Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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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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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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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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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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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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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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