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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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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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FDA Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA Safety Warning for Bone Graft Products in Patients Under 18

FDA issued safety alerts to patients, parents & guardians, bone graft devices w/recombinant proteins or synthetic peptides not to be the first treatment for 18 & under.

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed.

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Embolism Risk with da Vinci Xi in Heart Procedures

A warning at the end of May 2016 was issued by Intuitive Surgical concerning a risk that small particles could be introduced inside the heart during intra-cardiac procedures using its da Vinci Xi device. The da Vinci Xi received U.S. … Continue reading

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Unfavorable Study Result Tied to Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci Robot System

A new study has revealed that, based on insurance claim information, bladder cancer patients may not benefit from robotic surgery for their bladder removal procedures. In fact, according to Fierce Medical Device, patients experienced similar complication rates and hospital stay … Continue reading

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Medtronic InFuse Lawsuit Remanded to the Circuit Court, Will Proceed to Trial

A recent motion to remand was granted in a Medtronic InFuse case. The case will be returned back to its Circuit Court to continue with trial. InFuse is a genetically engineered, synthetic, recombinant human Bone Morphogenetic Protein (rhBMP-2). The product … Continue reading

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Thousands of da Vinci Lawsuits Pending, Intuitive Surgical Sales Dropping

Intuitive Surgical, which manufactures and markets the da Vinci surgical robot, just released information concerning quarterly sales, which have declined by almost half, and that the drop is related, in part, to thousands of lawsuits brought over alleged da Vinci … Continue reading

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da Vinci Robot Ad Draws Controversy for Use of Hospital Name, Doctors

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A recent print ad for the da Vinci surgical robot system, which is manufactured and marketed by Intuitive Surgical, has created significant controversy and opened questions about a possible conflict of interest. The University of Illinois allowed its name and … Continue reading

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Study Finds Adverse Events Tied to da Vinci Robot Surgery Are Unreported

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A recent report reveals that adverse reactions associated with da Vinci surgical robot procedures may be greater than believed. The under-reporting of actual patient injuries may be presenting a different picture of the surgical technology to prospective surgical patients. The … Continue reading

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Two Intuitive Surgical da Vinci Robot Recalls Receive FDA Class Designations

Two recent actions involving more than 110,000 components of Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci surgical robot system have been deemed Class II recalls by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA’s Class II designation involves situations in which “use … Continue reading

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Intuitive Warning: da Vinci Robot Surgical Arms Cause Friction, Stall

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In its second warning this month, Intuitive Surgical Inc., the manufacturer of the da Vinci robot surgery system, advised physicians that friction in the arms of some devices might cause unit stalls. The Urgent Medical Device Recall notice was issued … Continue reading

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Controversy Over Robotic Surgery Injuries, Deaths Continues

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Mounting reports of adverse events during robotic surgeries have led to increased government scrutiny and a cautionary statement issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “Robotic surgery is not the only or the best minimally invasive approach to … Continue reading

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da Vinci Controversy Spreads to Great Britain

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The controversy surrounding risks tied to robotic surgery systems, specifically with the da Vinci robot, are being seen in the United Kingdom. The da Vinci was cleared for use in 2000 in the United States by the U.S. Food and … Continue reading

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