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Blog Posts in 2016

  • Chronic Heartburn Medication Can Cause Dangerous Side Effects

    Chronic heartburn is not a health condition that should be taken lightly. If unaddressed, it could cause significant damage to the stomach and esophagus, as well as lead to the development of certain cancers. Proton pump inhibitors (PPI) are drugs manufactured with the sole purpose of controlling heartburn and acid reflux disease. As useful as a PPI might be to some patients, new studies are ...
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  • Endoscope Infections Widespread in Hospitals & Medical Centers

    Severe infections in hospital patients around the country have been attributed to unclean and unsterilized endoscopes used in surgeries and routine examinations. It is believed that more than 30 patients have died in the last three years as a direct result of endoscope infections. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the causes and consequences. Unclean Clinic Conditions & Bad ...
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  • St. Jude Heart Devices Vulnerable to Hacking

    Although shareholders of St. Jude Medical Inc. (STJ) recently approved a $25 billion merger between the company and Abbot Laboratories (ABT), the medical device manufacturer is still facing considerable backlash over accusations that its cardiac implants can potentially be hacked. The issue was first brought to light in August 2016 when short seller Carson Block of Muddy Waters LLC issued a ...
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  • 12 Hospitals Cited by FDA for Failing to Report Medical Device Safety Issues

    According to an article recently published by NPR , The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded that several major hospitals throughout the country are failing to accurately report patient deaths or injuries related to defective medical devices . As revealed in the FDA’s most recent hospital inspection report, reporting lapses were found in 12 hospitals surveyed throughout the country, ...
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  • New American Medical Study Concludes IVC Filters Have No Benefits

    Retrievable IVC filters have recently been the center of numerous lawsuits for causing painful and often fatal side effects in patients. Adding insult to injury, so to speak, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has recently published a study that concluded IVC filters bring no measurable benefits even when they are fully functional. (You can view a summary of their study by ...
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  • Recent Study Discovers That Asbestos Fibers Can Move Through Soil

    After the dangers of asbestos could no longer be denied by its manufacturers, disposal of discarded asbestos-based products or supplies often included burying it underground. Since mesothelioma is the most prevalent side-effect of asbestos exposure, and it is caused by inhaling asbestos fibers, it was believed that piling feet of dirt, soil, and sand atop it would prevent it from causing further ...
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  • Olympus Medical Scopes May Have Caused Dozens of Patient Deaths

    Olympus Corporation of Japan (Olympus) is at the center of an ongoing investigation and will likely be targeted by a series of lawsuits due to tainted or infected duodenoscopes it manufactured. The infected duodenoscopes are thought to be the cause of at least 35 patient deaths in 2013. A duodenoscope is a tube-like medical device that is inserted into a patient’s mouth and snaked down to the ...
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  • How to Protect Your Child from Asbestos Exposure in School

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has warned parents that essentially any public school built before 1981 will have asbestos somewhere within its structure. When people are exposed to slight levels of asbestos, it could eventually develop into harmful or deadly mesothelioma . In light of this information, parents across the country may want to be concerned about their ...
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  • SGLT2 Inhibitors Linked to Fatal Ketoacidosis Cases

    Between July 8, 2016 and August 17, 2016, the FDA approved important safety updates to the labels of all SGLT2 inhibitors. These drugs are used to treat Type 2 diabetes by causing the kidneys to remove excess glucose from the body through the urine. Taken as a whole, the new safety labeling changes warn that there have been fatal cases of ketoacidosis in patients taking any and all of the drugs ...
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  • Recent News on Essure Lawsuits, August 2016

    Although the birth control device Essure was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, the relative safety of the device is still under scrutiny. A noticeable percentage of women who have used Essure will develop some sort of negative symptom. In some cases, the consequence is a rash or hives caused by a nickel allergy; in others, it may cause vaginal bleeding or perforation that ...
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  • In-Home Care & Support for Mesothelioma Patients

    The cancerous cells grown by mesothelioma can cause painful side effects and life-threatening tumors if left unchecked. As soon as mesothelioma is diagnosed, it is important to begin exploring treatment options . In some instances, invasive surgery is required to locate cancerous growths and remove them before they can continue to spread. Anytime surgery is undertaken, a great risk is placed upon ...
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  • New Research Could Improve Accuracy of Mesothelioma Diagnosis

    New research published in the European Journal of Cancer could help with the diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma in cancer patients. An international team of scientists has been able to successfully identify a new biomarker present in the blood of patients suffering from specific types of mesothelioma. As the result of a study involving 129 patients (and a control group of 45), the team ...
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  • The FDA Updates IVC Filter Health Risk Warning

    Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters have drawn heavy criticism and numerous lawsuits by patients who claim to have incurred injuries due device failure, manufacturer negligence, defective design, and misrepresentation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its communication warning of these potential health risks and has stated that IVC filters should generally not be kept in use ...
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  • Workers' Compensation Claims for Mesothelioma & Asbestos Exposure

    Although asbestos use in manufacturing, construction, and mechanical industries has declined in recent years, it is still prevalent on many jobsites around the country. Workers who must handle asbestos may breathe in the fine fibers of this hazardous mineral, even when using proper safety equipment, and develop a unique form of lung cancer called mesothelioma. One of the reasons mesothelioma is so ...
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  • Invokana and Invokamet Linked to Limb Amputations

    On May 18, 2016, the FDA issued a safety communication that warns of increased risk of leg and foot amputations with Invokana and Invokamet. These drugs are marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a division of Johnson & Johnson) and contain the SGLT2 inhibitor canagliflozin. SGLT2 inhibitors are used to treat Type 2 diabetes by causing the kidneys to remove excess glucose from the body through the ...
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