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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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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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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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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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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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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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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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