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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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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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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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System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

Study Finds System for Tracking Prescription Drug Side Effects Flawed

System for keeping track of dangerous side effects of prescription drugs is flawed because drug makers are submitting incomplete information about problems to the FDA.

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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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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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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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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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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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Whole Foods Market Recalls Roquefort Cheese for Possible Listeria Contamination

Whole Foods Market Recalls Roquefort Cheese

Whole Foods Market is recalling a Roquefort cheese sold in its stores nationwide because the cheese may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, … Continue reading

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Organic Food Recalls on the Rise, Report Says

Organic Food Recalls on the Rise, Report Says

Stericycle, a company that handles recalls for businesses, reports a sharp increase in the number of recalls of organic food products. Organic food products accounted for 7 percent of all food units recalled so far this year, compared with 2 … Continue reading

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Beech-Nut Recalls Baby Food Over Possible Glass Contamination

Beech-Nut Recalls Baby Food Over Possible Glass Contamination

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Beech-Nut Nutrition is recalling approximately 1,920 pounds of baby food products that may be contaminated with small pieces of glass. The recalled baby food was … Continue reading

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Possible Listeria Contamination Prompts Recall of Sabra Classic Hummus

Listeria Contamination Prompts Recall of Sabra Hummus

Approximately 30,000 cases of Sabra Classic Hummus have been recalled by Sabra Dipping Co., LLC for possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Five SKUs of Classic Hummus, sold nationwide, are covered by this recall. Sabra Dipping says that no other hummus … Continue reading

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Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The New York State attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements – products that either did not contain the listed ingredient or were contaminated with unlisted ingredients, including possible allergens. GNC, Target, Walgreens and … Continue reading

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Four Deaths, Two Dozen Illnesses Linked to Prepackaged Caramel Apples

Four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses have prompted health officials to warn consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples, which may be contaminated with listeria. Caramel apples are most widely available around Halloween, and the outbreak started in mid-October. … Continue reading

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Energy Drinks Can be Deadly for Children

New research shows that children face serious and possibly deadly side effects from the consumption of energy drinks. Between 2010 and 2013, poison control centers received more than 5,000 reports of people who got sick from energy drinks, NBC News … Continue reading

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FDA Analysis Shows Gluten in Supposedly Gluten-Free Foods

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysis of over 400 foods on the market shows that many products that should naturally be gluten-free – products that do not contain wheat, barley, or rye – are contaminated with gluten.  This raises … Continue reading

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Nationwide M&Ms Recall: Allergen Concerns

Last week, Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its M&Ms Brand Theater Box, 3.40 oz, UPC #40000294764 because the box may contain peanut butter M&Ms, though peanut butter– an allergen – is not listed on the outside … Continue reading

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Study: Artificial Sweeteners May Raise Blood Sugar, Promote Obesity

A new study involving artificial sweeteners has found that the additives may be making Americans fatter. The study revealed that artificial sweeteners may trigger “dramatic” blood sugar disturbances in people and mice. This appears to happen because of the way … Continue reading

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