Daily Archives: July 24, 2013

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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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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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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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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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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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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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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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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Another Lawsuit Alleges Actos Caused Bladder Cancer


The makers of Type 2 diabetes drug, Actos, are involved in yet another lawsuit in which a plaintiff alleges Actos (pioglitazone) caused bladder cancer. In this case, the plaintiff, a New York man, said he took Actos from October 2005 … Continue reading

Posted in Actos, Pharmaceuticals |

Medtronic’s Motion to Dismiss InFuse Lawsuit Denied


An Illinois state court judge just denied device maker, Medtronic Inc.’s, bid to dismiss a lawsuit brought over its InFuse bone graft product. The lawsuit included allegations that InFuse caused a patient to undergo additional surgery that led to permanent … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Medtonic Infuse, Medtronic Infuse |

Australian Regulators Issue Alert About Failure Risks of Stryker Spine Device


Australia’s Department of Health & Ageing issued a hazard alert for Stryker’s Oasys Midline Occipital Plate, warning patients and surgeons that the Oasys spine stabilization device might break after surgery. The alert was based on reports of device malfunction in … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

FDA Ruling on Menthol Cigarettes Still Pending


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just released a scientific review concerning menthol-, or mint-, flavored cigarettes, seen as a move closer to its making a ruling on the controversial products. The agency also sought public comment on “potential … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

FDA Issues Warning Letters Over Illegal Sales, Undeclared Ingredients in Diabetes Treatments


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is taking action to remove illegal products from the market, including products labeled as dietary supplements. The supplements claim to mitigate, treat, cure, or prevent diabetes, as well as the … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

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