Monthly Archives: December 2005

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

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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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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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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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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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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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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Over 600 Adverse Events, Including Multiple Deaths, Reported to FDA Involving Abortion Pill RU-486 (Mifeprex)

Over a period of four years, there have been 607 serious adverse events associated with the so-called “abortion pill” RU-486 reported to the FDA. These include five deaths, 68 cases of severe bleeding that required transfusions, and 66 cases of … Continue reading

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Michelin Recalls Thousands of Tires with Potentially Dangerous Defects

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Transport Canada have been notified by Michelin North American that the international tire giant is recalling approximately 6,500 Michelin(R) Pilot(R) Sport 255/35ZR20 97Y Extra Load tires in the United States and … Continue reading

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Studies and Lawsuits Point Accusing Fingers at the Parkinson’s Drug, MIRAPEX, that Has Been Linked to Compulsive Gambling

It is admittedly an odd connection but there seems to be no real doubt that MIRAPEX, a drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease (PD), is also responsible for turning some of the patients who used it into gambling addicts.In July, … Continue reading

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Studies and Lawsuits Point Accusing Fingers at the Parkinson’s Drug, MIRAPEX, that Has Been Linked to Compulsive Gambling

It is admittedly an odd connection but there seems to be no real doubt that MIRAPEX, a drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease (PD), is also responsible for turning some of the patients who used it into gambling addicts.In July, … Continue reading

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Arsenic-Treated Lumber Poses Long-Term Toxic Threat with Particularly Serious Consequences for Children

The University of Florida has issued a press release setting forth some of the details of a study by researchers from the University of Miami, the University of Florida, and Florida International University that “examined the potential consequences of arsenic … Continue reading

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Heart Attack Patients Often Given Overdoses in ER

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that overdoses of potent blood-thinning drugs given in hospital emergency rooms often put heart attack patients at risk for life-threatening episodes of internal bleeding.The research conducted by lead … Continue reading

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

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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Since Many Drugs Lose Effectiveness after Expiration Date, Even Those That Do Not Should Be Discarded

A study done for the U.S. Army found that many drugs remain effective and usable even up to five years after their expiration date. Thus, some pharmaceutical experts do not believe all drugs should be automatically discarded immediately after they … Continue reading

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Nine Wrongful Death Claims Brought Against Liver Transplant Program at University of California, Irvine Medical Center

In November, the University of California at Irvine Medical Center (UCI) suspended its liver transplant program after the government revoked its certification.  Those actions came in the wake of a report by the Los Angeles Times concerning some 32 patients … Continue reading

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CPSC, Recreational Equipment Inc. Announce Recall of 2,800 Children's Bicycles

The Consumer Products Safety Commission has announced the following product safety recall being conducted by Recreational Equipment Inc., of Kent, Washington. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.Some 2,800 Novara Dirt Rider 20-inch 5-Speed and 6-Speed Bicycles … Continue reading

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