Diabetes Drugs linked to Pancreatic Cancer Since 2013 Incretin medications for diabetes

In March of 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication linking diabetes drugs known as Incretin Mimetics, which include the brands Januvia, Janumet, Byetta Onglyza and Victoza, to serious pancreatic diseases, including cancer.  These drugs work by imitating the incretin hormones the body normally produces to naturally cause the release of insulin after a meal. They can lower blood sugar levels for adults with type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, the production…

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Market Removal of Essure

Bayer Pharmaceuticals announced on July 20, 2018, that distribution of Essure, the controversial and permanent birth control device, will wind down by the end of this year. The voluntary removal was described as numbers driven due to a sharp decline in sales. While discontinuing Essure has been communicated as a business decision, the years of corporate greed and debate surrounding the device tell a different story. Bayer AG purchased the maker of Essure in 2013,…

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Injury During Spinal Surgery

Spinal surgeries can be very long and involved procedures.  Despite the fact that it is not common, patients are at risk of a spinal injury during surgery – such as nerve root or spinal cord damage resulting in paralysis, numbness, loss of bladder and/or bowel function, limited mobility or disabling pain. Sometimes the hardware implanted during spinal surgery, such as metal screws and plates, is negligently placed and pinches, punctures or severs spinal nerves or…

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PPI’s Linked to Gastric Cancer

PPI’s, proton pump inhibitors, include drugs such as Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, and Dexilent. These drugs help treat acid reflux and act to protect the stomach lining. Individuals can generally use these drugs safely for short periods of time, but scientific studies show a person’s long-term use significantly increases their risk of developing gastric (stomach) cancer. Doctors are often unaware of the damaging side effects that these drugs may have when prescribing them for their…

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Accidental Burns During Surgery

Many times a patient will go in for a routine operation performed under general anesthesia but may come out of surgery with a 3rd or 4th-degree burn injury as a result of an operating room error. An electrical, or electrocautery, burn can occur when the grounding pad for electrical surgical equipment is improperly placed, or placed on wet skin, sending electricity through the grounding pad and into the patient – whose skin is overheated to…

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Traumatic Brain Injury

A TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) is known to be the leading cause of death from sports injuries.  Even mild TBIs can have serious and long-lasting consequences.  TBI disrupts the normal function of the brain. Normally caused by a blow to the head or a penetrating brain injury,  for example,  a soccer player who falls and hits their head on the ground, or collides with another player could result in a mild or severe TBI. A…

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