Daily Archives: June 9, 2011

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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A car accident on LI left one person dead & two more critically injured. The crash occurred Monday in Deer Park on Straight Path, south of Sagamore Lane.

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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research


The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research called for government regulation & research of e-cigarettes on health effects.

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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People Taking Bisphosphonates Need More Vitamin D

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Bisphosphonates">Bisphosphonates, such as Fosamax, Boniva, and Actonel, have long been linked to potential risks for increased thigh fractures. Now, said the LA Times, it seems that Vitamin D, which collaborates with calcium to strengthen bones, might help increase the … Continue reading

Posted in Bisphosphonates, Pharmaceuticals |

Senators Want Probe of Surgeons’ Medical Device Profits from PODs

With physician-owned distributorship, or PODS, established in about 20 states—20 in California, alone—five United States senators reached out to the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, seeking an investigation into these entities, said The Wall Street … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Bike Carrier Rack Recalled Over Fall Hazard

About 100 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Civia Loring Carrier Racks for Mounting Over Front Bicycle Wheels have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), just announced. The defective Bicycle Carrier Racks were manufactured in Taiwan; imported by Quality Bicycle Products of … Continue reading

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FDA Finds Arsenic in Chicken, Poultry Drug Withdrawn

Government testing reveals that chicken produced and consumed in the United States might contain arsenic. US News reports that one drug maker is suspending sale of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">3-Nitro, an animal drug, because the drug contains organic arsenic. Organic arsenic can … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

More Rare E. coli Strains Causing Illness in U.S

Following the start of the ongoing and historic Germany < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">E. coli outbreak that has sickened 2,400—700 very seriously with significant kidney problems—and killed 23, federal officials have revealed that rare E. coli has been sickening more and more people … Continue reading

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AlloDerm Plaintiff Requests Mass Tort for New Jersey Lawsuits

At least 25 lawsuits involving AlloDerm surgical mesh are pending in New Jersey State Courts. Recently, a motion was filed requesting that all New Jersey < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Alloderm-Hernia-Recurrence-Recurring-Lawyer-Lawsuit-Attorney">AlloDerm lawsuits be consolidated in a mass tort before one judge for pretrial proceedings. … Continue reading

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Vanilla Bean Paste Recall Prompted by Test Error, Product Poses No Listeria Risk

Last month, we reported that, according to Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc. of Waukegan, Illinois, it had recalled one lot of its Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste. The recall was issued over concerns that the vanilla bean paste was potentially … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Listeria |

FDA Restricts Zocor Over Muscle Injury Risk

The cholesterol-lowering drug

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