Disadvantages of Knee Replacement Surgery

Disadvantages of Knee Replacement Surgery: Risks and Complications

The disadvantages of knee replacement surgery include wear in artificial knee joints, complications involving anesthesia, deep vein thrombosis, infection, as well as knee stiffness and loss of motion, to name a few.  These cases are also potential reasons for a revision surgery. And although the procedure can be done if necessary, revision surgery is a […]

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Revision surgery after knee replacement

Revision Surgery After Knee Replacement: Here’s What You Should Know

A total knee replacement is one of the most successful procedures in modern medicine. Many of today’s knee implants are still designed to last for many years. However, some of these devices may still fail over time due to several reasons. When this happens, patients may experience significant pain. Their knee area could also become […]

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How to tell if you've been exposed to paraquat

How to Tell If You Have Been Exposed to Paraquat

Making a connection between your symptoms and paraquat exposure is not always easy. This is because the popular weed killer can cause both short- and long-term health effects. Even a farmworker or certified applicator who has prolonged exposure to paraquat can develop symptoms without realizing what the underlying cause is. Paraquat, otherwise known as paraquat […]

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Pfizer Recalls Blood Pressure Meds Over Cancer Concerns

Pfizer Recalls Blood Pressure Meds Over Cancer Concerns

Pfizer recently recalled three lots of its high blood pressure medicine for containing unacceptable levels of nitrosamines. Nitrosamines are considered to be probable human carcinogens which could potentially cause cancer. The pharmaceutical company announced it was recalling certain lots of its Accuretic tablets along with generic versions distributed by Greenstone.  Affected Products The recall covers […]

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Sickening how big pharma broke America

Book Review: A Physician’s Sickening Account of What Lies Beneath American Health Care

In his new book, “Sickening: How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care and How We Can Repair It,” family physician and Harvard professor John Abramson exposes the sickening practices that rake in big profits for the pharmaceutical industry while everyday Americans fear crippling medical bills. A staunch critic of the drug industry, Dr. John Abramson […]

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Is paraquat used on golf courses

Do Golf Courses Use Paraquat?

Paraquat was previously used in golf courses to control weeds and to maintain the aesthetic appeal of its lush greens. Pesticides, herbicides, and several other chemicals are sprayed in these areas for the same purposes.  There is growing evidence, however, of the link between Parkinson’s disease and exposure to chemically-treated golf courses.  The health effects […]

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Does NAC Affect Blood Pressure

Does NAC Affect Blood Pressure?

Yes, N-acetylcysteine (NAC) affects blood pressure and lowers it by decreasing oxidative stress, regulating levels of nitric oxide, and improving insulin sensitivity. This is the reason why people taking antihypertensive medications should not take NAC as it can further decrease blood pressure, potentially causing hypotension. Recent research, however, reveals that the glutathione precursor may not […]

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Parkinson's disease misdiagnosed as essential tremor in people with paraquat exposure

Parkinson’s Disease May be Misdiagnosed as Essential Tremor After Paraquat Exposure

1 in 4 people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) receive a wrong diagnosis, especially at the early stages of the disease. This is mainly because the symptoms of the condition often mimic those of other diseases, leading PD patients to seek a second opinion from another doctor. Studies have linked paraquat exposure to a higher risk […]

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Can NAC be harmful

Can NAC be Harmful to Your Health?

N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) can be harmful to health when taken by people with certain medical conditions, such as bleeding disorders, kidney disease, and asthma. NAC also tends to interact with some medications, including blood thinners, angina medications, diabetes treatment, and antihypertensive drugs.  Although in general, NAC is safe when used appropriately, the U.S. Food and […]

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