Sunday, December 15, 2019

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Vape-Related Lung Disease Victim Gets Double Lung Transplant

A surgical team at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital has successfully performed a double lung transplant on a patient whose own lungs were destroyed by vaping. It appears to be the first such surgery to be performed on a vape victim. The patient, age 17, has not been identified. However, a...

Popular Antidepressant Recalled Over Contamination Fears

The FDA recently reported a recall for the anti-anxiety medication alprazolam due to concerns about the “potential of foreign substance.” The drug's manufacturer, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, issued a recall for one lot of the medication, which is better known by its brand name Xanax.The product...

Knee Replacement Surgery Doesn’t Help in 20 Percent of Cases – Why is it Being Done so Often?

Between 1999 and 2008, the number of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) for patients with arthritis went up by 100 percent. As Americans get older and continue to pack on the pounds, it is expected that the annual number of knee replacements will hit 3.5 million within the next decade. Yet one...

FDA Recommends Black Box Warning on Breast Implants

This month, the FDA published recommendations that a “black box” warning be added to package labels for saline and silicone breast implants. At this point, the recommendations are in the form of “draft guidance” and are still subject to public review and comments before they are finalized. This is a significant...

Surgical Mesh: A Brief (and Checkered) History

Surgical mesh consists of a loosely woven sheet, made from both biological and artificial materials that have been used...

More Evidence for the Deadly Effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors

Another group of researchers have found compelling evidence of a link between long-term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)...

VA Research Finds a Significant Increase in Death Rate Among Users of Nexium, Prilosec

A recent analysis of data from the Department of Veterans Affairs has found that more than 4.5 percent...

What is Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (and What Does it Have to Do With Breast Implants)?

Non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL) has been in the news a great deal lately because of its link to the...

New Blood Filtering Method Proves Effective in Gadolinium Removal in Laboratory Animals

New findings published earlier this year in Scientific Reports offer new hope to...

Top Insys Therapeutics Executives Found Guilty on Federal Racketeering Charges

After a ten-week-long trial, the former billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics, John Kapoor,...

Popular Sleep Medications Get Black Box Warning

Three prescription medications commonly prescribed for insomnia will now be required to carry...

Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Fell By 3 Percent Last Year: Why?

According to a recent analysis from Georgetown University, enrollment in Medicaid and the...

Additional Losartan Drugs Recalled Over Carcinogen Contamination Concerns

The recent recall of sartan-based blood pressure medications has been expanded yet again....

Proton Pump Inhibitors Nexium and Prilosec Should be Used Sparingly

You have probably felt the sensation before: a burning pain just above your...

Uloric Risks and Alternatives

Since the FDA added a boxed warning to Uloric for elevated risk of...

J&J’s Baby Powder Ads Targeted Minority and Overweight Women

According to internal company documents, Johnson & Johnson marketing campaigns for Baby Powder...

Unintended Consequences of the ACA: Surprise Medical Bills

Let us be clear on one thing: the Affordable Care Act, for all...

Fentanyl: The Deadliest Opioid, Says CDC

Among the ten most frequently mentioned drugs in reports on overdose fatalities, the...