Ketamine is a commonly used anesthetic in pediatric operations, but it may be doing serious damage to young patients. According to a study published in Science Daily, children under age 3 who had lengthy exposure to ketamine during surgery displayed memory problems, learning disorders and behavioral issues once they reached school age.
The American Association for Justice (AAJ) recently analyzed the history of women's medical products and found that women are disproportionately harmed by devices. The research is particularly unsettling because women in the modern era seem just as likely to be harmed by a dangerous medical device as women decades ago.
Strokes are a top-10 cause of death for children in the U.S., and approximately 3,000 children will suffer a stroke during 2013. The threat is substantial, but most children don't receive appropriate medical treatment in the critical minutes and hours after their stroke.
In recent years, medical studies have uncovered alarming side effects associated with certain birth control pills, namely Yaz, Yasmin and NuvaRing. However, the latest birth control study made an especially troubling conclusion: Women who use combined hormonal birth control pills are 1.5 to 2 times more likely to suffer a stroke or heart attack.
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."
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?
"It is a very rare event, but it is not zero, and it's devastating," says James Rathmell, a doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "We used to say this is so safe." As David Armstrong reports for Bloomberg Businessweek, steroid injections - epidurals near the spinal cord - in some cases cause paralysis in patients.