Monthly Archives: October 2012

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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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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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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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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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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Upstate New Yorkers want Home Rule to ban fracking locally

A group of 53 municipalities in upstate New York are being backed by state organizations in asking an appeals court to allow them to weigh in on the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) debate ongoing there. According to a PressConnects.com report from … Continue reading

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Safety Experts Consider Dangling Crane Removal in Manhattan

In the wake of massive super storm Sandy, a partially collapsed construction crane continues to dangle from the top of an unfinished luxury high-rise building. Sandy’s winds may be responsible for the partial collapse 700 feet above midtown Manhattan, said … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Construction Accidents |

Prescription Painkillers Can Have Deadly Consequences

Opioids are associated with serious risks of overuse, abuse, misuse and death and the numbers continue to rise. Physician prescribing practices are among the contributing factors in the growing opioid epidemic being seen in America and worldwide. In the United … Continue reading

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Diet sodas may increase risk of leukemia in men

A new study suggests that men who consume regular amounts of diet sodas or sodas sweetened with sugar may be facing a higher risk of leukemia and other forms of cancer than men who avoid those drinks. According to a … Continue reading

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Senators Seek FDA Assistance on Energy Drinks

Democratic senators Dick Durbin (Illinois) and Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut) urged the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to resolve loopholes they say enable energy drink makers to sell products that contain additives and massive amounts of caffeine they say have … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Food Products, Health Concerns |

Stryker Sales Drop Following Hip Implant Recalls

Medical device maker, Stryker Corp. reported a third-quarter sales dip following a recall of two of its hip implant devices. Sales of Stryker’s reconstructive joint devices dropped one percent in all and its international markets reported the worst performance with … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Tekturna Linked to Significant Number of Adverse Events

Independent watchdog group, the Institute for Safe Medical Practices (ISMP) reports a 90 percent increase in significant adverse drug event reports received by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) over the past four years. Among these, are events associated … Continue reading

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On Halloween, novelty contact lenses putting many at risk

The seemingly perfect accessory to a Halloween costume: a pair of piercing, red, or bloodshot eyes that completes a vampire, ghoul, or some other ghastly creation. They’re as widely available as almost any other fashion accessory these days, especially this … Continue reading

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Stress, worry plague those injected with contaminated steroid drug

For the thousands who received a contaminated epidural steroid injection in the last few months, the next few days and weeks will be filled with worry and stress as they wonder if they’ll be the next victims in the deadly … Continue reading

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Emotional testimony delivered in manslaughter trial of former Melrose Place actress

The latest testimony in the manslaughter trial against former Melrose Place actress Amy Locane-Benizer came from the husband of the woman killed in a 2010 car accident. The actress is accused of being drunk behind the wheel of her SUV at … Continue reading

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