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Medtronic Infuse Studies Faulted for Downplaying Side Effects

Medtronic Inc.’s published studies for its Infuse bone graft product may have downplayed serious side effects, according to an analysis published last year in The Spine Journal. The study, which drew on U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) documents and other data sources, suggests that up to half of ...

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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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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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Government Penalizes 721 Hospitals for High Rates of Infections, Injuries

Medicare is reducing payments to 721 hospitals, one out of every seven hospitals in the nation, for having high rates of “hospital-acquired” conditions (HAC.

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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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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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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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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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Pennsylvania Health System Proposes Comprehensive Fracking Study

A proposed study would examine the health effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on the people living closest to active natural gas wells.

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Lawsuit Alleges Plavix Caused Oklahoma Man to Suffer Multiple Stomach Bleeds

Another lawsuit has been filed over adverse Plavix side effects. The lawsuit, filed by national law firm Parker Waichman LLP, alleges that the blood thinner, Plavix (clopidogrel), caused an Oklahoma man to suffer from multiple stomach bleeds.

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E-Cig Flavoring, Battery Voltage Associated with Cellular Damage, Study Shows

E-Cig Flavoring, Battery Voltage Linked with Cellular Damage

A new study suggests that the flavorings in e-cigarettes are associated with damage at the cellular level. Researchers from Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York published findings online in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control showing that some flavors … Continue reading

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Man Loses Eye Due to Exploding E-Cigarette, as Lawsuits Increase

Man Loses Eye Due to Exploding E-Cigarette, as Lawsuits Rise

Injuries were sustained by a man in Orange County, California, when the e-cigarette he was using exploded. The device sent debris flying toward his face, causing him to lose an eye. He also sustained orbital and sinus bone breaks. The … 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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Congresswoman Calls for FDA Regulation after Veteran is Injured by Exploding E-Cigarette

Congresswoman Calls for E-Cigarette FDA Regulation

The use of electronic cigarettes has been on the rise in their short time on the market. While they are touted as being a safer alernative to traditional cigarettes and as a cessation tool, there are still public health and … Continue reading

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Study Suggests Teens are More Likely to Try Smoking if they Try E-Cigarettes

Teens are Likely to Try Smoking if they Try E-Cigarettes

A new study led by researchers from the University of Southern California found that teenagers who try e-cigarettes are more likely to try traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products. The authors say that the findings support the need to regulate … Continue reading

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New Regulations for Liquid Nicotine Expected to Have Major Impact on Vape Shops

Nicotine Rules Could Put 99% of Vape Shops Out of Business

By the end of summer, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to make final new rules that would require federal approval for most flavored nicotine liquids and e-cigarette devices sold in vape shops. In April 2014, the FDA … Continue reading

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Former FDA Commissioner Says Agency Needs to Regulate E-Cigarettes

Former FDA Commissioner Says E-Cigarette Regulation Needed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is facing mounting pressure to regulate e-cigarettes after the federal government recently announced that use of the devices has tripled among young people within one year. Even though the agency has had the … Continue reading

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FDA Has Yet to Issue Regulations on E-cigarettes

FDA Has Yet to Issue Regulations on E-cigarettes

Though the acting head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Monday that the agency is moving “full speed ahead” with its efforts to crack down on the use of e-cigarettes, on Friday, it will be a year … Continue reading

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Government Data Shows Sharp Rise in E-cigarette Use Among Teenagers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s annual youth tobacco survey shows that e-cigarette use among middle school and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014. Thirteen percent of high school students use the devices, more than smoke … Continue reading

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Retailers in Suffolk County, New York, Have 90 Days to Display Warning Signs About Liquid Nicotine

Suffolk, Retailers Have 90 Days to Display Nicotine Warning

A new law gives stores in Suffolk County, New York, 90 days to post warnings about the dangers of the liquid nicotine found in e-cigarettes. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signed the law on Monday. The new signs, which must … Continue reading

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