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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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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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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

Statement issued urging healthcare professionals to give women information on birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy.

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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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Transvaginal Mesh a Nightmare for Thousands of Women

Thousands of women who have received transvaginal mesh surgical implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are now living a nightmare, thanks to debilitating pain, bleeding, infection and other serious complications. According to the Sun-Sentinel, many of the women injured by transvaginal mesh claim ...

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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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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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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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Estrogen Product Premarin Tablets Recalled due to Labeling Issues

Estrogen Product Premarin Recalled due to Labeling Issues

Pfizer, the maker of Premarin, announced a voluntary recall of one lot of 1.25mg tablets due to an incorrect expiration date on the bottle label. What is Premarin? Premarin is an estrogen product commonly used to treat moderate to severe … Continue reading

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9/11 Health Problems Persist, Cleaner Battles Breast Cancer

9/11 Health Problems Persist, Cleaner Battles Breast Cancer

When the towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001, massive volumes of toxic dust were released into the air. In the years to come, researchers would show that the dust contained a hazardous mix of toxic chemicals. Exposure to the toxic … Continue reading

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New Lawsuit Filed over Taxotere Alleges Permanent Hair Loss

New Lawsuit Filed over Taxotere Alleges Permanent Hair Loss

Sanofi-Aventis is facing a new lawsuit filed over Taxotere, a chemotherapy drug used to treat breast cancer and other forms of cancer. The suit, filed on behalf of a Mississippi woman, alleges that the drug resulted in alopecia, or permanent … Continue reading

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Lawsuits Filed when Permanent Chemotherapy Hair Loss is Linked to Taxotere

Lawsuits Filed For Chemotherapy Hair Loss Link to Taxotere

Breast cancer patients are usually familiar with the likely side effect of chemotherapy of hair loss.  Most, however, expect that hair grows back once the chemotherapy is over. However, an increasing number of breast cancer patients are finding that this is … Continue reading

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Sanofi Faces Another Lawsuit over Taxotere

Sanofi Faces Another Lawsuit over Taxotere

Sanofi-Aventis faces another lawsuit alleging that its chemotherapy drug Taxotere led to permanent hair loss, or alopecia. The suit accuses the drug maker of failing to adequately warn about the risk of irreversible hair loss. The plaintiff is a California … Continue reading

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Taxotere and the Risk of Alopecia

Taxotere and the Risk of Alopecia

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Taxotere as a chemotherapy drug in 1996. Taxotere is manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis and is commonly used to treat breast cancer, as well as other cancers. Some patients taking Taxotere have reported experiencing … Continue reading

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UMass Epidemiologist to Lead Study of Possible Link Between Phthalates and Breast Cancer Risk

Possible Link Between Phthalates and Breast Cancer Risk

An epidemiologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study whether phthalates affect human breast cancer risk. Prof. Katherine Reeves of the UMass School of Public … Continue reading

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Soda Consumption Causes Early Puberty and Increases Girls’ Cancer Risk

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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. A Harvard Medical School study of 5,583 girls age nine to 14 found those who drank more than … Continue reading

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Study finds women employed in plastics industry face higher breast cancer risk

Women in the plastics industry or in the manufacture of plastic automotive parts and components face a significantly higher risk of developing breast cancer later in life, according to the results of a new study. PlasticsNews.com reports that Health Canada … Continue reading

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BPA Study Reveals Possible Breast Cancer Link

Another BPA study has revealed a possible link to breast cancer. The just-released research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The ubiquitous polycarbonate plastics chemical, bisphenol A—BPA—has been at the center of a fierce debate … Continue reading

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