Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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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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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled - Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled Over Potential Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, has recalled a specific lot of its J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food over potential contamination with the dangerous, Listeria monocytogenes pathogen.

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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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Toyota recalls a million more vehicles, Corolla and Lexus IS sport sedans included

Toyota Motor Corp. has announced its latest safety recall, including more than 750,000 of its Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix models because an air bag defect could cause injuries to motorists. According to a Los Angeles Times report, Toyota’s latest … Continue reading

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Despite Assurances that the DePuy ASR Was Performing Well, Internal Documents Tell a Different Story

Metal-on-metal hip implant devices were created for greater durability and longevity, with the intention that they would be far superior over their more traditional counterparts that are constructed with plastic or ceramic components. In recent years, the metal devices have … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy, Metal Hip Implants |

Mirena® IUD Caused Ectopic Pregnancy, Other Complications, Lawsuit Charges

A Minnesota woman who received a Mirena® intrauterine device (IUD) in 2006 has filed a lawsuit alleging that the device was responsible for her ectopic pregnancy and other complications. The Mirena®, a hormonal IUD, works by releasing the hormone levonorgestrel … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Legal News, Mirena IUD |

DePuy President Deposition Released to Jurors in First of Some 10,000 Cases

Yesterday, jurors watched previously taped video from a deposition taken of the president of DePuy Orthopaedics concerning its failed ASR metal-on-metal hip device. Throughout the previously taped deposition, Andrew Ekdahl maintained that 93,000 DePuy ASR hip devices were recalled not … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy, Metal Hip Implants |

DePuy Trial Over Recalled ASR Hip Device Continues, DePuy President Questioned

Today, jurors heard from the president of beleaguered device maker, DePuy Orthopaedics, via previously taped deposition in a trial over its ASR metal-on-metal hip device. This is the first of 10,000 other cases filed against DePuy, a unit of health … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy, Metal Hip Implants |

Boeing 787 Lithium-ion Batteries Replaced 10 Times Before Overheating Incidents

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) just reported that it asked Boeing Co. to provide a full operating history of lithium-ion batteries used in its grounded 787 Dreamliner planes.   Japan’s All Nippon Airways revealed it had repeatedly replaced … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products |

Initial 15 Awards Paid From 9/11 Health Fund

The federal fund created to compensate those sickened by the September 11 terrorist attacks just released initial rewards to 15 first responders. Although the names of the responders were not released, The New York Times noted that 14 are firefighters … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Zadroga Act Claims |

FDA warns Florida company over bogus GermBullet flu remedy

Federal health officials are warning this week about a bogus flu remedy available to consumers and have sent notification to the company responsible for it that it is in violation of the law. According to an AP report, the Food … Continue reading

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SSRI Antidepressants Linked to Cardiac Risks

We have long written about SSRI—selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors—antidepressants, medications that block the re-absorption (reuptake) of the neurotransmitter, serotonin, in the brain to boost mood. Now, emerging research reveals that some SSRIs pose cardiac risks. Research conducted by UK’s Medicines … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, SSRI Antidepressants |

Elder Abuse on the Rise

According to statistics and surveys, as many as 2 million seniors are abused, exploited, or neglected every year, in their own homes and in care facilities. Experts say there could be many more. Research indicates that one in 10 seniors … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

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