Monthly Archives: February 2015

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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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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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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Research Study Confirms Fracking Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Research Study Confirms Fracking as Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Fracking operation near Poland Township, Ohio, activated a previously unknown fault in the, causing 77 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 in March 2014.

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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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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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Endoscopy Device May Spread Drug-Resistant Bacterial Infections

Endoscopy Device May Spread Bacterial Infections

The Food And Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert warning that the complex design of the ERCP endoscope may impede effective cleaning and sterilizing of the reusable device. There are reports of multidrug-resistant bacterial infections in patients who have … Continue reading

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Retired Police Officer who Developed Fibromyalgia, Other Conditions after Working at Ground Zero to Receive Enhanced Disability Pension

Retired Police Officer who to Receive Enhanced Disability

A retired police officer has won her five-year legal battle and will receive enhanced disability pension; she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and various other conditions after working at Ground Zero. She was represented by Jeffrey Goldberg, an attorney with the … Continue reading

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State of Maine Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit with Former Department of Health and Human Services Employee

State of Maine Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit with Former Employee

A former employee of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services will receive a $142,500 settlement in a federal whistleblower lawsuit. A former division director for the Maine Center for Disease Control sued DHHS and her bosses at the CDC, … Continue reading

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Train Hauling Crude Oil Derails in West Virginia, Cars Catch Fire

In the second significant oil-train incident in three days, a CSX Corp train hauling North Dakota crude oil derailed in West Virginia on Monday. Cars caught fire, a house was destroyed, and two towns had to be evacuated. Robert Jelacic … Continue reading

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Judge Sets Trial Date for Yaz Blood Clot Lawsuit, Chastises Bayer

A federal judge in Illinois has set a trial date of June 15 for a lawsuit in the Yaz blood clot MDL while criticizing manufacturer Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceutical, Law360 reports. U.S. District Judge David R. Herndon, who is overseeing the … Continue reading

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Drug Trial Fraud and Misconduct Hidden from Journal Publishers and Public

Fraud & Misconduct Hidden from Journal Publishers & Public

A study of internal documents from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reveals that though the agency has taken action against clinical trials for “significant departures from good clinical practice” and even falsifications, there is no mention of such problems … Continue reading

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FDA to Study Long-Acting Generic Drugs, Including Birth Control Drug

FDA to Study Long-Acting Gen. Drugs, Including Birth Control

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last week three proposals to study the quality and effectiveness of long-acting generic drug products, including levonorgestrel birth control products. The FDA made the announcements on the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) website … Continue reading

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Hormone Replacement Therapy Increases Women’s Risk of Ovarian Cancer

Hormone Replacement Therapy Increases Risk of Ovarian Cancer

New research findings show that women who use hormone therapy after menopause may have an increased risk of ovarian cancer. The new study found that when women used hormone replacement therapy for less than five years after menopause, the risk … Continue reading

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Settlement Reached in Whistleblower Lawsuit against Southwest Airlines

Settlement Reached in Lawsuit against Southwest Airlines

A settlement has been reached in a whistleblower lawsuit against Southwest Airlines alleging that a mechanic was subject to disciplinary action for finding and reporting cracks in the fuselage of a Boeing 737-700 aircraft, Forbes reports. The airline agreed to … Continue reading

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“60 Minutes” Correspondent Bob Simon Killed in Manhattan Car Crash

“60 Minutes” Bob Simon Killed in Manhattan Car Crash

Bob Simon, an award-winning journalist and correspondent for CBS’s 60 Minutes, was killed in an accident in Manhattan on Wednesday night. Simon was riding in a hired Lincoln Town Car on the West Side Highway when the crash occurred shortly … Continue reading

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