Monthly Archives: March 2011

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$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 Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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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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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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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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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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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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Toro Company Recalls Mowers for Injury Hazard

The Toro Company of Bloomington, Minnesota just issued a recall of its < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Toro Z Master ZRT Mowers over concerns of injury hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) just announced. The recall spans the … Continue reading

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Want to Reduce Cell Phone Radiation Risks? Keep Your Distance.

The lead author of a study that demonstrated that cell phone radiation can have an impact on brain activity has some advice for anyone who makes frequent use of the popular devices. According to The New York Times, Dr. Nora … Continue reading

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CPSC Says Water Walking Balls Can Be Deadly

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just issued a warning to consumers to stop participating in an emerging water-related recreational activity—Water Walking—due to potential risks for suffocation, drowning, and impact injuries. < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Water walking balls are marketed under a … Continue reading

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Smoked Salmon Recalled for Listeria Risk

The Smokehouse, LLC of Mamaroneck, New York, has recalled its Portier Fine Foods Norwegian Smoked Salmon in different sizes, including 4, 8, and 16 ounce packages and random weight sizes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. The recall … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Listeria |

Acetaminophen in Pregnancy Linked To Asthma

Expectant mothers taking < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Acetaminophen-Liver-Damage-Injury-Failure-Lawsuit-Lawyer">acetaminophen, the popular painkiller commonly known as Tylenol, could be increasing their developing baby’s asthma risks. The study calls for additional research into the potential for a cause and effect link between < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Tylenol-Liver-Damage-Injury-Lawsuit-Lawyer">Tylenol used during … Continue reading

Posted in Acetaminophen / Tylenol, Pharmaceuticals |

Products Recalled After Alabama Hospital Outbreak

Yesterday, we wrote about nine Alabama hospital deaths attributed to < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">tainted IV bags in six Alabama hospitals, according to health officials. A total of 19 patients have suffered from the Alabama hospital infections with serratia marcescens bacteremia following IV … Continue reading

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Government Inaction on Nuclear Waste Creates Risk, Could Cost Tax Payers Billions

At nuclear reactors around the county, dangerous radioactive waste is being allowed to accumulate, despite the existence of a multi-billion dollar “nuclear waste fund.” According to a report from PoPublica, the U.S. government was supposed to use the fund – … Continue reading

Posted in Radiation Exposure Environmental Contamination |

Traces of Japan Radiation Found in Milk in California, Washington State

U.S. environmental and health regulators promised to step up radiation monitoring after traces of radioactive iodine-131 turned up in samples of milk in Spokane, Washington and San Luis Obispo County, California. According to a joint statement issued by the U.S. … Continue reading

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Lawsuits Claim Engines in Some Ford Super Duty Trucks, Excursion Vehicles are Defective

Ford Motor Company, Inc. and Navistar, Inc. are facing a growing number of lawsuits over the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Ford-F250-F350-Excursion-6L-Power-Stroke-Diesel-Engine-Problems-Class-Action-Lawsuit">Ford 6L Power Stroke Diesel Engine. Navistar manufactured the 6L Power Stroke Diesel Engine, which was used in 2003-2007 model year Ford F250 … Continue reading

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Class I Recall for Accu-Check FlexLink Plus Infusion Sets

Defective < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">ACCU-CHEK FlexLink Plus Infusion Sets are being recalled for potential under-delivery of insulin due to a tube (cannula) which may become kinked or bent when inserting the defective medical device, the U.S. Food and Drug and Administration (FDA) … Continue reading

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