Monthly Archives: January 2006

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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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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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Researchers Link Excessive Drinking to Increased Risk of Several Types of Cancer

Although excessive alcohol consumption has been linked to numerous health problems over the years, cancer was usually a disease associated with smoking, chronic infections, exposure to carcinogenic toxins, and potential genetic links. Now, however researchers have documented the existence of … Continue reading

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In Surprising Move, EPA Seeks to Ensure the Elimination of PFOA by 2015

Although it appeared some progress was being made with respect to the possibility that PFOA would eventually be banned in the United States, there was no real indication of when the drive to attain that ban would gain enough momentum … Continue reading

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Philip Morris Faces Targeted by Federal Lawsuit Seeking Cancer Screenings for Heavy Marlboro Smokers

A group of heavy Marlboro smokers have filed a class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, claiming Philip Morris USA should pay for CT scans that may detect the early stages of lung cancer. … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Public Health Advisory Concerning Reports of Serious Liver Toxicity and Death Following Use of the Antibiotic Ketek (Telithromycin)

The FDA has issued a serious public health advisory warning of an article published on Friday in Annals of Internal Medicine reporting that three patients experienced serious liver toxicity after taking Ketek (telithromycin). These cases have also been reported to … Continue reading

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FDA Orders 'Black Box' Warning for Eczema Drugs, Elidel and Protopic

In an important notification, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the approval of updated labeling for two topical eczema drugs, Protopic Ointment (tacrolimus) and Elidel Cream (pimecrolimus). The new labeling will add a black box warning about a possible … Continue reading

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CPSC and Syntace USA Announce Recall of 2,300 Bicycle Handlebar Stems to Avoid Risk of Serious Injury

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Syntace USA, of Olney, Illinois, have announced the voluntary recall of about 2,300 F99 (Force 99) Bicycle Handlebar Stems manufactured in Taiwan. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately.The recalled bicycle stems can crack … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products |

Florida Hospital Refuses to Tell Woman Why She Ended Up As a Quadruple Amputee after Giving Birth

According to a story featured on WFTV.com, a young mother, Claudia Mejia, gave birth at Orlando Regional South Seminole Hospital last May. Soon after, she was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center “where her arms and legs were amputated.” Other … Continue reading

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Human Immune System May Be Affected By Widely Prescribed Antidepressants – Study

A collaborative study involving scientists from Georgetown University Medical Center and Robarts Research Institute in Canada has found that commonly prescribed SSRI drugs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) may not only manipulate the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain, but may also … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Faked Cancer Study Admits More Fraud

Already disgraced Norwegian doctor, Jon Sudbo, apparently has more to be ashamed of than simply faking the data for a major cancer. He has now admitted also fabricating data for two scientific articles about cancer of the mouth in leading … Continue reading

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Study Finds Snowmobiles Pose Serious Risks for Children

A study in the January issue Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that snowmobiles pose major risks for children. Snowmobile accidents have caused significant multiple trauma injuries in children and adolescents, and a campaign to address this trend is needed, the study … Continue reading

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