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February 2018 Archives

How dangerous are blood thinners like Pradaxa and Xarelto?

As you probably already know, any drug can be dangerous to humans. Even over the counter drugs have injury risks, but these are usually minimal when people use the medicine correctly. Despite the dangers, many drugs have benefits that outweigh the risks in most cases. Blood thinners are good examples of risky drugs that can actually save lives.

How drug-coated stents might be defective medical devices

Atherosclerosis is a dangerous condition in which a patient's artery or arteries have narrowed or closed due to plaque accumulation. Physicians typically perform a procedure called angioplasty to correct the condition. This involves inserting a balloon into a patient's artery to clear the blockage.

Can simian virus 40 cause mesothelioma in humans?

Everything about simian virus 40 (SV40) sounds like something from a Planet of the Apes film. It is a virus that is naturally occurring in monkeys, but humans can become infected as well from exposure to the virus. However, before you start worrying that apes will take over the state of Tennessee or the entire planet, you should probably learn more about the virus and its possible link to cancers like mesothelioma.

Guilty verdict returned for truck accident that claimed 6 lives

The senseless loss of life on a large scale always captures the attention of nearby residents. Nearly the entire state of Tennessee has been tracking the legal aspects related to the case of a driver responsible for a trucking accident that took the lives of six people in 2015. The trial and the more publicized elements of this case ended on Jan. 25 when a jury found the driver guilty on 12 counts.

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