Monthly Archives: June 2005

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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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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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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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Parker Waichman Representing Another Louisiana Plaintiff in Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

A Louisiana man has become the latest to claim that his taking the type 2 diabetes drug Actos resulted in developing bladder cancer. He has filed a lawsuit against the Japanese manufacturer of the drug and the marketer of it in the U.S., claiming they failed to warn about this ...

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC), LG ELECTRONICS AND SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO. ANNOUNCE RECALL OF 20,000 REFRIGERATORS FOR POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARD

The CPSC, in cooperation with LG Electronics Inc. (of Lincolnshire, Illinois) and Sears, Roebuck and Co. (of Hoffman Estates, Illinois) have announced a voluntary recall to retrofit 20,000 LG and Kenmore Elite® Trio™ Three-Door Refrigerators manufactured in Korea. Consumers should … Continue reading

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CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) SIGNS COOPERATIVE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH CANADA TO IMPROVE SAFETY OF CONSUMER PRODUCTS IN BOTH COUNTRIES

The CPSC has announced an agreement (pdf) with the Canadian government aimed at further improving consumer safety and making both the United States and Canadian marketplaces among the safest in the world. This agreement is also part of the “Security … Continue reading

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IOWA MAN SUES FORD, TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, AND DUPONT CLAIMING FAULTY ELECTRICAL SWITCH CAUSED FIRE THAT KILLED HIS WIFE AND BURNED DOWN HIS HOME

After calling 911, 74-year-old Darletta Mohlis died attempting to escape from her burning house. Now, her three children and husband, Earl, are suing the Ford Motor Company in a wrongful death action claiming a faulty cruise-control deactivation switch on Mr. … Continue reading

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WARNING LABELS FOR RITALIN AND CONCERTA TO BE STRENGTHENED BY FDA IN RESPONSE TO REPORTS OF ADVERSE PSYCHIATRIC AND CARDIOVASCULAR SIDE-EFFECTS

Methylphenidates (generic) are a class of drugs used in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The most common forms of the drug are Ritalin (made by Novartis) and the long-acting version known as Concerta (made by Johnson & … Continue reading

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JUSTICE DEPARTMENT MAKES IT OFFICIAL ñ THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL ONLY SEEK A TOTAL OF $14 BILLION IN DAMAGES IN ITS CIVIL RACKETEERING CASE AGAINST THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY

Amid great speculation and controversy as to its underlying motivations, the Justice Department has filed its formal damage request motion in its civil racketeering case against the tobacco industry. The $10 billion for a five-year stop-smoking program and a ten-year … Continue reading

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HEALTH ADVOCACY GROUP FILES CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS CLAIMING DAIRY INDUSTRYíS WEIGHT-LOSS CLAIM AND THE MULTIMILLION DOLLAR MARKETING CAMPAIGN PROMOTING IT ARE FALSE AND MISLEADING

Only two weeks ago, newsinferno.com covered the story involving the study of 12,829 children aged 9 to 14 conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University, and published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, which found … Continue reading

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THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC) ISSUES ITS ANNUAL WARNING CONCERNING 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS AS WELL AS THE RESULTS OF ITS OWN STUDY RELATING TO FIREWORKS RELATED INJURIES

As a public service, newsinferno.com is presenting the substance of Tuesday’s special report from the CPSC with respect to the dangers of fireworks. We hope the information will help make this 4th of July holiday safer for all and especially … Continue reading

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) INDEPENDENT REVIEW BOARD SEES CANCER RISK ASSOCIATED WITH TEFLON MANUFACTURING CHEMICAL AS BEING MORE SERIOUS THAN INDICATED IN EARLIER EPA REPORT

Earlier this year, the EPA released a draft assessment of a chemical used in the production of Teflon which, based on animal studies, found “suggestive evidence” that the substance may be a human carcinogen.For the past two years, there has … Continue reading

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EXPERT INDICATES THAT A GROWING NUMBER OF PREADOLESCENT GIRLS NOW ENGAGE IN DIETING AND OTHER BODY-CONSCIOUS BEHAVIORS AND MAY BE AT RISK FOR DEVELOPING SERIOUS EATING DISORDERS

Dr. Terry Bravender, assistant professor of pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, and medical director of Duke Eating Disorder Program, sees an alarming trend with respect to the eating habits and concerns about body image in … Continue reading

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NEWLY APPROVED TEST IDENTIFIES PATIENTS AT RISK FOR IMPENDING ìMAJOR ADVERSE CARDIAC EVENTSî

On May 10, the FDA approved an application by Prognostix, Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio, to market (to doctors) a test kit known as the CardioMPO which, in clinical trials, proved quite accurate in predicting which patients were at risk to … Continue reading

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