Monthly Archives: April 2008

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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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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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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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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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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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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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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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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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Doc at Center of Nevada Hepatitis C Outbreak Barred from Practicing Medicine

The doctor implicated in the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada hepatitis C outbreak won’t be able to practice medicine again – at least until a10-count state Board of Medical Examiners complaint against him is resolved.  Dr. Dipak Desai is the … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

Anesthesia Associated with Deadly Side Effect

< "">Anesthesia can trigger malignant hyperthermia, a rare but deadly disorder that has received attention following the recent death of Stephanie Kuleba, a Boca Raton, Florida teenager who underwent elective breast surgery in a local surgical center. Anesthesia administered in … Continue reading

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Dilantin Linked to Osteoporosis

A recent study revealed that the popular epilepsy drug < "">Dilantin might be placing young women who take it for a year or more at higher risk for osteoporosis.  The April 29 issue of Neurology states the bone loss described … Continue reading

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Chipotle Mexican Grill Offers to Foot the Bill for Ohio Food Poisoning Victims

Early last week, over 400 people reported being stricken with food poisoning after eating at the Chipotle Mexican Grill in Kent, Colorado.  The Chipotle restaurant chain’s Denver corporate office has agreed to pay treatment costs for those who fell ill … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News |

Study Ties Fosamax to Heart Disorder

< "">Fosamax, a popular drug used to treat osteoporosis, may be linked to an increased risk of a heart disorder called atrial fibrillation, according to newly published research.  The study raises new concerns about Fosamax, which has also been linked … Continue reading

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Lip Gloss Contributing to Skin Cancer Epidemic

Some dermatologists are saying that glopping on shiny lip glosses without appropriate SPF protection—and lip gloss rarely offers adequate protection—can actually increase your risk of developing < "">skin cancer because the shiny nature of the gloss could be making the … Continue reading

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HRT Can Significantly Increase Stroke Risk

A new study reveals that high doses of < "">hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can increase post-menopausal women’s stroke risk regardless of when the HRT begins.  While the risk for stroke seems to be lower in younger women taking HRT and … Continue reading

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Ford Issues Super Duty Truck Recall for Faulty Gas Tank, Prepares to End Cruise Control Switch Recall

Ford Motor Company has announced a recall of some of its Super Duty pickup trucks because of a faulty gas tank.  Ford says that defective mounting on the tanks need to be strengthened to prevent a gasoline leak in a … Continue reading

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Hammocks, Beach Chairs Recalled for Fall Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with the firms named below, today announced two voluntary recalls of the following < "">defective products:  Rio Brands’ High-Boy Beach Chairs and Hammocks Sold by LivingXL. Approximately 800 Rio Beach® High-Boy … Continue reading

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Heparin Contaminated on Purpose, Congress Told

Tainted < "">heparin that has killed 81 people in the U.S. may have been intentionally contaminated, witnesses appearing before a congressional committee said yesterday.   In written testimony, a Food & Drug Administration (FDA) official told lawmakers that it “does strain … Continue reading

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