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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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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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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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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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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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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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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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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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Active Leisure Tents Sold at Costco Recalled For Fire Hazard

About 19,000 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Active Leisure Folding Canopy Tents have been recalled for fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. Active Leisure Inc., of Yinzhou, Ningbo, China, manufactured the recalled Active Leisure Folding Canopy Tents.

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Recall of Vitek 2 Gram Negative Susceptibility Cards

Following up on its September 16, 2010 communication, bioMérieux, Inc. is expanding its global medical device recall of VITEK® 2 Gram Negative Susceptibility Cards, which contain the antibiotic Piperacillin/Tazobactam (TZP). These cards, which were manufactured after March 10, 2009, are … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Moog Curlin Ambulatory Infusion Pump Recall Deemed Class I

Moog Inc. of East Aurora, New York just announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified its medical device recall of the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">Curlin 6000 CMS, Curlin 6000 CMS IOD, PainSmart, and PainSmart IOD ambulatory infusion pumps, … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Heart Failure Patients Do Worse in Nursing Homes

Medicare patients discharged from the hospital and released to a < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/nursing_home_negligence">nursing home are likelier to be hospitalized again or to die within one year, versus patients released to their homes, according to Internal Medicine News. The findings are from … Continue reading

Posted in Nursing Home Abuse |

Is Natural Gas Really Cleaner than Coal?

Natural gas, long touted as a clean energy alternative, may not be as green as proponents would like us to believe. A study conducted by researchers at Cornell University has found that natural gas drilling may do even more damage … Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

Study Looks at Corticosteroids and Pregnancy

Although earlier studies have made a link between < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">oral corticosteroids and orofacial clefts in babies born to women taking these drugs during pregnancy, the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) says that the increased link does not exist. This finding … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex Porous Femoral Component Lawsuit Filed in Illinois

A lawsuit has been filed against Zimmer Holdings Inc. and its subsidiaries which claims that the Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex Porous Femoral knee replacement system is defective. The plaintiff, a resident of Illinois, claims his Zimmer NexGen knee failed less than … Continue reading

Posted in Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex knee implants |

Topamax Linked to Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate

Another medical group is warning patients about the dangers associated with the anticonvulsant medication < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/topamax-birth-defects-side-effects-clefts-lawsuit">Topamax (generic: topiramate) when used by expectant mothers. Now, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is warning family physicians about the increased likelihood of … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Topamax Oral Clefts |

Japan Nuclear Crisis Worsens, Now at Same Level as Chernobyl Disaster

The Japan nuclear crisis took an ominous turn yesterday, with officials declaring that the emergency at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was now as severe as the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. According to a report on MSNBC, nuclear regulators … Continue reading

Posted in Radiation Exposure Environmental Contamination |

Fosamax Thigh Fractures, Other Side Effects May Accompany Long-Term Use

Taking < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/fosamax">Fosamax, the popular osteoporosis treatment used by millions of women, for too long may do serious damage to the bones it is supposed to protect. Debilitating Fosamax side effects may include thigh fractures, as well as a disorder … Continue reading

Posted in Fosamax, Pharmaceuticals |

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