Daily Archives: June 1, 2005

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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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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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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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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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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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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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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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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FIRST BLOOD TEST FOR MESOTHELIOMA IS ANNOUNCED BUT, WHO GETS CREDIT FOR IT?

Although it seems clear that the first blood test for mesothelioma has been developed, there seems to some conflict as to who actually gets credit for this significant medical breakthrough. Some news sources attribute the test known as MESOMARK to … Continue reading

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PILOT STUDY SUGGESTS LINK BETWEEN FATTY ACIDS AND AUTISM

A pilot study suggests there may be a link between autism and a deficiency in fatty acids. The study, which was done in Scotland, found that children with autism may metabolize fatty acids quicker thereby leading to a deficiency. Fatty … Continue reading

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FOLLOW-UP: RARE SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE NOW REPORTED IN CANADA

After reporting (see May 31 edition) the reappearance of LGV (lymphogranuloma venereum), a rare sexually transmitted disease (STD) in a number of major cities in the United States, we have now learned that Canadian public health agency has confirmed 22 … Continue reading

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FIVE FOODS WHICH SHOULD BE PART OF A HEART-HEALTHY DIET

Nutrition experts agree there are a number of foods (and their food groups) which should be a regular part of a heart-healthy diet. Five of those foods and their beneficial properties are listed below: Salmon ñ Oily fish like salmon, … Continue reading

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AS 700,000 HEALTH PROFESSIONALS JOIN TOBACCO CONTROL EFFORTS, EVIDENCE SURFACES THAT CIGARETTE MARKETING CAMPAIGNS SPECIFICALLY TARGETED WOMEN

As part of this yearís World No Tobacco Day (5/31/05), where the theme was "Health Professionals against Tobacco," the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) invited more than 520 health professional and support organizations with over 700,000 members in 30 countries … Continue reading

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WORKERS MAY BE AT RISK FOR AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS CAUSED BY INDUSTRIAL SOLVENT

Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a powerful industrial solvent and degreaser used to clean metal parts. An Italian study published in the May issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests that it may do a lot more than that. … Continue reading

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FIRST BLOOD TEST FOR MESOTHELIOMA IS ANNOUNCED BUT, WHO GETS CREDIT FOR IT?

Although it seems clear that the first blood test for mesothelioma has been developed, there seems to some conflict as to who actually gets credit for this significant medical breakthrough. Some news sources attribute the test known as MESOMARK to … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

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