Monthly Archives: June 2012

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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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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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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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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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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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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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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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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Hepatitis C Outbreak Tied to New Hampshire Hospital Grows

The hepatitis C outbreak that has been tied to New Hampshire’s Exeter Hospital is growing, according to news reports. Another patient just tested positive for the dangerous virus, bringing a total of 21 confirmed infected with hepatitis C, said the … Continue reading

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Higher Parkinson’s Risk Linked to Certain Solvents

Increased risks for Parkinson’s disease have been linked to some solvents. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, degenerative central nervous system disorder that typically affects motor skills and speech, among other functions and, while not fatal, complications can be deadly. The … Continue reading

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Study Could End DMAA “Natural” Claims

A new comprehensive study appears to derail any hopes the makers of dietary and workout supplements containing the additive DMAA had to keep their products on the market. According to a report at NutraIngredients-USA.com, the findings have been published in … Continue reading

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Atkins Diet Poses Heart Risks For Women

Experts warn that the popular Atkins Diet poses significantly higher cardiovascular risks for women. Dr. Robert Atkins opened his first weight loss clinic on Manhattan’s Upper East Side over 30 years ago and, until his death in 2003, his high … Continue reading

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Children’s Sleepwear Recalled After Boy Suffers Severe Burns

Children’s sleepwear has been recalled following reports that a boy suffered severe burns associated with the product According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 210,000 sets of children’s pull-on pants and boxers were recalled after a nine-year-old … Continue reading

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St. Jude Says Analysis Shows Durata Lead Failure Not Related to Riata Flaws

St. Jude Medical has acknowledged that one of its Durata defibrillator lead wires suffered from “externalized abrasion,” but denies that the model suffers from the same type of critical flaw that forced it to pull its Riata lead wires from … Continue reading

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FDA Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Panel Recommends Patient Monitor, Warnings for Psuedotumors and Other Side Effects

A panel of medical experts said yesterday that patients with metal-on-metal hip implants need to be monitored due to the risk that the devices break down and shed dangerous amounts of metallic debris in patient’s blood streams. According to a … Continue reading

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Banner Mountain Sprouts Recalled for Possible Salmonella

Banner Mountain Sprouts are being recalled for potential Salmonella contamination, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.   Sprouts are a known source of food borne illness and, because sprouts are often eaten raw with no additional treatment, … Continue reading

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CPSC Votes to Enact New Standards for Portable Cribs, Play Pens

Consumer product regulator, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just voted to enact new standards for portable cribs and play pens. The tough new safety rules are meant to protect babies and toddlers, said USA Today, noting that more … Continue reading

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ATVs Kill 700 Every Year, CPSC Warns

The dangers of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) have not gone away even though their popularity has reached new heights. As many as 11 million Americans drive ATVs recreationally. A lot of riders are children, many under the age at which they’re … Continue reading

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