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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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Bayer Yaz, Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuit Settlements Stand at $147 Million

Bayer AG reported yesterday that it continues to settle Yaz and Yasmin birth control pill lawsuits. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the company said in its latest Stockholder Newsletter that it has settled 651 Yaz and Yasmin blood clot lawsuits for a total of $147 million. The average ...

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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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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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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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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

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday due to a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills. Police are investigating the accident, Newsday reports. According to Newsday, the 81-year-old man was driving a Nissan Altima west in the right lane, west of Exit 42. He ...

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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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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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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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