Monthly Archives: April 2012

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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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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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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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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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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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Parker Waichman Representing Another Louisiana Plaintiff in Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

A Louisiana man has become the latest to claim that his taking the type 2 diabetes drug Actos resulted in developing bladder cancer. He has filed a lawsuit against the Japanese manufacturer of the drug and the marketer of it in the U.S., claiming they failed to warn about this ...

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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 Care2.com, 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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