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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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Toxic Nano-Particles from Failing Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Pose Long-Term Health Risks

According to a new study, failing metal-on-metal hip implants generate toxic nano-particles that release Cobalt 2+ ions, which not only cause inflammation in surrounding tissue, but have the potential to cause long-term damage to the genetic material of cells. According to a report published by Medicalxpress.com, this “genotoxicity” could ...

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Study Finds Plavix May Only Benefit Smokers

An emerging study finds that blood thinner Plavix may only benefit smokers. Plavix (clopidogrel) is prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, including the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to prevent, gastrointestinal and cerebral bleeding, bleeding ulcers, ...

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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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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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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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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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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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Study Finds SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects Outweigh Their Benefits

A new study is raising more concerns about the safety of commonly used antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) inhibitor antidepressants. Investigators who conducted the study, which is published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, posit that increased knowledge of the negative effects of SSRIs and other antidepressants could reduce ...

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Biomet Faces New Lawsuit over Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant

Biomet Faces New Lawsuit over Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant

Biomet is facing a new lawsuit alleging that its metal-on-metal hip implant is to blame for a New York woman’s injuries. The plaintiff is a 61-year-old woman who was implanted with the Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Replacement System in her … Continue reading

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Metals from Mother’s Hip Implant can be Passed on to Her Baby

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In three babies born to mothers with metal-on-metal hip implants, doctors have found high chromium and cobalt in the infant’s umbilical cord blood. The metals had been produced by hip implant parts rubbing together during normal movement. The doctors saw … Continue reading

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Zimmer estimates $388M in Durom hip implant legal costs

Zimmer Holdings announced recently that it expects to pay about $388 million in legal costs associated with its Durom metal-on-metal hip implant. According to a report from MassDevice.com, the medical device firm said it has paid $98 million to settle … Continue reading

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Bogus metal-on-metal hip implant approved for use in Europe

Companies charged with approving new medical devices in the European Union have unknowingly given their stamp of approval to a fake new metal-on-metal hip implant. In an undercover investigation conducted by the British Medical Journal in conjunction with the U.K. … Continue reading

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Metal-on-metal hip implant problems faced overseas, too

As is the case in the U.S., tens of thousands of recipients of metal-on-metal hip implants in the U.K. are experiencing the same painful and costly defects that have plagued the devices on the whole. In a recent report from … Continue reading

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Ireland woman the first there to have defective DePuy hip implant case heard

An Ireland woman is the first in her country to file a lawsuit against the makers of the defective and recalled DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant. According to a report from Independent.ie, the Irish national news service, Irene Pierson was … Continue reading

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Metal hip surfacing recipients face high risk of early failures

A new study urges women and some men to avoid opting for an alternative to a hip replacement procedure, known as metal-on-metal hip resurfacing. According to a New York Times report on research gleaned from the National Joint Registry of … Continue reading

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Smith & Nephew Issues Safety Alert for Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Components

Smith & Nephew has issued a safety alert for its Birmingham Hip Modular Head implant components.  According to a report from MassDevice.com, Smith & Nephew issued the Birmingham Modular Head implant warning after data from two overseas device tracking databases … Continue reading

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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio.  Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit … Continue reading

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U.K. Regulators Issue Additional Guidance for Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Recipients

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 … Continue reading

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