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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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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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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...
Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

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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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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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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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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