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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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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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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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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 Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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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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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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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 the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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SSRI Antidepressants Can Increase Patient’s Fear and Anxiety

SSRI Antidepressants Can Increase Patient’s Fear and Anxiety

For some of the millions of people worldwide who take selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to treat depression, the drug may actually increase the patient’s fear and anxiety. This family of widely prescribed drugs includes Prozac (fluoxetine) and Zoloft (sertraline). … Continue reading

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Forest Laboratories Denies Claims in Antidepressant Drug Multidistrict Litigation

  Forest Laboratories is facing claims in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) that alleges it misrepresented the efficacy of the antidepressant drugs Lexapro and Celexa for the treatment of depression in pediatric patients. Forest countered telling the Massachusetts federal court that … Continue reading

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New Study Warns of Increased Bleeding Risk In Patients with Combined Use of Antidepressants and NSAIDs

Combining Antidepressants & NSAIDs Cause Bleeding Risks

Results of a new study from a research team in Korea indicate that the combined use of antidepressants and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), a common form of painkiller, is associated with an increased risk of intracranial bleeding. The authors write … Continue reading

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Following Husband’s Death, Widow’s Sues Over Allegedly Weak Warning Label on Generic Medication

A widow is suing the maker of  (paroxetine) tablets that her husband, 42 at the time of his death, took as prescribed in 2010. The widow alleges that just six paroxetine tablets led to her husband’s suicide and did not … Continue reading

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SSRI Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy Tied to Autism Risk

A new study reports that boys with autism were three times more likely to have been exposed to SSRI antidepressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)  in the womb than typically developing children. Boys whose mothers took SSRIs – including Celexa (citalopram), … Continue reading

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Maternal Use of SSRI Antidepressants Linked to Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns

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New research shows that maternal use of SSRI antidepressants late in pregnancy is linked to increased risk for persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPH) in newborns. A meta-analysis of seven studies shows a significant association between PPH – increased pressure in the pulmonary arteries – in infants whose … Continue reading

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Adipotrim XT Dietary Supplement Recalled for Undeclared Drug Ingredient

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Deseo Rebajar Inc., is voluntarily recalling Adipotrim XT, a dietary supplement sold directly to customers in Fajardo, Caguas and Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and online. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laboratory analysis found it to contain undeclared fluoxetine, a selective … Continue reading

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Study: SSRIs Use Tied to Upper GI Bleeds

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The use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for as little as seven days presents significant increased risks for upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding events, according to a new study. “Consistent with previous studies, SSRIs were the only antidepressants found to … Continue reading

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Study: Certain Antidepressants Linked to Increased Clostridium Difficile Risks

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The antidepressants mirtazapine—sold under the brands Remeron, Avanza, and Zispin—and fluoxetine (known as Prozac, Sarafem, or Fontex) have been associated with an increased risk Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), according to new research. Investigators at the University of Michigan in Ann … Continue reading

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JAMA Study: Perioperative SSRI Use Associated with Increased Adverse Event Risks

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A new study found that patients taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during the perioperative period (from hospitalization admission to discharge) were at increased risks for suffering an adverse event. The study appears in the April 29, 2013 issue of … Continue reading

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