Monthly Archives: October 2006

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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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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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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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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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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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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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 Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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AstraZeneca Under Legal Fire Over Seroquel

British drug maker AstraZeneca has been subpoenaed by two states in conjunction with the sale, safety, and marketing of its antipsychotic < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/seroquel">Seroquel. Last month, the company received a subpoena from the California Attorney General’s office, this one coming shortly … Continue reading

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KFC to Eliminate Trans Fats

Loaded with fat, salt, cholesterol, and calories, KFC’s chicken may never be considered a healthy eating option. However, the fast-food chain is taking steps to reduce the health risks of its products by eliminating artificial trans fat in its cooking … Continue reading

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Bayer: Who Knew What (and When) About Trasylol?

By Marc Greilsamer Suppressed data? Secret informants? Fall guys? Welcome to the pharmaceutical industry, which is filled with enough mystery and intrigue to satisfy even the most demanding crime-drama aficionado. Yet, the issues that come into play in this gigantic, … Continue reading

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New Study Pushes Lung Cancer Screening for Smokers

Early detection of cancerous lung tumors has a significant effect on a patient’s survival rate, according to a controversial new study. As a result, the study’s authors recommend a robust, annual CT screening process for smokers, claiming that early detection … Continue reading

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Toy Company Mega Brands Settles Out of Court

Montreal-based Mega Brands, manufacturer of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/magnetic_toy_sets">Magnetix toys, reached a $13.5 million settlement with 14 families, including one whose son died from injuries related to Magnetix products. A 22-month-old toddler from Redmond, Wash., Kenny Sweet, died on Thanksgiving Day, 2005, … Continue reading

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Big Pharma Backing Republicans, Says WSJ

The potential for a “Democratic revolution” in the upcoming midterm elections has created a palpable sense of fear in the pharmaceutical industry–and has spurred the industry to action. A front-page report in today’s Wall Street Journal noted that drug-industry political … Continue reading

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Heart Stents Reconsidered by Medical Community

For the better part of the last decade, heart stents have been celebrated as one of the most important developments in the medical field, and, with sales of heart stents reaching $6 billion annually, it’s also been one of the … Continue reading

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Antidepressants Linked to Male Infertility

Researchers at New York’s Cornell Medical Center have found a major correlation between use of antidepressants and sperm count. Men who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are being urged to consult closely with their doctors in order to determine … Continue reading

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Recalled ReNu Lens Solution Still on the Market

The recalled contact-lens solution < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/renu_contact_solution">ReNu with MoistureLoc had maintained a 2 percent market share into the early weeks of September, despite the fact that distribution of the Bausch and Lomb product was halted by the company on April 9. … Continue reading

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Autism Association Questions Safety of Risperdal for Children

The Food and Drug Administration’s approval of Risperdal as a treatment for autistic children has been challenged by the National Autism Association (NAA) due to concerns about the drug’s side effects. According to the NAA, side effects of Risperdal, or … Continue reading

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