders Diagnosed with Cancer

More-911-First-Responders-Diagnosed-with-Cancer There is a growing risk of mesothelioma and other cancers for 9/11 rescue workers and first responders. When the twin towers collapsed, approximately 400 tons of asbestos were released into the air and inhaled by rescue workers. Recently, medical experts reported that over 2,500 WTC victims have been diagnosed with cancer. Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

New Research Shows Instant Noodle Consumption May Increase Risk of Heart Disease

Instant-Noodle-May-Increase-Risk-of-Heart-DiseaseNewly published research from Baylor University shows that people who frequently eat instant noodle products may increase their risk for cardiometabolic syndrome.

Because ramen consumption is higher among Asian populations, the research focused primarily on South Korea, which has the highest per-capita numbers of instant noodle consumers, according to Newswise, a news site of the Baylor Research Institute. South Koreans have recently experienced a rapid increase in health problems, specifically heart disease, which could lead to increased mortality and increased health care costs. The research was published in the Journal of Nutrition. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

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