When Benefits Outweigh Risks Show Perfect Time for New Hip Joint

A hip replacement surgery is an elective procedure. It is the removal of a damaged hip joint and putting in a new one, medical experts say. Your doctor may suggest it, however, you should weigh first the risks and benefits of it especially that complications do arise from this type of operation. Moreover, lawsuits have been filed by those affected, for instance, Stryker hip recall lawsuit.

Zoloft Linked to Birth Defects, Studies Show

Many of us turn to drugs to achieve total well-being, but drugs like Zoloft, which failed to disclose its harmful effects to the public, left a distressing effect to its users. From the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class of drug, Zoloft is used for the treatment of major depression. Be aware of the upsetting effects that Zoloft may bring to your baby if you are taking it during pregnancy. Zoloft birth defects are common to children of women who took the drug in the course of their pregnancy.

Boston Conference Foreshadowed Fresenius Medical Care North America Controversy

At an April 23-26, 2009 medical conference in Boston titled “ESRD: State of the Art and Charting the Challenges for the Future” the long-due improvement on patient survival in dialysis care was addressed.In the conference, delegates pointed out that cardiac arrest was the prime reason of fatality among dialysis patients – accounting 59% of cardiovascular-related deaths.

The conference concluded that such cardiovascular-related deaths were caused by uremic cardiomyopathy (left ventricular hypertrophy or LVH, LV dysfunction, and LV dilatation). The conclusions enabled many leading nephrologists to recognize the need to lower the sodium levels in dialysate, end sodium profiling, improve body water volume control, and among other dialysis care improvements.

Raymond Hakim, MD, PhD, one of the members in the steering committee of the conference, was then Chief Medical Officer of Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMC). The conclusions arrived at the conference most likely contributed in the move for an FMC investigation. This has recently resulted to product recalls initiated by the company. The controversial move of the company is reflected in the 6-page November 4, 2011 FMC internal memo, disseminated to FMC medical directors, facilities and physicians. It bears the subject “RE: Dialysate Bicarbonate, Alkalosis, and Patient Safety.” Although Dr. Hakim was head of the FMC at that time, the memo does not carry his name. This is part of the intriguing facts that circulates in the hemodialysis industry where the interest of the medical practitioner, the medical manufacturer and the safety of the patients are being put on the table.

According to a summary appearing in RenalWEB, speakers raised the question as”…for whom the medical director is an advocate: the patient or the clinic or even himself? Is patient advocacy best served by regulation or the professionals’ culture? Another speaker stressed that we should view monopolies circumspectly.” These are legitimate questions as the FMC internal memo presented a controversy of which the industry, both medical and legal, is abuzz. One observer believes that such controversy sees the rise of lawsuits that may even culminate to a GranuFlo class action lawsuit.

First Aid for Babies

Giving first aid to an individual is no easy task.  It requires steadfastness and alertness. There is no room for panic in these kinds of emergencies.  However, it is relatively easier to give first aid to an ordinary individual because he is able to articulate what he feels and can locate his pain.  For a baby and a pet, on the other hand, the absence of communication tools inhibits the ability of the giver to give proper aid.

BBC Health has published an article containing various first aid techniques is for a baby under the age of one who is unresponsive and is not breathing.  The article cautions that if you are on your own resuscitating for more than one minute, then call an ambulance or if there is another person present ask them to call an ambulance straight away.  BBC Health says that in giving chest compressions and rescue breaths, you are giving the baby the best chance of survival by acting as their heart and lungs, buying vital time until the ambulance service arrives.