Monthly Archives: January 2012

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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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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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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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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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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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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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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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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Luxor Las Vegas Guests Stricken With Legionnaires’ Disease

Several guests of the Luxor resort in Las Vegas have been sickened with Legionnaires’ disease. Although two of three sickened patients have recovered, one died. The initial two cases were reported early last year; collected samples and assessment did not … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Keppra, Lamictal May Birth Defect Risks Possibly Higher Than Thought

A non-profit group believes two epilepsy drugs should be reclassified by federal regulators to indicate their risk of birth defects if they’re taken by pregnant women. According to a statement from AdverseEvents Inc., the epilepsy drugs Keppra and Lamictal should … Continue reading

Posted in Keppra, Lamictal, Legal News |

HIV Drugs May Increase Risk Of Some Birth Defects

Although HIV drugs can help expectant mothers from passing HIV—the virus that causes AIDs—to their unborn babies, HIV drugs may increase risks for some birth defects, according to emerging research. The drugs studied included Epivir (lamivudine); Sustiva (efavirenz); Viracept (nelfinavir); … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Class Action Lawsuit Claims Maytag Centennial Washing Machines Fall Short of ENERGY STAR Standards

A class-action lawsuit filed in a New Jersey federal courtroom accuses Whirlpool Corp. and two major retailers with misrepresenting select Maytag Centennial washing machines as being ENERGY STAR efficient appliances. ENERGY STAR has become a mark which consumers look for … Continue reading

Posted in Maytag Centennial Washer Lawsuit |

Costa Concordia Passengers File $100 Million Class Action Lawsuit

Passengers from the crashed Costa Concordia have filed a $100 million class action lawsuit following the historic collision that has left at least 16 people dead and the luxury liner grounded off the Tuscan coast. The Costa Concordia struck a … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Costa Concordia Disaster |

FDA Detains More Orange Juice Imports

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has detained more orange juice imports being shipped in from Brazil and Canada to the United States because of concerns they may be tainted with an unapproved fungicide. As we’ve mentioned, PepsiCo recently … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Julienne Salads Recalled For Listeria Contamination

Salads are being recalled for Listeria contamination in what has been described by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) as a Class I recall, its most serious. Class I recalls represent a health hazard … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Listeria, Product Recalls, Recalled Food Products |

Imprelis Victims Wait for DuPont to Respond to Claims

Home and property owners claiming Dupont’s herbicide Imprelis is responsible for widespread damage and death of certain tree species continue to wait for compensation from the manufacturer. According to a Detroit Free Press report, class-action lawsuits filed in eight states … Continue reading

Posted in Imprelis Tree Death / Damage |

Baby Lotion Recalled For Bacterial Contamination

Johnson & Johnson just announced that it is recalling one lot of its Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion for bacterial contamination. The contamination was discovered following a test by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that revealed the baby … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Dimock, PA Fracking Controversy Heats Up Again

Sixty-one homes in Dimock Township, Pennsylvania will have their well water tested to determine if they were contaminated by natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking). According to a report from the Reading Eagle, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has … Continue reading

Posted in Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking |

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