Monthly Archives: November 2011

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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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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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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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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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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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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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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Indiana Woman Alleges Serious Injuries From Transvaginal Mesh Products

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who suffered injuries after receiving transvaginal mesh implants. The lawsuit suit alleges that the transvaginal mesh created an unreasonable risk and directly caused her injuries.

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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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