Monthly Archives: January 2014

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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Bronx Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run, Second Teen Injured

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Pkwy in Dix Hills west of Exit 42. He was driving a Nissan Altima.

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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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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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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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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling & the Economy

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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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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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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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