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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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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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FDA Advisors Set to Examine Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Concerns

Thousands of people with metal-on-metal hip implant devices could soon get some answers from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about the dangers they face. Tomorrow, the agency will convene a panel of outside medical experts to examine the safety record of metal-on-metal hip replacements, and recommend the ...

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

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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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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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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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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Indiana Woman Alleges Serious Injuries From Transvaginal Mesh Products

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who suffered injuries after receiving transvaginal mesh implants. The lawsuit suit alleges that the transvaginal mesh created an unreasonable risk and directly caused her injuries.

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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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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Wrongful-death Claim Filed by Family of Patient Found Dead in Hospital Stairwell

The family of a hospital patient found dead in a stairwell 17 days after she disappeared from her room has filed a wrongful death claim against the city of San Francisco, which owns and operates the medical facility. A wrongful … Continue reading

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Jury Awards Michigan Woman $1.3 Million in Medical Malpractice Case

On February 18, Kathy Pagan, 43, of Jackson, Michigan, was awarded $1.3 million in a medical malpractice case arising from complications from her 2009 “tummy tuck” surgery. The jury found that Dr. Rouchdi Rifai, by failing to meet a standard … Continue reading

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North Carolina Hospital Reports 18 Patients May Have Been Exposed to Rare, Fatal Brain Disease

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Eighteen people who recently underwent surgery at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, may have been exposed to a fatal, incurable degenerative brain disease because surgical instruments used in their operations were insufficiently sterilized. A statement from … Continue reading

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Physician Apologies Not Enough When Injuries, Losses, Occur

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A new movement involving physician apologies is being seen in which apologies are issued following errors involving medical treatment. Some tout this as a way to increase transparency; however, others wonder if the apologies are meant to discourage medical malpractice … Continue reading

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Kentucky Pediatric Heart Surgery Program to Resume Despite Lack of Answers in Infant Deaths

Kentucky Children’s Hospital has announced the reopening of its pediatric heart surgery program, after an internal investigation following the deaths of five infants following heart surgeries. The hospital stopped the program and placed its pediatric surgeon on leave in 2012. … Continue reading

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Infant Died After Skull Crushed by Forceps, Family Says

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The parents of a baby who died after allegedly suffering skull fractures during a forceps delivery late last month say the use of forceps should be banned. The parents of Olivia Marie Coats plan to sue obstetrician, Dr. George T. … Continue reading

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Data Reveals Nursing Home Abuse Underreported and Expected to Increase

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The 2010 United States Census revealed that about 40.3 million Americans—which accounts for about 13 percent of the population—is over 65 years of age. The group is expected to continue to grow and will likely comprise about 20 percent of … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Accuses “Candy Man” Physician of Facilitating Drug Addiction and Overdoses

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A California woman’s medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Julio Gabriel Diaz – called “the candy man” – claims his over-prescribing of  powerful pain medications got her addicted to drugs. The doctor is accused of causing 11 overdose deaths. Courtney Canter’s … Continue reading

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Woman Alleges Her Gynecologist Sprayed Her Genitals With Drain Cleaner

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An Ohio woman alleges an array of gynecological injuries are the result of a routine colposcopy gone horrifically awry. The woman, known as Laura, alleges that she now experiences irregular bleeding and is unable to have sex or swim after … Continue reading

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