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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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Knee Replacement Patients Should Consider Nickel Allergies before Surgery

Individuals considering undergoing knee replacement surgery should ask their doctors to run a test to determine if they have a nickel allergy. Determining if a patient suffers from a nickel allergy will ensure the right knee implant is chosen for their surgery, and possibly save them from considerable pain and ...

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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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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 ...
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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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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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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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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FDA Targets Defective Defibrillators

A new Food & Drug Administration (FDA) report on < "">external defibrillators finds that the devices malfunction far too often, and that such malfunctions can prove fatal. Yesterday, the agency announced that it has launched an initiative aimed at facilitating … Continue reading

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Sprint Fidelis Fracture Rates May be Higher than Medtronic Admits

Medtronic Inc.’s stated failure rate for the < "">recalled Sprint Fidelis defibrillator lead has been disputed by some leading hospitals. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, those hospitals – including the University of Rochester in New York … Continue reading

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Sprint Fidelis Problems Weigh On Medtronic

We have long been writing about the dangerous, sometimes deadly, issue regarding < "">defective cardiac device leads. Now, a report out by UBS Investment Research announced that, “lead failures could accelerate over time,” said Med City News. Lead wires are … Continue reading

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Boston Scientific Settles Probe Over Defibrillators

Last year we wrote that a prominent physician from the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation had expressed concern about test guidelines for a next-generation < "">heart defibrillator under development at the time by Medtronic, Inc., Boston Scientific Corporation, and St. Jude … Continue reading

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More Claims Filed over Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads

Three more lawsuits have been filed against < "">Medtronic, Medtronic USA, Medtronic International Technology, and Medtronic Puerto Rico Operations, reports the Madison Record. The three individuals, residents of Illinois, allege in their 60-count suit, that they suffer sudden shocks after … Continue reading

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Defibrillator Leads Need Monitoring, Doctor Group Says

Defibrillator lead wires, such a those involved in the 2007 < "">Medtronic Sprint Fidelis lead recall, need better surveillance to detect defects, a group of heart doctors has said. The Heart Rhythm Society also called on hospitals to train doctors … Continue reading

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads: Doctors, Patients Face Tough Choices

The procedure to remove one of Medtronic Inc.’s < "">defective Sprint Fidelis defibrillator leads is dangerous and complicated. According to a report in The New York Times, because of the risks involved, patients implanted with a Sprint Fidelis lead and … Continue reading

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Medtronic Letter Links Sprint Fidelis Leads to 13 Deaths, Possibly More

< "">Medtronic’s Sprint Fidelis defibrillator leads have been implicated in at least 13 deaths and could be linked to scores of others. That’s up from the five fatalities Medtronic reported when the Sprint Fidelis leads were first removed from the … Continue reading

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Risk Grows Over Time

A new study has found that < "">Medtronic’s Sprint Fidelis defibrillator leads are still putting patients at risk.  The Sprint Fidelis leads were removed from the market in October 2007 because of their higher-than-normal fracture rate. A lead is a … Continue reading

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Late Treatment with Stents Questioned

< "">Cardiac stents have been the subject of much controversy in recent months and, now, two emerging studies have found that patients do not fare better over medications and other treatments than with stents following heart attacks. Stents are tiny … Continue reading

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