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Are Internal Surgical Staples Safe?

Internal staples may be used to close an incision following surgery. In some cases, staples are considered to be a better option for wound closure compared to stitches or sutures. Recently, however, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expressed its concern about the increasing number of adverse events associated with the use of surgical staplers […]

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7 Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s You Shouldn’t Ignore

As we age, there are certain things we normally expect to change. Our hair turns gray, skin becomes saggy, vision and hearing may begin to decline, and our metabolism slows down. These things are to be expected when we grow older. Throw in symptoms like memory loss, difficulty remembering information, difficulty performing everyday tasks, and […]

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Who Benefits from High Drug Prices?

Prescription drugs are designed to help patients with their medical conditions and improve their overall health. But when drug prices are too high and only continuoes to increase, it becomes a problem for far too many patients to have access to it. Recent data from the Department of Health and Human Services estimates that Americans […]

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What Birth Defects are Caused by Chemicals?

Each year, birth defects affect 1 in every 33 babies born in the United States. That’s about 120,000 babies per year. Approximately 10 percent of these are caused by environmental factors including industrial solvents, toxic substances, and chemicals found in pesticides. In this article, you will learn more about what particular birth defects may be […]

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Does Hernia Mesh Cause Inflammation?

Over the past years, the use of mesh devices has been the standard of care to fix hernias. In the United States alone, over a million hernia surgeries are performed each year, and the most widely used mesh product for this procedure is the polypropylene mesh, which is a synthetic material that has been known […]

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What Happens if Your Paragard IUD Breaks?

The Paragard intrauterine device is the only copper IUD approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The copper wire wrapped around the device creates an inflammatory reaction that is toxic to sperm and deactivates it. The Paragard IUD can remain effective for up to 10 years. Lately, however, Paragard’s manufacturer, Teva […]

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What Diseases are Caused by Pesticides?

Pesticides are designed to be toxic in order to control or kill a target organism. However, their harmful effects are not limited to the pests they are supposed to target. Pesticides are also potentially hazardous to people, animals, other non-target organisms, and the environment. Pesticide exposure has been known to cause a number of adverse […]

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