Monthly Archives: September 2014

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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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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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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 ...

Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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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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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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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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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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VCF Deadline Approaches for 9/11 Rescue Workers

Deadlines are approaching quickly for rescue workers and first responders who helped with the 9/11 recovery efforts and now suffer illnesses related to toxic dust exposure. For claimants that were diagnosed on or before October 12, 2012 with one of … Continue reading

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Ford Recalls 850,000 Cars for Air Bag Flaw

Ford Motor Co. has announced the recall of 850,000 cars because of the risk of a short circuit that could prevent the air bags from deploying in a crash. The recalled models include Ford C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ … Continue reading

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

Male Enhancement Products Described as Dangerous

Federal experts and physicians say that many male enhancement products may be deadly and the marketing used to tout these products is deceptive. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued 20 public notifications in 2014 over … Continue reading

Posted in Pharmaceuticals |

FDA: Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Risks with with Asthma Drug Xolair

After reviewing safety studies, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found a slightly increased risk of problems involving blood vessels supplying the heart and brain in patients taking Xolair (omalizumab). The FDA has added information about these potential risks … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

NSAID Use Linked to Increased Risk of Venous Thromboembolism, Study Suggests

Using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can increase the risk of venous thromboembolism, according to a study published in the journal Rheumatology. The results of the study has important implications, considering the fact that NSAIDs are one of the most widely … Continue reading

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CPSC Bans High-Powered Magnet Toys

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is banning high-powered magnet sets following reports of injuries and one death. According to the commission, the tiny high-powered magnets can be dangerous if ingested because the magnets will be very strongly attracted … Continue reading

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Chrysler Recalls 350,000 Older Cars to Fix Ignition Switches

defective ignition switches that can cause the vehicles to stall. The switches can slip out of the “on” position, a problem similar to the one that forced General Motors to recall millions of vehicles this year. Chrysler’s recall includes Jeep … Continue reading

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

Doctors should be on the Lookout for Fake Drugs, FDA Says

Physicians must be careful to not purchase counterfeit medicines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned on Tuesday. According to HealthDay News, fake drugs have become such a problem that the FDA has initiated a program to raise awareness … Continue reading

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Statin Drugs Increase Risk of Diabetes

According to a study just published online in the medical journal the Lancet, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can directly increase the risk of diabetes. While statins have previously been associated with higher rates of Type 2 diabetes, it was not clear … Continue reading

Posted in Birth Defects, Crestor, Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals, Zocor |

FDA Still Undecided About Ban on Power Morcellator


In July, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held hearings on whether to ban the power morcellator, a surgical tool that opponents say can spread cancer during minimally invasive hysterectomies and uterine fibroid removal. The morcellator uses high-speed blades to … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns |

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