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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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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System

British Recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys Wound Care System for Infection Risk

The MHRA announced the recall of Smith & Nephew Renasys wound care devices - risk of maceration, infection, loss of negative pressure, or unrecognized bleeding in wounds.

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Whistleblower Wins Retaliation - Canaveral National Seashore

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Lawsuit

A whistleblower who reported misconduct at Canaveral National Seashore has won a retaliation ruling against the U.S. Department of Interior, Florida Today reports.

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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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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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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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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick Calls for Congressional Medical Device Hearing

Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick Calls for Medical Device Hearing

Representative Mike Fitzpatrick, who has been calling for stricter medical device regulations, has asked the Committee on Energy and Commerce to hold a medical device hearing in order to update laws. This is not the first time Fitzpatrick has taken … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Propose Bill in Effort to Better Detect Medical Device Issues

Bill Proposed to Better Detect Medical Device Issues

New legislation seeks to identify medical device problems as early as possible. Under the Medical Device Guardians Act of 2016, introduced by U.S. Reps. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y. and Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., physicians would be required to report medical device injuries … Continue reading

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Safety Concerns over Power Morcellators Due to Cancer-Spreading Risks

Power Morcellators Cause Concern on Cancer-Spreading Risks

Power morcellator have been under public scrutiny in the past few years in light of its cancer-spreading risks. These concerns were brought to light by Dr. Amy Reed, who underwent a procedure using a power morcellator, only to discover that … Continue reading

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Power Morcellators can Spread Hidden Uterine Cancers

Power Morcellators can Spread Hidden Uterine Cancers

Power morcellators are surgical devices used to mince up tissue during a minimally invasive surgery, such as a laparoscopic hysterectomy. By cutting up the tissue into smaller pieces, surgeons can remove it more easily through small incisions. However, power morcellators … Continue reading

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Government Accountability Office Asked to Investigate FDA’s Handling of Surgical Tool’s Risks

FDA Omits Serious Side Effects From Levaquin Label

Twelve members of Congress have asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate why a device used in gynecologic surgery was marketed for two decades before safety warnings were issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The power morcellator … Continue reading

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