The New York Times, www.nytimes.com, reports that the federal government has received a surge in complaints in recent months about failed hip replacements. The Food and Drug Administration has received more than 5,000 reports since January 2011 about metal-on-metal hip implants failing after only a few years. The typical hip replacement lasts fifteen years or more. One of the most problematic devices, the A.S.R., was recalled last year by Johnson & Johnson.

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