Daily Archives: August 28, 2008

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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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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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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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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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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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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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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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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California Assembly Approves PFOA Ban on Food Wraps

The Associated Press is reporting that the California Assembly has reversed itself and approved a bill  to limit the amount of the chemical < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) that has been linked to cancer in food packaging.  The measure—by Senator Ellen … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

Two Studies: Similar Results, No Benefits from Stroke Drugs

Two recently-released, separate studies on medications used in the prevention and treatment of stroke both question the benefit of blood pressure medicine and a popular blood thinner for use in the prevention of stroke recurrence.  In the first study, patients … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Maple Leaf Foods Takes Full Blame for Listeriosis Outbreak

Maple Leaf Foods Chief Executive, president Michael McCain, said in a news conference that his company is fully accountable for a massive < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">listeriosis outbreak, which has been linked to deaths of 15 people in Canada.  Maple Leaf is Canada’s … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Listeria |

Stryker Corp. Sues Over Federal Subpoena

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/strykerhip">Stryker Corp., the maker of hip implant components recalled earlier this year, is claiming that it is being harassed by two government agencies.  In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in New Jersey on Aug. 15, the device … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News |

Study Reveals Fertility Treatments Induce Gene Mutations in Males

Chinese researchers are reporting that the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF) or another assisted fertility technique called that is called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to conceive appears to increase the odds of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/birth_defects">Y-chromosome defects or “microdeletions” in male … Continue reading

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Oklahoma E. Coli Outbreak is Out of Control

Oklahoma state health officials are finally able to confirm that a type of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_escherichia_coli">E. coli bacteria has been found in 10 of the patients who were sickened by a severe illness in northeastern Oklahoma.  The E. coli outbreak has … Continue reading

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

Vytorin Cancer Controversy Far from Over

News earlier this summer that < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/vytorin">Vytorin had been tied to a higher risk of cancer by a newly published  study quickly faded from the headlines.  Merck and Schering-Plough’s reassurance that the cancer finding in the SEAS study was an … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Byetta Pancreatitis Concerns Could Delay Long-Acting Version

A much-anticipated long-acting form of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/byetta_pancreatitis">Byetta might have problems gaining approval now that the current form of the diabetes drug has been associated with pancreatitis.  Amylin Pharmaceuticals had hoped that once-weekly Byetta would be approved by 2010, but now … Continue reading

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Deaths Prompt Simplicity Bassinet Warning, But No Recall

A popular < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/simplicity_graco_crib_recall">Simplicity bassinet has been implicated in two infant deaths since last September, but has yet to be recalled. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has warned parents to stop using the Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Legal News |

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