Aug 22, 2019

FDA warns of bursting heart valve balloons

The Sapien 3 Ultra Delivery System. Photo: Edwards Lifesciences

Edwards Lifesciences is recalling almost 1,600 heart valve replacement systems after discovering balloons that are part of the device are rupturing inside the heart. The recall affects patients who have had surgery with the product since January.

Why it matters: One person has died and 17 others have been injured from the malfunctioning devices, according to the Food and Drug Administration. These types of heart valve products make up a majority of Edwards' $4 billion in sales.

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Johnson & Johnson loses Oklahoma opioids lawsuit

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

A judge in Oklahoma ruled today that Johnson & Johnson was responsible for fueling the state's opioid epidemic and will have to pay $572 million in damages — far less than the $17 billion the state had demanded. J&J said it would appeal the decision.

Why it matters: This is a groundbreaking ruling and a potentially ominous harbinger for the opioid companies and distributors at the heart of the enormous national lawsuit pending before an Ohio judge.

New Jersey parade featuring governor canceled after explosives found

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A New Jersey man has been taken into custody following the discovery of several explosive devices near a Labor Day parade route that was set to include an appearance by Gov. Phil Murphy, according to the Bridgewater Courier News.

What we know: According to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, the alleged culprit, Thomas G. Kaiser, 55, has been arrested and charged with second-degree possession of a destructive device for an unlawful purpose and third-degree possession of a destructive device.

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Data collection from fitness tech has crime-solving capabilities

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With the surge in popularity of fitness trackers in recent years, the devices' data collections are playing a more present role in the legal system and process, Wired writes.

The intrigue: Fitness devices like FitBit track heart rate, sleep patterns and daily activity. In the 2018 case of California woman, Karen Navarra, her FitBit detailed the last of her heartbeat as she was murdered. Using security footage, officials began to suspect Navarra's stepfather had been to Navarra's home at the time she died, and he was later arrested on murder charges.

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