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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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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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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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Unsafe Lead Levels Found in Water in Yonkers Schools

Three dozen water fixtures in school buildings Yonkers, New York have been shut off because of unsafe lead levels, according to test results recently released by the school district. Testing began in March, and the school district has faced criticism for … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Sunscreen Products Not Delivering SPF Levels as Labeled

According to a new study by Consumer Reports over 40 percent of the 60 sunscreens tested by experts fall short of their SPF numbers printed on the product’s label. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires all sunscreens to … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Fraud, Health Concerns |

Parents Accuse of ‘Cover-Up’ in Lead Poisoning in Newark Public Schools

Parents of children attending four Newark Public Schools are filing a proposal for a class-action lawsuit claiming that officials have “poisoned” thousands of students by knowingly exposing them to toxic levels of lead. From March 2011 to the present, the … Continue reading

Posted in Class Action Lawsuits, Legal News, Toxic Substances |

OTC Antacids Containing Aspirin May have Serious Bleeding Risks

Consumers are being warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers of using non-prescription, or over-the-counter (OTC), aspirin-containing antacid products. Antacids are used to treat heartburn, sour stomach, acid indigestion or upset stomach. Alternatives that do … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

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