Monthly Archives: March 2012

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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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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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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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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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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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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.

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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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