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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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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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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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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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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 Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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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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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Continue, New Complaint Filed by Tennessee Resident

Actos bladder cancer lawsuits continue, with a new complaint filed by a resident of Tennessee. The national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, represents the Tennessee man who alleges that Actos caused his bladder cancer.

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FDA Targets Defective Defibrillators

A new Food & Drug Administration (FDA) report on < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/medtronic_defibrillators">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/medtronic_defibrillators">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/medtronic_defibrillators">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

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/medtronic_defibrillators">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 < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/medtronic_defibrillators">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

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_medical_devices">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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