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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

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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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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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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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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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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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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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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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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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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Metal Ion Levels Predict Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failure, Study Suggests

A study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery found that levels of metal ions in the blood were associated with failure rates of metal-on-metal hip implants.

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The State of Oregon Wins a $4 Million Settlement Involving DePuy Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Devices

The Oregon Department of Justice just obtained a $4 million settlement over a lawsuit brought over Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. metal-on-metal hip implant device. The case involved allegations concerning the way in which DePuy marketed the medical device. The … Continue reading

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Family Alleges Mother’s Fatal Brain Cancer Associated with DePuy ASR All-Metal Hip Implant

Before her death, a woman from India brought a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson over its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant device. She alleged the metal-on-metal hip device led to her deadly and aggressive brain cancer. The woman’s family indicated … Continue reading

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Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant $56 Million Settlement Approved

In a multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving two metal hip implant devices made by Biomet Inc., federal judge Robert L. Miller Jr. has approved a two-part settlement for at least $56 million. Biomet hip implant patients must have filed a lawsuit … Continue reading

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Stryker Settles 8 Lawsuits Alleging Recalled Metal Hip Implant Caused Injuries

Nearly 1,500 lawsuits have been filed across the country over the Stryker Rejuvenate, a recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement system. More than half of the cases have been filed into a multi-county litigation (MCL) in the Bergen County court under the … Continue reading

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants can Lead to Early Revision Surgery, Other Issues

Metal-on-metal hip implants have gained notoriety due to highly publicized recalls and thousands of lawsuits alleging that the devices caused early revision surgery and other injuries. Many studies have consistently shown that these devices are more prone to failure. Dr. … Continue reading

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1,000 Infuse Patients File Lawsuits Against Medtronic

Infuse, Medtronic’s controversial bone growth product that has been the center of scientific and legal controversies, is the subject of 700 lawsuits involved over 1,000 patients. MedPage Today reports that the company, which is also being investigated by several states … Continue reading

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Biomet Agrees to Hip Device Settlement of $56 Million

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Biomet Inc., the medical device maker that manufactures the M2a-38 and the M2a-Magnum hip implants, just agreed to a $56 million settlement to end a multidistrict litigation (MDL) organized in 2012. The settlement has been constructed in two parts, according … Continue reading

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DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Patient Undergoes Revison Surgery After Device Fails

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An Arizona woman has filed a lawsuit over metal poisoning she alleges was caused by a DePuy Pinnacle hip implant she received in 2007.  She is suing DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent company Johnson & Johnson. In her lawsuit, the … Continue reading

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Metal Hip Implants Continue to Cause Legal Issues for DePuy

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Metal-on-metal hip implants have been causing trouble for DePuy and parent company Johnson & Johnson for past few years. After the global recall of the ASR in 2010, lawsuits everywhere came flooding in. Eventually, DePuy and J&J agreed to a … Continue reading

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