Monthly Archives: February 2016

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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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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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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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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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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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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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Harness Problem Prompts Recall of More than 56,000 Child Safety Seats

The baby and child product company Evenflo has recalled more than 56,000 child safety seats because in one of its modes, the child can loosen the internal harness, and will not be properly secured in the seat, increasing the risk … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Blood Pressure Drugs May be Harmful for Type 2 Diabetes Patients

For some patients with type 2 diabetes, intense blood-pressure-lowering medication may do more harm than good, according to a new study published in the BMJ. Antihypertensive medication may raise the risk of cardiovascular death for some people with type 2 … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Testimony Continues in DePuy Pinnacle Bellwether Trial

A bellwether trial happening in the Northern District of Texas is focusing on injuries allegedly caused by the DePuy Orthopaedics Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant. The outcome of this trial could affect many other pending Pinnacle lawsuits. The plaintiffs allege the … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Depuy, Health Concerns, Metal Hip Implants |

Increased Dementia Risk Linked to Heartburn Drugs Linked to Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors for Heartburn

New research suggests that the use of certain drugs for gastric reflux or peptic ulcers creates an increased risk for dementia in elderly patients. The class of drugs—proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)—includes Prevacid (lansoprazole), Nexium (esomeprazole), and Prilosec (omeprazole), HealthDay reports.

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Nexium, Pharmaceuticals, Proton Pump Inhibitors |

FDA Urges Hospitals to Stop Using Custom Ultrasonics Duodenoscope Cleaning Machines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken new steps in its efforts to deal with a series of superbug infections linked to the duodenoscope, a device used to examine the intestinal tract to diagnose and treat conditions including gallstones. … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Duodenoscope, Health Concerns |

FDA Expected to Announce Results of Essure Investigation

A number of women are awaiting an announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding Essure, a permanent birth control device sold by Bayer. The agency is expected to release the results of its investigation, which was launched … Continue reading

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Legislators and 9/11 First Responders Ring Closing Bell at Stock Exchange to Celebrate Reauthorization of Zadroga Act

On Monday, February 22, 2016, U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, and Dan Donovan joined 9/11 survivors and responders to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange in honor of the reauthorization of the James Zadroga … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

CDC Warns of Greater Health Risks with Lumber Liquidators Laminate Flooring than Earlier Thought

Some types of laminate flooring made by Lumber Liquidators pose a greater risk of causing cancer or other health problems than previously announced, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC said people who purchased Lumber Liquidators … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

$72 Million Verdict in Talcum-Powder Related Ovarian Cancer Death

A jury in St. Louis has awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer she said was caused by using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and other products containing talcum. This civil suit … Continue reading

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Jury Returns $72 Million Verdict against Johnson & Johnson in Talcum Powder Related Ovarian Cancer Death

A jury in St. Louis jury returned a $72 million dollar verdict on February 22, 2016 in the case of a woman who died of ovarian cancer. The jury found the cancer was caused by her use of talc-based products … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Legal News |

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