Monthly Archives: December 2010

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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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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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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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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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/toyota-recall">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/pcbs_nyc_schools">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">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

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">Arrow Ultra 8 Intra-Aortic Balloon Catheters (IABS) 8 FR 30CC and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">experimental painkillers—anti-nerve growth factors (NGF inhibitors)—due to issues that the drug class involved might raise the risk of joint damage, wrote Bloomberg.com. 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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">mercury, said Healthland. The EPA pointed to recent investigations of some imported cosmetics. The investigations were conducted by the … Continue reading

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Thousands of Darvon, Darvocet Lawsuits Expected

Personal injury attorneys are preparing Darvocet and < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/darvon">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,< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/triclosan"> 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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">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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