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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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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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J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled - Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, Inc. Pet Food Recalled Over Potential Listeria Contamination

J.J. Fuds, has recalled a specific lot of its J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food over potential contamination with the dangerous, Listeria monocytogenes pathogen.

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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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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 ...
Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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Pearl Harbor Asbestos Exposure Linked to Veterans’ Mesothelioma

The Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 that killed more than 2,400 Americans, wounded nearly 1,200 others, and plunged the country into World War II, also exposed more than 10,000 service members to high levels of airborne … Continue reading

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Serious Brain Side Effects of Dilantin

Epilepsy patients who take the drug Dilantin to control seizures could experience a variety of side effects, including atrophy of the cerebellum, an area of the brain important to the control of movement and coordination. Posture, balance, coordination and speech … Continue reading

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Exposure to 9/11 Toxic Cloud Linked to Low Birth Weight Babies

Fifteen years after the collapse of the World Trade Center towers in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, researchers are still learning the impact of the attacks on people’s health. When the twin towers fell, a cloud of toxic dust … Continue reading

Posted in Birth Defects, Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Propecia Litigation Moving Toward First Trial

The litigation involving serious and sometimes catastrophic side effects of the hair loss drug Propecia is moving forward, with the selection of bellwether cases. In such large litigations, representative cases—bellwether cases—are chosen to be the first to go to trial. … Continue reading

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Shift in Age and Gender Distribution of Mesothelioma Cases

For many decades, mesothelioma—an aggressive cancer that occurs in the mesothelium, the thin layer of tissue that covers the internal organs—has largely affected men age 60 and older. But epidemiologist Francine Baumann of the University of New Caledonia has recently … Continue reading

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New York Mayor’s Office Issues Comprehensive Report on 9-11 Health Impact

The Office of the Mayor of the City of New York has issued a report on the health impacts of the 9/11 attacks. The report is detailed and comprehensive, covering short-, mid- and long-term impacts for fire, police, rescue, and … Continue reading

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Talc-Related Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits on the Rise

Scores of women across the United States have developed ovarian cancer, allegedly as a result of using talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product. Many of these women have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, maker of Johnson’s Baby Powder … Continue reading

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Energy Drink Consumption May Lead to Caffeine, Liver Injuries

Energy Drink Consumption Leads to Caffeine, Liver Injuries

A 50-year-old man has allegedly suffered from a plethora of mysterious symptoms after ingesting four to five energy drinks a day over several weeks. He had been suffering from abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting, and assumed these were symptoms of … Continue reading

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Gout Medication Zyloprim Linked to Serious Skin Reaction

Gout Medication Zyloprim Linked to Serious Skin Reaction

New research suggests that Zyloprim (allopurinol), a drug prescribed to treat gout and kidney stones, is linked to Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), a rare but serious skin reaction. Zyloprim is a medication used to treat chronic gout, a condition that causes … Continue reading

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Onglyza Associated with Pancreatitis, Pancreatic Cancer, and Cardiac Issues

Onglyza Associated with Pancreatic Cancer and Other Issues

The Type 2 diabetes medication, Onglyza (saxagliptin), is often offered as a preferred option for diabetics, along with a healthy lifestyle, including exercise and diet; however, Onglyza has been associated with increased risks for pancreatic cancer and heart issues. Approved … Continue reading

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