Monthly Archives: November 2005

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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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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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Illinois (U.S.) Law Will Now Require Hospitals to Report 24 Types of Medical Errors

Beginning in January 2008 Illinois law will require state hospitals to report 24 types of careless mistakes called "never events."  These unacceptable blunders, including operating on the wrong limb, leaving a surgical sponge behind, using the wrong blood type, or … Continue reading

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Study Finds Job-Related Exposure to Pesticide (Diazinon) May Increase Cancer Risk

According to a new study by the Agricultural Health Study, a government funded program established in 1993 to examine the negative effects of pesticides on farming families in Iowa and North Carolina, regular exposure to the pesticide diazinon may cause … Continue reading

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Leading Cause of Acute Liver Failure in U.S. is Now Acetaminophen Poisoning

Most people are familiar with the fact that acetaminophen is a popular over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever. What is generally not known by consumers, however, is just how widely used acetaminophen is or how dangerous it can be when misused.Although acetaminophen … Continue reading

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Mixing Up Drugs with Similar Names Can Cause Potentially Deadly Medication Errors

As the number of prescription and over-the-counter drugs has steadily increased, so have the medical problems associated with dangerous side-effects and interactions. One very serious problem caused by the sheer number of drugs, however, is the existence of similar sounding … Continue reading

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Many People Ignorant of the Potential Side-Effects of Painkillers

A new study supported by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has found that many people misuse prescription and over-the-counter painkillers (OTC), also known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and are ignorant to the potential side effects of the drugs. The … Continue reading

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After Hospital Defibrillator Fails to Work, Heart Surgeon Advises Patient's Family to 'See an Attorney'

An Illinois heart surgeon, who encountered a malfunctioning defibrillator during an emergency coronary artery bypass operation, advised the patient’s family to “see an attorney” following the surgery at Belleville Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois on November 11, 2003.The patient, William … Continue reading

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After Hospital Defibrillator Fails to Work, Heart Surgeon Advises Patient's Family to 'See an Attorney'

An Illinois heart surgeon, who encountered a malfunctioning defibrillator during an emergency coronary artery bypass operation, advised the patient’s family to “see an attorney” following the surgery at Belleville Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois on November 11, 2003.The patient, William … Continue reading

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Possible Link between Abortion Pill and Multiple Deaths from Same Deadly Bacteria to Be Probed by FDA and CDC

Mifeprex (RU486) is the abortion pill that has been shrouded in controversy since 1996 when the federal advisory committee that recommended its approval was forced to meet under the protection of federal marshals. Clostridium sordellii is a rare and lethal … Continue reading

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CPSC and Delta Enterprise Corp. Announce Recall of Certain Cribs Sold at Toys R Us Stores for High Levels of Lead Paint

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Delta Enterprise Corp., of New York, N.Y., has announced a voluntary recall of about 335 Lov’s “Europa” Natural Color Cribs manufactured in Indonesia by Delta Enterprise Corp. of New York, N.Y. Consumers … Continue reading

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CPSC and Delta Enterprise Corp. Announce Recall of Certain Cribs Sold at Toys R Us Stores for High Levels of Lead Paint

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Delta Enterprise Corp., of New York, N.Y., has announced a voluntary recall of about 335 Lov’s “Europa” Natural Color Cribs manufactured in Indonesia by Delta Enterprise Corp. of New York, N.Y. Consumers … Continue reading

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