Monthly Archives: June 2005

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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

81-year-old Port Jefferson Station man was killed in a crash at 4:57 a.m.. He lost control of the vehicle traveling west on Northern State Pkwy, on exit 42, Dix Hills.

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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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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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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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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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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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