Monthly Archives: January 2014

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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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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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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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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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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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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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Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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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

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