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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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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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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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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling & the Economy

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The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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Intuitive Surgical Declines as Revenue Misses Estimate

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Intuitive Surgical Inc., maker of the da Vinci surgical robot system, reports its revenues fell the most in three months after third-quarter profit declined on lower sales of the da Vinci and related equipment. Revenue decreased 7.2 percent to $499 … Continue reading

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Increased da Vinci Marketing may be Tied to Increased Injury Reports

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Robotic surgery marketing appears to be tied to robotic surgery injury reports, according to a new report concerning the da Vinci robotic surgical system that is manufactured and marketed by Intuitive Surgical. In one case highlighted by Bloomberg.com, general surgeon … Continue reading

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Analysts Warn That Adverse da Vinci Reports Part of a Larger Problem

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Citron Research just published a rather negative report concerning device maker Intuitive Surgical and its da Vinci surgical robot. Citron discusses a marked increase in reported adverse events, while Intuitive Surgical argues that sudden increases are in filings, not in … Continue reading

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Most Robotic Surgery Deaths Involve Gynecologic Surgery

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins are warning that inappropriate reporting processes may be hiding real dangers tied to robotic surgical procedures, such as those conducted using Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci system. Most reported injuries and deaths involved gynecologic surgery. The researchers … Continue reading

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da Vinci Uses Expanding Despite Mounting Controversy

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In the midst of growing controversy over its robotic surgical system, Intuitive Surgical continues to add functionality to its da Vinci robot. Ho-Sheng Lin, M.D., a fellow with the American College of Surgeons and professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery … Continue reading

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Medscape Weighs in on da Vinci Controversy

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Although Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci robotic surgical system, continues to tout the controversial system’s so-called benefits, mounting injury reports and litigation tell a different story. Now, an editor and surgeon just published the slide show, “Robotic Surgery: … Continue reading

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Weak Sales, Regulator Warning, Mounting Injury Reports, Litigation Plague Intuitive Surgical

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Intuitive Surgical, the developer of the da Vinci surgical robot system has dropped its stock price significantly in the face of stalled sales, a warning from federal regulators, and mounting injury reports and litigation. In this year’s second quarter, Intuitive … Continue reading

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Another Lawsuit Alleges Serious Injuries Tied to da Vinci Robot

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A woman claims that Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the da Vinci robotic surgical system, is responsible for serious injuries she suffered from her robotic surgery. The woman, 45, brought a federal lawsuit after suffering chronic abdominal pain and serious … Continue reading

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da Vinci Robotic System Still the Focus of Controversy

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Although Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the da Vinci robotic surgical device, continues to tout the controversial system’s so-called benefits, mounting injury reports and litigation tell a different story. David Rosa from Intuitive Surgical tells CNN that, “The benefit is … Continue reading

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Robotic Surgery Mishap Causes Oregon Woman Months of Pain

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A Portland, Oregon woman suffered months of intense pain after a hysterectomy performed last September with the aid of the da Vinci surgical robot system. Heidi Carlson knew something was wrong, but she couldn’t convince doctors, she said in an … Continue reading

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