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Increased Risk of Mesothelioma for Dental Technicians

Throughout the twentieth century, asbestos was widely used throughout a number of industrial and commercial sectors, and in residential homes and commercial buildings due to its heat-resistant properties and malleable strength.  As a result, countless workers within these industries and sectors were exposed to the substance, and consequently put at risk for developing mesothelioma later…

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Monsanto Faced With Lawsuits Over Alleged Connection Between Roundup and Cancer

Roundup is a product known as an herbicide, which is used to destroy weeds and other undesirable vegetation in consumer gardens, industrial farms and other harvestable lands. The product, manufactured by Monsanto, has been on the market since 1974, and is one of the most commonly used of its kind throughout the United States. Glyphosate…

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FDA: Clinical Trials Show Increased Risk of Amputation with Invokana

Recent safety communications published by the US Food and Drug Administration indicate that type 2 diabetes drug, Invokana (canagliflozin), can cause increased risk for foot and leg amputations. This announcement was made after data from two clinical studies showed that such amputations were necessary in nearly twice as many patients taking Invokana as compared to…

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Redesigned Olympus Scope Linked to Infection Outbreak

Olympus issued a recall of its TJF-Q180V duodenoscope model in January 2016, after reports linked the device to multiple outbreaks of Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE), a form of antibiotic resistant infection that is difficult to treat, and often fatal. Further investigation into the incidents revealed that at least 35 people died after suffering infections linked to…

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Government Agency Cites Gaps in FDA’s Reporting System In Power Morcellator Report

In August 2015, The Government Accountability Office (GAO) received requests from 12 US Congress Representatives to investigate the FDA’s handling of adverse event reports regarding laparoscopic power morcellator devices. Such reports claimed that the use of laparoscopic power morcellators spread cancer in those being treated for uterine fibroids. Early this year, the GAO released a…

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CDC Report Suggests Increase in Mesothelioma-Related Mortality Rate

In early March, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that indicated an increase in the mortality and the morbidity of individuals diagnosed with Mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an aggressive and rare form of cancer that has been linked to asbestos exposure. The disease affects the lining of the lungs, or the…

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FDA Awards Research Grant For Studies Assessing Talc-Ovarian Cancer Risk

Research grants for studies aimed at aiding regulatory decisions and advancing the study of women’s health were awarded by the FDA Office of Women’s Health (OWH). Since 1996, The Office of Women’s Health has funded nine (9) research projects that address medical issues which affect women. The project of the 2016 grant recipient, Nakissa Sadrieh,…

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FDA Confirms Link Between Breast Implants and Cancer

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that those who undergo breast augmentation using breast implants have an increased risk for developing anaplastic large cell lymphoma—a rare form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. According to safety communications, the FDA identified a possible link between the implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) in 2011. At the time…

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Dangerous Infection Associated with Heater-Cooler Devices

The medical device liability attorneys at The Law Offices of Peter Angelos provide important health-risk information related to heater-cooler devices. Nearly sixty percent of hospitals in the United States use heater-cooler systems to maintain internal body temperature and consistent blood circulation during invasive surgical procedures—approximately 250,000 procedures each year. However, recent reports suggest that the…

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Class I Recall: Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder

Zimmer Biomet has issued a Class I recall for its Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder as the devices have exhibited higher rates of fracturing than previously stated. In December 2016, Zimmer Biomet issued an Urgent Medical Device Recall Notice to customers who may have undergone surgery in which a Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder was implanted.  This recall has…

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