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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component

Medical device maker, Smith & Nephew, just issued a recall for a metal-on-metal hip implant component, a part of one of its all-metal hip replacement systems.

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Pradaxa not Fit for a Dog, Family of Alleged Pradaxa Bleeding Victim Claims

The family of a Texas woman who died just months before her 60th wedding anniversary believes she would be alive today were it not for Pradaxa (dabigatran). According to a report from the Houston Press, Pradaxa patient Loraine Franklin fell and hit her head last December, resulting in an intracranial ...

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Class III Voluntary Recall Issued for High Blood Pressure Medication

Class III Recall Issued for High Blood Pressure Medication

As a result of a recent Enforcement Report of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Sun Pharma and Lupin  are recalling over 41.5 thousand drug bottles in the United States. Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Inc. is recalling 12,109 bottles of … Continue reading

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FDA Requires Drug Interaction Studies for Kayexalate

FDA Requires Drug Interaction Studies for Kayexalate

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring the manufacturer of the potassium-lowering drug Kayexalate to conduct studies to investigate Kayexalate’s potential to affect how other medications work. The approved labeling for Kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate) describes its potential to … Continue reading

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FDA adds fatal skin rash warning to labels of hepatitis C drug

Several people who have taken the hepatitis C drug Incivek (telaprevir) recently developed a fatal skin condition that’s prompted a warning from federal regulators. According to a WebMD.com report this week, the Food and Drug Administration announced that people taking Incivek in … Continue reading

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Kidney transplant rejections higher among those prescribed PPI acid-blockers

A retrospective study of kidney transplant patients found that those taking Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) drugs in conjunction with another drug in the year after their surgery were more likely to experience rejection. According to a report at RenalandUrologyNews.com on … Continue reading

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CDC: 110 sick, 11 dead in fungal meningitis outbreak

There are now 110 confirmed cases of fungal meningitis that have been linked to a contaminated steroid injection given in the treatment of back pain. According to a MedPageToday.com update on the growing outbreak of fungal meningitis across the country, … Continue reading

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Bisphosphonate drugs Fosamax, Boniva not right for women in “pre-menopause”

Women suffering from osteopenia, often referred to as pre-menopause, should avoid taking bisphosphonate drugs like Fosamax to prevent bone loss in most circumstances. Consumer Reports magazine’s team of medical experts issued this advisory when questioned about the use of these … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson Facilities at Center of Tylenol, Other Drug Recalls Face Greater FDA Scrutiny

A Johnson & Johnson drug plant in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania that made millions of bottles of recalled medicine, including < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Tylenol-Liver-Damage-Injury-Lawsuit-Lawyer">Tylenol, Benadryl and Motrin, will not be allowed to reopen until the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is assured … Continue reading

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Proton Pump Inhibitors in Early Pregnancy Associated with Heart Birth Defects

Using < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Proton-Pump-Inhibitors-Birth-Defects-Septal-Lawsuit-Lawyer">proton pump inhibitors in the first trimester of pregnancy could increase the chance that a baby will be born with a cardiac defect. In a 2010 retrospective study of over 200,000 women, those using proton pump inhibitors were … Continue reading

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Use of Prevnar, ActHIB Vaccines Halted in Japan After Child Deaths

Four children have died in Japan after being vaccinated with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Prevnar and ActHIB. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Japanese government has stopped use of these vaccines and, now, international health authorities are looking into potential side effects … Continue reading

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NSAID Side Effects Could Include Erectile Dysfunction

< "http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">NSAIDs—nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs— previously been linked to increased stroke and heart attack risks, have now been connected with erectile dysfunction (ED) with regular use, says MedScape. The emerging study, a prospective cohort, appeared online last month and in the … Continue reading

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