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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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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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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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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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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, 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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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, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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Jury Awards $46.5 Million in Damages in Monsanto PCBs Lawsuits

On May 25, 2016, a St. Louis jury awarded $46.5 million to three plaintiffs who claimed Monsanto and three other companies were negligent in the production of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). The award consisted of $17.5 million in damages and $29 … Continue reading

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Study: Pesticide Exposure Increases Risks for Parkinson’s Disease


For not the first time, a study suggests a link between Parkinson’s disease and pesticide exposure. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, degenerative central nervous system disorder that typically affects motor skills and speech, among other functions and, while not fatal, … Continue reading

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PCBs at Whirlpool Park Prompts Legal Action

Whirlpool Corporation and the current and former owners of the Whirlpool Park in Clyde, Ohio, are accused of alleged PCB contamination. A number of people who lived in and near Clyde have fallen ill and died since the mid-1990s from … Continue reading

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PCB-Leaking Lights Discovered at Long Island City School

PCB-leaking lights were discovered at a Long Island City school, just as the new school year gets underway and following a similar incident last week. Parents are demanding answers and action. The parent’s concern is not unfounded. PCBs—or polychlorinated biphenyls—include … Continue reading

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PCBs Linked To Autism in New Study

PCBs, polychlorinated biphenyls, have been linked to autism, based on results of emerging research from the University of California-Davis and Washington State University. The research suggests that PCB exposure may increase risks for autism in some children, said PsychCentral. Dr. … Continue reading

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EPA To Test New Jersey Park For PCBs, Dioxin

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is testing New Jersey’s Riverside County Park for PCBs and dioxins following potential flooding contamination resulting from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. High levels of both dangerous chemicals were found in the river next … Continue reading

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PCB Contamination Closes Connecticut Athletic Fields

Greenwich High School in Connecticut has closed all of its playing fields indefinitely following discovery of soil tainted with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The school has been attempting to initiate its preliminary stages of construction for a $29 million music instruction … Continue reading

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NYC Schools PCB Plan Sparks Lawsuit

Following approval of a decade-long plan to replace old, < "">PCB-tainted light figures in New York City schools, a community group just filed a federal lawsuit to speed the process. PCBs, polychlorinated biphenyls, are suspected carcinogens. We’ve been following the … Continue reading

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Hudson PCB Dredging to be Expanded

We’ve long covered the issue of < "">PCB’s–polychlorinated biphenyls—dumped by General Electric Co. (GE) into the upper and lower Hudson River from two capacitor manufacturing plants in Hudson Falls and Fort Edward. The site involves some 200 miles of New … Continue reading

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PCBs, Mercury Contamination Reported in California Fish

A new study has raised concerns about California’s coastal fish supply, finding mercury and< ""> polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in several popular species of sports fish. The report, prepared by the State Water Resources Control Board’s Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program … Continue reading

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