Monthly Archives: January 2014

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

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The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research called for government regulation & research of e-cigarettes on health effects.

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

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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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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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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First Actos Bladder Cancer Bellwether Trial to Begin Next Week

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The first of 2,700 lawsuits alleging Actos (pioglitazone) caused bladder cancer is set to go to trial on Monday. The bellwether trial  is taking place in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana before the Honorable Rebecca … Continue reading

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NFL and Helmet Maker Riddell Sued Over Detroit Lions Player’s Career-Ending Concussions

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Jahvid Best, a former running back for the Detroit Lions, is suing the National Football League and helmet maker Riddell over concussion problems that shortened his professional career. In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Wayne County (Michigan) Circuit Court, … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns |

Three Rapid Response Grants Awarded by NSF to Study West Virginia Chemical Spill

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To learn more about the little-known chemical that contaminated the water supply of 300,000 West Virginia residents earlier this month, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grants to three university research teams. On January 9, … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Following Chemical Spill, West Virginians Warned About Formaldehyde in the Water

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The chemical spill in Elk River has affected hundreds of thousands of West Virginians these past three weeks. When the initial spill was first discovered, residents across nine counties were told not to consume the water. Although, officials have said … Continue reading

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Study: Foodborne Toxin May Be Involved in MS

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Research has revealed that common foodborne bacteria may be involved with multiple sclerosis, which is a degenerative central nervous system disease. At a recent American Society of Microbiology’s 2014 ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting, researchers from the Weill … Continue reading

Posted in Food Poisoning, Health Concerns |

Thousands of Children Injured in Shopping Carts Every Year

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Emerging research reveals that dozens of young children are injured daily in shopping cart accidents. These injuries are serious enough that hospital emergency room treatment is needed. Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that some 66 children are hurt … Continue reading

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ADHD Increases Driver’s Risk for Accidents

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Drivers with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are nearly 50 percent more likely to be in a serious car crash, new Swedish research findings suggest. Henrik Larsson and his colleagues at the Karolinska Institute examined records for more than 17,000 people in … Continue reading

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Japan Sues Novartis, Probes Alleged False Claims in Alzheimer’s Study

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Nearly one-dozen major pharmaceutical firms were involved in a key Alzheimer’s drug research product that allegedly used false data, according to the Japanese government. The Alzheimer’s drug research project, J-ADNI, is at the center of an investigation implemented by the … Continue reading

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Heart Attack Risk Doubles in Men Taking Testosterone Therapy, Study Finds

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A new study shows that men taking testosterone therapy are more prone to heart attacks. For men over 65, the risk of heart attacks is doubled and in younger men with heart disease it is tripled. The study, which was … Continue reading

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Recall, Blood Clot Study, Prompt Thoratec Class Action Lawsuit

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After designation of a Class I recall over the HeartMate II left ventricular assist device, a Thoratec shareholder just brought a lawsuit and is seeking class action status. The HeartMate II is a heart device in the medical device category … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

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