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Johnson & Johnson Chirate Spinal Disc Under Fire

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Johnson & Johnson Chirate Spinal Disc Under Fire

The Pulaski and Middleman law firm in Houston, Texas head's a group of law firms that represent over 350 injured Charite spinal disc recipients. The patients allege that the disc is defective, that the device was improperly marketed and that the company did not adequately warn of the disc's dangers.

The Charite artificial disc was first approved for use in the US in October 2004, although it had been used in the European market since 1987. The device was approved to relieve pain by replacing the damaged disc with the Chirate disc, as an alternative to the surgical procedure known as lumbar spinal fusion surgery.

Boston Scientific and Guidant Off to Texas Slaughterhouse

Boston Scientific and Guidant Off to Texas Slaughterhouse

The first, but by no means the last, Guidant trial is scheduled to begin on September 18, 2006, in Neuces County District Court in Corpus Christi, Texas before Judge Jack Hunter.

The two plaintiffs, Louis Motal, 63, and Bernice Hinojosa, 65, are surviving patients implanted with Guidant's Ventak Prizm 2 defibrillators in 2001. The lawsuit claims that Guidant "actively concealed the ... defect, suppressed reports, failed to follow through on FDA notification requirements, and failed to disclose a known defect to patients."

Parents Enraged At Glaxo Over Paxil Birth Defects

Parents Enraged At Glaxo Over Paxil Birth Defects

On July 28, 2006, a lawsuit was filed in Philadelphia against GlaxoSmithKline, on behalf of Adrian Vasquez, an infant born on April 19, 2004, with life-threatening congenital heart defects as a result of his mother having been prescribed Paxil during pregnancy.

Since birth, beginning when he was 8 days old, Adrian has undergone three open heart surgeries in an attempt to repair his heart. Each time, his parents were advised that his chance for survival was low.

Drug Coated Stent More Likely To Cause Blood Clots – Plain Metal Stents More Likely to Develop Muscle Tissue

Drug Coated Stent More Likely To Cause Blood Clots – Plain Metal Stents More Likely to Develop Muscle Tissue

New research shows that drug-coated cardiac stents produce a higher risk of blood clots when compared to non-drug coated stents. Stents are metal mesh tubes used to prop open coronary arteries.

According to a Swiss-Dutch study, patients who receive drug-coated stents were at an increased risk of thrombosis, or blood clots. These clots can occasionally result in death. The dangers of the newer drug-coated stents were released Sunday at the World Cardiology Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Caesarean More Dangerous than Traditional Birth – Death Rate 3 Times Higher For C-Section Births Compared to Vaginal

Caesarean More Dangerous than Traditional Birth – Death Rate 3 Times Higher For C-Section Births Compared to Vaginal

A new study indicates that neonatal and infant mortality rates were 1.77 per 1,000 infants delivered via voluntary c-section, compared with 0.62 per 1,000 infants delivered vaginally. Even after other risk factors were considered, the risk was three times higher for death within a month following a voluntary Caesarean section.

Researchers are not yet sure why the risk is higher with c-section births, but they have some ideas. They speculate that the risk is lower during vaginal birth because the mother’s body releases hormones that promote healthy lung function. Also, the baby in compressed during non-c-section births helping to eliminate fluid from the lungs.

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