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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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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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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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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Bronx Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run, Second Teen Injured

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Pkwy in Dix Hills west of Exit 42. He was driving a Nissan Altima.

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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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Pella Architect Series Windows Allow Water to Penetrate Home, Cause Extensive Damage

For many consumers who purchased Pella Architect Series Windows, they’re learning that the advertised benefits simply aren’t true. More and more, property owners whose homes have been installed with Pella Architect Series Windows have come to believe that the Pella … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Man Claims DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant is Defective, Caused Metal Poisoning

A Pennsylvania man claims he suffered serious and debilitating injuries caused by the DePuy Orthopaedics Pinnacle Acetabular System Device metal-on-metal hip implant. Mark Hart, has become the latest to file a lawsuit against DePuy and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, … Continue reading

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Illinois nursing home faces neglect lawsuit after resident blames care for leg amputation

An Illinois man claims he was forced to have part of his leg amputated and is “deathly ill” after receiving negligent care at a nursing home already under state scrutiny. Patch.com reports that John Eric Rush has filed a lawsuit … Continue reading

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Government sequestration will impact Zadroga Act compensation

As the federal government sequestration looms today and lawmakers in nation’s capital appear unwilling to reach a compromise on a budget deal, the automatic spending cuts that will go into place may affect the healthcare compensation granted first responder victims … Continue reading

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DePuy’s latest defense: Infections, not a defective implant, led to revision surgery

The complications suffered by the retired Montana prison guard who claims his DePuy Orthopaedics ASR metal-on-metal hip implant was defective were not caused by the device but from an infection he had in his hip as well as other prior … Continue reading

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Poland Spring bottled water may be contaminated with gasoline; Sandy and gas shortage likely to blame

The effects of Superstorm Sandy in October are still being felt months later and in some unexpected places: Poland Spring bottled water. WMUR.com reports that health officials in New Hampshire have warned consumers about the potential dangers posed by larger … Continue reading

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Firm seeks Bausch & Lomb IPO after private sale fails to materialize

The owners of the well-known eye care products company Bausch & Lomb are considering an Initial Public Offering of the company after attempts to sell it privately did not meet expectations. Bloomberg broke news at the end of last week … Continue reading

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Stryker issues new guidance in Australia for recipients of recalled ABG II Modular neck hip implant component

Medical device maker Stryker Corp. has issued updated guidance for patients who rely on the company’s ABG II Modular neck hip implant component. According to a report at MassDevice.com, a recent finding that one patient who showed no other signs … Continue reading

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DePuy marketing boss tells jurors ASR hip implant is safe

The head of marketing at DePuy Orthopaedics assured one of his subordinates who expressed concerns over the safety of the company’s ASR metal-on-metal hip implant that the company was on top of the matter and the product he was pitching … Continue reading

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FDA investigating potential link between chicken jerky dog treats from China and spate of pet illnesses

With thousands of reports of illnesses suffered by pet dogs in the U.S. already on the record and some new cases being reported as recently as last month, federal health officials said this week they’ll begin to investigate a possible … Continue reading

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