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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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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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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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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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New York Man Claims Biomet Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Caused Pain, Disability

A New York man claims his metal-on-metal hip implant was defective and required replacement within a year of receiving it. This has left him facing a lifetime of pain, disability, and rising medical costs.

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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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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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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

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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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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Health Canada Warns of Birth-Defect and Miscarriage Potential for Transplant Anti-rejection Drugs

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Canada’s health regulatory agency has issued a warning that CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) and Myfortic (mycophenolate sodium), drugs given to prevent organ rejection in transplant patients, can cause miscarriage and congenital malformations if taken during pregnancy. The agency warns against using … Continue reading

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Anti-nausea Medication Zofran Dangerous During First Trimester of Pregnancy

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Zofran (ondansetron hydrochloride), manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), is approved for use alone, or in combination with other medications, for the prevention of nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and is used to prevent these symptoms following surgery. … Continue reading

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California Parents Sue GlaxoSmithKline over Child’s Heart Defect Allegedly Caused by Zofran Taken During Pregnancy

Parents Sue GlaxoSmithKline over Child’s Heart Defect

Alameda County, California, parents have filed a lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for a heart defect their daughter suffered allegedly as a result of the mother being prescribed Zofran (ondansetron) while pregnant. This medication is used to prevent nausea and vomiting … Continue reading

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Study Suggests Antidepressants May Increase Risk of Birth Defects

Antidepressants May Increase Risk of Birth Defects

New research suggests that some antidepressants may increase the risk of birth defects if taken early in pregnancy, though others do not seem to pose the same risks. Whether antidepressants cause birth defects has been debated for years, and studies … Continue reading

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Pfizer Scientist Warned Company of Possible Link between Zoloft and Birth Defects

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A report from the associate director in Pfizer’s Worldwide Safety Strategy unit warned company executives last year about a potential link between the anti-depressant drug Zoloft and birth defects. The report recommended changes to the medication’s warning label. The report, … Continue reading

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$15 Million in Damages Awarded to Child for Birth Defects Linked to Depakote

$15M Awarded to Child for Defects Linked to Depakote

This week a St. Louis jury found that a Minnesota girl’s birth defects were caused by the epilepsy medication Depakote her mother took during pregnancy and the jury awarded the child $15 million in damages. The jury returned the unanimous … Continue reading

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Britain’s drug regulatory agency, has issued a statement urging healthcare professionals to give women better information on the risk of birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy. … Continue reading

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Statin Drugs Increase Risk of Diabetes

According to a study just published online in the medical journal the Lancet, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can directly increase the risk of diabetes. While statins have previously been associated with higher rates of Type 2 diabetes, it was not clear … Continue reading

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Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy May Increase Autism Risk

Rsearch published this week in Environmental Health Perspectives supports the theory that agricultural pesticide exposure during pregnancy may increase the risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Researchers at the University of California, Davis, looked at the medical records of 970 … Continue reading

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Camp Lejeune Study Links Birth Defects to Drinking Water

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A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a link between tainted drinking water at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in North Carolina and increased risk of serious birth defects and childhood cancers. The … Continue reading

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