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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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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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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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Bisphosphonate Study Confirms Atypical Thigh Fracture Risk

New research has confirmed the link between bisphoshonates, such as Fosamax, and atypical femur fractures, a type of thigh fracture that occurs spontaneously, without any major leg injury. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the risk of atypical thigh fractures increases the longer a ...

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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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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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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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1,000+ Australians Join DePuy ASR Hip Implant Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in Australia over DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled metal-on-metal ASR Hip Implants has signed up more than 1,000 plaintiffs. The attorneys representing the Australian ASR Hip Implant lawsuit plaintiffs recently told The Courier-Mail that damages in the lawsuit are expected to be worth more than $200 million. One ...

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West Virginia Man Claims Metal-on-Metal DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Led to Pain, Elevated Cobalt Levels

A West Virginia man fitted with a metal-on-metal version of DePuy Orthopaedics’ Pinnacle Hip Implant System has filed suit against the company and its parent, Johnson & Johnson, alleging the device caused him to suffer pain and elevated cobalt levels. The Plaintiff is being represented by the national law ...

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Parker Waichman Representing Another Louisiana Plaintiff in Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

A Louisiana man has become the latest to claim that his taking the type 2 diabetes drug Actos resulted in developing bladder cancer. He has filed a lawsuit against the Japanese manufacturer of the drug and the marketer of it in the U.S., claiming they failed to warn about this ...

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IVC Filter Medical Device Risks May Outweigh Benefits

IVC Filter Medical Device Risks May Outweigh Benefits

An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a small cage-like device designed to catch and dissolve blood clots. These devices are implanted in patients who have a higher risk of blood clots but for various reasons, cannot take anticoagulants. An … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Filed Over Alleged Failure of Rex Medical Option IVC Filter

Lawsuit Filed Over Failure of Rex Medical Option IVC Filter

The family of a now-deceased Florida man has filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania over the alleged failure of the Rex Medical Option Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter device. The lawsuit was filed in Pennsylvania. In September 2014, the man was … Continue reading

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No Settlement Reached in IVC Filter MDL Conference

No Settlement Reached in IVC Filter MDL Conference

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated Cook IVC filter lawsuits, in October 2014, into the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Over 500 plaintiffs have joined the litigation, all alleging to have been injured by … Continue reading

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Health Canada Warns of Complications with IVC Filters

Health Canada Warns of Complications with IVC Filters

Health Canada has issued a safety alert regarding the use of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters, which are used to stop blood clots from reaching the heart or lungs. The regulators warned that patients receiving IVC filters have reported serious … Continue reading

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Case Study Examines Long-Term Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Retrieval

Case Study Examines Long-Term IVC Filter Retrieval

Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are umbrella-shaped devices that are implanted into a patient’s inferior vena cava, a major vein carrying blood from the lower part of the body to the heart. They are used when patients are at risk … Continue reading

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Researchers Recommend Further Research and Monitoring of Patients with IVC Filters

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In a June 2015 article in Respiratory Medicine Case Reports, researchers from Southern Illinois University and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston concluded their case report with the recommendation that further research be conducted to determine the long-term … Continue reading

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