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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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Exploding Tanks Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Exploding Gas Tanks Continue to Kill Jeep Drivers 18 months after Recall

Chrysler recalled Jeeps with exploding gas tanks more than 18 months ago, but 1 million+ of these vehicles have not been fixed as the death toll continues to rise.

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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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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

Conspiracy Claims in Talcum Powder Case Survive Motion to Dismiss

E. District of Missouri denied motion to dismiss conspiracy claims. Lawsuit alleges the defendants conspired to misrepresent true dangers with use of talcum powder.

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Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Do Vitamin Drinks Pose Health Risks?

Scientists are concerned vitamin drinks are contributing to levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

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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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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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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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