Daily Archives: August 21, 2008

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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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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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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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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FDA Taking a Look at Vytorin – Cancer Link

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vytorin">Vytorin  is being investigated by federal regulators for a possible link to cancer.  The investigation stems from the publication last month of the SEAS study, which found that patients taking Vytorin had a higher rate of cancer than those … Continue reading

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Vioxx Payouts to Begin This Month

Partial settlement payments will soon be in the mail to those people who claim that taking < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vioxx">Vioxx caused them to suffer heart attacks, the Associated Press is reporting. Vioxx is the pain reliever that was linked to heart failure … Continue reading

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After 22-Hour Wait, Man Dies Unattended in North Carolina Hospital

The Associated Press is reporting on another sad case of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/medical_malpractice">medical malpractice.  This time, a 50-year-old mental patient, Steven Sabock, died after workers at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina left him in a chair for 22 hours without … Continue reading

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New Canadian Listeriosis Outbreak Sickens 16, Kills 1

The Associated Press is reporting that a recent outbreak of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeriosis in Canada has killed one person and sickened at least 16 others.  The Public Health Agency of Canada said it was working with officials in four provinces to … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Pressing for Answers on Vytorin Study

Two lawmakers want to know why the press release detailing a < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vytorin">Vytorin study issued by drug makers Merck and Schering-Plough differed from information released by the study’s authors.  Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce … Continue reading

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Arsenic in Water May Be Tied to Diabetes

According to an Associated Press (AP) report, recent analysis of government data has linked low-level < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">arsenic exposure, possibly from drinking water, with Type 2 diabetes.  Although the study’s limitations warrant additional research public water systems were moving toward meeting … Continue reading

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Mexican Peppers Still Being Sold Despite Salmonella Risks

Despite < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/salmonella">Salmonella risks, fresh serrano and jalepeno peppers from Mexico are still being sold in the United States.  Although federal officials say these fresh Mexican peppers pose a Salmonella risk, the pepper are selling for much less than for … Continue reading

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Hemodialysis After MRI with Gadolinium Could Prevent NSF in Some Kidney Patients

A new  study indicates that some kidney patients who undergo hemodialysis  following exposure to gadolinium contrast dyes during an MRI may be at less risk of developing < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/nsf">nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF). The study, conducted by researchers at Weill Medical … Continue reading

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Safety Notice says Liko Universal SlingBar Poses Fall Risk

A safety notice for the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">Liko Universal SlingBar was issued by Liko AB this past June. According to the notice, various models of the Liko Universal SlingBar could become detached from the mobile lift, putting patients at risk of … Continue reading

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Gardasil, Cervarix Effectiveness and Cost Questioned

Two articles in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) are raising more concerns about the cervical cancer vaccines, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/gardasil_side_effects">Gardasil and Cervarix. The first, an editorial, questions the widespread use of Gardasil and Ceravix, despite a lack of evidence … Continue reading

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