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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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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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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...

Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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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 Investigation Finds Underreporting of Medical Device Problems

FDA Finds Underreporting of Medical Device Problems

Under federal law, hospitals must report adverse events related to medical devices to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but an FDA investigation has revealed that many hospitals are likely underreporting these events. This reporting helps the FDA identify … Continue reading

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Tainted Medical Scopes Allegedly Cause Superbug Infections

Tainted Medical Scopes Allegedly Cause Superbug Infections

The Olympus Corporation, based in Japan, was allegedly aware of superbug outbreaks in three countries as early as 2013 and did not alert American hospitals about possibly deadly infections from contaminated medical scopes known as duodenoscopes. After two-dozen infections were … Continue reading

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FDA Urges Hospitals to Stop Using Custom Ultrasonics Duodenoscope Cleaning Machines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken new steps in its efforts to deal with a series of superbug infections linked to the duodenoscope, a device used to examine the intestinal tract to diagnose and treat conditions including gallstones. … Continue reading

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Senate Report Critical of Medical Device Makers’ Failure to Report Infections

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A Senate report released on January 13, 2016 finds that superbug infections linked to poorly cleaned medical devices have been more widespread than previously known. The reports places blame on hospitals, device makers, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). … Continue reading

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Investigation Shows Olympus Failed to Alert Authorities to Deadly Bacteria Found on Medical Scopes

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In spring 2012 at a Dutch hospital, a technician for Olympus, maker of medical scopes, found a brown, grimy film inside parts of the flexible scope that were supposed to be sealed, and a rubber ring designed to keep bacteria … Continue reading

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FDA Orders Custom Ultrasonics to Recall AERs Used to Clean Duodenoscopes

FDA order Recall on AERs Used to Clean Duodenoscopes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered Custom Ultrasonics to recall all of its automated endoscope reprocessors (AERs), devices used to sterilized special medical scopes such as duodenoscopes. According to a Nov. 13 announcement, the recall is being … Continue reading

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Olympus Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit over Contaminated Duodenoscope

Olympus Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit over Duodenoscope

A wrongful death lawsuit against Olympus America, Olympus Medical Systems Corp. and Custom Ultrasonics has been filed over the use of an allegedly contaminated medical scope. The suit was filed on behalf of a woman whose husband died of an … Continue reading

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