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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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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 Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

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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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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

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

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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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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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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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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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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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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Fracking Wastewater Blamed for Pennsylvania Contamination

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Wastewater from hydraulic fracturing—fracking—released into local Pennsylvania streams contained contaminants, according to just released research. The fracking waste was treated and released, but contained high levels of salts and other contaminants, according to LaboratoryEquipment.com. Those contaminants could pose a danger … Continue reading

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Arsenic in Drinking Water Tied to Illnesses at Low Levels

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Naturally occurring arsenic in drinking water may be to blame for a number of common maladies and some serious ailments, in addition to respiratory problems seen in chronic low-dose exposure, according to research. Arsenic that is naturally occurring is found … Continue reading

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Exxon Mobil Charged With Illegally Dumping Fracking Wastewater

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Exxon Mobil Corp. was just charged with dumping more than 50,000 gallons of wastewater in Pennsylvania. It seems that, in 2010, Exxon Unit XTO Energy Inc. illegally discharged wastewater from the Marquandt well site’s waste tanks, which are located in … Continue reading

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Industry Group Issues Report Touting Fracking Boom Benefits to Economy

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An industry-funded report states that the uptick in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activities has benefited the economy with jobs, revenue, and household income increases. While some believe fracking is an answer to a downturned economy and energy independence, more believe the … Continue reading

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Lawsuits Tie Fracking to Earthquakes

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Litigation brought over hydraulic fracturing—fracking—is looking at the connection between fracking wastewater and increased seismic activity and earthquakes. For example, in 2010 and 2011, the town of Greenbrier, Arkansas experienced more than 1,000 minor earthquakes; the largest was a magnitude … Continue reading

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