Monthly Archives: November 2010

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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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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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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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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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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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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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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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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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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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Forgotten World Trade Center Rescue Workers Pin Last Hopes on Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

The < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/world_trade_center_emergency_workers">World Trade Center emergency worker settlement that was approved last week has left out hundreds of people who assisted in the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Now, the only chance these … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

L.L. Bean Folding Camp Rockers Recalled for Fall Hazard

About 2,300 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Folding Camp Rockers have been recalled for fall hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC also I advising consumers to stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed and notes that it … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Meijer Recalls Touch Point Oscillating Ceramic Heaters

About 6,700 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Touch Point Oscillating Ceramic Heaters have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC also noted that consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately and notes that it is illegal to … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Alcohol Energy Drink Makers Agree to Pull Products, FDA Says

Following a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter issued to four companies concerning the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">caffeine added to their malt alcoholic drinks, the agency announced that some major brands of these drinks should be removed from sale by … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Antibacterial Soaps With Triclosan, BPA Pose Risks

An emerging study out of the University of Michigan School of Public Health (U-M) suggests that young people overexposed to antibacterial soaps containing < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/triclosan">triclosan may be at increased allergy risks and that those exposed to increased levels of Bisphenol … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Avodart as Prostate Cancer Preventer Prompts Skepticism at FDA

The maker of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Avodart wants to market the drug as a way to reduce prostate cancer risks in certain men, but according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning the … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Plan to Disable Cell Phones in Cars Under Consideration

On the heels of the launch of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s online video series, “Faces of Distracted Driving,” the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is looking into technology to disable c< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Accident-Due-Caused-by-Cell-Phone-Texting-Use-Injuries-Lawyer-Lawsuit-Attorney">ell phone operations in automobiles. The “Faces of … Continue reading

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Scientist Studying BP Oil Spill Finds Crude on Gulf of Mexico Floor

Since the BP oil spill was capped in mid-July, many have wondered where all the oil went. In mid-August, the federal government even optimistically declared that as much as three-quarters of the oil had dispersed, evaporated or otherwise disappeared. But … Continue reading

Posted in Oil Spills |

Illinois Norovirus Outbreak Grows

A < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/norovirus">norovirus that we have been following and that has been reported at three Illinois nursing homes is spreading. Some good news, the names of the three involved facilities has finally been released. According to the Northwest Herald, the … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Nursing Home Abuse |

Fracking Moratorium Approved by New York Assembly

The New York State Assembly has finally approved a bill that would put a hold on < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/hydraulic_fracturing_fracking">hydraulic fracturing in the state until May 15, 2011. The New York hydraulic fracturing moratorium bill is now on the desk of Governor … Continue reading

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