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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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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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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A car accident on LI left one person dead & two more critically injured. The crash occurred Monday in Deer Park on Straight Path, south of Sagamore Lane.

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

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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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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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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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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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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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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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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