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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.

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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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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawyer Takes Issue with Statements Made by DePuy Orthpaedics Official During FDA Meeting

An attorney with a national law firm that represents victims of alleged metal-on-metal hip implant injuries has expressed dismay at some statements made last week regarding the regulation of all-metal hip replacement devices by an official with DePuy Orthopaedics. According to Daniel Burke, Senior Litigation Counsel at Parker ...

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Fracking Should be Kept 600m From Aquifers, Study Says

New research on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) suggests new wells should not be dug within 600 meters of a water aquifer because underground fractures can extend about that far from a dug well. According to a report from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, researchers and geologists at Durham University have ...

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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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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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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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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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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As Fosamax Bone Fracture Lawsuits Pile Up, Merck Seeks Consolidation

An increasing number of women have filed < "">Fosamax lawsuits claiming the popular osteoporosis drug caused them to suffer a rare type of femur, or thigh, fracture. Merck & Co., the maker of Fosamax, recently motioned to have the growing … Continue reading

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Proton Pump Inhibitors May Reduce Benefits of Fosamax, other Bone Drugs

Popular heartburn drugs called < "">proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) could interfere with the effectiveness of < "">Fosamax and other osteoporosis drugs known as bisphosphonates. According to an observational study published in the “Archives of Internal Medicine,” PPIs and bisphosphonates are … Continue reading

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Fosamax, Other Bone Drugs Being Reconsidered in Light of Side Effects

Some doctors are recommending that women take a break from Fosamax and other osteoporosis drugs known as < "">bisphosphonates. The recommendations come amid growing concern that such drugs may do more harm than good. Bisphosphonates include drugs sold under the … Continue reading

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Fosamax, Other Osteoporosis Drugs, Linked to Rare Thigh Fractures, FDA Warns

< "">Bisphosphonates, a class of osteoporosis drugs that includes < "">Fosamax, have been linked to two rare types of thigh fractures. According to the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), bisphosphonate labels are being updated to reflect this fracture risk. … Continue reading

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Second Fosamax Test Case an $8 Million Win for Plaintiff

A New York jury has ordered Merck & Co. to pay $8 million to a former < "">Fosamax user who claimed she developed osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), or dead jaw syndrome, from taking the osteoporosis drug. The award was … Continue reading

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FDA Reviewing Fosamax, Other Bone Drugs For Link to Femur Fractures

Oral bisphosphonate medications, a class of drugs that includes < "">Fosamax, < "">Actonel, Boniva, and Reclast, are undergoing a Food & Drug Administration (FDA) safety review because of a possible association with femur fractures. Oral bisphosphonates are used to prevent … Continue reading

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Judge Rules Against Dismissal of 24 Fosamax Lawsuits

Twenty-four < "">Fosamax lawsuits filed by people who took the drug for less than three years will not be dismissed. In a ruling released yesterday, U.S. District Judge John Keenan also said that testimony from two plaintiffs’ experts is admissible … Continue reading

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First Fosamax Trial Starts Today

The first of hundreds of < "">Fosamax jaw damage lawsuits is scheduled to go to trial today in a Manhattan federal courtroom. According to, the Fosamax lawsuit is the first of three so-called bellwether cases, the outcomes of which … Continue reading

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Fosamax, Other Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Cancer

Popular drugs used to treat osteoporosis may be linked to a risk of esophageal cancer according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Reuters is reporting that Merck’s < "">Fosamax (generically known as alendronate)  may be among the bone … Continue reading

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Another Study Links Fosamax to Fractures

Physicians at Weill Medical College of Cornell University are reporting that prolonged < "">Fosamax—generically known as bisphosphonate alendronate—use may increase the risk of femur fractures, the large thigh bone that connects the leg to the hip.  Continued evidence indicates that … Continue reading

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