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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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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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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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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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Smokers More Vulnerable to Joint Replacement Failures

People who smoke cigarettes before and after receiving a total joint replacement, such as a hip replacement device or knee implant, are far more likely to endure revision surgeries on those implants than people who don’t smoke.

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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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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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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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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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More than 800 Bair Hugger Lawsuits Pending in Federal MDL

More than 800 Bair Hugger Lawsuits Pending in Federal MDL

A recent update by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) indicates that as of October 17, 2016, there were 809 pending Bair Hugger infection cases, an increase of 116 filings since September 15th. The plaintiffs in these cases … Continue reading

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Report: A Third of Rehab Patients Suffered Care-Related Harm

A Third of Rehab Patients Suffered Care-Related Harm

Rehabilitation hospitals are supposed to be a place where patients go to recover from a health condition. A recent government report however, indicates that sometimes, care received through these facilities can lead to additional harm. The Office of Inspector General … Continue reading

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Costco Chicken Salad Tainted with E. coli, 19 People Sick

Costco Chicken Salad Tainted with E. coli, 19 People Sick

Costco’s rotisserie chicken salad has been linked to at least 19 cases of E. coli infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced. The outbreak has affected the following seven states: Montana, Utah, Colorado, California, Missouri, Virginia … Continue reading

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Surgical Heating-Cooling Devices Associated with Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Infections

Surgical Heating-Cooling Devices Associated with Infections

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety announcement about infections associated with heater-cooler devices used during medical and surgical procedures and steps health care providers and health facilities can take to mitigate risks to patients. Heater-cooler devices have … Continue reading

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Surgical Warming Blanket Introduced Infection During Surgery, Lawsuit Alleges

Surgical Warming Blanket Introduced Infection

Surgical products maker Arizant, a subsidiary of 3M, has been hit with a lawsuit charging that the Bair Hugger surgical warming blanket introduced a serious infection during a patient’s hip surgery. The complaint alleges that the plaintiff suffered serious injuries … Continue reading

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Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalled Due to Listeria Outbreak

Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalled Due to Listeria Outbreak

Blue Bell Creameries has voluntarily recalled all of its products due to a listeria outbreak, which has been linked to five infections, including three deaths. The New York Times reports that Blue Bell, which distributes frozen deserts to about half … Continue reading

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

Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

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. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley and published in The … Continue reading

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