Personal Injury

Hip Replacements Fail, Sometimes Without Symptoms

Last year, DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, recalled two of their hip replacement systems due to a higher-than-usual failure rate, causing patients to have to have second surgeries to replace the replacement. Then, in May 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered all producers of “metal-on-metal” hip replacements to study …

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Duke Sued Over Clinical Trials

According to ABC 11 News and an article on ABClocal.go.com, a lawsuit filed in Durham Superior Court names Duke University, Duke University Health System, and five doctors. They are accused of participating in a fraudulent clinical trial, and exposing participants to unnecessary treatment—including chemotherapy. The lawsuit alleges the clinical trial relied on the work of …

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Strong Cautions on Bone-Building Drugs

About 4 million women in the United States—more than 10 percent of women over age 50—take medications called bisphosphonates as a treatment for osteoporosis or osteopenia (pre-osteoporosis). Unfortunately, many of those women may not have been informed about the risks of these so-called bone-building drugs. There are serious risks associated with these medications…risks that aren’t …

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Labor Day "Booze It and Lose It" Campaign Begins

Ahh… you know summer is almost over when the Labor Day festivities begin. And today, the “festivity” in question is the annual Booze It & Lose It campaign by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP). From today, Friday, August 19 through Monday, September 5, the state will see checkpoints and stepped-up patrols in an effort …

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Study to Examine Driving in Triangle Area

An article on WRAL.com reports that a federal project will be studying the driving behavior of about 3,100 people in six states, including our own. The goal is to discover the underlying causes of crashes and traffic congestion, and eventually to reduce driving fatality rates. The project, called the Second Strategic Highway Research Program’s Naturalistic Driving …

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Failure of Surgical Mesh a Serious Worry for Women

Surgical mesh is a common medical product used to repair conditions in which body organs need extra support. For example, one of the most common uses has been to repair hernias. In women, surgical mesh is also used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI), conditions that occur when the muscles …

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