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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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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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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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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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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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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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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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