Monthly Archives: May 2012

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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

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research called for government regulation & research of e-cigarettes on health effects.

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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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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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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Toys “R” Us Recalls Imaginarium Activity Center For Choking Hazard

Toys R Us just issued a recall of its Imaginarium Activity Centers for choking hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced. About 24,000 Imaginarium 5-Sided Activity Centers, which were manufactured in China and imported by Toys R Us … Continue reading

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Class I Recall Issued For Potentially Contaminated Ultrasound Gel

A Class I recall has been issued for potentially contaminated ultrasound gel, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. A Class I recall involves a situation in which there exists a reasonable probability that the use of or … Continue reading

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New York Nursing Home, Hospital Named In Neglect Lawsuit

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Nassau County, New York, woman who died, allegedly, as a result of nursing home negligence on the part of the Cold Spring Hills … Continue reading

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Accutane Associated with Double Risk of Eye Disorders

A new study has associated the acne medication Accutane (isotretinoin) with an increased chance of developing some form of eye disorder. According to a report from HealthDay News, researchers at Tel Aviv Medical Center in Israel have found that people … Continue reading

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8-Year Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Mail Order Hatchery

The mystery behind a long-running, eight-year Salmonella outbreak has been linked to a mail order hatchery. This, following years of tests, tracebacks, and interviews. The outbreak, said MSNBC, sickened 316 people in 43 states between 2004 and 2011. The strain, … Continue reading

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Study Sees Link between SSRI Antidepressants, Early Birth and Newborn Seizures

Yet another study has found that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants may be dangerous for babies whose mothers used the drugs during pregnancy.  According to the study, which was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, babies … Continue reading

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Study Finds Esophageal Cancer Risk from Fosamax, Other Bisphosphonates May be Greater than Thought

A new study of adverse event reports involving Fosamax and other bisphosphonates has found that the risk of esophageal cancer associated with these drugs may be higher than first thought.  A study abstract published in advance of this week’s annual … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Warning For Counterfeit Adderall

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just issued a warning about counterfeit Adderall. The counterfeit version of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ Adderall tablets were purchased on the Internet and contain fake active ingredients. The bogus pills are meant to imitate … Continue reading

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Task Force Finds Hormone Replacement Therapy Risky for Most Post-Menopausal Women

A domestic task force has recommended against menopausal women using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to prevent potential future chronic disease. According to a CNN.com report this week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has determined there are more risks than … Continue reading

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Bluefin Tuna Carry Radiation From Japan’s Damaged Nuclear Reactor to U.S. Shores

Some Bluefin tuna showing up off the Pacific Coast of the U.S. are contaminated with  radiation from Japan’s damaged nuclear reactor, according to breaking news releases. This is the first time such large migrating fish have been shown to contain … Continue reading

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