Monthly Archives: December 2010

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution


The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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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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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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Toyota Woes Make 2010 Big Year For Auto Recall

Vehicle recalls certainly made headlines more than just a few times this year, with < "">Toyota Motor Corporation leading in numbers and scandals. According to Detroit News, over 19 million vehicles were recalled in some 600 U.S. recall campaigns, the … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products, Motor Vehicles |

PCBs May Pose Risk In Schools

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just released guidance recommending that schools take steps to reduce potential exposures to < "">PCBs from older fluorescent lighting fixtures. The guidance, part of EPA’s ongoing efforts to address potential PCB exposures in schools, … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

94 Cases of Salmonella Linked to Alfalfa Sprouts; Cilantro, Parsley Recall Expanded

It seems two concurrent, but unrelated cases of < "">Salmonella contamination have resulted in widespread recalls. About 100 people have fallen ill across the United States and Canada, said CNN. No illness has been associated with the precautionary, voluntary recall … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Legal News, Product Recalls, Recalled Food Products, Salmonella |

Arrow Recalls Defective Balloon Catheters

< "">Arrow Ultra 8 Intra-Aortic Balloon Catheters (IABS) 8 FR 30CC and < "">40CC Universal and Arrow Intra-Aortic Balloon (IAB) Catheter with a Fiber Optic Sensor and Measurement System have been recalled, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices |

American Honda Recalls Snow Blowers

About 18,500 < "">American Honda Snowblowers have been recalled due to fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), announced. The agencies advise consumers to stop using the recalled products immediately and note that it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products |

FDA Ends Pain Drug Trials Over Bone Damage Concerns

Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca Plc stopped their studies of < "">experimental painkillers—anti-nerve growth factors (NGF inhibitors)—due to issues that the drug class involved might raise the risk of joint damage, wrote Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Mercury Warning for Skin Lightening Creams

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just issued a warning against using skin-lightening creams that could contain dangerous levels of < "">mercury, said Healthland. The EPA pointed to recent investigations of some imported cosmetics. The investigations were conducted by the … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Thousands of Darvon, Darvocet Lawsuits Expected

Personal injury attorneys are preparing Darvocet and < "">Darvon litigation against the makers of propoxyphene-based painkillers. It seems that the alleged cardiac response to the drugs could be fatal with erratic origins that provide no symptoms, noted the Daily Mail. Attorneys … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls, Recalled Drugs |

FDA Asked for Triclosan Answers

Representative Edward Markey (Democrat-Massachusetts) asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an update on its review of the chemical,< ""> triclosan, which is found in many consumer products, said The Washington Post. The review has been “long delayed,” … Continue reading

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ev3 NanoCross 0.014” OTW PTA Dilatation Catheter Named in Class 1 Recall

The < "">ev3 NanoCross .014″ OTW PTA Dilatation Catheter has been named in a Class I recall because the medical device has the potential to crack or break, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. Class I recalls … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

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