Monthly Archives: July 2012

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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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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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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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling & the Economy

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The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Class I Recall Launched for Arrow International Venous Catheterization Set

A Class I recall was launched for Arrow International’s Venous Catheterization Set, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. An FDA Class I designation is the agency’s most serious type of recall and involves situations in which there … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices |

New Nursing Home Comparison Tool Launched by Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

In the midst of growing reports of nursing home abuse, a new nursing home comparison tool has been launched by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The “mobile-ready applications” and improved IT tools are expected to make it … Continue reading

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Another Lap-Band Center Warned for Misleading Ads

Purportedly misleading ads have caused the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to issue  another warning to a Lap-Band surgery center. The controversial device is a silicone ring implanted around the stomach to curb an obese person’s appetite. Manufactured by … Continue reading

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Synthes Sued for Wrongful Death in Illegal Bone Cement Clinical Trials

The family of a woman who died on the operating table during an unapproved trial of the Norian bone cement product has filed suit against Johnson & Johnson’s Synthes unit, claiming the company and its Norian unit “concealed the illegality, … Continue reading

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Athena Cantaloupes Recalled for Possible Listeria

Athena cantaloupes have been recalled for potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. Burch Equipment LLC, of Faison, North Carolina, is voluntarily recalling 580 cases of whole Athena cantaloupes; the FDA and the North … Continue reading

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Wyoming Woman Claims Johnson & Johnson Transvaginal Mesh Device Caused Severe Pain

A Wyoming woman claims her Johnson & Johnson transvaginal mesh surgical device was defective and has been suffering from persistent severe pain and forced to deal with rising medical costs as a result. The woman is the latest of thousands … Continue reading

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Accretive Health Settles Minnesota Debt Collection Lawsuit, Agrees to Pay Restitution, Cease Business in State

Accretive Health, the medical debt collector that recently drew fire for the heavy-handed methods it uses to collect hospital bills, has reached a settlement with the Minnesota attorney general.  According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Accretive Health has agreed to … Continue reading

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South Carolina Women Files Fosamax Femur Fracture Lawsuit

Another woman just filed a lawsuit against the maker of Fosamax (alendronate) over a femur fracture she suffered while on the osteoporosis medication. The South Carolina woman is being represented by the national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP. This new … Continue reading

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Study Sees Link Between In-Utero EMF Exposure, Childhood Obesity

A new study sees a link between in-utero EMF exposure and childhood obesity. EMFs are electromagnetic frequencies and this is not the first time similar links have been seen. According to Microwave News, De-Kun Li a leading U.S. environmental epidemiologist … Continue reading

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Fracking Industry Paying Scientists for “Unbiased” Research

Faced with growing public skepticism on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling, the natural gas and oil industries have taken to influencing purportedly unbiased research with handsome cash gifts to complying authors. A WIRED.com report this week shows how … Continue reading

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