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

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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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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

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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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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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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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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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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Wide Range of Later Cancer Risk for Children Receiving Radiation in Heart Surgeries

Many children with heart disease who are exposed to radiation during imaging procedures are at greater risk for developing cancer later in their lives. Since an increasing number of children with heart disease now live to adulthood, this risk could … Continue reading

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Study: Physicians Who Profit from Certain Prostate Cancer Therapies may be Prescribing it More Frequently

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Doctors with a financial interest in radiation treatment centers tend to be likelier to prescribe related therapies for their patients diagnosed with prostate cancer. A new report issued by Congressional investigators from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), indicated that Medicare … Continue reading

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Pediatric CT Scans Trigger 5,000 U.S. Cancers

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Children appear to be at particular risk for future cancer from the 4 million computerized tomography (CT) scans conducted on patients under the age of 15 in the United States. The CTs, said Bloomberg News, may lead to nearly 5,000 … Continue reading

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Alarm Set Off by Shale Truck in Huntingdon

A truck carrying drill cuttings from the Marcellus shale triggered a radiation alarm at a hazardous waste landfill in South Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. The truck was ordered back to a Greene County drilling site, said TribLive. According to Township Supervisor, Mel … Continue reading

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Dangers of Medical Imaging Often Overlooked

As medical imaging technology has advanced, the physicians, technologists, and even patients who rely on them are overlooking the dangers of radiation exposure they pose. According to a New York Times report this week, image tests such as CT scans … Continue reading

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New Nursing Home Comparison Tool Launched by Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

In the midst of growing reports of nursing home abuse, a new nursing home comparison tool has been launched by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The “mobile-ready applications” and improved IT tools are expected to make it … Continue reading

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Girls Exposed to Chest Radiation Have Higher Risk of Breast Cancer

In disturbing news, an emerging study reveals that girls exposed to chest radiation have increased risks for developing breast cancer. The study found that the increased likelihood was similar to risks seen in women with a genetic risk for the … Continue reading

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Study Sees Trend Towards More Metastatic Bladder Cancer At Diagnosis

A new study has revealed a disturbing trend towards increased metastatic bladder cancer at the time of diagnosis. The findings show an about a 1.7% yearly increase over the study period—1998 to 2006—in which metastatic disease appears at bladder cancer … Continue reading

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Study Raises Questions About Lung Cancer Treatment

An emerging study is raising some questions about a controversial radiation treatment for lung cancer. The treatment, Postoperative radiotherapy (PORT), according to U.S. researchers, may not help increase the life span of elderly patients, said Reuters Health. PORT is believed … Continue reading

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Frequent Osteoporosis Testing Not Needed

Emerging research has found that frequent osteoporosis testing is no longer needed in older women who received health bone scan results previously. The findings could mean that millions of women can skip frequent testing if their first scan indicates no … Continue reading

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