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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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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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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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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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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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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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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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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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Yaz, Yasmin, Similar Birth Control Pills in FDA Spotlight over Blood Clots

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it is evaluating the safety of birth control pills, such as < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/YAZ">Yaz and Yasmin, that contain a synthetic form of progestin called drospirenone. The FDA safety review was prompted … Continue reading

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HP,Compaq Notbook Lithium-Ion Battery Recall Expanded

A large recall of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Lithium-ion batteries used in HP and Compaq notebook computers have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. About 162,600 additional batteries—54,000 and 70,000 batteries were previously recalled in May 2010 and … Continue reading

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Boston Scientific Issues Class 1 for iCross Coronary Imaging Catheters

Boston Scientific Corp. just announced a voluntary Class 1 recall of all unused units of its < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">iCross coronary imaging catheters over a problem with tip detachments, said Mass Device. The recall does not involve patients implanted with the iCross … Continue reading

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Cucumbers Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Giant Eagle is warning customers who purchased regular cucumbers from its Northeast Ohio stores in the past week that some of the vegetables they may have purchased may be contaminated with the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella pathogen, said Cleveland.com. Participants in the … Continue reading

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Ziram Pesticide Exposure Increases Parkinson’s Disease Risk

We recently reported that the risk for Parkinson’s disease was linked to two toxic substances: Rotenone and paraquat. That link was made in research in which people who used either pesticide developed < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/parkinsons_disease">Parkinson’s disease some 2.5 times more than … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

NHTSA Expands Ford F-150 Pickup Probe

Although car giant, Ford, previously stated that the problem with its < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/ford_f-150">F-150 pickups—the gas tanks can break loose from these pickups—do not represent “an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is stepping … Continue reading

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Yasmin Advertisement Misleading, British Regulatory Body Says

Bayer is in trouble over advertising for its < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/YAZ">Yasmin birth control pill. According to a report from the Financial Times, a British regulatory authority says Bayer has promoted Yasmin for uses that have not received regulatory approval. The Prescription … Continue reading

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Seafood Labeling Fraud Widespread, Report Says

DNA testing of commercial seafood has found rampant < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">labeling fraud is being used to pass off less desirable fish as more expensive species. According to a report issued by the group Oceana, recent studies have found that fish like … Continue reading

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Judge Refuses to Dismiss Lawsuit against Donald Trump over Fort Lauderdale Development

Donald Trump will have to face a < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/">lawsuit filed by people who bought into a Fort Lauderdale, Florida luxury high-rise that bore the “Trump” label. Trump’s lawyers had tried to have the claim dismissed by arguing purchasing agreements disclosed … Continue reading

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Pool, In-Ground Spa Drain Covers Recalled, May Pose Entrapment Hazard

A massive recall of about 1 million defective < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Pool and Spa Drain Covers, manufactured by a number of different companies, was just announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The recalled Pool and Spa Drain Covers, were … Continue reading

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