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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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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research

Two Leading Cancer Groups Issue Call for Regulation of E-cigarettes and Research on Health Risks

In a joint statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research have called on the federal government to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes and increase research on their health effects. These leading research and treatment organizations asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make ...

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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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FDA Advisory Panel Wrestling with Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Safety

An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...

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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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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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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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Crash on N.State Pkwy Kills Port Jefferson Station Man

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

81-year-old Port Jefferson Station man was killed in a crash at 4:57 a.m.. He lost control of the vehicle traveling west on Northern State Pkwy, on exit 42, Dix Hills.

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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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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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