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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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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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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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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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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk, Study Suggests

A new study has linked the use of Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate), an injectable type of birth control, to an increased risk of HIV infection.

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Pradaxa Associated with more Complications than Warfarin, According to Early Study Findings

Early results from the largest study to date to compare Pradaxa and warfarin indicate that in a real-world setting, Pradaxa causes more complications than decades-old warfarin. The preliminary study results were announced last week, during the 2012 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America.

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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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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...

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BioRay Dietary Supplements Not Proven Safe or Effective

With no medical or pharmacy degrees and no compelling scientific data, BioRay’s owners—Timothy and Stephanie Ray—tout their < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">dietary supplements as being able to help with sexual problems, allergies, speech delays, weight issues, even liver and autism problems; virtually any … Continue reading

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Proton Pump Inhibitors May Lower Magnesium Levels, FDA Warns

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Proton_pump_inhibitors">Proton pump inhibitors can lower magnesium levels if the popular heartburn drugs are used over a long period of time, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has warned. Low serum magnesium levels (hypomagnesemia) can result in serious health … Continue reading

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Users of Plavix, Valium, Other Meds Could Suffer Reactions if they Carry CYP2C19 Gene Variant

Does a gene variant explain a U.S. lawmaker’s odd behavior? According to Rep. David Wu, an Oregon Democrat, a variant in the CYP2C19 gene, which plays a role in metabolizing some drugs, like < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Plavix-Cerebral-Gastrointestinal-Bleeding-Hemorrhaging-Lawsuit-Lawyer">Plavix and Valium was the reason … Continue reading

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Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Follows Teen’s Use of Eye Drops

A 19-year-old girl in the United Kingdom required weeks of intensive care treatment and is looking at months of follow-up treatment following a dangerous drug reaction called < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/stevens_johnson_syndrome">Stevens-Johnson syndrome after using Optrex eye drops. According to the Voice Online, … Continue reading

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Abacavir Safety Review Shows No Heart Attack Link, Conflicts with Some Earlier Studies

U.S. health regulators said today said that a safety review did not find a connection between < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">abacavir and an increased risk of heat attacks. Abacavir—sold under brand names Ziagen, Trizivir, and Epzicom – is used in the treatment of … Continue reading

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Multaq Patients Should Undergo Liver Function Tests

European regulators recently warned that < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/multaq-dronedarone-liver-damage-failure-lawsuit-lawyer-attorney">Multaq (donedarone) could put patients at risk for severe liver injuries. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is now recommending that doctors perform liver function tests before treating atrial fibrillation patients with Multaq. The European … Continue reading

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Avastin Breast Cancer Decision Will Be Appealed in June

The maker of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Avastin-Side-Effects-Lawyers-Lawsuit-Attorney">Avastin will attempt this summer to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that it made a mistake when it decided to revoke the pricey drug’s approval as a treatment for advanced breast cancer. Roche’s … Continue reading

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Extenze Tablets Recalled for Undeclared Ingredient

Biotab Nutraceuticals, Inc. is conducting a voluntary recall of two lots of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Extenze Nutritional Supplement Tablets, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. Some packages bearing lot numbers 0709241 and 0509075 are counterfeit products containing undeclared drug … Continue reading

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Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen Should be taken with Caution

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Acetaminophen-Liver-Damage-Injury-Failure-Lawsuit-Lawyer">Acetaminophen and ibuprofen, painkillers found in just about everyone’s medicine cabinet, can cause some serious side effects. Acetaminophen, the active ingredient Tylenol and other over-the-counter drugs, as well as some prescription painkillers, can cause serious liver damage if too … Continue reading

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Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Thigh Fractures, Yet Again

Bone loss drugs in the class of < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Bisphosphonates">bisphosphonates have, again, been linked to bone fractures of the femur (thigh bone). Web MD said that a recent, large review of over 200,000 post-menopausal women found that those taking bisphosphonates—drugs sold … Continue reading

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