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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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New York Property Owners Challenge Binghamton Fracking Ban

According to a Reuters report, the landowners believe the Binghamton, N.Y., city council and Mayor acted against proper protocol when voting to ban fracking drilling the the city. Instead, they feel the city should have consulted with the Broome County Planning Commission before approving the ban.

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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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Lawsuit Alleges Bi-Lateral DePuy ASR Hip Implant Resulted in Elevated Chromium and Cobalt Levels, Need for Revision Surgery

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, continue to be named in lawsuits by metal-on-metal hip replacement recipients who suffered severe injuries, including elevated chromium and cobalt levels, allegedly due to recalled ASR hip implant devices. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit on ...

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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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Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Leads Vulnerable to Fracture after ICD Switch

Medtronic Sprint Fidelis leads are vulnerable to fracture following ICD switch, says a new study published in the June issue of the journal Heart Rhythm.

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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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Tennessee Resident Files Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuit Following Cerebral Hemorrhage

A man from Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Pradaxa, claiming that the blood thinner caused him to suffer a cerebral hemorrhage. The complaint alleges Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. concealed knowledge that Pradaxa can cause Serious, life-threatening bleeds, and did not warn that Pradaxa bleeding side effects ...

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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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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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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