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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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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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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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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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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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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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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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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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Bleeding Side Effects of Pradaxa, Xarelto Have Some Doctors Concerned

Some heart doctors are raising concerns about a new class of heart drugs that include Pradaxa. Recently, a number of doctors interviewed by Reuters said they were hesitant to prescribe Pradaxa, as well as another blood thinner called Xarelto, because of concerns regarding the risk of stroke, serious bleeding ...

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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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Florida parking garage collapse kills 3, injures 8; one worker still listed as missing

Three people are dead following the collapse of a parking garage under construction at Miami-Dade College Wednesday. According to an NBC News report, the third fatality was reported early this morning when a construction worker, who had been pulled from … Continue reading

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Mirena® putting women at risk of suffering serious side effects

Women who opt for Mirena® as a contraceptive method are putting themselves at risk of very serious and sometimes life-threatening side effects. Mirena® is an intrauterine contraceptive that’s implanted in women and is designed to stay in the uterus for … Continue reading

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Injuries from “exploding toilets” prompt recall of Flushmate pressure flushing system

Federal consumer safety regulators have issued a recall on an assisted toilet flushing mechanism after several people sustained injuries when the units exploded during use. According to a recent Los Angeles Times report, the Consumer Product Safety Commission ordered the … Continue reading

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Airport Backscatter X-Ray Scanners Continue to Raise Safety Questions

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is taking another look at the < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Radiation-Overexposure-Medical-Devices-Lawsuit-Lawyer">radiation levels emitted from some of its new airport full-body scanners after tests found some devices were emitting radiation that was 10 times higher than normal. Though it … Continue reading

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FDA Shuts Down Maryland Sprout Processor

Ongoing unsanitary conditions prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to shut down a Maryland soybean sprout processor. Preparation, packing, and holding were all conducted in conditions violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Carroll County Times noted … Continue reading

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PCBs in Massachusetts Harbor will be Capped and Buried, EPA Says

To deal with < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/PCBs_health_concerns">PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) and heavy metal contamination in Massachusetts’ New Bedford Harbor, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has plans to bury and cap toxic silt at the bottom of the harbor via the deployment of … Continue reading

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DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuit Filed by Connecticut Woman

The first Connecticut lawsuit against the maker of the recalled, defective < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/DePuy-Hip-Implant-Recall-Johnson-and-Johnson">DePuy ASR hip implant has been filed. Patricia Sorrentino-Galello underwent a second hip replacement just three years after her original surgery at Milford Hospital, the CT Post reports. … Continue reading

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Japanese Nuclear Crises Sparks Worry over General Electric Nuclear Reactor Design

In the wake of the Japanese < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Radiation-Exposure-Environmental-Contamination-Dumping-Spill-Lawsuit">nuclear emergency spawned by last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, questions are being raised about the design of the a General Electric nuclear reactor known as the Mark 1. Nuclear opponents have criticized … Continue reading

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Was FCC Cell Phone Radiation Advice Altered at Behest of Industry?

Following pow-wows with members of the cell phone industry, including the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, Nokia, AT&T and Motorola, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) quietly changed a statement on < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/Cell-Phones-Cause-Cancer-Radiation-Exposure-Lawsuit-Lawyer">cell phone radiation that appears on its website. Where it … Continue reading

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Bed Bug Lawsuit Goes to Court

Another < "http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/bedbugs-bites-infestation-hotels">bed bug lawsuit is making headlines, this time in Maryland. Sam Alfrey, the plaintiff in a small claims case against the owner of the Travelers Hotel LLC brought a bottle of dead bed bugs to court in a … Continue reading

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