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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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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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Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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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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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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