Monthly Archives: June 2012

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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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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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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

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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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 behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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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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