Monthly Archives: October 2005

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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

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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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...
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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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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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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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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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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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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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FDA and Biogen Idec Issue Drug Safety Alert Concerning Fatal Reactions to Cancer Drug, Zevalin

Biogen Idec, the world’s fourth largest biopharmaceutical company, has notified healthcare professionals of a significant revision to BOXED WARNINGS, WARNINGS, and ADVERSE REACTIONS sections of the Prescribing Information for the cancer drug Zevalin. http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2005/safety05.htm#Zevalin The alert and warning revision (http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2005/ZevalinPI.pdf) … Continue reading

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FDA Warns of Potential Problems with Accuracy of Blood Glucose Meters from Abbott Diabetes Care

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is notifying health care providers and patients that blood glucose meters made by Abbott Diabetes Care can be accidentally switched from one unit of measurement to another thereby resulting in an inaccurate blood glucose … Continue reading

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Class-Action Lawsuit Seeks $600 Million in Connection with Outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease in Toronto Nursing Home that Has Already Killed 21

In the aftermath of one of the deadliest outbreaks of legionnaires’ disease ever, a 58-year-old Toronto resident, who contracted the illness, has commenced a $600 million class-action lawsuit according to a report by CTV News.That report states in part: “Gerald … Continue reading

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Study Shows Improvement Needed to Reduce Chemotherapy Errors

A study conducted by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and published in the online journal Cancer, evaluated chemotherapy errors that occur during outpatient care. The researchers report that while the mistakes they found … Continue reading

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Avian Flu Rapid Response Team Formed by the FDA

In response to the possible threat of an avian flu pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the formation of a Rapid Response Team to ensure that an adequate supply of anti-influenza drugs, such as Tamiflu, are available … Continue reading

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Heath Care Cost Discrepancies in the U.S. Tied to Physician Behavior

As new data emerges that health care spending has little relationship to health outcomes, a new study finds a correlation between the behavior of doctors and the total heath care dollars spent.According to researchers at the VA Outcomes Group in … Continue reading

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Heart Attack Death Rates Higher in Hospitals that Treat Larger Share of African Americans

A new study finds that there is a direct correlation between the racial composition of a hospital’s patients and their health outcomes.  Led by researchers at Dartmouth Medical School, the study found that death rates for all patients were significantly … Continue reading

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Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) Issues Advisory on Child Strangulation Risk Posed by Older Window Coverings

The CPSC, the Window Covering Safety Council, and independent retailers have joined forces for Window Covering Safety Month to advise consumers on the importance of repairing or replacing window coverings purchased prior to 2001.  Young children can strangle themselves when … Continue reading

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Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) Issues Advisory on Child Strangulation Risk Posed by Older Window Coverings

The CPSC, the Window Covering Safety Council, and independent retailers have joined forces for Window Covering Safety Month to advise consumers on the importance of repairing or replacing window coverings purchased prior to 2001.  Young children can strangle themselves when … Continue reading

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Indiana Nursing Home Investigated in Series of Abuse Incidents

State officials in Indiana (U.S.) have banned the Hanover Nursing Center from admitting any new residents as the result of an investigation into a series of incidents involving the abuse of several elderly inhabitants.  One such incident involved a 79-year-old … Continue reading

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