Daily Archives: June 2, 2011

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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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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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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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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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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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Bicycle Helmets Recalled for Defective Chin Strap Buckle

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Defective Full-Face Bicycle Helmets are being recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) just announced. About 31,100 defective Full-Face Bicycle Helmets are being recalled in the United States; 2,500 are being recalled in Canada.

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Model Airplanes Recalled Following Injury Reports

Defective model airplanes are being recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) just announced. The Blade mCP X Bind-N Fly and Ready to Fly Remote Control Model Helicopters and replacement Blade mCP X Main Blade … Continue reading

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Drug Resistance Blamed on Antimicrobial Overuse in Livestock

We routinely discuss the dangers of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">antibiotic misuse and overuse and how these practices are directly linked to antibiotic resistant diseases that can wreak havoc on the body. We also recently wrote about the link between the ongoing treatment … Continue reading

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PCBs, Mercury Contamination Reported in California Fish

A new study has raised concerns about California’s coastal fish supply, finding mercury and< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/PCBs_health_concerns"> polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in several popular species of sports fish. The report, prepared by the State Water Resources Control Board’s Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program … Continue reading

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German E. coli is New, Dangerous Mutant Strain

The German < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">E. coli strain that has killed 18 people and sickened more than 1,500 has been identified as new, mutant, and potentially deadly, says the World Health Organization (WHO). According to WHO, wrote MSNBC, initial genetic sequencing points … Continue reading

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Cilantro Found Tainted with Pesticides

The popular herb, cilantro, which has recently been making news for a number of recalls over Salmonella contamination, has been found to be tainted with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/pesticide_birth_defects">pesticides. Cilantro is an ingredient in many Latin foods, such as guacamole and salsa, … Continue reading

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ReGen Biologics Takes FDA to Court over Menaflex Knee Device Debacle

ReGen Biologics has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) over the agency’s decision to revoke approval for its < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">Menaflex knee repair device. The FDA decided to rescind the Menaflex approval last year, after concluding … Continue reading

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