Monthly Archives: November 2007

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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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 ...

Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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Cancer Rates Higher in Night Shift Workers, Leads WHO to List Graveyard Shift as ‘Probable’ Carcinogen

Working the overnight shift has been linked to an increased risk of developing cancer.   Though the association may seem a bit far fetched, research has found that men who work the overnight shift have higher rates of prostate cancer, while … Continue reading

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E. Coli Outbreak from Fresh Spinach Has USDA Mulling New Leafy Green Regulations

The fresh spinach < "">E. coli outbreak that sickened hundreds of people across the country last year has the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) considering changing the way it regulates fresh leafy greens.  If it follows through, the USDA will … Continue reading

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Toyota Issues Lexus Recall, as Quality Issues, Lawsuits Mount

Toyota is recalling more than a quarter million cars worldwide, including about 49,000 Lexus models because of defective fuel pipes.  According to Toyota, the < "">defective parts on the recalled vehicles could cause cracks and corrosion and lead to a fuel … Continue reading

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Toxic World Trade Center Dust Implicate in Childhood Asthma

World Trade Center dust has caused the same types of health problems for children who were in the vicinity of the Twin Towers when they collapsed as it did for < "">9/11 rescue workers.  The New York City Health Department … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Quiznos Salmonella Came from Raw Tomatoes

Salmonella at a Quiznos sandwich shop in Rochester, Minnesota that sickened 20 people has been traced to raw tomatoes served at the restaurant.  Larry Edmonson, an epidemiologist with Olmsted County Public Health, said studies showed that tomatoes delivered to the … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News |

Cell Phone – Brain Tumor Link Seen in Research

Cell phone users beware! Over the past several years, research has revealed that there is an increased risk of brain tumors in people who have used cell phones for at least ten years. Three separate European research groups have been … Continue reading

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Ortho Evra Studies Changed, Withheld By Johnson & Johnson to Hide High Estrogen Levels

Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch studies that proved the contraceptive patch exposed women to dangerously high levels of estrogen where either altered or withheld by Johnson & Johnson before the medication was approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), … Continue reading

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Holiday Decorating Safety Tips from the CPSC

Holiday decorating < "">accidents are a surprisingly frequent occurrence this time of the year, says the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  According to the Commission, around 10,000 people are seen in emergency rooms every year as the result of burns, … Continue reading

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Avandia Heart Attack Controversy Results in Black Box Warning, but Critics Still Want Diabetes Drug Pulled

< "">Avandia, a drug used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, has been at the center of controversy since being linked to an increased risk of heart attack last May.  An update to the black box warning-today’s strongest drug … Continue reading

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Crestor Does Not Reduce Heart Failure Deaths, Study Says

Crestor, a cholesterol lowering statin, does not appear to reduce deaths in heart failure patients, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.   The results of the 5,000 person CORONA study are a big blow … Continue reading

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