Monthly Archives: September 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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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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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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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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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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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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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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