Monthly Archives: August 2012

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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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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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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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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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement 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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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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Recall Issued for EphBurn 25 Supplements

A recall has been issued for EphBurn 25 supplements, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. Brand New Energy, a dietary supplement re-sale distributor, is recalling all lot codes of EphBurn 25. The recall was implemented on August … Continue reading

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Report Highlights Button Battery Danger for Children

A new U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) report is highlighting button battery dangers to children. As we’ve long written, young children and senior adults are unintentionally swallowing button batteries, sometimes with immediate and devastating consequences. Cases of … Continue reading

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Approval of Fracking in New York Expected to Spark Legal Battles

As New York prepares to allow more widespread hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling, each side of the contentious debate is preparing for the next round of legal battles. According to a report from North Country Public Radio (N.Y.) out of Albany, … Continue reading

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Toll in Cantaloupe Salmonella Outbreak Passes 200

The illness toll in the cantaloupe Salmonella outbreak now exceeds 200, according to United States health officials. The strain involved is Salmonella Tynphimurium. The states involved are up to 22; at least 78 people have been hospitalized. Two people, both … Continue reading

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FDA Warns Against Revatio in Children, Cites High Death Risk

Federal health regulators are warning doctors against using Revatio (sildenafil) in children to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).  According to a Drug Safety Communication from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the warning was prompted by a clinical trial … Continue reading

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2 Million Mother’s Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers Recalled for Fall Hazard

A massive recall of more than two million Mother’s Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers was just announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC). The bathers are being recalled due to fall hazard. About two million Mother’s … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Filed Over Food Safety Lapses

A lawsuit was just filed against the federal government over food safety lapses. U.S. health and environmental organizations filed the lawsuit on Wednesday. According to Reuters, the lawsuit was filed over what both groups described as a failure to implement … Continue reading

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103 U.S. Salmonella Cases Linked to Tainted Mangoes

Earlier this week, we wrote that Mexican mangoes were being recalled over concerns that the fruit is contaminated with the dangerous, sometimes fatal, Salmonella pathogen. Now, United States Salmonella cases are being linked to the tainted mangoes, which were first … Continue reading

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Judge’s Ruling Allows Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against New York Prep School to Proceed, Despite Statute of Limitations

Under New York’s statute of limitations,  victims of child sexual abuse must file  civil lawsuits against their attackers  and the organizations that failed to prevent the abuse by their 23rd birthday, or their claims are time-barred. New York’s statute of … Continue reading

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Age-Related Cataracts Linked to Statin Use

People who use statins to lower their cholesterol may face a higher risk of developing age-related cataracts, according to a new study that appears in the August issue of Optometry and Vision Science.  According to the study, the association between … Continue reading

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