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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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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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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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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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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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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...
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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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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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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Bisphosphonates Associated with Increased Risk of Atypical Hip Fractures, Researcher Says

The use of bisphosphonates, drugs prescribed to prevent hip fractures in women with osteoporosis, is associated with an increased risk of atypical fractures in this joint. The research is contained in a PhD thesis by Javier Gorricho-Mendívil, at the NUP/UPNA-Public … Continue reading

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Study: Bisphosphonates Use Raises Risks for Atrial Fibrillation

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New research has found that bisphosphonate use was tied to a significant increased risk of both atrial fibrillation (AF) and serious AF. Bisphosphonates include Fosamax (alendronate sodium), Reclast and Zometa (zoledronic acid), Boniva (ibandronate sodium), Didronel (etidronate disodium), Actonel (risedronate … Continue reading

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Woman Alleges Bisphosphonates Led to “Dead Jaw”

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We’ve long been following risks associated with bisphosphonate (BP) drugs like Fosamax, Boniva, and Actonel, which are approved to treat bone-weakening diseases like osteoporosis and Paget’s disease. Cancer patients also often undergo therapy with Aredia, Zometa, and other bisphosphonate drugs … Continue reading

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Bisphosphonates Increase Bone Disease Risks Following Tooth Extraction

We’ve been following risks associated with bisphosphonate (BP) drugs. As we’ve explained, some bisphosphonates, like Fosamax, Boniva, and Actonel, are approved to treat bone-weakening diseases like osteoporosis and Paget’s disease. Cancer patients often undergo therapy with Aredia, Zometa, and other … Continue reading

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Woman who suffered jawbone loss due to Fosamax reaches damages settlement with Merck

A woman who claims her taking Fosamax in the prevention of bone loss caused by osteoporosis resulted in her developing decay of her jaw bone has reached a confidential settlement with the makers of the drug. Merck & Co. has … Continue reading

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Bisphosphonate drugs Fosamax, Boniva not right for women in “pre-menopause”

Women suffering from osteopenia, often referred to as pre-menopause, should avoid taking bisphosphonate drugs like Fosamax to prevent bone loss in most circumstances. Consumer Reports magazine’s team of medical experts issued this advisory when questioned about the use of these … Continue reading

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Study Finds Dental Work Triggers Bisphosphonate-Induced ONJ in Blood Cancer Patients

Dental extractions appear to be a major trigger for Ostenecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) in people receiving bisphosphonates to treat multiple myeloma or Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia, says a new study out of Italy.  According to the authors of the report, which … Continue reading

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Rhode Island Woman’s Lawsuit Claims Fosamax Caused Painful Femur Fracture

Yet another woman who used Fosamax has filed a lawsuit claiming the bisphosphonate drug caused her to suffer a painful femur fracture.  This new lawsuit was filed on June 22nd in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Atlantic County Law … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Alleges Woman Suffered Femur Fracture Due to Fosamax

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who took Fosamax (alendronate) and subsequently suffered a femur fracture; the lawsuit alleges that Merck’s osteoporosis drug caused the fracture. The Fosamax lawsuit was filed … Continue reading

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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that … Continue reading

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