Monthly Archives: February 2006

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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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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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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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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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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New Technology Would Allow Surgery on Beating Heart

Open heart surgery is not for the faint of heart. Even among surgeons, it is a field reserved for only some of the most skilled doctors. The only choices available at present are either to stop the heart completely during … Continue reading

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Survey Indicates Televised Anti-Smoking Ads Have an Impact on Those Trying to Quit

Although it is often difficult to measure the actual effect of TV ads on consumers, a recent survey suggests that anti-smoking commercials played a significant role in helping successful former smokers quit the potentially deadly habit. The findings, published in … Continue reading

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Over 50% of Smokers with Heart Disease and Other Serious Illnesses Continue to Smoke – Study

While there are many health-related dangers associated with smoking, it appears that many smokers are not getting the message when it comes to the increased risk of developing or aggravating cardiovascular problems. Whether ignorance of the risk or denial of … Continue reading

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Reserch Finds Those with Most Severe Form of Rheumatoid Arthritis Are at Far Greater Risk of Developing Lymphoma

A new study from Sweden found that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, with the most severe form of the disease, are some 70 times (7000%) more likely to develop lymphoma than patients with a mild form of the disease. The data … Continue reading

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Study Suggests Newly Discovered Virus May Cause Prostate Cancer

Reuters Health is reporting that according to researchers, a “newly identified virus, tentatively called XMRV, seems to be associated with the development of prostate cancer in genetically susceptible men.” The findings were presented Friday morning in San Francisco at the … Continue reading

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Accutane Registry to Begin on March 1 as Planned – FDA Refuses to Delay Program Any Further

By Steven DiJoseph Although the American Academy of Dermatology and other critics of the iPledge registry (designed to prevent pregnant women from using the acne drug Accutane) mounted a last-minute campaign to further postpone the system from going into effect, … Continue reading

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Second Parkinson’s Drug, Requip, Blamed for Compulsive Gambling that Cost Retired Doctor $14 Million

By Steven DiJoseph Up until now, Mirapex has been the medication most often associated with the mounting medical evidence linking certain drugs used to treat Parkinson’s disease (PD) to the development of compulsive behavior, including pathological gambling. Now, however, a … Continue reading

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FDA Joins Investigation of Infants’ Deaths Believed to Have Been Caused by Accidental Overdoses of Cold Medicines – Dangerous Nationwide Trend Developing

By Steven DiJoseph While the Chicago Tribune (2/25/06) is reporting that “accidental overdoses of prescription cold medicines are suspected in the deaths of two Kane County infants in a 24-hour period this winter,” it appears that the problem is anything … Continue reading

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CPSC and Barbeques Galore Inc. Announce Recall of 1,800 Gas Grills Posing Risk of Gas Leaks, Fires, and Explosions

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Barbeques Galore Inc., of Lake Forest, California, have announced the voluntary recall of some 1,800 Turbo Sport Portable Infrared LP Gas Grills made in Taiwan that pose a risk of gas leaks and fires. … Continue reading

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CPSC and Victoria’s Secret Direct Announce Recall of Silk Kimono Tops that Pose Burn Risk

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Victoria’s Secret Direct, of Columbus, Ohio, have announced the voluntary recall of some 500 Silk Kimono Tops manufactured in the United States by Single of Los Angeles, California. Consumers should stop using the product … Continue reading

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