FDA Warns That Surgical Tool That May Spread Uterine Cancer

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated an April safety alert and now recommends that the … [Continue Reading]

Another Study Links Cell Phone Use to Risk of Brain Cancer

Findings from a study published in the International Journal of Oncology suggest an increased risk … [Continue Reading]

Hookah Smoking Increases Cancer Risk

New research has shown that smoking hookah – a type of flavored tobacco – could lead to an … [Continue Reading]

Some Insulin Pumps have Risk of Tubing Detachment, Health Canada Warns

In an urgent safety notification issued on November 21st, Unomedical a/s in consultation with Health … [Continue Reading]

Sun Pharmaceutical Recalls Effexor for the Second Time in 2014

For the second time this year, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. has recalled bottles of the … [Continue Reading]


FDA Warns That Surgical Tool That May Spread Uterine Cancer

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated an April safety alert and now recommends that the power morcellator should no longer be used in uterine surgeries for “the vast majority” of women because of the risk of spreading cancer. The power morcellator is used in minimally invasive surgery, cutting uterine tissue into small pieces [...]

Another Study Links Cell Phone Use to Risk of Brain Cancer

Findings from a study published in the International Journal of Oncology suggest an increased risk of brain cancer associated with cell phone use. This is among the latest of several reports to focus on cell phone radiation this year. Another study published in May found a higher risk of certain types of brain cancer in [...]

Hookah Smoking Increases Cancer Risk

New research has shown that smoking hookah – a type of flavored tobacco – could lead to an increased risk for leukemia. Hookah smoke doubles exposure to the dangerous chemical benzene, which the U.S. National Toxicology Program classifies as a Group 1 carcinogen: a substance proven to cause cancer in humans. The World Health Organization [...]

Some Insulin Pumps have Risk of Tubing Detachment, Health Canada Warns

In an urgent safety notification issued on November 21st, Unomedical a/s in consultation with Health Canada waned that insulin pump infusion sets manufactured by Medtronic of Canada Inc., Roche Diagnostics, LifeScan Canada Inc, and Auto Control Medical Inc. have a risk of tubing detachment. Manufacturers have been receiving growing reports of tubing become detached from [...]

Sun Pharmaceutical Recalls Effexor for the Second Time in 2014

For the second time this year, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. has recalled bottles of the antidepressant Effexor (venlafaxine), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced. This recall includes 68,000 bottles of Effexor; in June, 252,000 bottles were recalled. In both instances, the drugs were recalled because they failed to dissolve properly in a quality [...]

Stelara Associated with Risk of Serious Skin Conditions

According to a safety announcement issued on November 21st on Health Canada’s website, Stelara has been associated with cases of exfoliative dermatitis and erythrodermic psoriasis. These skin reactions can be severe and lead to hospitalization; patients may experience symptoms within a few days of receiving the drug. Stelara, which is manufactured by Janssen, is used [...]

Research Studies Show Many Knee Replacements Done Too Early

Two research studies show evidence that many people undergo knee-replacement sooner than necessary and they would be better off using other ways to relieve knee pain and improve physical  function before turning to knee-replacement surgery. Knee replacement has become increasingly common: the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons said knee replacements in people age 45 to [...]

Energy Drinks Dangerous to Children

Research presented at an American Heart Association meeting reveals that children face serious and possibly deadly side effects from the consumption of energy drinks. Between 2010 and 2013, poison control centers received more than 5,000 reports of people who got sick from energy drinks, NBC News reports. The researchers noted such serious side effects as [...]

FDA Assessing Risks of Long-Term Anti-platelet Therapy

In a November 16 safety announcement, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it is evaluating preliminary data from a clinical trial showing an increased overall risk of death for patients treated for 30 months with dual antiplatelet blood-thinning therapy (DAPT) compared to 12 months of treatment following the implant of a coronary stent. The [...]

Deadline to File Compensation Claim over GM Ignition Switch Defect Extended by 1 Month

Families of people who have been injured or killed as a result of General Motors Co.’s ignition switch defect have an extra month to file a compensation claim the GM compensation fund. According to Wall Street Journal, pressure from safety advocates, politicians and attorneys prompted the fund’s compensation expert to extend the deadline. Pressure intensified [...]