Monthly Archives: May 2012

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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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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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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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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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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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Tennessee Resident Files Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Following Cerebral Hemorrhage

A man from Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Pradaxa, claiming that the blood thinner caused him to suffer a cerebral hemorrhage. The complaint alleges Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. concealed knowledge that Pradaxa can cause Serious, life-threatening bleeds, and did not warn that Pradaxa bleeding side effects ...

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Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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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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