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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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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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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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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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Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

Louisiana Whistleblower Lawsuit Revived

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that a former employee of Rapides Parish Coliseum can proceed with a whistleblower lawsuit against the Coliseum Authority.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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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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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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