Monthly Archives: February 2015

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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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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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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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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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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

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 … Continue reading

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HeartWare Recalls Older Ventricular Assist System Controllers

HeartWare Recalls Ventricular Assist System Controllers

HeartWare International is issuing a voluntary Urgent Medical Device Recall in the United States related to older HeartWare Ventricular Assist System controllers distributed in the U.S. during the clinical trial period prior to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in … Continue reading

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AliveCor Recalls Heart Monitor App Because of Crashes

AliveCor Recalls Heart Monitor App Because of Crashes

AliveCor has recalled its AliveECG app version 2.1.2 for the Apple iOs operating system because the app crashes on use. The recall affects 5,600 active users on Apple’s iOS operating system, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall notice. … Continue reading

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Malware Comes Preinstalled with Some Lenovo Laptops

Malware Comes Preinstalled with Some Lenovo Laptops

Lenovo users may be getting more than they bargained for with their new laptops. Mashable reports that some Lenovo products come preinstalled with adware called Superfish, which breaks secure website connections and makes sensitive user information vulnerable to security threats. … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson Hit with $2.5 Million Verdict in Risperdal Case

Johnson & Johnson Hit with $2.5 Million Verdict in Risperdal Case

A Philadelphia jury hit a Johnson & Johnson unit with $2.5 million in damages in a case accusing the drug maker of failing the parents and doctors of an autistic boy about risks associated with the antipsychotic drug Risperdal. During … Continue reading

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GE MRI Systems Recalled Due to Disabled Magnet Rundown Units

GE MRI System Recalled Due to Disabled Magnet Rundown Units

Earlier this month, GE Healthcare recalled 12,968 MRI systems due to a disabled Magnet Rundown Unit (MRU) in India. When this unit is disabled, it can slow the removal of a magnetic object from the scanner. This can lead to … Continue reading

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FDA Knew Medical Devices Can Transmit Superbugs but Did Not Act

FDA Knew Medical Devices Transmit Superbugs but Did Not Act

Experts in hospital-acquired infections say that health regulators have known since at least 2009 that certain reusable medical devices can transmit lethal infections but have not recommended any new safety requirements. The latest outbreak involving duodenoscopes may have exposed 179 … Continue reading

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More than 12,000 GE MRI Systems Recalled Due to Potentially Life-Threatening Issue

More than 12,000 GE MRI Systems Recalled

A Class I recall has been issued for more than 12,000 MRI systems manufactured by General Electric, Modern Healthcare reports. The recall was issued because of a potentially life-threatening problem that can occur when parts are not connected properly. Many … Continue reading

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Warning to UCLA Hospital Patients Exposed to Drug-Resistant Superbug

Warning to UCLA Hospital Patients Exposed to Superbug

One hundred seventy-nine patients at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center have been told they may have been exposed to a drug-resistant “superbug” during endoscopy procedures that infected seven patients and may have contributed to two deaths. Patients who may have … Continue reading

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Artificial Coloring in Soda Increases Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Artificial Coloring in Soda Increases Cancer Risk

A new study has found that drinking at least one can of soda per day may significantly increase the risk of cancer. Research conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that some caramel colorings in soda … Continue reading

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