Monthly Archives: June 2012

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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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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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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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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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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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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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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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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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