Monthly Archives: June 2014

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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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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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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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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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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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

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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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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Migraine Surgery May Not Be An Effective Migraine Reliever

Surgery to cure migraines has been popularly touted as a possible, so-called, “cure,” for the incapacitating headaches; however, researchers say that there is insufficient evidence to support the claims. A review of two studies conducted on migraine trigger “deactivation” surgery … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns |

One-Third of Total Knee Replacements in US are ‘Inappropriate’, Study Finds

There are more than 600,000 knee replacements performed each year in the United States, according to figures from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Medical News Today reports that this surgery has become more common in the past 15 … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

GM Fund for Families of Victims of Defective Switch Will Not Be Capped

The families of people who died in crashes associated with a defective ignition switch in General Motors (GM) cars are entitled to at least $1 million each. The $1 million is in place as a starting point for every death … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Consumer Fraud, Defective Products, Motor Vehicles |

General Motors CEO Said More Recalls Possible

On Thursday, General Motors chief executive Mary Barra said her company may recall more cars as GM deals with a series of safety problems that have resulted in the recall of 20 million cars, including small cars with defective ignition … Continue reading

Posted in Accident, Defective Products, Motor Vehicles, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles |

Four Indicted In Massive Nursing Home Scam

In another case involving allegations against a nursing home, including of abuse, four individuals have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of racketeering and healthcare fraud. The four were indicted on multiple felony charges involving the operation … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News, Nursing Home Abuse |

Medtronic Preemption Request Denied

A recent Supreme Court decision may put an end to Medtronic, Inc., and other device makers, from using the legal strategy of preemption in their litigation. Medtronic has long sought to have courts nationwide ensure that it is not sued … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices |

Athletes Speak Up about Traumatic Brain Injuries

In recent years, there has been increasing awareness about the risk and consequences of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), especially in young athletes. CBS News reports that now, two former professional athletes have brought even more awareness to the issue by … Continue reading

Posted in Legal News |

Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy May Increase Autism Risk

Rsearch published this week in Environmental Health Perspectives supports the theory that agricultural pesticide exposure during pregnancy may increase the risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Researchers at the University of California, Davis, looked at the medical records of 970 … Continue reading

Posted in Birth Defects, Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

FDA: Some OTC Topical Acne Treatments May Cause Serious Reactions

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just issued a Drug Safety Communication concerning over-the-counter (OTC) topical acne treatment products that may cause rare, but very serious, even deadly, hypersensitivity reactions The products are sold under a variety of brand … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

FDA Announces Recall of Generic Versions of Heart Drug Toprol XL

Just a few months after one generic version of a popular extended-release blood pressure medication was recalled, a lot of metoprolol succinate from another manufacturer was recalled for the same reason:  the drug did not dissolve properly. The recalled drugs, … Continue reading

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

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