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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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Pradaxa Maker May Have Suppressed Critical Report

The New York Times reports on unsealed legal documents showing efforts by the manufacturer of blood-thinning drug Pradaxa to suppress an internal research paper that they were worried would hurt sales. The maker, Boehringer Ingelheim, faces “thousands of lawsuits” over the drug, … Continue reading

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Senior Stretches to Improve Mobility and Regain Flexibility

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit their doctor, with back aches affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives, according to the National Institutes of Health. Aging is one of the … Continue reading

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New Study Adds to Evidence That Mammograms Do Not Save Lives

The decision of how often to get a mammogram just keeps getting more complicated. According to Reuters, a new study bolsters previous reports that mammograms do not make it less likely that women will die of breast cancer. Here are … Continue reading

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