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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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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

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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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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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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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

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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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

Posted in Health Concerns, Hydraulic Fracturing / Fracking, Tennessee Nolichucky River NFS Radioactive Contamination, Toxic Substances |

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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FDA Says Cardiogen-82 Problems Linked To Device Misuse

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that Cardiogen-82 problems, which led to a product recall last year, are linked to device misuse. This, following a preliminary agency investigation. The FDA’s investigation revealed that “improper usage” of the CardioGen-82 … Continue reading

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