Monthly Archives: February 2013

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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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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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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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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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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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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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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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DePuy’s latest defense: Infections, not a defective implant, led to revision surgery

The complications suffered by the retired Montana prison guard who claims his DePuy Orthopaedics ASR metal-on-metal hip implant was defective were not caused by the device but from an infection he had in his hip as well as other prior … Continue reading

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Arkansas Woman Files Lawsuit Over Uterine Perforation by Mirena® IUD

An Arkansas woman who suffered serious and permanent injuries when her Mirena® intrauterine device (IUD) perforated her uterus has filed a lawsuit against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, the device’s manufacturer. The plaintiff received her Mirena® IUD in 2007. A follow-up exam … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Mirena IUD |

Parker Waichman LLP Recounts Latest DePuy ASR Trial Developments

Although Johnson & Johnson alleges that injuries in the first of some 10,000 lawsuits brought over the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR metal-on-metal hip implant device are not related the device’s design, emerging trial evidence is presenting a different picture. After acknowledging … Continue reading

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

Lenovo IdeaPads Don’t Deliver, Say Consumers

Touted as having “the innovative features to do it all,” the Lenovo U310 and U410 IdeaPad devices have been disappointing consumers. And, now, a potential class action lawsuit is being considered on behalf of consumers who purchased the Lenovo IdeaPad … Continue reading

Posted in Class Action Lawsuits, Consumer Fraud, Defective Products |

Punitive Damages Sought in Johnson & Johnson Ethicon Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Injury Case

Jury deliberations are underway in a case brought against health care products giant, Johnson & Johnson, over one of its Ethicon units’ transvaginal mesh device products. The plaintiff, Linda Gross, 47, is a nurse from South Dakota who was just … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Transvaginal mesh |

FDA Halts Thyroid Drug Study After Patient Death

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has halted Amgen Inc.’s study of its thyroid drug Sensipar (cinacalcet) in children after the death of a 14-year-old patient in a clinical trial. The FDA said that, at this … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

JAMA Study: Januvia, Byetta Double Risks for Pancreatitis

Prior research revealed that Januvia (sitagliptin) and Byetta (exenatide), prescribed for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes, have been associated with reports of increased risks for pancreatic and thyroid cancers. Now, a new study finds that the drugs may double … Continue reading

Posted in Byetta Cancer, Pharmaceuticals |

Some of the Most Dangerous Roads for Pedestrians are on Long Island

An emerging report reveals that Long Island is home to some of the most dangerous roads for pedestrians with a number of its roads linked to high numbers of pedestrian deaths. The analysis, conducted by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, found … Continue reading

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Nationwide Recall of Omontys® Following Reports of Severe Allegic Reactions, Some Fatal

Affymax, Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited have announced a voluntary recall of Omontys® (peginesatide), a drug used to treat anemia in kidney dialysis patients, as a result of new reports of serious and sometimes fatal hypersensitivity reactions. The companies … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls, Recalled Drugs |

Expert Johnson & Johnson Witness Miscalculated in Testimony Over DePuy ASR

As the first of some 10,000 lawsuits brought against Johnson & Johnson continues, the issue over the way in which the now-recalled DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip device was implanted in patients is making headlines. An expert witness for Johnson & … Continue reading

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

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