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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

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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Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Failing DePuy ASR Hip Implants Sending Hundreds of Australians Back to the OR

Roughly 1,000 people in Australia have had to undergo revision surgeries because of failed DePuy ASR hip implants. According to TheAge.com, DePuy Orthopaedics has heard from more than 4,000 people in Australia and New Zealand seeking help with the recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

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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Fracking Workers Exposed to High Levels of Benzene, Study Finds

Workers at hydraulic fracturing – fracking – oil and gas sites are routinely exposed to high levels of benzene, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The agency, part of the Centers for … Continue reading

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Scientific Case Against Fracking Continues to Grow Stronger

A Cornell University engineering professor argues that the scientific case against hydraulic fracturing – fracking – continues to get stronger. Prof. Anthony Ingraffea cites three concerns with the oil and gas drilling technique: groundwater contamination, earthquake generation, and accidental methane … Continue reading

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California Stops Fracking Waste Water Injection, Citing Danger to Aquifers

California officials have shut-down 11 oil and gas waste water injection sites in the Central Valley and ordered a review of more than 100 others, fearing that energy companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into … Continue reading

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Texas Family Awarded $2.9 Million in Fracking Lawsuit

Last month, a Dallas County, Texas, jury awarded $2.9 million to a family for personal injury and property damages arising out of a lawsuit against Aruba Petroleum, Inc. for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations near the Parr family’s property. The award … Continue reading

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EPA Considers Regulations Requiring Disclosure of Hydraulic Fracking Chemicals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken a step toward requiring drilling companies to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking). On Friday, the agency issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR). A public comment period of 90 … Continue reading

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Texas Family Seeks $9 Million in Lawsuit Over Fracking-Related Illnesses

A Texas family’s nuisance lawsuit seeks $9 million in damages from Aruba Petroleum, a company drilling natural gas wells near their property, for exposing them to the hazardous gases, chemicals and industrial wastes in the fracking process that are making … Continue reading

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Pro-Fracking Exxon CEO Sues to Stop Fracking Near His $5M Ranch

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Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil Corp.’s chief executive office (CEO) is one of a group of people suing to block hydraulic fracturing—known as fracking—activities in their neighborhoods. The group also includes House Majority Leader, Dick Armey. Given that both men have long touted fracking, the … Continue reading

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Deadly Toll for Texas Onshore Oil- and Gas-Drilling Workers

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For many of the 100,000-plus workers in oil and gas exploration jobs, the Texas drilling boom has left a toll of death and devastating injuries. Between 2007 and 2012, 664 U.S. workers were killed in oil and gas fields, with … Continue reading

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Investigation Confirms Water Contamination in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas Linked to Fracking

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An Associated Press (AP) investigation has confirmed complaints about well-water contamination from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and other oil and gas drilling in four states. The boom in hydraulic fracturing in the last ten years has produced an accompanying increase in … Continue reading

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Chemicals in Fracking Fluids May Disrupt Hormones, Raise Infertility Risk

Chemicals in the fluid used in the hydraulic fracturing—fracking—gas drilling technique may disrupt the functioning of human hormones and lead to increased risk of infertility, cancer, and other health problems, new research finds. The results of a new study, carried … Continue reading

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