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Ohio State Fair Death Prompts Lawsuit

The family of a teen killed at the Ohio State Fair when the ride he was on broke apart is preparing to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Tyler Jarrell, 18, was riding the Fire Ball ride on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair in Columbus July 26 when a full row of seats broke off from the swinging arm of the ride. Mr. Jarrell was hurled high into the air and landed about 50 feet from the ride, The Columbus Dispatch reported. He was killed on impact. Seven others were injured in the ride malfunction. Three of those victims ... Read More

C.R. Bard continued to sell IVC blood clot filter despite apparent dangers

C.R. Bard, the maker of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters with alarming failure rates, decided not to recall the faulty device, even after it may have cost patients their lives. The G2 IVC filters made by Bard have been associated with at least 27 deaths and hundreds of issues. But instead of recalling them, removing them from the market or correcting the design flaws, Bard seemed to be ignoring the concerns and risks, and even allowing the sales to continue of the G2 and G2 Express (nearly identical designs) on the market. They were able to gain five more years ... Read More

Younger women with metal hips more likely to require revision surgery

Metal-on-metal stemmed hip implants should no longer be used in patients, and patients with these artificial hips should be carefully monitored, particularly young women whose hip implants have large diameter heads, according to a new study. The study, conducted by researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter, and the Centre for Hip Surgery at the Wrightingdon Hospital in Lancashire, was based on data from the National Joint Registry in England and Wales. Researchers looked at 402,051 first total hip replacements using a stemmed implant between April 2003 and September 2011. They then singled out revision operations carried out on ... Read More

Study: Cardiac defibrillators not widely used, and often fail

Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, used to shock the heart of someone in cardiac arrest, can be found in many public places. They are designed to be readily available in order to save lives. But a new study presented this month at the annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine in Chicago shows that if the devices are to serve the purpose for which they were made, people must use them – and fast. Unfortunately, they are rarely used. And when they are put to use, they often fail. When a person experiences cardiac arrest, a shock from an ... Read More

Problematic metal hip implants create booming business for surgeons

Of the 600 knee and hip replacement surgeries performed each year by Dr. Tod Sekundiak with Creighton University Medical Center in Nebraska, 30 to 40 percent are revision surgeries – operations to repair implants that have failed. The problems are caused when the hardware loosens or breaks down. Sometimes the remaining bone wears down and cracks. Other times infection sets in. These problems are often seen 15 or more years after initial hip replacement surgery was performed, but a new type of hip implant is sending more and more people into operating rooms for hip replacement re-dos. Artificial hips are ... Read More

Study may trigger more all-metal hip implant lawsuits

A new report published in the British Medical Journal that suggests all-metal hip implants are not as safe as traditional hip devices and may actually require revision surgeries, could accelerate the number lawsuits already mounting against some medical device manufacturers. The report, sponsored by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and conducted in conjunction with academic experts, reviewed published data as well as orthopedic registries to come up with the most comprehensive overview of hip implants to date. The data was sought in part because of a growing number of complaints about a newer generation of hip implants made with all-metal ... Read More

Body realignment could eliminate need for hip replacement surgery

More than a half a million hip and knee replacements are performed in the United States each year, and the numbers are growing. One doctor suggests many surgeries could have been avoided if peoples’ bodies were better aligned. Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent form of arthritis and now the No. 1 cause of pain and disability in the United States. Treatment is often hip or knee replacement surgery. But many of the prostheses used to repair damaged joints need to be replaced in 10 to 15 years. Some fail just months after implantation. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration is reviewing ... Read More

House Democrats push for closer review of metal-on-metal hip implants

House Republicans are being urged by Democrats to investigate the safety of metal-on-metal artificial hips, such as the recalled DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL systems, and the process by which those devices are approved. The request was made by Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Rep. Henry Waxman of California. Hip implants are typically made from ceramic or plastic parts. But some newer varieties are constructed with metal-on-metal parts. This design is intended to be more durable and last longer than traditional implants. Instead, they have been found to fail at a higher than expected rate. Metal-on-metal hip implants involve a metal ball ... Read More