Category Archives: Medical & Health Resources or Issues

Lawsuit Said to Offer Insight Into Relationship Between Doctors, Device Makers

In a nearly 1,700-word piece, the Wall Street Journal reported that a lawsuit that involves Johnson & Johnson provides an insight into the close relationship between medical device makers and medical community, with the potential for conflict of interest. The company faces … Continue reading

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Endo Health Solutions Agrees to Pay $193 Million to Settle Shingles Medicine Marketing

The Wall Street Journal reported Endo Health Solutions Inc. signed an agreement to pay $193 million to resolve claims that it marketed the shingles drug Lidoderm (lidocaine patch 5%) for unapproved purposes, citing the DOJ Friday. Bloomberg News reported that “between 2002 and … Continue reading

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Medical Malpractice: Everything You Need to Know about the Dangers and Your Rights

The world can sometimes be a dangerous place, and injuries and illness sometimes strike when you least expect them. But thanks to advances in medical science, many conditions can be addressed safely and effectively. As a result, people typically expect … Continue reading

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More Than 2,000 Lawsuits Filed Against German Firm Over Blood Thinner

Reuters reported than over 2,000 lawsuits in the US have been filed against German pharmaceutical firm Boehringer Ingelheim over its blockbuster blood thinning medicine Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate). The allegation is that the medicine causes severe and fatal bleeding. German newspaper Handelsblatt … Continue reading

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Study: E-Cigarette Use Not Tied to Greater Rates of Smoking Cessation

Have you tried to stop smoking by using one of the new e-cigarettes? A recent study shows this may not work for you. The Washington Post “Wonkblog” reports that a research letter published in “JAMA Internal Medicine found that use of e-cigarettes was not … Continue reading

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New Guidelines: Best Ways to Prevent Strokes in Women

Yes, women are different from men — even when it comes to the cause of strokes. A recent article in USA TODAY points out steps women can take to help prevent strokes. Please read the entire article. Here are excerpts: … Continue reading

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One in Five Older Americans Take Medications That Work Against Each Other

I know that as I’ve gotten older the number of pills I take each day has increased. I don’t think that’s unusual. But I haven’t thought much about these pills “fighting” with each other as they try to do their … Continue reading

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Firm Failed to Disclose Blood-Thinner Analysis to FDA, Court Papers Suggest

Bloomberg News reported Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH failed to reveal “a data analysis to U.S. regulators that” suggested the blood-thinner Pradaxa “may have caused more fatal bleeding after it was cleared for sale than the drug did in a study used to … Continue reading

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FDA Striving to Improve Robot-Surgery Adverse-Events Reporting System

In an investigative piece, Bloomberg News reports that patients “whose lives depend on the proper use of increasingly complex high-tech medical equipment often can’t get a complete picture of potential problems,” and that applies to robotic surgery systems. Even though “a US database lists … Continue reading

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The Battle of the Bedsores: Avoidable Versus Unavoidable

This article is from Thomas A. Sharon, R.N., M.P.H. I have always maintained that there is no such thing as an unavoidable pressure ulcer, although now the Federal Government seems to be saying otherwise. Or, are they really? We shall … Continue reading

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