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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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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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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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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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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty & Girls’ Cancer Risk

Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

Drinking just one-and-a-half cans of sugar-sweetened soda a day can bring on early puberty in girls and increase their breast cancer risk.

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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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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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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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Judge Delays Fosamax MDL “Wind-Down”

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To enable plaintiffs and Merck &  Co. Inc. time to work on a potential settlement, a New York federal judge delayed the transfer of hundreds of lawsuits that are part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) brought over alleged jaw injuries … Continue reading

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Merck Cutting Staff Over Research Unit Re-Structure Plans

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Drug giant, Merck, has announced plans to cut 8,500 employees as part of a restructuring meant to increase marketplace competitiveness. Over the next two years, in addition to the massive layoffs, Merck also announced that it would be implementing significant … Continue reading

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Hundreds of Fosamax Lawsuits Being Sent to Trial

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A federal judge just ordered hundreds of cases involved in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) brought against Merck & Co. over alleged Fosamax jaw injuries be sent for trial in courts nationwide. Fosamax is Merck’s osteoporosis medication. Drug and device manufacturers … Continue reading

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Judge Denies Merck’s Request to Force Fosamax Plaintiffs To Verify Injuries

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This week, a New York federal judge denied a request to mandate hundreds of alleged Fosamax victims to substantiate their injuries. Fosamax is manufactured by Merck & Co. U.S. District Judge John Keenan refused the request that would not only … Continue reading

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Bisphosphonate Use Linked to Barrett’s Esophagus

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A study published last month in the American Journal of Gastroenterology suggests that oral bisphosphonate use was associated with a 2.33 percent increased risk of Barretts’ esophagus, a condition that increases the risk of developing esophageal cancer. Barrett’s esophagus, a … Continue reading

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Judge Overrules Merck’s Bid to Boot Expert Testimony from Four Doctors in Fosamax Trial

Merck and Co. was unable to stop doctors from giving expert testimony during the New Jersey-based trial, now under way, regarding osteoporosis drug Fosamax for allegedly causing atypical femur fractures. The federal judge ruled, however, that while the plaintiff’s treating … Continue reading

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Opening Statements Heard in Second Fosamax Femur Fracture Trial

The second Fosamax femur fracture trial is underway and involve allegations that Merck’s Fosamax (alendronate) caused femur fractures in some people. The trial began in New Jersey federal court and opening statements are being heard. The lawsuit is one of … Continue reading

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Fosamax Lawsuit Begins with Opening Remarks

Opening arguments today signaled the start of the second trial charging Merck’s Fosamax with causing femur fractures. In New Jersey federal court the focus was on the case of 58-year-old Bernadette Glynn, who says that the osteoporosis drug is part … Continue reading

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Second Fosamax Femur Injury Trial Underway

Merck & Company, the maker of Fosamax (alendronate), is facing a second of thousands of cases brought by plaintiffs who allege they suffered Fosamax injuries. The first lawsuit recently ended in a mistrial unrelated to the injury allegations. The plaintiff … Continue reading

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