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Firefighters Sue Maker of Siren Over Alleged Hearing Loss

Five firefighters in Clearwater, Florida, have filed a lawsuit against the maker of the truck siren, claiming the blaring noise is to blame for their hearing loss. Pat Scanlon, a 64-year-old retiree from Clearwater Fire & Rescue, has trouble sleeping due to the phantom sirens that scream in his ears when he goes to bed at night. “And when I wake up, it’s still there,” Scanlon told the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s constant.” The lawsuit accuses the manufacturer, Federal Signal Corp, of producing a siren that is inherently hazardous, saying they should have tested the product before selling it. The suit ... Read More

Long-term use of Advil, Tylenol linked to hearing loss

Using common over-the-counter pain relievers like Advil or Tylenol for an extended period of time may contribute to hearing loss, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers examined data regarding use of aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol), as well as self-reported hearing loss, of more than 54,000 women between the ages of 48 and 73 enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study. They found that longer duration of ibuprofen or acetaminophen use was tied to a greater risk of hearing loss. The increased risk was not seen with aspirin use. Longer duration was defined as ... Read More

Fictional Dr. House character helps solve real-life medical mystery

Doctors were stumped by the symptoms exhibited by the 55-year-old man with severe heart failure. He had fever, swollen lymph nodes, hearing and vision loss when he arrived at the Center for Undiagnosed Diseases in Marburg, Germany. He also had a metal hip implant that replaced a previous ceramic one. The team of German doctors was no stranger to medical mysteries. They use a variety of resources to help pinpoint difficult-to-diagnose conditions. For this case, doctors recalled an episode of the then-recently-ended Fox TV series, House, a show in which the fictional character Dr. Gregory House solves some of the ... Read More

DePuy artificial hip linked to cobalt toxicity

When Brenda* received a notice from her orthopedist that the DePuy Orthopaedics-brand artificial hip she received a few years earlier had been recalled because of defects that were causing it to fail at a higher than expected rate, she was surprised. Her only symptom was an unexplained itchy leg rash that lasted about a year. Her doctor checked her blood level for cobalt, and the results came back abnormally high at 12. A normal cobalt reading should be below 5. She asked internist Dr. H. Mitchell Hecht, who writes a column in The Times Leader, “What will cobalt toxicity do ... Read More

Top five signs of DePuy hip replacement failure

If you are one of the thousands of people who have received a DePuy hip replacement — either the ASR (Articular Surface Replacement) Hip Resurfacing System and ASR XL Acetabular (whole hip) System – you may be experiencing some signs that the implants are failing. Since 2005, when the artificial hip systems first debuted, approximately 93,000 patients have received one of the implants. Medical research indicates that within 5 years of surgery the DePuy hips will fail in 1 out of every 8 patients, and almost all of the hip implants are expected to fail long before the usual 35-year ... Read More

DePuy artificial hips: “one step forward, two steps back”

Anyone with degenerative arthritis who elects to have hip-replacement surgery would never trade their pain and immobility for a host of more serious and painful problems, yet that is exactly what thousands of patients who have received artificial hips made by DePuy Orthopedics have unknowingly done. According to Orthopedics Today, metal-on-metal hip systems have proven to be a bit of a disaster – one which the journal describes as “one step forward, two steps back.” Artificial hips made by DePuy have prompted the United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to issue a warning against the use of ... Read More

Water pill linked to hearing impairment, deafness

The prescription “water pill” Lasix (furosemide) has updated its safety label to include warnings of hearing impairment and deafness. The label changes were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will go into effect immediately. Lasix is a potent diuretic that is used to reduce the swelling and fluid retention caused by various medical problems including heart or liver disease. It is also used to treat high blood pressure. It works by prompting the kidneys to get rid of unneeded water and salt from the body into the urine. The medication comes in both tablet and liquid form ... Read More