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Fracking Boom Changing Way of Life in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss. Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...

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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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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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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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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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Stryker Metal Hip Implant Component Recall Bad News for Makers of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices

Stryker’s recent recall of two metal hip implant components, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, may have dealt a serious blow to one of the key arguments medical device manufacturers have made to defend their metal-on-metal hip replacements. Facing thousands of lawsuits, the makers of ...

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Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former Executives Accuse Health Technology Firm of Fraud

Former NantHealth executives claim that the company made fraudulent claims about the reliability of its system, which links patient information gathered by the devices.

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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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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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Botched Sterilization Procedure Leads to “Wrongful Pregnancy” Suit

After her doctor botched a tubal ligation sterilization procedure, an Illinois woman has sued for “wrongful pregnancy.” She gave birth to a daughter with sickle cell disease. Cynthia Williams did not believe she could become pregnant because she had lost … Continue reading

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