Monthly Archives: November 2011

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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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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

81-year-old Port Jefferson Station man was killed in a crash at 4:57 a.m.. He lost control of the vehicle traveling west on Northern State Pkwy, on exit 42, Dix Hills.

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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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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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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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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Ohio Nursing Home Worker Pleads Guilty To Abuse

An Ohio nursing home worker has pleaded guilty to abusing a resident in a case in which a family member’s hidden camera revealed numerous instances of maltreatment. Steve Piskor, concerned over his mother’s treatment at MetroHealth Medical Center Skilled Nursing … Continue reading

Posted in Nursing Home Abuse |

Judge Refuses To Overturn Zometa Dead Jaw Verdict

A federal judge has refused to overturn a verdict Zometa dead jaw lawsuit. Previously, a jury agreed that the drug maker neglected to appropriately warn about the risks connected to its bone-strengthening medications, Zometa and Aredia, such as severe jaw … Continue reading

Posted in Bisphosphonates, Pharmaceuticals |

Pfizer Ready for Generics as Lipitor Patent Ends

Faced with losing its lucrative Lipitor patent today, Pfizer Inc. is bracing for competition from generic versions of the best-selling cholesterol drugs. But the drug maker hasn’t been sitting idly by waiting for its patent to expire, and in recent … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Potential E. Coli Vaccine Sparks Debate Over Cost

A possible E. coli vaccine has those involved debating over the shots’ cost. Although believed to drop levels of the deadly pathogen to negligible amounts, the vaccine and other technologies come with some issues. Although a vaccine and a feed … Continue reading

Posted in E. Coli, Food Poisoning |

Fort Detrick to Test Land Near Contaminated Area B

The Frederick County, Maryland, Board of Commissioners has given the Fort Detrick Army Base permission to drill wells and test county-owned property for contaminants. According to the Frederick News-Post, the land to be tested is located between the main part … Continue reading

Posted in Fort Detrick Cancer Cluster, Health Concerns |

First Individual Yasmin Lawsuit Filed In Canada

The first individual Yasmin lawsuit has been filed in Canada by the family of a 26-year-old woman who died after taking the birth control pills. Vicky Caprice Mersereau died of a large pulmonary embolism in 2009 after ingesting Yasmin, which … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Yaz / Yasmin |

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Offer No Advantages over Older Versions, FDA Study Finds

A new study has found that newer artificial hips, including metal-on-metal varieties, offer patients few advantages over traditional metal-on-polyethylene or ceramic-on-polyethylene versions. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, also found that people who received all-metal hip implants were … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Metal Hip Implants |

FDA Moves to Shut Down Pennsylvania Supplement Maker

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced that it is planning on shutting down a Pennsylvania dietary supplement maker. This is, said the agency, the first permanent injunction of its kind and that this move affects over 400 … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Small Overdoses of Acetaminophen Over Time Can Be Deadly

Even small overdoses of acetaminophen, when taken over time, can be fatal, a new study has revealed. Acetaminophen, especially in the form of Tylenol, has been a constant presence in many U.S. homes for over 50 years. Because of their … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

10% of Stent, Angioplasty Patients Re-Hospitalized

In 10% of the cases, angioplasty and stent patients require re-hospitalization. Angioplasty, which usually involves heart stents to widen blocked blood vessels, is prescribed to clear arteries. A study of over 15,000 patients who underwent a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns |

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