Monthly Archives: February 2011

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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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 Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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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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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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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 Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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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 < "">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 < "">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 < "">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 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 < "">health risks from cell phones and other wireless technologies. … Continue reading

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Natural Gas Pipeline Explosions Raise Oversight Concerns

< "">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 < "">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 < "">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 < "">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 < "">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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