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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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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A car accident on LI left one person dead & two more critically injured. The crash occurred Monday in Deer Park on Straight Path, south of Sagamore Lane.

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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China Detains 22 in Melamine Tainted Milk Probe

Police in China have detained 22 people suspected of involvement in introducing the chemical < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">melamine into the supply chain, state media announced today. Melamine is used to make plastics, fertilizer, and fire retardants and is known to cause kidney … Continue reading

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More Foods to Receive Country-of-Origin Labeling, But New Law Has Loopholes

According to a recent Associated Press (AP) report, effective this week, more foods will be labeled with the country of origin.  Before now, consumers typically did not know where their food originated.  The new so-called COOL law will begin to … Continue reading

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More People Ill in Growing Michigin Lettuce E. coli Outbreak

The < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/e_coli_O157_H7">E. coli outbreak  linked to a Michigan lettuce distributor has now sickened 30 people in the mid- and southeast regions of that state, according to Michigan health officials.  Four new cases have been reported since late last week … Continue reading

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Regulator Issues Safety Alert Stronger Heparin Rules

According to a recent Associated Press (AP) report, the Joint Commission issued a safety alert to hospitals this week to adopt strict measures to prevent errors that involve blood thinners, such as < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/heparin">heparin.  The AP says that mistakes “have … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Pharmaceuticals |

Cell Phones and Cancer: More Research Needed

Medical professions attending a congressional hearing this week have said that a large-scale study of the long-term health effects of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">cell phones needs to be carried out, especially in children.  During a hearing before the House subcommittee on domestic … Continue reading

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Majority of Nursing Homes Cited For Safety and Health Violations

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/nursing_home_negligence">Nursing home abuse and neglect continues to be a serious problem in the U.S.  According to a new report conducted by the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services, a whopping 94 percent of all for-profit … Continue reading

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Cephalon to Pay $425 Million to Settle Illegal Marketing Charges Involving Actiq, Provigil and Gabitril

Cephalon Inc. has reached a settlement with federal prosecutors over charges that the drug maker illegally marketed its narcotic painkiller Actiq, as well as two other drugs, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/provigil_sjs">Provigil and Gabitril.  In addition to paying a fine of $425 million, … Continue reading

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Study: Livestock Main Source of Food Poisoning

According to a study conducted by a group of researchers from the United Kingdom and United States, animals that are farmed for meat and poultry are the principle source of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">food poisoning in humans.  The research was published in … Continue reading

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The China Tainted Food Scandal Continues to Expand

According to a recent Associated Press report, “cookies from a major Japanese confectioner and Chinese-made baby cereal and crackers” are now included in the ongoing tainted < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">milk scandal originating out of China.  Taiwan also reported three babies with kidney … Continue reading

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More Reported MRSA Cases in Long Island Schools

In New York, school officials are reporting that students in towns across Long Island are being diagnosed with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/mrsa_infections">MRSA.  Students in Commack and Westhampton Beach have been diagnosed with MRSA, bringing the total of children who have contracted the … Continue reading

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