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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 Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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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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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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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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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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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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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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