Monthly Archives: March 2012

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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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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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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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A car accident on LI left one person dead & two more critically injured. The crash occurred Monday in Deer Park on Straight Path, south of Sagamore Lane.

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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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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