3M Agrees To $9.1 Million Settlement for Defective Combat Arms Earplugs

3M Combat Arms earplugs were standard-issued to thousands of service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 to 2015. However, the manufacturer was sued by the U.S. government and competitor Moldex-Metric Inc. when defects were discovered that could cause tinnitus ringing in the ears and hearing impairment. The Veterans Benefits Administration treats over a…

Lessons for physicians from ‘The Bleeding Edge’: If you see something, say something

As a neurosurgeon who focuses mainly on spine surgery, I sometimes use medical devices like pedicle screws and intervertebral cages to treat spinal instability. Watching the Netflix documentary “The Bleeding Edge” made me wonder what the misuse of medical technology means for patients and for doctors. According to the video’s teaser, “This eye-opening look at…

Breast implants with textured surfaces can cause anaplastic large-cell lymphoma

The Philadelphia Inquirer (8/3, McCullough, 1.07M) reported that scientists agree that breast implants with textured surfaces, rather than smooth ones, can cause “breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma.” Back in 2011, the Food and Drug Administration estimated the risk as less than one in 500,000, but “the risk after a decade of wearing the devices could…