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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

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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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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

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

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

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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

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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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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

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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AlloDerm Plaintiff Requests Mass Tort for New Jersey Lawsuits

At least 25 lawsuits involving AlloDerm surgical mesh are pending in New Jersey State Courts. Recently, a motion was filed requesting that all New Jersey < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Alloderm-Hernia-Recurrence-Recurring-Lawyer-Lawsuit-Attorney">AlloDerm lawsuits be consolidated in a mass tort before one judge for pretrial proceedings. … Continue reading

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AlloDerm Surgical Mesh in Hernia Repair May Lead to Recurrence

Questions continue to be raised over the safety of hernia repairs that utilize < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Alloderm-Hernia-Recurrence-Recurring-Lawyer-Lawsuit-Attorney">AlloDerm Surgical Mesh. Reports about hernia recurrences in AlloDerm patients are not unusual, and some are beginning to ask if this product underwent enough testing to … Continue reading

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Hernia Repair AlloDerm Surgical Mesh May be Risky

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Alloderm-Hernia-Recurrence-Recurring-Lawyer-Lawsuit-Attorney">AlloDerm, a surgical mesh made from human cadaver skin, has been linked to complications when used in hernia repair surgery. Reports of hernia recurrence and other AlloDerm failures have made it apparent that this product did not undergo adequate … Continue reading

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As Scandal Widens, Many Who Received Stolen Body Parts and Human Tissue Claim to Have Been Infected with Deadly Viruses

While it will be difficult to prove with certainty, many people are claiming to have been infected with potentially deadly viruses from contaminated body parts and human tissue illegally harvested from bodies and then marketed for implantation and grafting into … Continue reading

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Stolen Body Parts Scandal Leads to More Testing of Patients Who May Have Received Diseased Human Tissue Grafts

By Steven DiJoseph The ghoulish tale of stolen body parts, missing persons, diseased human tissue grafts, and the possibility that thousands of innocent patients are now at risk of developing everything from HIV/AIDS and syphilis to hepatitis B and C … Continue reading

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Illegal Harvesting and Sale of Body Parts, Tissue, and Organs – Dr. Frankenstein Would Have Been Proud

By Steven DiJoseph* There was a time when Gothic horror stories would frighten moviegoers who paid their quarters to see mad scientists pay grave robbers to steal the body parts and organs from graveyards. Whether the goal was to create … Continue reading

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