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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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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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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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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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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

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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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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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

Single-Car Crash on Northern State Parkway Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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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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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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FDA lacked jurisdiction to enforce violations at NECC in the past, was slow to release inspection results

As the Food and Drug Administration aims to assert more authority in regulating drug compounding pharmacies like the one responsible for the deadly nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis, details have emerged that the agency has previously tried to flex regulatory … Continue reading

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Senators promise action to prevent the next fungal meningitis outbreak

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have promised to update federal regulations, namely with the Food and Drug Administration, that would bring pharmaceutical drug compounding labs under the agency’s eye in the future in hopes of avoiding situations like the current deadly … Continue reading

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Ameridose shares more than owners with embattled compounding center

Conditions at Ameridose, a Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical drug supplier that shares some of the same owners as the company tied to the deadly nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis, are such that it can not guarantee the safety of any of the … Continue reading

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Main threat of fungal meningitis passes, health officials warn victims not yet in the clear

The primary threat posed by contaminated epidural steroid injection that’s been linked to a nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis has passed but those who received the drugs are not in the clear just yet. According to an ABC News report, … Continue reading

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Stress, worry plague those injected with contaminated steroid drug

For the thousands who received a contaminated epidural steroid injection in the last few months, the next few days and weeks will be filled with worry and stress as they wonder if they’ll be the next victims in the deadly … Continue reading

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Variety of lawsuits filed in response to fungal meningitis outbreak

The victims of the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak have already begun to seek justice for their injuries or if they’ve lost a loved one who received a contaminated epidural steroid injection. According to a Reuters report, victims have two choices … Continue reading

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Conditions inside New England Compounding Center conducive to contamination

The drug compounding lab likely responsible for the deadly nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis ignored many safety protocols designed to ensure sterility of its products. According to a New York Times report this week, health officials in Massachusetts released a … Continue reading

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Skepticism of company at center of fungal meningitis outbreak continues to grow

The company at the center of the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak has been under increased oversight since a 2006 inspection of its pharmacy labs discovered widespread deficiencies in protocols for manufacturing drugs. According to an AP report, New England Compounding … Continue reading

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Questions, concerns mount against New England Compounding Center as fungal meningitis outbreak widens

Health officials across the country fear that many of the other compounded or mixed drugs leaving the pharmacies at New England Compounding Center may be just as contaminated as the epidural steroid drug that has caused a deadly nationwide outbreak … Continue reading

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More Floridians affected by fungal meningitis outbreak, third death in state reported

Health officials in Florida have confirmed a third death in the state linked to the nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis. According to a WESH-TV report in Orlando, Fla., Florida’s Dept. of Health said Wednesday that a third person who received … Continue reading

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