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Debate about usefulness of pelvic exams more reason to be aware of ovarian cancer symptoms

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Earlier this year, TODAY.com reported on controversy surrounding pelvic exams and their usefulness in a woman’s yearly health routine. The Annals of Internal Medicine released a report examining viewpoints opposing the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology guidelines that still recommend annual pelvic exams, although annual cervical cancer screenings are no longer recommended. It is notable that doctors on both sides of the debate seem to acknowledge weakness of the pelvic exam as a screening test for ovarian cancer. Dr. Jennifer Potter, director of the Women’s Health Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an associate professor of medicine at ... Read More

Consumer Sues Sunbeam Over Electric Blanket Burn Injuries

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PITTSBURGH, Penn. – A Pittsburgh-area woman who claims to have received first- and second-degree burns on her head and face while using an electric blanket has filed a federal lawsuit against Sunbeam Products, alleging it negligently manufactured the blanket. The plaintiff, who filed the complaint in a Western Pennsylvania federal court, seeks more than $250,000 in damages and any additional compensation the court finds suitable, the Penn Record reported. The plaintiff’s attorney told the Penn Record that the woman fell asleep using her electric blanket. When she woke up, she found the blanket had heated excessively where she had it pressed ... Read More

Lawsuit claims hospital caused mold infection in lungs

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Che DuVall, 70, is suing University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Presbyterian Hospital claiming the facility caused him to contract a fungal infection in his lungs following transplant surgery. DuVall’s lawsuit, which was filed in Allegheny County Court, claims the UPMC recklessly housed the patient in a room that made him more susceptible to mold infection. Four transplant patients developed fungal infections during the mold outbreak, three of whom died. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the organ transplant patients who developed the infections likely contracted them while spending time in a “negative pressure” room. UPMC said ... Read More

Eighth U.S. Death Blamed on Exploding Takata Airbag

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A 13-year-old boy from Pennsylvania who was killed in a July crash near Pittsburgh, Penn., is the eighth U.S. fatality linked to defective airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata, which have been recalled in millions of vehicles worldwide for their potential to explode with deadly force. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the boy was killed in an early morning crash that occurred in a 2001 Honda Accord coupe, one of the vehicles that had been recalled for Takata airbags that contain a faulty inflator. A Pennsylvania State Police report of the crash indicates the minor was ... Read More

Judge allows liability, negligence claims to go ahead in Smith & Nephew hip implant lawsuit

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A federal judge in West Virginia announced on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, that he would permit a woman named Anna Raab’s product liability and negligence claims to go to trial in a lawsuit in which she claims Smith & Nephew Inc. produced a faulty hip replacement that led to her personal injuries. Anna Raab claims that Smith & Nephew clearly violated the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) current good manufacturing practice requirements, which is a breach of federal law. The current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) is a regulation system whose goal is to ensure medical devices are safe, effective, ... Read More

Education Management Corp. Pays $99.5 Million To Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit


The U.S. Justice Department said Monday that it had reached a “landmark global settlement” with Education Management Corporation, the second-largest for-profit education company in the nation, in which the company agreed to pay $95.5 million to resolve whistleblower allegations that it used unlawful methods to recruit and enroll students to its campuses. Education Management Corporation, which is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Penn., operates four post-secondary school brands: the Art Institutes, South University, Argosy University, and Brown-Mackie College. Student enrollment across the company’s schools exceeds 100,000 students. Accusations against Education Management Corp.’s practices have been raging for years, including allegations that its ... Read More

Congressman to introduce a bill to ban Essure contraceptive device


U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania says he plans to introduce a bipartisan bill to Congress to ban the Bayer HealthCare contraceptive Essure because of reports the device has caused hundreds of women pain and suffering. “The Essure device is harming women and needs to be removed from the market,” he said in a prepared statement. “I believe it is imperative to the continued success of their brand and the other work they do to immediately end production of a product that poses such a danger to patient safety.” Essure is a flexible, nickel-titanium coil that is inserted into the ... Read More

Will Smith to star in movie about NFL concussions, CTE

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Variety announced that filmmaker Ridley Scott is shooting the story of the doctor who identified the debilitating brain injury associated with sports-related head injuries that started a concussion awareness campaign and ultimately affected all levels of high-impact sports. The announcement comes just months after the National Football League (NFL) struck a deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars with former players who alleged the league did not do enough to protect them from repeated concussions during practices and games. Will Smith will star as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the first pathologist to detect a degenerative brain injury called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in a former ... Read More

Another Los Angeles-area hospital reports superbug infections


Los Angeles-area Huntington Memorial Hospital announced that some of its patients had contracted a drug-resistant superbug after undergoing procedures using a specialized endoscope known as a duodenoscope. Hospital authorities say they contacted public health authorities after the bacteria pseudomonas was found in patients who had undergone procedures in which Olympus Corporation duodenoscopes were used. The hospital did not say how many patients were infected, however the Los Angeles Times reported that the bacteria was found in three of the hospital’s patients in June. Duodenoscopes are specially designed endoscopes that are fed down a person’s throat to treat gallstones, tumors and ... Read More

FDA cites duodenoscope makers for safety violations


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a first step toward formal legal action against manufacturers of specialized endoscopes called duodenoscopes linked to outbreaks of deadly drug-resistant bacterial infections at some hospitals, issuing warning letters citing manufacturing safety violations. The warning letters were sent to Olympus, Pentax and FujiFilm for various manufacturing and quality control violations. Olympus and Pentax were also cited for not properly notifying the FDA after learning their scopes were linked to infections. The agency also questioned whether Pentax and FujiFilm obtained proper clearance for their duodenoscopes before marketing them. Olympus was previously cited for this issue, the ... Read More