Monthly Archives: November 2006

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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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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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Katrina Victims Win Latest Court Battles

Thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina finally have some good news to celebrate: A U.S. District Court judge ruled yesterday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) must resume making housing-relief payments to those displaced by the disaster. In handing … Continue reading

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Medtronic’s Bid to Dismiss Lawsuits Denied

Minneapolis-based Medtronic, manufacturers of a controversial implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), had their motion for summary judgment denied in U.S. District Court, meaning that the company may still have to face personal-injury lawsuits regarding their allegedly faulty product. The company announced … Continue reading

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Health Canada Issues New Warning Regarding Tamiflu

The popular antiviral drug Tamiflu is under fire again, this time from Health Canada. The Canadian government issued a new safety advisory today, warning consumers that < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/tamiflu">Tamiflu may be linked to hallucinations and abnormal behavior, including self harm. In … Continue reading

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Health Canada Issues Health Advisory for Rituxan

In conjunction with drug maker Hoffmann-LaRoche, Health Canada has issued new safety information regarding < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/rituxan">Rituxan, which is used in the treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) and rheumatoid arthritis. According to the company, post-market and clinical studies have revealed reports … Continue reading

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FDA Announces New Warning for Methadone Patients

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, patients treated with methadone are susceptible to life-threatening alterations in their breathing and heartbeat–and, in some cases, even death. The FDA issued its latest health advisory yesterday, warning patients of potential problems … Continue reading

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AstraZeneca Warned by FDA About Misleading Seroquel Marketing Material

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent a warning letter to drug maker AstraZeneca, claiming that some of the company’s promotional material for Seroquel contains “false or misleading” information. According to the FDA, AstraZeneca failed to adequately detail the … Continue reading

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Volvo Recalls 360,000 Autos

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has ordered a recall of approximately 360,000 Volvo automobiles due to faulty software in the cars’ electronic throttle-control units. The software flaw affects the vehicle speed control and may cause the car to … Continue reading

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Another Contact-Lens Solution Recalled

On Tuesday, the U.S Food and Drug Administration announced a voluntary recall by Advanced Medical Optics Inc. (AMO) of nearly 3 million units of its 12-ounce < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/complete_moistureplus_lens_solution">Complete MoisturePLUS contact-lens solution and Complete MoisturePLUS Active Packs because of bacterial-contamination fears. … Continue reading

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Drug-Research Firm SFBC International Faces Class-Action Suit

SFBC International, now known as PharmaNet Development Group, has been named as a defendant in a securities class-action suit filed yesterday in the United States District Court of New Jersey. Plaintiffs are accusing SFBC and its senior officers of multiple … Continue reading

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Mattel Recalls Polly Pocket Dolls

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today announced that California-based Mattel Inc. is voluntary recalling 2.4 million units of its Polly Pocket magnetic play sets. The CPSC has received approximately 170 reports of small magnets coming loose from these … Continue reading

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