Monthly Archives: April 2012

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Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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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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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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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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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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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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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.

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Nursing Homes Overprescribing Antipsychotic Drugs

Nursing homes are overprescribing antipsychotic drugs, according to government figures. The strong, sedating drugs, as we’ve long written, are often used on nursing home patients who are agitated and combative. A Boston Globe investigation, which involved data collected 19 months … Continue reading

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Environmental Group ID’s 28 Coal Ash Pollution Sites

An environmental advocacy group has identified at least 28 coal fly ash dump sites, previously unrecognized by federal regulators, responsible for contaminating groundwater and posing serious public health risks. According to a report at, the Environmental Integrity Project has … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Warning Letters to Makers of DMAA Workout Boosters

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just issued warning letters to the makers of DMAA workout boosters, challenging the marketing of DMAA dietary supplement products for lack of safety evidence. The FDA cited 10 companies that manufacture and distribute … Continue reading

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on … Continue reading

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Kawasaki Recalls Off-Highway Vehicles for Crash Risk

Kawasaki has issued a recall of off-highway vehicles for crash risk, said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The recall involves about 2,000 Teryx Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles, which were manufactured in the United States; distributed by Kawasaki Motors Corp., … Continue reading

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Deadly SUV Accident at Bronx Zoo Under Investigation

This weekend’s deadly SUV accident at New York City’s Bronx Zoo is under investigation. All seven people in the SUV died. Authorities are trying to understand why the vehicle drove off the highway, jumped a guardrail, and crashed—upside down—on zoo … Continue reading

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Cancer Conference Attendees Call for More Independent Study of Cell Phone – Brain Cancer Link

Calling the tremendous growth in cell phone use the “biggest experiment of our species,” attendees at a scientific conference held in London last week have called for more independent research into the possible connection between cell phones and brain cancer. … Continue reading

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Accretive Health Facing Scrutiny for Questionable Debt Collection Tactics at Hospitals

A debt collection agency is facing scrutiny for the heavy handed tactics it employs at some hospitals around the country. According to a report from The New York Times, Accretive Health, the nation’s largest collectors of medical debt, is facing … Continue reading

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Recalls Issued for Dangerous Rattles, Sippy Cups

Two recalls have been issued for dangerous rattles and sippy cups, government agencies just announced. A recall involving Whoozit® Starry Time Rattle was announced jointly by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC). The Target Home … Continue reading

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke. Two recent studies … Continue reading

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