Hip replacement surgery itself is a painful, time-consuming process. The decision to undergo this surgery is not an easy one. The procedure usually requires months of recovery time in order for a patient to return to normal activities. Patients who have made this difficult decision have relied both on the hip replacement devices that will become a part of...

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On November 28, 2007, Stryker Corp., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hip and other joint replacements was given a warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding their manufacturing facility in Mahwah, New Jersey. According to the letter, the FDA conducted an inspection of the facility and found substandard conditions. This marked the second time that...

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By now most people are aware that the high rate of unemployment, resulting from a struggling economy, has put pressure on this nation’s disability insurance system. Adding to the strain of quickly diminishing disability insurance funds is the aging baby boom population. The Social Security Administration has found itself left flooded with applications for disability insurance benefits. As a...

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Veterans in the United States have worked hard to keep this country safe and secure. They have headed off to fight numerous causes, typically leaving their families behind, in order to ensure the safety of their country. Unfortunately, the government has oftentimes failed to provide adequate medical care to these military veterans who have dedicated several years of their...

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Everyone knows that parents these days are constantly being bombarded with warnings about new drugs or diseases or disorders to keep an eye out for. One of the most talked about of these disorders in recent years is undoubtedly Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I am sure that every parent has had a discussion with his...

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Summer is just around the corner and many of us are excited about the warm weather and sunshine. Because of the long winters and great local beaches, most New Englanders look forward to spending time outdoors in the sunshine. However, without adequate protection, the sun can be very dangerous. Skin cancers, such as melanoma, are a huge concern. According...

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On April 22, 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued two recalls involving outdoor activities, playground equipment and bicycles. The playground equipment was recalled because lead paint, while the bicycles were recalled because of defective parts. The playground equipment was manufactured in Turkey, but it was distributed in the U.S. by SportsPlay Equipment Inc. The recalled equipment...

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Beginning on February 10, 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued new requirements for child products. The guidelines are necessary in order to comply with the New Child Safety Law. The guidelines apply to children’s toys, childcare articles and consumer products intended for children. The new guidelines apply to phthalate and lead levels. Phthalates are chemicals used...

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On February 12, 2009, a special court ruled that vaccines do not cause autism in children. The court began hearing three types of autism related cases in 2007. The ruling today concerned only one type of cases, the allegation that autism was caused by the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine and other vaccines containing thimerosal, which contains mercury....

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Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is expanding the scope of its peanut butter and peanut products recall. Their recall initially included products produced at its Blakely, Georgia plant since August 1, 2008. Now the recall is for all products produced at the Georgia plant since January 1, 2007. PCA is recalling two years worth of peanuts and peanut products....

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