Monthly Archives: August 2006

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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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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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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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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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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Cardinal Stops Production of Defective Drug Pump after FDA has U.S. Marshalls Confiscate Devices

Cardinal Health announced that it stopped production of four < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/alaris_infusion_pumps">Alaris drug infusion pumps. The announcement came after the FDA requested that U.S. marshals confiscate 1,300 devices out of the company’s San Diego facility on Friday. The Alaris pumps, which … Continue reading

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Workers Exposed to Lead are 50 Percent More Likely to Die from Brain Cancer than those not Exposed

Occupational exposure to lead dramatically increases the risk of devloping and dying from brain cancer, according to a report published in the International Journal of Cancer. The report by leading epidemiologists analyzed over 300,000 workers and found the riskiest occupations … Continue reading

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Bausch & Lomb ReNu with MoistureLoc Recall History

ReNu with MoistureLoc was removed from the market after the CDC discovered numberous cases of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/fungal_keratitis">fusarium keratitis were linked to the product. The recall has slowed the outbreak of the fungal eye infection but it is estimated that MoistureLoc … Continue reading

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Internal Memos on Hormone Replacement Therapy Drugs Prempro and Premarin May Hurt Wyeth

Wyeth may have known as early as the 1970’s that its hormone replacement drug, which later became Prempro, was associated with a high rate of breast cancer. According to recent published reports, Wyeth researchers saw cancer risks associated with hormone-replacement … Continue reading

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Important Mesothelioma Research Foundation Receives Federal Funding

For the first time ever, federal funds have been given to a nonprofit group dedicated to eradicating < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/mesothelioma">mesothelioma. The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation), said it received  federal research funding from the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical … Continue reading

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Study Finds Use of Common Painkillers in First Trimester May Cause Birth Defects

A study published in the journal, Birth Defects Research Part B found that the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) during the first trimester of pregnancy can cause congenital < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/birth_defects">birth defects. NSAIDs are commonly used pain medications that include … Continue reading

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Woman Injured by Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch Files Suit

A 34 year-old Idaho woman that was diagnosed with a severe pulmonary embolism after using the Ortho Evra birth control patch filed a lawsuit against the drugs manufacturer Ortho Mc-Neil Pharmaceutical, Inc. The woman used < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Ortho_Evra_Patch">Ortho Evra for less … Continue reading

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CDC Report on ReNu with MoistureLoc May Exacerbate Legal Problems for Bausch & Lomb

CDC researchers believe that the global recall of Bausch & Lomb’s < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/renu_contact_solution">ReNu with MoistureLoc has stopped the outbreak of fusarium keratitis, a serious fungal eye infection. However, the CDC report stated that poor hygiene was not the sole cause … Continue reading

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One-Third of Infected ReNu with MoistureLoc Users Needed Corneal Transplants

A research report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that one-third of patients with a serious eye infection associated with Bausch & Lomb’s < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/renu_contact_solution">ReNu with Moistureloc contact-lens solution had such severe infections that they had … Continue reading

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Glaxo Adds Black Box Warning ADHD Drug Dexedrine

GlaxoSmithKline Plc has added a black box warning about possible heart risks to its popular ADHD drug < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/dexedrine">Dexedrine. The drug’s packaging will also include information about possible psychiatric adverse events, like hallucinations and mania, linked to stimulants, according to … Continue reading

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