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Metal-on-metal Hip Recipients Experience Adverse Soft-Tissue Reaction to Metal Debris, Study shows

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In a study at Coxa Hospital for Joint Replacement in Finland, researchers assessed 176 patients who received metal-on-metal hip implants (203 hips) and found that 84 of those hips required revision surgery. In 87 percent of these revisions, adverse soft-tissue reaction to metal debris (ARMD) was diagnosed. Additionally, a larger femoral diameter and stem type had a higher risk of ARMD, metallosis, and device failure. Metal-on-metal hip designs, made by a number of medical device manufacturers such as Wright Medical, DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent company Johnson & Johnson, Stryker, Smith & Nephew and Zimmer Biomet Holdings, are made up of a cobalt-chromium alloy, which has been ... Read More

Study: 1 in 12 children with ADHD prescribed antipsychotic drugs

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Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are prescribed antipsychotic medication at a much higher rate than the average population, suggests a new study published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Risperdal is one of the most commonly used antipsychotics to treat ADHD, but it is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this indication. The drug is approved to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and irritability with autism in both adults and children. Doctors have the discretion to prescribe medications for uses for which they are not approved, and many are prescribing antipsychotics like Risperdal ... Read More

Four Dead, Two injured After Airplane Plows Into Riverside, California Neighborhood

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A private airplane carrying a family crashed into a pair of Riverside, California, homes Monday afternoon, killing four people and injuring at least two others. Riverside Fire Chief Michael Moore told the Associated Press that the airplane was carrying a husband, wife, and three teenagers. Authorities were able to get some information early in their investigation because one of the teenagers, a female, was thrown from the aircraft on impact and received only minor injuries. Witnesses said the girl crawled out from one of the damaged homes asking for help. The airplane had departed Riverside Municipal Airport at 4:40 p.m. ... Read More

Study: IVC Filters often prove ineffective, increase patient injury risks

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Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are devices used to prevent pulmonary embolism, an often fatal condition where a blood clot detaches from a large vein in the leg and becomes lodged in the lungs. IVC filters are put into place in the largest vein in the body, the vena cava, to catch the blood clot and prevent it from reaching the lungs or heart. They are used when people are unable to safely use blood thinning medications. Many IVC filters are made to be permanent, but more modern designs are intended to be temporary. But, according to national data, the temporary, or retrievable IVC filters ... Read More

Little Tikes toddler swing recall announced following 39 children injuries; two broken arms reported

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Little Tikes™, an American manufacturer of children’s toys, is announcing a recall of 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure Pink toddler swings after reports that its plastic seat may crack or break during use. If the toddler swing’s seat breaks during use, the unsuspecting child is at risk of falling. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug’n Secure pink toddler swings feature a pink T-shaped restraint at its front with a Little Tikes emblem and four yellow ropes used for suspension. The back of the swing seat should have its model number and manufacturing date ... Read More

Xarelto sales send Bayer profits through the roof

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Bayer is giving its blockbuster blood thinner Xarelto partial credit for its 2016 drug sales logging a 9 percent year-over-year increase to nearly $17.35 billion. The drug company added that it expects pharmaceutical sales in 2017 to surpass the $18 million mark. Bayer CEO Werner Baumann announced the drug division “achieved substantial sales and earnings increases,” and gave credit for it’s strongest growing products including Xarelto, chemo drug Eylea, hypertension treatment Adempas, and cancer drugs Xofigo and Stivarga. So confident in the performance of these drugs, Bayer raised its combined annual peak sales potential from shy of $8 billion to ... Read More

SCOTUS Revives Whistleblower Case Against Wells Fargo In Light of Escobar Ruling

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, Feb. 21 revived a long-running whistleblower lawsuit against Wells Fargo by remanding it to the U.S. Second Circuit Appeals Court, which last year affirmed a lower court’s ruling dismissing the case. The case was filed by Robert Kraus and Paul Bishop, former officials of two banks Wells Fargo acquired. Mr. Kraus and Mr. Bishop brought the complaint in 2011 under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which allows private parties to sue on behalf of the government in cases of suspected fraud targeting federal agencies and programs. Mr. Kraus is former controller ... Read More

Trader Joe apple sauces recalled after glass particles found in jars

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Manna Products Co., is recalling three types of Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Apple Sauces because pieces of glass were found mixed into some jars of the product. Consumers with specific containers of Trader Joe’s All Natural Unsweetened Apple Sauce, Trader Joe’s Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce, and Trader Joe’s First Crush Unsweetened Gravenstein Apple Sauce are advised not to eat the products and to return them to Trader Joe’s for a full refund, or dispose of them. Products affected by the recall include Trader Joe’s All Natural Apple Sauce with the UPC 00014359, and all “Best Before” Date Codes through DEC 16, 2018. This brand ... Read More

Takata To Pay $1 Billion in Fines, Restitution For Airbag Scandal

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Japanese auto supplier Takata will plead guilty to one criminal charge in Detroit Monday and pay a $1 billion in penalties and restitution to resolve allegations that it covered up a deadly airbag defect. The settlement requires that Takata allocate $125 million to a victims’ compensation fund, $850 million to automakers whose vehicles have been affected by the airbag defect, and a $25 million criminal fine. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted three Takata executives for their roles in the alleged cover-up. Federal prosecutors claim that the executives falsified test reports to conceal a flaw that can cause the ... Read More

Lawsuit Alleges Pilot Error Caused Fatal New Year’s Eve Plane Crash

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The family of a brother and sister who were killed in a plane crash in southern Illinois on New Year’s Eve are suing the estate of the pilot, alleging he was not qualified to fly the private aircraft during poor weather conditions. All four people aboard the Nashville-bound single-engine Piper died when the plane crashed into a wooded area near the town of Vienna, Illinois, including brother and sister Jordan Linder, 35, and Jasmine Linder, 26, both residents of Iowa. The crash also killed pilot Curt Terpstra, 34, of Pella, Iowa, and Krista Green, 37, of Altoona, Iowa. The four ... Read More