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Hospitals faulted for under-reporting medical device issues

Medical devices, whether implanted or used in testing or surgical procedures, usually work as they should. However, those involving adverse events that patients suffer must be reported to the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA disclosed that some hospitals are guilty of reporting lapses that failed to expose serious device-related dangers to patients.

Supplements stay on shelves despite presence of drugs

Supplements, ranging from herbal concoctions to vitamin and mineral replacement therapies, are big business. You can tell that just by walking through the right aisle of any grocery store or pharmacy in the country.

However, a lot of people question if they're really getting what they pay for when they buy them. There have been numerous investigations in the past that have examined the quality, composition and claims of herbal and dietary supplements. As it turns out, people may actually be getting more than they expect in their over-the-counter supplements -- many were contaminated with drugs of one kind or another.

Not just a rash: A dermatological emergency that can kill

Rashes are itchy and annoying, to be sure, but they're not usually an emergency -- unless the rash turns into a condition known as either Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) or toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN).

The difference between the two conditions is essentially the degree of severity -- the amount of the victim's skin that's affected. Both conditions cause the victim's epidermis to blister, peel and detach. If less than 10 percent of the skin detaches, it's considered SJS. If more than 30 percent of the skin detaches, it's considered TEN. Anything in between is considered a mixed state.

Medical malpractice horror story captures national interest

Most of the time, medical malpractice is a civil matter. It takes something truly extraordinary and awful for a physician to wind up in criminal court due to acts of negligence.

That's exactly what happened, however, in a case involving a neurosurgeon who earned the nickname "Dr. Death" from victims and prosecutors alike. A true-crime podcast about the case has recently captured the interest of millions -- perhaps because it showcases just how badly the American medical system can -- and has -- failed its patients at every opportunity.

What is a 'black box' warning?

Every drug -- whether it's something as simple as an aspirin for a headache or something as complicated as one of the new biologic medications for certain chronic conditions -- comes with its own risks.

Some of those risks, however, are certainly greater than others. Drugs that carry the greatest risks are given a "black box" warning.

Safety tips for truckers making long haul trips

As a long-distance truck driver, you know that your job is dangerous. You also know that nobody is more concerned about your safety on the road than you.

There are thousands of trucking accidents every year, and truck driving is considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the nation. With that in mind, here are some safety tips that you can use to make every long-distance trip in your truck a little easier to handle:

Recent drug recalls that could impact you

It is vital to remain abreast of the latest developments with any medication you take. Pharmaceutical drug recalls happen frequently, and you do not want to continue using a product that researchers have found to be dangerous. 

In August 2018, Accord Healthcare, Inc. voluntarily recalled Hydrochlorothiazide tablets. The reason for the recall relates to a labeling mix-up. The label for the Hydrochlorothiazide tablets instead went on bottles containing Spironolactone tablets. The mix-up has impacted 100-count bottles of the products, so those believing that they have taken Hydrochlorothiazide should talk to their medical provider to see if they have the wrong batch. Many adverse health effects are possible by taking Spironolactone in place of Hydrochlorothiazide. Using the wrong tablet could result in increased potassium levels in the individual's body. However, currently, no one has reported any adverse health problems as a result of the mix-up. 

How do you know if a pain pump is operating correctly?

Pain pumps are usually on recommended for patients who are suffering from intractable pain that hasn't responded to other forms of control.

Pain pumps, or intrathecal implants, can be used for chronic conditions, including those that are terminal. Some of the conditions that pain pumps are used to treat include pain caused by:

  • Cancer
  • Tumor pain
  • Nerve pain that causes a chronic burning sensation
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Multiple sclerosis

The early symptoms of asbestosis

Asbestos was commonly used in numerous industries, particularly manufacturing and construction, for decades. Many victims of asbestos exposure don't even realize that they were exposed -- until they get sick with an asbestos-related condition.

One of those conditions is asbestosis, or pulmonary fibrosis. Slow-to-develop, asbestosis may not begin to show for decades after someone was last exposed to asbestos.

What patients can do to prevent medical errors

Medical errors are among the top causes of injuries and death in the nation -- which makes it important to your health and safety to know what you can do to prevent them.

Remember: Patients aren't powerless! Here are some tips every patient can use to prevent medical errors:

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