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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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Smith & Nephew Says Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Controversy Slowing Sales of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System

Medical device maker Smith & Nephew has reported a drop in sales of its metal-on-metal hip implant devices. According to the company, hip implant sales were down 2 percent during the first quarter of 2012, largely because its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System suffered from an association with other metal-on-metal hip ...

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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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Bronx Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run, Second Teen Injured

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Pkwy in Dix Hills west of Exit 42. He was driving a Nissan Altima.

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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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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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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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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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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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64 More Plavix Patients File Suit Over Bleeding Side Effects

Another Plavix lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 64 Plavix patients who allege bleeding side effects. Plavix (clopidogrel) is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots and heart attacks, and has been linked to serious side effects, such as the heart attacks and strokes it is ...

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St. Jude Riata Lead Patients Face Rising Medical Bills

Patients who have been implanted with St. Jude Medical’s now-recalled Riata defibrillator leads will likely face some hefty medical bills.  According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, doctors are increasingly removing St. Jude Riata leads, a procedure that … Continue reading

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Heart Device Patients with St. Jude Riata Leads Need X-Rays to Check Insulation, FDA Warns

Federal health regulators are warning that patients with implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices that are connected to their hearts via St. Jude Medical’s Riata or Riata ST lead wires need to undergo x-rays or other … Continue reading

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Riata Heart Lead Study Confirms Failure Risk

A new study that confirms the high rate of an erosion problem that led to the recall of St. Jude’s Riata heart defibrillator leads has found that such failures are most likely to occur with wires that have large diameters.  … Continue reading

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Riata Defibrillator Lead Patients Left with Few Good Choices

People relying on the Riata and Riata ST models of cardiac defibrillator leads face a dangerous and life-threatening dilemma: should they choose to have the fault-prone and recalled medical devices removed in place of a different, safer model; or do … Continue reading

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Another Study Casts Doubt on St. Jude Riata Defibrillator Leads

Another study has essentially condemned the St. Jude Riata line of defibrillator leads, indicating they’re far more dangerous for patients than its competitor, the Medtronic Quattro leads. According to a Dow Jones report this week, a “multicenter study” presented at … Continue reading

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St. Jude Softens Stance on Riata Defibrillator Lead Study Author

It appears that St. Jude Medical Inc. has softened its criticism, somewhat, of Dr. Robert Hauser, the prominent cardiologist and researcher who recently linked the company’s recalled Riata defibrillator leads to 22 deaths. According to MedCity News, St. Jude’s CEO, … Continue reading

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Heart Rhythm Journal Rejects St. Jude Request to Retract Riata Lead Study

The journal Heart Rhythm will not retract a study published last month that linked St. Jude Medical’s Riata and Riata ST defibrillator leads to 22 deaths that were the result of high-voltage failures of the leads. St. Jude, which had … Continue reading

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Medtronic Claims Analysis Confirms Recent Findings on St. Jude Riata Defibrillator Lead Death Rates

Medtronic Inc. is backing findings of a study that raised serious safety concerns about Riata and Riata ST defibrillator leads made by rival, St. Jude Medical Inc. The study, conducted by Dr. Robert Hauser and published in the journal Heart … Continue reading

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St. Jude Claims Study on Alleged Riata Lead Deaths is Biased and Inaccurate

St. Jude Medical wants the Heart Rhythm Journal to retract a study published last month that linked its Riata line of internal defibrillator leads to more 20 deaths. In a statement issued by St. Jude on Friday, the company asserted … Continue reading

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