Daily Archives: June 19, 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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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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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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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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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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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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BOSTON DOCTOR WITH INFECTIOUS TUBERCULOSIS MAY HAVE EXPOSED MORE THAN 2,000 PATIENTS AT FOUR HOSPITALS TO THE DISEASE

A female surgical resident with infectious tuberculosis (TB) continued to work at four Boston area hospitals between June 2003 and June 2004 thereby exposing more than 2,000 patients to the disease according to an Associated Press report.Health officials are attempting … Continue reading

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WARNING LABEL SOUGHT BY CONSUMER GROUP REGARDING CANCER-CAUSING INGREDIENT IN POTATO CHIPS

Potato chips, which now come baked or fried and in countless flavors, styles, and shapes, are one of the most popular snack foods ever invented. They also contain varying amounts of acrylamide, which has been shown to cause cancer in … Continue reading

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FDA TO CONSIDER ìHUMANITARIAN DEVICE EXEMPTIONî FOR FIRST COMPLETELY IMPLANTED ARTIFICIAL HEART

A little known process by which the FDA may issue a “humanitarian device exemption” is scheduled to begin on June 23 when an advisory committee will hear about patients’ experiences with respect to an experimental artificial heart called the AbioCor.The … Continue reading

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WHILE QUESTIONS LINGER OVER GUIDANTíS THREE-YEAR DELAY IN NOTIFYING DOCTORS OF THE RISK ITS IMPLANTED DEFIBRILLATORS COULD SHORT-CIRCUIT, CARDIOLOGISTS

In hindsight, there is no doubt that, while Guidant Corporation maintained its internal heart defibrillator (the Ventak Prizm 2 DR) was safe and extremely reliable, it was fully aware of an electrical problem in thousands of those devices which could … Continue reading

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