Monthly Archives: March 2012

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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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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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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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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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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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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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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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Stuffed Beef Products Recalled for Listeria

Concerns about the dangerous Listeria pathogen have prompted a recall of stuffed beef products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) just announced. The problem was discovered during routine FSIS testing. Mosul Kubba, of Chicago, … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Listeria |

Study Finds Links Finasteride to Penis Shrinkage in Rats

A new study reveals that finasteride is linked to penis shrinkage in rats. Finasteride is sold under the brand name Propecia (when prescribed in 1 mg doses for mail pattern baldness) and Proscar (when prescribed in 5 mg doses for … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Pradaxa Patient Died from Severe Brain Bleed Following Minor Trauma

The recent death of a man due to a brain hemorrhage caused by a minor trauma has underscored the dangers of the blood thinner drug Pradaxa. According to a report at MedPageToday.com on a case study conducted by researchers at … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Pradaxa |

FDA Expected to Respond to BPA Petition Today

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to respond to a BPA petition today. The petition, issued by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) seeks a ban of bisphenol A (BPA) a ubiquitous and controversial chemical that has … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

FDA Advisors Back Heart Studies for Obesity Drugs

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) advisors are backing heart studies for obesity drugs. The potential mandate may make it harder to receive regulatory approval for emerging obesity drugs, said Reuters. The agency is not required to adhere to … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

FDA Asking Outside Experts for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Advice

Concerned with the growing number of reports and studies linking metal-on-metal hip implants with serious health problems, including cobalt poisoning and metallosis, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday that it would convene an advisory panel meeting in … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy, Metal Hip Implants |

Campbell’s Soup to Drop BPA from Packaging

Campbell ‘s Soup is dropping bisphenol A—BPA—from its packaging amid a growing debate regarding the safety of the ubiquitous, estrogenic plastics chemical. Although the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has long maintained—since the 1960s, according to Bloomberbg.com—that BPA is … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

Salsa Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Salsa is being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Club Chef LLC is recalling its 12- and 16-ounce and its 5-pound salsa products in response to the potential contamination. The recalled salsa … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Salmonella |

Treating Older Dementia Patients with Antipsychotic Drugs Ups Heart Attack Risk

Use of antipsychotic drugs like Abilify, Zyprexa, Risperdal, and Seroquel among elderly patients with treatable forms of dementia increases their risk of suffering a heart attack.

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

Celexa Heart Rhythm Warnings Revised

Celexa heart rhythm warnings are being revised, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency said it is clarifying dosing and warning recommendations for the antidepressant. Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide) is also available in generic form and all … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, SSRI Antidepressants |

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