Monthly Archives: February 2011

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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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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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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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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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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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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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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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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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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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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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BPA Levels in Americans Double Those Found in Canadians

For reasons that remain unclear, it seems that Americans have greater levels—about twice as much—of the estrogenic plastic polycarbonate chemical < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">bisphenol A—BPA—in their bodies than Canadians, said the Globe and Mail.Scientists are looking into why two such culturally similar … Continue reading

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DePuy Hip Implant Class Action Filed in Australia

Another < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/DePuy-Hip-Implant-Recall-Johnson-and-Johnson">DePuy ASR Hip Replacement lawsuit, this time, a class action, has been initiated in Australia, reports The Herald Sun. Eight parties have been registered in the action; the case will be heard in the Federal Court in Sydney, … Continue reading

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Listeria Prompts Recall of Broccoli Products

Taylor Farms Pacific just announced a voluntary recall of an array of products containing broccoli over concerns about contamination with the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeria bacteria, said The Associated Press (AP). A random test by agricultural department officials confirmed the Listeria monocytogenes … Continue reading

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Radiation from Cell Phones, Wireless Technology, Puts Children at Risk, Group Says

ElectromagneticHealth.org recently published a letter to parents detailing the health consequences of wireless radiation exposure for children. The letter provides comprehensive information on several studies that have pointed to increased < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Cell-Phones-Cause-Cancer-Radiation-Exposure-Lawsuit-Lawyer">health risks from cell phones and other wireless technologies. … Continue reading

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Natural Gas Pipeline Explosions Raise Oversight Concerns

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Allentown-Pennsylvania-Gas-Explosion-Lawsuit-Lawyer">Natural gas pipeline explosions—particularly one in Allentown and another in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this year, alone—are raising concerns about the nation’s pipeline safety oversight, wrote The Morning Call. The two Pennsylvania natural gas pipeline explosions resulted in fatalities. Now, experts … Continue reading

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Full-Body X-Rays of Infants at Brooklyn Hospital Prompts Investigation

A Brooklyn, New York hospital is under scrutiny for performing < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Radiation-Overexposure-Medical-Devices-Lawsuit-Lawyer">full-body X-rays of infants up until 2007. According to The New York Times, such X-rays, known as “babygrams” occurred at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical … Continue reading

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Perfringens Outbreak in Illinois Linked to Poor Temperature Control

Earlier this month, about 30 people were sickened in Evanston, Illinois with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">perfringens food poisoning after attending a parent-teacher conference at the Haven Middle School. According to Barfblog, the school’s and caterer’s—Merle’s BBQ Restaurant—practices were reviewed and food from … Continue reading

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Secret Fracking Documents Show Radioactive Wastewater Threatens Drinking Water

A blockbuster New York Times investigation of hydraulic fracturing has uncovered a cache of undisclosed government documents that show fracking wastewater containing radioactive chemicals and other toxic substances is being discharged into rivers and streams that serve as sources of … Continue reading

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Denture Cream Zinc Poisoning Risks Finally Get FDA Notice

The potential risk of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Denture-Cream-Zinc-Poisoning">denture cream zinc poisoning has finally been acknowledged by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). In a letter dated February 23, the agency has asked denture cream manufacturers to take steps to mitigate the … Continue reading

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Remote Control Systems for Entertainment Electronics Recalled for Fire Hazard

About 4,160 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Remote Control Systems for Entertainment Electronics have been recalled by the manufacturer, Niles Audio Corp., of Miami, Florida, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), just announced. If the battery falls from the remote control during handling, … Continue reading

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