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May 2012 Archives

Device Helps Screen Babies For Life-Threatening Heart Defects

Congenital heart defects are responsible for between three and 7.5 percent of infant deaths. Because a heart defect diagnosis is often a life-saving discovery, scientists have been trying to improve the tools and methods available for diagnoses. One such testing method, known as pulse oximetry, has produced some impressive results in its short existence.

Chiropractors' Treatment Of The Neck Can Cause Stroke, Death

Recent studies have linked chiropractic manipulation of the neck to strokes and sudden death. The most recent study, conducted by a group of neurosurgeons, concludes that "chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine can product dissections involving the cervical and cranial segments of the vertebral and carotid arteries."

Transvaginal Mesh Has Caused Thousands Of Women To Suffer

For many years, surgical mesh was routinely implanted in women who underwent pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) surgery. Mesh manufacturers boasted that their products were wondrous: Improving the success of surgeries while reducing healing time - all without a threat of serious side effects. Some transvaginal mesh manufacturers funded medical studies to help support their claims in the medical community.

Debate Continues On, Which Is More Deadly: Warfarin or Pradaxa?

People who are at high risk for stroke are in a difficult situation. Strokes can be deadly, and even when victims survive they often suffer from partial paralysis, speech problems or brain damage. Yet, anti-stroke medications such as warfarin and Pradaxa present potentially fatal side effects of their own. Patients are often left with an incredibly difficult decision: Should they medicate - and if so, which drug is safest?