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Medtronic Plans Layoffs, as Infuse Bone Graft Controversy Continues to Weigh on Spinal Business

Medtronic’s spinal division continues to take a huge hit thanks to the controversy surrounding its Infuse Bone Graft product. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the company’s latest earnings report stated that the division saw Infuse sales decline 26% in the first quarter of 2012, and now Medtronic is talking ...

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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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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Study Links Liquid in E-Cigarette to Viral Infections

Study Links Liquid in Electronic Cigarette to Increased Risk of Viral Infections

The National Jewish Health study, links the liquid used in e-cigarettes to a higher risk of respiratory viral infections, whether the liquid contains nicotine or not.

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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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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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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Western Pennsylvania Familes File Suit Over Alleged Fracking Pollution

Three families in western Pennsylvania believe a leading hydraulic fracturing (fracking) company and two water testing labs are conspiring to produce false results that show natural gas drilling is not contaminating their private water wells.

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Lawsuits over DePuy ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Mount

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be hit with lawsuits over recalled metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip implants. Just yesterday, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP announced it had filed yet another DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit, this time on behalf of a Virginia resident ...

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Class I Recall Issued for Brainlab Cranial IGS System

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has puts its most serious Class I label on a recall of Brainlab’s Image-Guided Surgery (IGS) System. According to an FDA recall notification, the system was recalled due to potential inaccuracy. Class I … Continue reading

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Study Finds Elevated Risk of Leukemia with Long-Term Low-Dose Radiation

Risk of Leukemia with Long-Term Low-Dose Radiation

High doses of ionizing radiation, such as that released by atomic bombs, are a known cause of leukemia. A new long-term study published in The Lancet Haematology has looked at the rates of leukemia with low-doses of radiation long-term. Researchers … Continue reading

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Pedestrian Killed after being Hit by Car in Bayshore

Pedestrian Killed after being Hit by Car in Bayshore

A woman walking across 5th avenue in Bay Shore was fatally struck by a car Tuesday night. Newsday reports that the 66-year-old victim was hit by a 2000 Nissan Maxima headed southbound at 8:47 p.m. A physician assistant from the … Continue reading

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Woman Dies After Taking Diet Pill Tainted with DNP

Woman Dies After Taking Diet Pill Tainted with DNP

The tragic death of a 21-year-old college student in the U.K. highlights the dangers of buying quick-fix weight loss products online.
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FDA Says Diabetes Drug Onglyza May be Linked to Higher Death Rate

FDA Says Diabetes Drug Onglyza Linked to Higher Death Rate

After conducting a preliminary review of data, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a report indicating that AstraZeneca’s diabetes drug Onglyza may be linked with an increased rate of death. According to Reuters, an FDA advisory panel … Continue reading

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FDA Slow to Warn About Dietary Supplement Dangers

FDA Slow to Warn About Dietary Supplement Dangers

A newly published study is critical of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for being slow to take action against weight-loss and dietary supplements that contain chemical ingredients that pose health risks to supplement takers. Though the FDA determined two … Continue reading

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Middle-aged Dronedarone Users Have Higher Risk of Hospitalization

Middle-aged Dronedarone Users Have Higher Risk

New study results reveal that patients age 61 and younger treated with the heart rhythm drug dronedarone (Multaq) have a higher risk for hospitalization than those with treated other anti-arrhythmic drugs. The study, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, … Continue reading

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Will FDA Ban Powdered Caffeine?

Will FDA Ban Powdered Caffeine?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has seldom used its authority to ban supplements from the market, but some regulatory experts say the agency should implement that power for powdered caffeine, which has been linked to at least two … Continue reading

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FDA Strengthens Warning Label on Feraheme

FDA Strengthens Warning Label on Feraheme

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is strengthening an existing warning on the anemia drug Feraheme (ferumoxytol) to reduce the risk of serious, potentially fatal allergic reactions. According to an FDA Safety Announcement dated March 30th, the agency has … Continue reading

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Food and Drug Administration Issues Response to Petition for Removal of Essure Birth Control from Market

FDA Issues Response to Petition for Removal of Essure Birth Control from Market

Last week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) responded to a petition demanding removal of Essure permanent birth control device from the market. The petition was signed by more than 2,100 women who are concerned about injuries and adverse effects … Continue reading

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