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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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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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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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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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Zithromax may Lead to Serious Kidney Side Effects

Zithromax may Lead to Serious Kidney Side Effects

Zithromax (Azithromycin) is among the most popular antibiotics prescribed in the United States; however, the drug has been tied to a variety of serious side effects, including those involving the kidneys. Zithromax, manufactured by Pfizer Inc., received U.S. Food and … Continue reading

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Fluoroquinolone Injuries are Among the Most Frequently Reported Drug Side Effects

Fluoroquinolone Injuries are Among Listed Drug Side Effects

According to a new report, antibiotics in the same class as Avelox (moxifloxacin) were the drugs most frequently associated with reports of persistent adverse effects in 2015. The report appeared in QuarterWatch, a publication of the Institute for Safe Medication … Continue reading

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Fluoroquinolones and Peripheral Neuropathy

Fluoroquinolones and Peripheral Neuropathy

Fluoroquinolones are a class of antibiotics that include ciprofloxacin (brand names: Cipro, Cetraxal and Proquin), levofloxacin (Levaquin, Quixin and Iquix), moxifloxacin (brand name: Avelox), gemifloxacin (brand name: Factive) and ofloxacin (brand name: Ofloxacin). One potential side effect that may occur … Continue reading

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Essure Litigation Underway, as Court Ruling May Hold Bayer Liable

Essure Suit Underway, as Court Ruling May Hold Bayer Liable

Bayer is facing a number of lawsuits alleging that the permanent birth control device Essure led to injuries such as pain, bleeding and device migration. A group of 98 women recently filed a lawsuit in Missouri and over 200 lawsuits … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Propose Bill in Effort to Better Detect Medical Device Issues

Bill Proposed to Better Detect Medical Device Issues

New legislation seeks to identify medical device problems as early as possible. Under the Medical Device Guardians Act of 2016, introduced by U.S. Reps. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y. and Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., physicians would be required to report medical device injuries … Continue reading

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