Daily Archives: June 28, 2011

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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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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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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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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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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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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New Jersey Company Recalls Ham Products Over Possible Listeria

Specialities Agro Alimentation, of Millington, New Jersey, is recalling approximately 5,700 pounds of imported boneless Serrano ham products that may be contaminated with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), just announced. … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Listeria |

Former Swimmer Files Suit over DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System

A former competitive swimmer has filed suit in the U.S. over injuries she sustained as a result of DePuy Orthopaedic’s now-recalled < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/DePuy-Hip-Implant-Recall-Johnson-and-Johnson">ASR Hip Resurfacing System. According to her lawsuit, Charlotte Mustard suffered severe and debilitating injuries after receiving the … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Salmonella Outbreak Prompts Alfalfa Sprout Warning

Yesterday, we wrote that public health officials in Idaho warned consumers to throw out alfalfa sprouts from Evergreen Produce of Moyie Springs, because of a possible < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/salmonella">Salmonella outbreak. Since, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

E. coli Linked to Alabama Waterpark Hospitalizes 6 Children

Six young children have been hospitalized for what is believed to be < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">E. coli poisoning linked to an indoor water park in Arizona. The children, aged 1 to 7, fell ill after swimming at the potentially contaminated Opelika SportsPlex … Continue reading

Posted in E. Coli, Food Poisoning |

Health Canada Reviewing Champix for Heart Side Effects

Health Canada is reviewing the smoking cessation drug Champix (sold as < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/chantix_side_effects">Chantix is the U.S.) for a possible link to heart problems. The Health Canada announcement follows last week’s notification by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that … Continue reading

Posted in Chantix, Pharmaceuticals |

Male Mice Exposed to BPA Less Masculine, Study Finds

We’ve long been writing about the negative health effects linked to < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">bisphenol A—BPA—citing that the polycarbonate plastic chemical works in the body as an anti-androgen. Anti-androgens are substances that block hormone activity by mimicking estrogen, a powerful female hormone. … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Nature Relief Instant Wart and Mole Remover Recalled Due to Burn Risk

Nature Relief is recalling its Nature Relief Instant Wart and Mole Remover, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. The FDA advises that the active ingredient, calcium oxide, can cause severe burns of the skin, particularly to areas … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls |

Driller Challenges Morgantown, West Virginia Fracking Ban

Morgantown, West Virginia is already facing a lawsuit over a natural gas drilling ban City Council approved last week. Northeast Natural Energy filed suit in Monongalia County Circuit Court claiming the ordinance, which imposes a ban horizontal drilling with hydraulic … Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

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