Patients who need surgery following a hip fracture stand unlikely to suffer life-threatening complications if they are given a regional rather than a general anesthetic, according to a University of Pennsylvania study. Still, there are other incidents involving hip replacement surgeries, and these complications motivated the recall of some hip implant devices.
A general anesthetic puts the patient to sleep, while regional anesthesia uses local anesthesia to induce the absence of sensation in part Read More
Since the 2008 Food and Drug Administration public health advisory related to surgical mesh and bladder sling implants for the treatment of pelvic and bladder problems, the number of complaints received by the agency has reportedly never ceased. Although there is no discussion of a vaginal sling product recall, the FDA reviewing panel reportedly expressed support to the reclassification of mesh devices used for pelvic organ prolapse, and requested for more clinical data involving sling implants used Read More
Cancer patients may potentially experience osteoporosis resulting from an accelerated loss in bone mineral density (BMD) caused by their treatment. On the other hand, bisphosphonate drugs, such as Fosamax have been commonly utilized to address this bone ailment but there had been information that the said drug may cause serious side-effects and the site on Fosamax lawsuit settlement presents the latest updates and posts regarding the prescription drug.
Studies have shown that chemotherapy, radiation Read More
In an internal memo obtained anonymously by Gary Peterson of RenalWEB, the following statements of warning on alkalosis appears:
"Recent analyses performed using FMCNA hemodialysis (HD) patient safety data confirms that alkalosis is a significant risk factor associated with cardiopulmonary (CP) arrest in the dialysis unit, independent of and additive to the risk of CP arrest associated with pre-dialysis hypokalemia. The major cause of metabolic alkalosis in dialysis patients is inappropriately Read More
After the information regarding the links between Zoloft use and birth defects was released to the public, medical industry observers have seen women abruptly quitting their medications. Parents who have babies with birth defects may experience a difficulty in accepting their children’s plight, psychiatrists say, especially when they have done their best to keep their babies healthy.
Pediatricians are aware of the stress and pressures that families face when one member is not healthy. Parents Read More