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Lawsuit filed against metal hip device manufacturer

A woman has filed a lawsuit against the makers of her artificial hip after the device allegedly popped out of joint and caused further damage to her body. The lawsuit was filed against Wright Medical Technology Inc. and Wright Medical Group, makers of the Wright PROFEMUR Total Hip System, a brand of metal-on-metal artificial hip. According to the lawsuit, the defendant underwent total hip replacement surgery on her right hip in March 2007. Shortly after being implanted with the all-metal hip, the woman began to experience pain and started walking with a limp. In July 2011, the defendant’s hip popped ... Read More

DePuy fails to cover ASR revision surgery expenses, despite its assurances

After DePuy Orthopaedics recalled its ASR XL Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing System in August 2010 over concerns the devices were failing prematurely and harming patients, the manufacturer has maintained it would cover all “reasonable and customary” costs associated with replacing the defective hips, including testing, revision surgery costs, and related expenses involving travel and some post-surgery care. Despite these assurances, however, some DePuy ASR hip patients are finding themselves facing thousands of dollars in medical care costs that DePuy allegedly refuses to cover. In the case of one ASR hip implant patient, seven surgeries were required to repair the ... Read More

Researchers call for a ban on metal-on-metal hip implants

Researchers are calling for a ban of all-metal artificial hips, citing new evidence that the devices are more prone to fail than traditional hip implants made with plastic or ceramic parts. Metal-on-metal hip replacement systems are newer devices that were designed to be more durable than older model hip implants, with a metal ball that moves within a metal socket. However, doctors are beginning to find that the devices may actually be performing worse than older hip implants made of other materials like ceramic and plastic. Artificial hips can last up to 20 years, and failure occurs when the device loosens, ... Read More

Common antibiotics could cause serious eye emergency

Commonly prescribed antibiotics used to everything from respiratory illnesses to urinary tract infections have been linked to a higher risk of retinal detachment, a medical emergency that without rapid treatment could cause vision loss and blindness. Compared to people without retinal detachment, patients who were treated by ophthalmologists for retinal detachment were five times more likely to be taking a class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones, which include ciprofloxacin, marketed under the names Zoxan, Proquin and Cipro, and levofloxacin, marketed as Levaquin and Cravit. The Canadian study was based on a hunch by lead author Mahyar Etminan, with Child and ... Read More

Researchers warn doctors not to use metal-on-metal hip implants

Researchers who conducted studies on metal-on-metal hip implants are asking doctors to stop using the devices because they believe they are much more likely to need repair or replacement, and may leech toxic metals into patients’ bloodstreams. The study, funded by the National Joint Registry of England and Wales, was published online this week in The Lancet. The study involved data of more than 400,000 hip replacement surgeries from the National Joint Registry between 2003 and 2011. More than 31,000 of the surgeries involved metal-on-metal hip implants. The others involved more traditional plastic or ceramic devices. Researchers found that after five ... Read More

Southern tornadoes hamper operations for some trucking businesses

MONTGOMERY, AL — This week’s deadly storms in the Deep South left entire communities in ruins, mostly in the state of Alabama, where about 165 tornados killed more than 200 people and injured thousands. One powerful tornado that ripped across the land from eastern Mississippi to Georgia grew to a mile wide in some areas and decimated entire sections of Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. The infrastructural damage is so immense that it will have a long-lasting impact on commerce in this region, including some interruptions for many trucking operations. According to a report by Truckinginfo, one of the twisters hit a ... Read More

Dolphin deaths on Gulf Coast linked to BP oil spill

Unusually high numbers of dolphins have been washing ashore in Alabama and other Gulf states since BP’s offshore rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico a year ago, creating the biggest oil spill and environmental catastrophe the United States has ever seen. Now, despite a government order to keep their findings confidential, scientists examining the dolphins have linked many of their deaths to the massive oil spill. Estimates of the number of dolphins killed by the spill have varied wildly since BP’s blown-out well started gushing oil between April 20-22 last year, but scientists have focused primarily on ... Read More