Daily Archives: August 14, 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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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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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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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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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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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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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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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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Tysabri PML Cases Get Attention of European Drug Agency

European health regulators are taking a hard look at two cases of a potentially lethal brain infection linked to the drug < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/tysabri">Tysabri. About 31,800 people take Tysabri, which is also used to treat Multiple Sclerosis and Crohn’s disease, a … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Hearing Today in Infants’ Heparin Overdose Case

On July 6, 17 premature babies being treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Christus Spohn Hospital South in Corpus Christi, Texas were overdosed with the blood thinner, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/heparin">Heparin.  The deaths of twin babies—Keith and Kaylynn Garcia—are believed … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Boston Scientific Stent Study Questioned by Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a study used by Boston Scientific in its quest to garner U.S. approval for its Taxus Liberte < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/drug_coated_stents">stent used a flawed equation that favored the device.  According to the Journal, had Boston … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News |

Heart Stents No Better than Drugs in the Long Run

An international team of researchers just reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that while using drugs alone may take longer than angioplasty or < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/drug_coated_stents">stent surgery to help restore blood flow in patients with clogged arteries, patients fare … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News |

Antibiotic Side Effects Responsible for 140,000+ ER Visits Every Year

Overuse of antibiotics like < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/cipro">Cipro and amoxicillan result in serious reactions that send  more than 140,000 people to emergency rooms every year.   Those starting statistics provide yet another reason for doctors to limit their use of the drugs. The … Continue reading

Posted in Cipro, Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Massachusetts Expands Listeria-Tainted Tuna Salad Recall

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) expanded this week’s tuna salad recall and is now advising consumers not to eat any deli-prepared tuna salad purchased from July 26th to August 10th.  The tuna salad was recalled over concerns of … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Listeria |

Fatal Texas Bush Crash Yields Lawsuit

A man who lost two family members in last week’s < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/bus_accidents">Texas bus crash is suing the maker of the vehicle, as well as its driver and owner. Plaintiff Lau Pham’s mother-in-law, Cham Nguyen, and sister-in-law, Catherine Tran, were among … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Whole Foods Expands Beef Recall

Whole Foods Market has expanded their recall of fresh ground beef to include additional states.  This announcement follows reports of many illnesses linked to < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_O157_H7">E. coli-tainted beef purchased at the high-end natural market.  Illnesses have been reported in several … Continue reading

Posted in E. Coli, Food Poisoning, Legal News |

Tugboat Caused Mississippi River Oil Spill, Tanker Captain Claims

The captain of a tanker involved in last month’s < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Mississippi_River_Oil_Spill">Mississippi River oil spill said that the tugboat Mel Oliver was to blame for the collision that caused the disaster.  During a hearing in New Orleans yesterday, Captain Jan Stefan … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

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