Monthly Archives: March 2015

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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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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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

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The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research called for government regulation & research of e-cigarettes on health effects.

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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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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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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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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Macrolide Antibiotics in Pregnancy Increase Baby’s Risk for Epilepsy or Cerebral Palsy

Macrolide Antibiotics in Pregnancy Increase Baby’s Risks

A new study from researchers at University College London reports a slightly increased risk of epilepsy or cerebral palsy for babies whose mothers take macrolide antibiotics during pregnancy. The study, from the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH), was published … Continue reading

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Blue Bell Ice Cream Expands Recall of Products Over Listeria Concerns

Blue Bell Ice Cream Expands Recall Over Listeria Concerns

Blue Bell Ice Cream has expanded the recall of its ice cream products in an attempt to avoid the potential risk for bacterial contamination. The recall now includes individual three-ounce serving cups in vanilla, chocolate and strawberry flavors that may … Continue reading

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Study Highlights Dangers of Distracted Driving

Study Highlights Dangers of Distracted Driving

A study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety sheds light on the dangers of distracted driving, particularly by teenagers. According to the New York Times, researchers conducted the study by putting video cameras in the cars of drivers … Continue reading

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Retailers in Suffolk County, New York, Have 90 Days to Display Warning Signs About Liquid Nicotine

Suffolk, Retailers Have 90 Days to Display Nicotine Warning

A new law gives stores in Suffolk County, New York, 90 days to post warnings about the dangers of the liquid nicotine found in e-cigarettes. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signed the law on Monday. The new signs, which must … Continue reading

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Class I Recall Issued for Amy’s Kitchen Products Nationwide

Class I Recall Issued for Amy’s Kitchen Products Nationwide

A potential health risk has prompted Amy’s Kitchen, Inc. to voluntarily recall over 73,000 cases of products containing organic spinach nationwide. According to a recall alert issued on March 25th, one of Amy’s organic spinach suppliers may have received organic … Continue reading

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15 Cases to be Selected as Eligible for Second Trial in Mirena MDL

A recent court order indicates that 15 cases will be selected as eligible for potential inclusion in the Second Disposition Pool of the Mirena IUD multidistrict litigation (MDL). According to the order, the plaintiffs’ and the defendants’ parties will select … Continue reading

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Former JCPenney Employee Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

Former JCPenney Employee Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

A former part-time JCPenney employee has filed a lawsuit claiming retaliation after he reported the retailer was overcharging customers. The fired employee has filed a claim against the company under Florida’s Private Whistleblower Act, Fortune reports. Former CEO Ron Johnson … Continue reading

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Zimmer Recalls Knee Replacement Device Following Increased Reports of Loosening

Zimmer Recalls Knee Replacement Device

Medical device maker Zimmer, Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of nearly 12,000 Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial knee replacement devices in response to increased complaints of loosening of the device. The recall covers the Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate/Persona TM … Continue reading

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Regulatory Loophole Can Allow Unsafe Devices Onto Market

Data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows that there are over 100,000 medical devices on the market. Unfortunately, not all of them are safe. In fact, agency data indicates that between 13 and 75 devices are recalled … Continue reading

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Potential Cases to be Selected for Second Mirena IUD Trial

Potential Cases to be Selected for Second Mirena IUD Trial

A recent court order has directed the parties to select seven cases that may be included in the second Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) trial. According to a court order filed on March 17, 2015, each side must select seven cases … Continue reading

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