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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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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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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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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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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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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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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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Aggressive Drivers and Road Rage Pose a Threat to NY Drivers

Many individuals in New York and across the country experience anger and impatience when driving through traffic. People get frustrated when they are late to a meeting or an appointment and traffic has come to a standstill. As many as … Continue reading

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Slap Bracelets Recalled due to Laceration Hazard

On September 7, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding bracelets sold with storybooks due to a potential laceration hazard. Studio Fun International recalled approximately 86,000 slap bracelets that were sold in the United States and in … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Toys, Health Concerns, Product Recalls |

Faulty St. Jude Riata Defibrillators may have Fatal Consequences

Patients who still have recalled St. Jude Defibrillators leads in their chests have many reasons to be vigilant. Premature insulation failure in the recalled device has been tentatively linked to polymicrobial endocarditis, a serious, often deadly condition that leads to … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Health Concerns, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices, St. Jude Defibrillators |

2018 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, GMC Acadia Recalled

Approximately 2,900 vehicles of the model-year 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, 2018 GMC Terrain SUVs, and 2017-1018 GMC Acadia SUVs have been recalled, according to the Daily Hornet. The problem is that the right front intermediate driveshaft may fracture. If the driveshaft … Continue reading

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Recall due to Potentially Hazardous Batteries

The most recent unfortunate news for Samsung’s beleaguered line of Galaxy Note smartphones is that over 10,000 refurbished batteries for the Note 4, a three-year-old phone, are being recalled due to a risk of overheating, with the potential of fires … Continue reading

Posted in Cellular Phone, Defective Products, Product Recalls |

Cook Medical Recalls Medical Device due to Blood Clot Risk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified the Cook Medical Zenith Alpha Thoracic Endovascular Graft as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall where there is a “reasonable probability that the use of or exposure … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Defective Products, Health Concerns, Legal News, Product Recalls, Recalled Medical Devices |

Papaya Salmonella Victims Increase to 141 with More Possible

As of August 11, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting that 141 people in nineteen states have confirmed cases of strains of salmonella traced back to papayas imported from Mexico. Victims range in age from 1 to … Continue reading

Posted in E. Coli, Food Poisoning, Food Products, Health Concerns, Listeria, Recalled Food Products, Salmonella |

Increased Risk of Bone Fractures with Invokana and Invokamet XR

Despite a multitude of warnings for a drug taken for treatment of type 2 diabetes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded indications for Invokamet (canagliflozin and metformin). Invokamet along with Invokana (canagliflozin), carry warnings for adverse reactions … Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

Endo Agrees to Additional $775M Settlement for a Total of $2.6B

As of August 7, 2017, Endo International has agreed to set aside an additional $775 million to resolve the company’s remaining mesh lawsuits’ allegations related to the Transvaginal Mesh (TVM) Multidistrict (MDL) Litigation pending in the U.S. district Court of … Continue reading

Posted in Defective Medical Devices, Defective Products, Health Concerns, Product Recalls, Recalled Vehicles, Transvaginal mesh |

General Motors Recalls 800,000 Trucks due to Power Steering Defects

Nearly 800,000 pickup trucks are being recalled by General Motors because they may suddenly lose power steering while the truck is being driven, and the sudden steering jolt may cause drivers to lose control of the vehicle, reports Fortune. About … Continue reading

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