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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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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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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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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

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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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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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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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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E. coli Scare Tied to Canadian Beef Spreads to U.S.

U.S. consumers are again being warned that beef imported from Canada could be contaminated with E. coli.   According to its latest update, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Canada’s XL Foods its expanding its … Continue reading

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Impotence, Erectile Dysfunction, Low Sex Drive, Other Propecia Side Effects May be Long-Lasting

It’s becoming increasingly clear that men who use Propecia run the risk of developing severe sexual side effects, including impotence, erectile dysfunction, lower sex drive, infertility, testicular pain and genital shrinkage.  Unfortunately for many men, recent research indicates that Propecia … Continue reading

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Medtronic Infuse® Researcher Named in Whistleblower Lawsuit

A whistleblower lawsuit filed by a patient who received a Medtronic spine device in an off-label procedure has accused the company of installing a crony at a prominent medical journal in order to garner good press for Medtronic products, including … Continue reading

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Smith & Nephew Issues Safety Alert for Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Components

Smith & Nephew has issued a safety alert for its Birmingham Hip Modular Head implant components.  According to a report from MassDevice.com, Smith & Nephew issued the Birmingham Modular Head implant warning after data from two overseas device tracking databases … Continue reading

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Pradaxa®, Other New Blood Thinners Can Triple Bleeding Risks in ACS Patients, Study Finds

A study of new blood thinners, including Pradaxa®, has found that these novel drugs pose an elevated bleeding risk that cancels out their benefits in patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS).  According to a report from MedPage Today, the study … Continue reading

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Remington Rifle Lawsuit Alleges Faulty Fire Control System on Remington Model 700 Rifle Left Montana Man Paralyzed

A Montana man has filed a new lawsuit alleging a defective fire control mechanism on the Remington Model 700 rifle led to his paralysis.  According to a report from NBCMontana.com, Brad Humphrey claims the Remington rifle unexpectedly discharged during a … Continue reading

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Pradaxa Study Finds New Blood Thinner Hasn’t Had Much Effect on Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

A new Pradaxa study conducted by U.S. researchers has found that Pradaxa hasn’t really changed the way doctors treat atrial fibrillation, its approved indication.  According to a report from the UPI, the same study also found that a growing number … Continue reading

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What Happens if I Become Pregnant While Using Mirena IUD?

Believe it or not, it is possible to become pregnant while using the Mirena IUD (Intrauterine Device).  No form of birth control, with the exception of tubal ligation, will prevent pregnancy 100% of the time.  According to the Mirena website, … Continue reading

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Del Monte Recalls Fresh-Cut Mango Products for Potential Salmonella

Del Monte just issued a recall of its fresh-cut mango products over potential Salmonella contamination. The announcement followed the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) warning against consuming mangoes produced by Agricola Daniella in Mexico. This recall, initiated by Del … Continue reading

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Skechers Shape-Ups Toning Shoe Danger: Stress Fractures

Stress fractures, small cracks in the bone that can occur in the foot or ankle that are often associated with basketball, distance running and other high-impact sports, are generally caused by repeated stress of the foot striking the ground.  However, … Continue reading

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