Monthly Archives: September 2006

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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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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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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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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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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, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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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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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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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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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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New Ortho Evra Study Could Lead to Additional Lawsuits

The FDA updated the warning label on the Ortho Evra birth control patch after results of a new study found woman using the patch were twice as likely to develop blood clots, than those taking birth control pills. Johnson & … Continue reading

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Louisiana Man Files Lawsuit Against Eli Lilly Alleging Zyprexa Caused Diabetes

A Louisiana man filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Eli Lilly and Co., claiming he developed diabetes as a result of using the popular atypical antipsychotic drug Zyprexa. The man took Zyprexa for two years and developed severe … Continue reading

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Chemical Castration for Prostate Cancer May Increase Risk of Diabetes and Heart Attack

Men being treated for prostate cancer are commonly given GnRH (gonadotropin-releasing hormone) hormone therapy injections to block the production of testosterone. While the use of these drugs has become a routine part of prostate cancer treatment, a new Harvard study … Continue reading

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Number of E. Coli Cases Reaches 109, Natural Selection Food may face Numerous Lawsuits

The number of E. Coli cases linked to contaminated spinach has reached 109. The < "">E. coli outbreak has been traced back to Natural Selection Food of Salinas, California, but 34 brands in total have been removed from supermarket shelves. … Continue reading

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Serious Injuries Associated with Non-Physicians Performing Cosmetic Procedures Including Botox Injections and Laser Hair the Removal

The American Society of Dermatological Surgery (ASDS) is warning patients that undergoing cosmetic surgery from untrained, non-physicians, is risky and can lead to serious injury and even death. Cosmetic surgeries and medical procedures, including Botox injections, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, … Continue reading

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UCSD Study Finds Troubling Statin Cholesterol Drugs Side Effects

Cholesterol lowering statin drugs are used by millions of Americans. While the drugs have been long associated with the serious muscle disease < "">rhabdomyolysis, a new study from the University of California, San Diego has identified other serious side effects … Continue reading

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Tainted Bagged Spinach Kills One, Leaves 50 Others Sick across Eight States

The FDA warned consumers not to eat bagged spinach after a deadly outbreak of E. coli has killed at least one person and left at least 50 others sick. The death occurred in Wisconsin but the outbreak was left people … Continue reading

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New Vioxx Studies Could Cause Merck More Pain

Two new studies each revealed troubling Vioxx safety data, putting pressure on Merck as the latest Vioxx trial is underway. One study linked Vioxx to an increase risk of kidney damage and cardiovascular events, while the other study confirmed the … Continue reading

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Already Linked to Suicide, New Research Links SSRI Antidepressants with Violence

New research has linked antidepressants, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs, with violent episodes. Researchers found people who took the antidepressant Paxil were twice as likely to have a violent or “hostility event” as those given a placebo. … Continue reading

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Defective Guidant Defibrillators Continue to Haunt Boston Scientific

According to recent SEC filings, Boston Scientific Corp. now faces about 477 individual and 72 class-action lawsuits over recalled Guidant defibrillators. Boston Scientific purchased Guidant earlier this year for $27 billion, after outbidding Johnson & Johnson. Both companies pursued Guidant … Continue reading

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