Daily Archives: April 11, 2011

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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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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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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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J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled - Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled Over Potential Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, has recalled a specific lot of its J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food over potential contamination with the dangerous, Listeria monocytogenes pathogen.

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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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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Salmonella from Pet Frogs Sickens 200+

A < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella outbreak has sickened at least 217 people and is being blamed on pet African dwarf water frogs, according to government health officials, MSNBC reports. Most of those who have fallen ill have been young children. The infections … Continue reading

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Toxic Chemicals in Cleaning Products Need More Regulation

Unlike foods, beverages, or drugs, which are produced to be ingested, cleaning products are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), although manufacturers must list certain ingredients, as mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). HealthNewsDigest … Continue reading

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Stent Study Suggest Duration of Plavix Treatment Could be Reduced

Stent patients may not need to take < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Plavix-lawsuit-class-action">Plavix (clopidogrel) for 12 months after angioplasty to prevent artery-blocking clots, according to a new study. If the findings of the study are confirmed, it could pave the way for both cost … Continue reading

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Medical Injuries Have Huge Social Costs

The cost of medical injuries has been estimated at about $17 billion annually, according to MedPage Today; however, there is a so-called “social” cost that can reach as high as $958 billion, annually. This amounts to about half of U.S. … Continue reading

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New York Elder Abuse Impacts 1 in 7 over 60

An emerging study reveals that about one out of seven older New Yorkers suffers from some type of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/nursing_home_abuse_statistics">elder or nursing home abuse. The Record Online cited a large study of residents over the age of 60 that found … Continue reading

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Creekstone Farms Meat Processing Employees File Lawsuit over Unpaid Wages, Overtime

A group of workers at a Kansas slaughterhouse have filed a lawsuit claiming that Creekstone Farms Premium Beef failed to pay them for all of the hours they worked. The federal < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Upaid-Wage-Hour-Minimum-Wage-Overtime-Lawsuit-Lawyer">wage and overtime lawsuit seeks class action status … Continue reading

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Marcellus Shale Gas Boom Attracts Foreign Interest

Frackers eyeing the rich natural gas deposits in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale have promised that expanded drilling in the state will put the U.S. on the road to energy independence. But according to a report from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, plans are … Continue reading

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Rhode Island Salmonella Outbreak Claims Another Fatality

Amid mounting illnesses in a growing < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella outbreak, lawsuits, and a probe, DeFusco’s Bakery in Rhode Island can add another fatality to its list. This weekend, another man died in a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened and hospitalized scores … Continue reading

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FDA Announces Revlimid Safety Review amid Secondary Cancer Concerns

Patients treated with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Revlimid (lenalidomide) may be at an increased risk of developing new cancer, prompting the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to announce a safety review of the drug. Revlimid is used in conjunction with other drugs … Continue reading

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More Japan Radiation Detected in U.S. Drinking Water, Milk

Radiation from the Japan nuclear crisis continues to make its way to the U.S. According to recent media reports, < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Radiation-Exposure-Environmental-Contamination-Dumping-Spill-Lawsuit">radioactive material that likely originated from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was detected in milk in Arkansas, Arizona, and … Continue reading

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