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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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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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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

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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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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Decision on Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Expected Soon

Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.

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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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Research Study Confirms Fracking Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Research Study Confirms Fracking as Cause of Ohio Earthquakes

Fracking operation near Poland Township, Ohio, activated a previously unknown fault in the, causing 77 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 in March 2014.

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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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Trial over Ethicon Transvaginal Mesh Begins in California

Pelvic mesh devices have become the subject of safety concerns in recent years amidst reports that they can cause serious, sometimes permanent injuries.

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Bill Proposes to Give FDA More Authority on Cosmetics

Bill Proposes to Give FDA More Authority on Cosmetics

Compared to drugs and medical devices, there are few regulations in place to assure the safety of a cosmetic product. A new bill, introduced by senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), seeks change. The proposed legislation would require … Continue reading

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Monsanto Faces Growing Litigation over Roundup Herbicide

Monsanto Faces Growing Litigation over Roundup Herbicide

Litigation is mounting against multinational agrochemical manufacturer Monsanto Co. alleging that an ingredient in its Roundup herbicide increases the risk of cancer. Madison Record reports that a growing litigation in Illinois could become a class action lawsuit. Plaintiff’s lawsuits have … Continue reading

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Study Shows Flavored E-Cigarettes Contain Diacetyl, Chemicals, that Cause Irreversible Lung Disease

Flavored E-Cigarettes Contain Diacetyl

Harvard scientists found that flavored e-cigarette liquid contains chemicals that cause bronchiolitis obliterans, an irreversible obstructive lung disease commonly known as “Popcorn Lung” or “Popcorn Workers Lung.” The study, published online in Environmental Health Perspectives, revealed that 75 percent of … Continue reading

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Due to Cancer Link, France Bans Roundup Weedkiller

Due to Cancer Link, France Bans Roundup Weedkiller

France has banned Monsanto’s Roundup Weedkiller after the UN classified it’s main ingredient, glyphosate, as a probable carcinogen. According to The Independent, French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal commented on the ban to France 3 television Sunday. “France must be on … Continue reading

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Argentine Town Worried that High Cancer Rate is Linked to Pesticides

Argentine Town Worried High Cancer Rate is Pesticide Linked

People in a town in Entre Rios province in Argentina are demanding action on the high cancer death rates in the town. Nearly half of all deaths there in recent years have been caused by cancer, a rate far higher … Continue reading

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Consent Decree Requires Medtronic to Halt Sales of Implantable Drug Pumps

Decree Requires Medtronic to Halt Sales of Implantable Pumps

Despite years of warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Medtronic Corp. failed to correct problems with its SynchroMed infusion drug pumps, and now the Justice Department has taken legal action to halt the sale of the pumps. At … Continue reading

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World Health Organization Declares Monsanto Herbicide Roundup a Probable Carcinogen

W.H.O. Declares Monsanto Herbicide Roundup a Carcinogen

Last week the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization’s cancer research arm, declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used herbicide Roundup, probably causes cancer in humans. The agency also classified the insecticides … Continue reading

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Takeda to Potentially Settle Actos Lawsuits for $2.2B

Takeda to Potentially Settle Actos Lawsuits for $2.2B

Reportedly, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. has offered to settle more than 8,000 Actos lawsuits alleging the diabetes drug caused cancer for $2.2 billion; each case would receive about $275,000. Bloomberg reports that it would be one of the largest settlements in … Continue reading

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Artificial Coloring in Soda Increases Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Artificial Coloring in Soda Increases Cancer Risk

A new study has found that drinking at least one can of soda per day may significantly increase the risk of cancer. Research conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that some caramel colorings in soda … 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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