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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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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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Indiana Woman Alleges Serious Injuries From Transvaginal Mesh Products

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who suffered injuries after receiving transvaginal mesh implants. The lawsuit suit alleges that the transvaginal mesh created an unreasonable risk and directly caused her injuries.

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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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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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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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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 ...

FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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Asbestos Exposure Continues to Lead to Fatal Illnesses

Where is Asbestos Found? Individuals working or attending school in a building that was damaged after a storm or following maintenance work should know about potential asbestos concerns. When storms damage buildings, especially buildings built prior to the 1970s, the … Continue reading

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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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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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COPD is Now Independently Covered Under Zadroga Act

COPD is Now Independently Covered Under Zadroga Act

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is now covered under the Zadroga Act as an independent injury, meaning that 9/11 victims can file a claim for COPD alone without a prior diagnosis or association with another respiratory condition. Previously, Zadroga benefits … Continue reading

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9/11 Responders Continue to Suffer WTC-Related Injuries

9/11 Responders Continue to Suffer WTC-Related Injuries

It has been nearly 15 years since the 9/11 attacks, and first responders and residents continue to face chronic health problems related to toxic dust exposure. Officially, the disaster area extends from the World Trade Center site to the western … Continue reading

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Child Protection Organization Asks Indian States to Test Johnson & Johnson Baby Products for Hazardous Chemicals

On May 17, 2016, India’s National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), a child rights organization, wrote to officials in five Indian states asking them to test Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and baby shampoo for asbestos, formaldehyde and … Continue reading

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NY Justices Rule Excess Asbestos Coverage Should Not be Prorated

The New York Court of Appeals unanimously decided that each excess insurance policy covering certain pump manufacturers can be held liable for the entire loss resulting from asbestos claims against the manufacturers while also not accepting the insurers’ argument that … Continue reading

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Senate Passes Reforms to Toxic Substances Control Act

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The U.S. Senate voted on December 17 to approve a sweeping chemical safety bill after months of negotiations. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, named after the late New Jersey senator, updates the 1976 Toxic … Continue reading

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Renewal of Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Included in Year-End Tax and Spending Bill

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Renewal of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, the legislation that provides health benefits for first responders who became ill after the September 11 attacks, has been included in the year-end tax and spending bill Congress is considering … Continue reading

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Jon Stewart Joins Today’s Washington Rally for Permanent Extension of the Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act

Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart will rally today in Washington DC with 9/11 first responders and recovery workers, survivors and their families, physicians, and advocates to lobby Congress for a permanent extension and funding for the James Zadroga 9/11 … Continue reading

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