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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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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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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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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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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit Filed after Strangulation Death

Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit Filed after Strangulation Death

There are questions of abuse and neglect surrounding the death of a nursing home resident in North Carolina. According to Star News Online, Mary Bowling was an 89-year-old widow at Carolina Rivers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Her death certificate and … Continue reading

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European Medicines Agency Seeks Market Suspension of Medtronic InductOs

Euro Medicines Agency Seeks Suspension of Medtronic InductOs

The European Union’s medical device regulator has recommended suspension of the marketing authorization for Medtronic’s InductOs bone growth device until issues at a U.S. plant that makes a component of the device are resolved. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) launched … Continue reading

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Texas Compounding Pharmacy Recalls Possibly Contaminated Sterile Drug Products

Texas Compounding Pharmacy Recalls Contaminated Products

A Dallas, Texas compounding pharmacy that has previously been cited for safety issues by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), once again faces problems with the federal drug regulator. Downing Labs in Farmers Branch was cited for failing to investigate … Continue reading

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Device Used During Surgery Linked to 8 Infections, 4 Deaths at PA Hospital

Device Used During Surgery Linked to 8 Infections, 4 Deaths

A device used to heat and cool a patient’s blood during heart surgery has been linked to infections in 8 patients at a Pennsylvania hospital. The New York Times reports that four of those patients have died, but it is … Continue reading

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Invokana Increases Risk of Bone Fractures, FDA Warns

Invokana Increases Risk of Bone Fractures

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety announcement in September warning patients and health care providers of an increased risk of bone fractures in patients taking the type 2 diabetes drugs Invokana and Invokamet (canagliflozin). The FDA deemed … Continue reading

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FDA Requires Drug Interaction Studies for Kayexalate

FDA Requires Drug Interaction Studies for Kayexalate

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring the manufacturer of the potassium-lowering drug Kayexalate to conduct studies to investigate Kayexalate’s potential to affect how other medications work. The approved labeling for Kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate) describes its potential to … Continue reading

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Popular Acid Reflux Medications Associated with Serious Side Effects

Popular Acid Reflux Medications

Protein pump inhibitors, a class of widely used acid reflux medications that includes Nexium (esomeprazole), Prevacid (lansoprazole), and Prilosec (omeprazole). can have serious side effects. Dr. Shoshana J. Herzig of Harvard Medical School told the New York Times that they … Continue reading

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Due to Fire Risk, Toyota Recalls 6.5M Cars

Due to Fire Risk, Toyota Recalls 6.5M Cars

Due to a defect in the driver’s side window that presents a fire hazard, Toyota is recalling 6.5 million vehicles. The recall affects roughly 2 million cars in the US. The problem is that the power-window master switch may have … Continue reading

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Does the Flu Vaccine Carry Risks?

Does the Flu Vaccine Carry Risks?

As flu season is upon us, some may wonder whether there are any risks associated with getting the flu vaccine. This is addressed in a recent New York Times Ask Well blog, which responds to a reader question that asks … Continue reading

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FDA Updates Contraindications for Myrbetriq

FDA Updates Contraindications for Myrbetriq

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated the label on Myrebetriq to include a new contraindication and additional information in the Warnings and Precautions section. The revised label now states that the drug, which is used to treat … Continue reading

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