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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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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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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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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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FDA Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Investigation Is Flawed, Researchers Say

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) metal-on-metal hip replacement investigation is flawed, according to researchers.

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Majority of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Failures Occur within Two Years, Study Finds

A newly published metal-on-metal hip replacement study is reporting that the majority of failures occur early, within two years of surgery. The study, published in the journal Orthopedics, is just the latest to indicate that close follow-up of metal-on-metal hip implant patients is warranted.

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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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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Medtronic Settles Charges Over Kickbacks To Doctors

Medical device giant, Medtronic Inc., is settling charges over kickbacks to doctors. The firms just agreed to pay $23.5 million to settle claims it paid physicians kickbacks in exchange for their use of its pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a U.S. Justice Department announcement yesterday. The company was accused of seeking ...

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NY Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Extend 9/11 Worker and Volunteer Benefits

NY Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Extend 9/11 Benefits

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo just signed legislation to extend the deadline for 9/11 responders to register under the World Trade Center Disability Law. The legislation, signed on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, extends the deadline to … Continue reading

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COPD is Now Independently Covered Under Zadroga Act

COPD is Now Independently Covered Under Zadroga Act

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is now covered under the Zadroga Act as an independent injury, meaning that 9/11 victims can file a claim for COPD alone without a prior diagnosis or association with another respiratory condition. Previously, Zadroga benefits … Continue reading

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9/11 Response Linked to Memory Problems, Study Finds

9/11 Response Linked to Memory Problems, Study Finds

Most of the research involving 9/11 responders focuses on physical health problems such as cancer and respiratory disorders. A new study, however, suggests that rescue and recovery workers may also be at increased risk for cognitive impairment, a leading risk … Continue reading

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9/11 Responders Continue to Suffer WTC-Related Injuries

9/11 Responders Continue to Suffer WTC-Related Injuries

It has been nearly 15 years since the 9/11 attacks, and first responders and residents continue to face chronic health problems related to toxic dust exposure. Officially, the disaster area extends from the World Trade Center site to the western … Continue reading

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