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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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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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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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Actos Side Effects Lawyers Says Whistleblower Revelations Could Boost Bladder Cancer, Heart Failure Lawsuits

An attorney with a prominent personal injury law firm says an Actos whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year could strengthen legal claims alleging the type 2 diabetes medication caused some users to develop bladder cancer and heart failure.

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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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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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Federal Panel Hears Oral Arguments on Proposed Biomet M2A Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawsuit Consolidation

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) heard oral arguments last week regarding the proposed consolidation of all Biomet M2A Magnum metal-on-metal hip implant lawsuits as a multidistrict litigation.  Plaintiffs pushing for the Biomet M2A Magnum hip implant consolidation … Continue reading

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ADHD in Children Linked to Lead, Mercury Exposure

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been linked to lead and mercury exposure in young children, according to an emerging study. The study, which followed about 300 Inuit children born in northern Quebec, Canada, found that young children exposed to … Continue reading

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Patients Need Regular Checks, Australian Medical Device Regulators Warn

Australian regulators have become the latest to issue warnings about the possible dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants.  In a posting on the website for Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the agency advised that recipients of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices … Continue reading

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Settlement Reached in Fosamax Dead Jaw Syndrome Lawsuit

A confidential settlement on damages has been reported in a Fosamax lawsuit brought by the estate of a Florida woman who developed Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ON J or Dead Jaw Syndrome) while taking the bisphosphonate drug.  According to a … Continue reading

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Mirapex Being Reviewed for Possible Association with Heart Failure

U.S. drug regulators are investigating a possible link between the Parkinson’s disease drug, Mirapex, and heart failure. In a Drug Safety Communication issued yesterday, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned that some research has raised concern that taking Mirapex … Continue reading

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H&M Recalls Children’s Water Bottles for Choking Hazard

H&M issued a recall of its children’s water bottles over choking hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. About 2,900 Children’s Water Bottles are constructed with a spout that can break off, posing a choking hazard to … Continue reading

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Crestor, Other Statins Little Help in Preventing Blood Clots

New analysis of a previously conducted clinical trials casts doubt on the effectiveness of statin drugs, specifically rosuvastatin, in the prevention of blood clots. Rosuvastatin is available in name brand form as Crestor and is among the most widely prescribed … Continue reading

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FDA Warns Intestinomicina Can Lead to Life-Threatening Injuries

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers that the drug Intestinomicina can lead to life-threatening injuries. The drug is made in El Salvador and advertised as a treatment for infectious diarrhea and acute gastrointestinal infections. Intestinomicina, which … Continue reading

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Former 9/11 Airline Dispatcher Fights for Zadroga Act Compensation to Treat PTSD

A former airline dispatcher who helped guide hundreds of flight to safety on 9/11/2001 is now fighting a battle to obtain health benefits from the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.  Michael Winter recently told CBS News that he desperately needs Zadroga … Continue reading

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Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Named in Two Florida Lawsuits Alleging Metal Poisoning

Lawsuits against Stryker Orthopaedics over its recalled Rejuvenate Modular Hip Implant System continue to mount.  This week, the medical device maker was named in two Florida lawsuits alleging Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacements resulted in metal poisoning that caused bone and … Continue reading

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