Daily Archives: August 20, 2008

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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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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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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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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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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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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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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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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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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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Study: Over 10 Percent Of Older Americans Suffer Abuse

A new University of Chicago study—the first such comprehensive review of elder mistreatment in the United States—has found that approximately 13 percent of elderly Americans are subject to < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/nursing_home_negligence">abuse.  Worse, such elders are most commonly abused by a person … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

California Fines Hospitals for Substandard Care

According to recent Associated Press reports, the state of California has fined four hospitals for problems that led to a total of five patient deaths.  Fourteen other hospitals were also fined for < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/medical_malpractice">patient care violations.  A fine of $25,000 … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

Fidelity Should Buy Back Auction Rate Securities, Massachusetts Officials Says

Fidelity Investments is being urged to buy back < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/auction_rate_fraud">auction rate securities it sold to some of its clients.  In a strongly worded letter, Massachusetts Secretary of State William F. Galvin, said he hoped the Boston-based brokerage would follow the … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Stock Fraud |

Kroger Asks Its Customers to Check for Recalled Ground Beef

Kroger Grocery has asked its Indiana and Illinois customers to check for ground beef that might have been recently purchased from its stores.  Kroger is particularly concerned with products with “sell by” dates of August 1 through August 16 because … Continue reading

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

No Defective Drug Lawsuit Preemption, NEJM Editors Say

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has urged the Supreme Court to reject a lawsuit shield that the pharmaceutical industry is seeking. In an Amicus Brief filed in the Supreme Court case Wyeth vs. Levin, the editors of the … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Connecticut AG Lashes at CPSC for Flawed Artificial Turf Study

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has called on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to immediately remove and revise a report posted on its Website that may be “dangerously and deceptively” misleading consumers into believing artificial turf has been proven … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Apple Blames iPod Nano Fires on Lithium Batteries

Japanese officials are investigating two more reported < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">iPod Nano fires in that country.  Apple, the maker of iPods, blamed the fires on defective batteries from a single supplier. According to Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the iPod … Continue reading

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Toy Helicopter Batteries Recalled for Fire Hazards

Hobbico Inc. of Champaign, Illinois is recalling batteries used in 11,000 radio-controlled helicopter kits due to fire hazard.  The helicopter’s rechargeable battery can overheat and catch fire while charging, igniting nearby combustible materials. This poses a fire hazard to consumers … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Toys, Defective Products, Legal News, Product Recalls |

Merck’s Gardasil Push Ignored Important Questions

In the past two years, Merck & Co. has been spending big to market its < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/gardasil_side_effects">Gardasil vaccine, and the effort has been paying off.  Catchy television commercials urging parents to make sure their daughter is “one less” victim of … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

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