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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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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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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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New Study Links Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Corrosion with Adverse Local Tissue Reactions

Yet another study is pointing to potential dangers posed by metal-on-metal hip implants. This time, an article published in the Journal of Arthroplasty is reporting corrosion in the head taper junction was more likely to occur in patients with 36-mm diameter metal-on-metal hip replacement, compared to those with the same ...

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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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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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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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What You Need to Know about Medical Malpractice

Every year, patients across the country are injured due to medical malpractice (or medical negligence). Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, health care professional, hospital or health care facility fails to care for a patient in accordance with the accepted … Continue reading

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Report: A Third of Rehab Patients Suffered Care-Related Harm

A Third of Rehab Patients Suffered Care-Related Harm

Rehabilitation hospitals are supposed to be a place where patients go to recover from a health condition. A recent government report however, indicates that sometimes, care received through these facilities can lead to additional harm. The Office of Inspector General … Continue reading

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CNN Report Prompts Federal Investigation of Infant Deaths in Florida

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Following a report by CNN of an infant death of three times the national average rate following open heart surgery, the federal government has launched an investigation into at least nine deaths St. Mary’s Medical Center in Florida. The Centers … Continue reading

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Florida Hospital Hid Pediatric Heart Surgery Death Rate

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At least eight babies have died since the pediatric open heart surgery program at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida began in December 2011, and parents want to know why no one warned them that St. Mary’s … Continue reading

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FDA: Mammogram Issues Associated with Big Sky Diagnostic Imaging, LLC ‏

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicated that it became aware of quality issues tied to mammograms performed at Big Sky Diagnostic Imaging, LLC, in Butte, Montana. The agency collaborated with the American College of Radiology (ACR) when a … Continue reading

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Threat of Malpractice Suits May Lead to Greater Number of C-sections

Concern about malpractice suits has led many doctors to choose repeat cesarean sections, even when vaginal delivery is possible and may be a safer option. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that obstetricians face more lawsuits and have higher … Continue reading

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Erb’s Palsy may Lead to Lifelong Injuries, is Often Preventable

Erb’s Palsy, sometimes known as Erb-Duchenne Palsy, is a stretch injury that typically occurs at birth and causes weakness or paralysis in a baby’s arm. In many cases, treatment involves surgery and, in some cases, the injury leads to life-long … Continue reading

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$4.8 Million HIPAA Violation Settlement for New York-Presbyterian and Columbia Hospitals

New York-Presbyterian and Columbia University Hospitals have agreed to a $4.8 million settlement with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 … Continue reading

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Forty U.S. Veterans Die While Waiting for Appointments at Phoenix VA Health System

At least 40 U.S. veterans are reported to have died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system; many had been placed on a secret waiting list. The New York Daily News reports the waiting list was … Continue reading

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Jury Awards Man $4 Million Over Mistaken Diagnosis, Related Surgery

A jury has awarded a man nearly $4 million in damages over an incorrect diagnosis and unnecessary surgery. The man says he was disabled and is sick following treatments by neurologist Dr. Dale Lange, according to CBS New York. “I … Continue reading

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