Monthly Archives: August 2005

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Continue, New Complaint Filed by Tennessee Resident

Actos bladder cancer lawsuits continue, with a new complaint filed by a resident of Tennessee. The national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, represents the Tennessee man who alleges that Actos caused his bladder cancer.

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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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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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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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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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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General Motors Recalling 800,000 SUVs and Pickup Trucks for Brake Problems

General Motors Corp. (GM) is recalling 804,000 full-size pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles in 14 northern states because of potential problems with the anti-lock braking system. Corrosion in the braking system has been blamed for more than 200 low-speed … Continue reading

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General Motors Recalling 800,000 SUVs and Pickup Trucks for Brake Problems

General Motors Corp. (GM) is recalling 804,000 full-size pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles in 14 northern states because of potential problems with the anti-lock braking system. Corrosion in the braking system has been blamed for more than 200 low-speed … Continue reading

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Ralph Nader Demands NHTSA Issue Warning about Potential Electrical Fire Hazard in 3.7 Million Ford Trucks and SUVs

Ralph Nader has demanded the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) alert vehicle owners to a potential fire hazard in numerous models of Ford and Lincoln SUVs and trucks. Nader wrote to Jeffrey Runge, head of NHTSA, insisting he issue … Continue reading

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Respiratory Tract Infections in Children Linked to Newly Discovered Virus

Tobias Allander and Björn Andersson, of the Karolinska Institutet (KI), identified a previously unknown virus called human bocavirus that can cause respiratory illness in children. The researchers discovered the virus in respiratory tract samples from children at Karolinska University Hospital … Continue reading

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Study Finds Americans Getting the Bulk of Their Antioxidants from Coffee

A new study reports that one health benefit of coffee may be as an antioxidant. According to Joe A. Vinson, a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania (U.S.), Americans actually get most of their antioxidants from coffee. … Continue reading

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Lighter Cars May Save Fuel but the Tradeoff May Be Safety

Despite the current energy crisis, the Bush administration is urging automobile manufactures not to produce lighter, smaller and more energy efficient cars because of the potential danger of more accident-related deaths.Instead, last week, the administration suggested new fuel economy regulations … Continue reading

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Jury Hits DuPont with $14 Million Verdict in Dioxin Cancer Case

Glen Strong, an oyster fisherman of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, claimed that his rare blood cancer (multiple myeloma) was caused by exposure to dioxin from DuPont’s plant located about five miles from his home. A jury agreed and awarded Mr. … Continue reading

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Breakthrough in SARS Treatment Reported by Chinese Researchers

A breakthrough has been announced in the treatment of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) which resulted in 774 worldwide deaths (mostly in Asia) in 2002. The discovery was the result of work done by a team of experts working in … Continue reading

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California Sues to Have French Fries and Potato Chips Carry Cancer Warning

California’s crusading Attorney General, Bill Lockyer, has sued nine fast food chains and potato chip manufactures pursuant to that state’s law requiring companies to warn consumers if a product contains a potentially dangerous substance.  Known carcinogens would fall into that … Continue reading

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Purdue Pharma Faces 1,000 New Individual Law Suits in New York City Claiming Addiction to OxyContin

Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, faces 1,000 separate lawsuits from people who claim they became addicted to the drug. Although OxyContin was approved in 1995 to teat patients with terminal cancer or chronic pain, it has now become a … Continue reading

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