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Research Suggest Fracking Chemicals Can Pollute Aquifers

A new study suggests fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process could migrate through underground fractures and contaminate water aquifers.

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Birth Control Shot Depo-Provera may Increase HIV Risk

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

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.

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Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall for Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Hip Implant Components

Stryker Orthopedics is recalling two metal-on-metal hip implant components, its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to a notice posted on Stryker’s website, risks associated with the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about ...

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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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Hip Replacement, Knee Implant Patients with Diabetes, Other Health Problems May Face Difficult Recoveries

Patients receiving hip replacement devices or knee implants may face a more complicated recovery if they are obese, or suffer from diabetes or other health woes. According to a new study published online in the journal Anesthesiology, at least 3% of all total hip or knee replacement patients will ...

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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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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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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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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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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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Tainted Medical Scopes Allegedly Cause Superbug Infections

Tainted Medical Scopes Allegedly Cause Superbug Infections

The Olympus Corporation, based in Japan, was allegedly aware of superbug outbreaks in three countries as early as 2013 and did not alert American hospitals about possibly deadly infections from contaminated medical scopes known as duodenoscopes. After two-dozen infections were … Continue reading

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Following Superbug Outbreaks, FDA Mandates Safety Studies from Scope Manufacturers

FDA Mandates Safety Studies from Scope Manufacturers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is ordering duodenoscope manufacturers to study how the devices are cleaned. The safety studies are prompted by a series of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection outbreaks in the United States linked to contaminated scopes. The … Continue reading

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Medical Scope Makers Warned in the Wake of Superbug Outbreaks

Three manufacturers of duodenoscopes—specialized medical scopes—have received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letters because the scopes have been linked to outbreaks of a deadly “superbug.” The FDA says the companies failed to adequately report problems with the devices and, in … Continue reading

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Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease Sickens 46 in the Bronx, Kills 4

Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease Sickens 46 in the Bronx

Since July 10th, 46 people have acquired Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx and four people have died. According WABC, positive samples of the bacteria have been found in air conditioning at a hospital and a complex with a movie theater. … Continue reading

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Indiana HIV Outbreak Connected to Painkiller Abuse

Indiana HIV Outbreak Connected to Painkiller Abuse

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that the prescription pain pill Opana could be contributing to a rapidly escalating outbreak HIV outbreak in Scott County, Indiana. In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned Endo … Continue reading

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Tainted Endoscopes also Implicated in Drug-Resistant E. Coli Outbreak

Tainted Endoscopes Implicated in Drug-Resistant Outbreak

Contaminated duodenoscopes, the medical devices recently associated with a series of superbug outbreaks at two Los Angeles hospitals, have also been implicated in an outbreak of drug-resistant Escherichia coli (E. coli) in a Washington state hospital. A study published in … Continue reading

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