Natalie Cone

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Natalie Cone is a freelance writer from Birmingham, Alabama. As a nature enthusiast and mother of two boys, she publishes articles about all things outdoors and blogs about the mishaps of motherhood. Her fiction short stories have won three first-place contest awards, and have appeared in various magazine publications and anthologies. You can connect with her at, on Facebook at, or on twitter @nataliecone.

Joint-Surgery Patients may Risk Infection with Bair Hugger Warming Blanket

The Bair Hugger is a single-use FAW (forced-air warming) device that is placed over the patient during or post-surgery to help maintain body temperature, reduce the risk of infection, increase comfort and reduce risk of unintentional hypothermia. But 3M, the maker of Bair Hugger, is finding itself battling claim after claim by surgery patients that the FAW blanket caused infection, more than 50 of which are orthopedic surgery patients that suffered deep-joint infection. The Bair Hugger blanket is used in 4 out of 5 hospitals across the U.S. and has been a popular method of body temperature maintenance since 1987. However, Dr. ... Read More

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Failing in as Little as Five Years

Traditional hip implants are made with ceramic or plastic parts. However, medical advances and improvements have led companies like DePuy Orthopaedics, the orthopedic device unit of Johnson & Johnson, to try a newer way of creating hip implants using more durable material that is designed to hold up better over time – metal. Hip implants are supposed to last as long as 20 years or more. The recovery from a hip implant surgery can be painful and frustrating with limited movement. For this reason, patients receiving a hip implant wish to avoid any reason to have a revision surgery. However, ... Read More

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Causing Metal Poisoning and Metallosis

Metal-on-metal hip implants such as the DePuy ASR that uses a metal ball and cup or designs such as the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II  that uses a metal neck and stem have caused many patients to have adverse effects because of the corrosion of the metal components within the body, resulting in thousands of lawsuits. All of these components are made of cobalt and chromium which, upon corrosion and wear-down, can flake metal particles into the body and cause metallosis. The body naturally stores a certain level of chromium and cobalt, which promotes healthy cellular function. However, when these metal components from a hip ... Read More

New 3D-printed Titanium Hip Implant Unveiled

Smith & Nephew, a global medical technology business, has creatively designed a titanium hip implant using 3-D technology. The new REDAPT™ Revision Acetabular Fully Porous Cup with CONCELOC™ Technology is designed to be used in revision cases where implant fixation and stability is made more difficult by compromised bone. A 3-D process produces an entirely porous implant that allows ingrowth and mimics the structure of cancellous bone. The stability of the implant can be strengthened using new variable-angle locking screws, and minimizes micromotion following surgery. The FDA has cleared the use of REDAPT Cup in November 2015, but was just officially ... Read More

Texas Woman Claims 3M Bair Hugger Device Caused Infection Leading to Amputation

Texas state court has recently dealt with a lawsuit from a woman claiming 3M’s Bair Hugger device is responsible for exposing her to a drug-resistant infection that ultimately resulted in leg amputation. Ruth Childers of Texas is seeking $1 million from 3M and three other defendants for selling and using Bair Hugger on her while undergoing knee replacement surgery in December 2013. The device is a disposable blanket with warm air circulating through it, intended to keep the patient warm and comfortable while reducing bleeding, risk of infection and post-operative heart attacks. However, lawsuits including Ms. Childers’ allege the device has potential ... Read More

Biological hip joint replacement may be better option for younger patients than traditional hip replacement

Researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine have been busy testing a new technique for biological hip joint replacement surgery. This technique is designed to give younger, more active patients better and longer-lasting joint function, and is intended to reduce the pain caused by traditional total hip replacements. Total hip replacements involve using an artificial hip with plastic or metal components that begin to wear right away. These traditional repairs have a limited life expectancy and usually require restricted activity. In the past 20 years, manufacturers such as Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopedics, among others, have designed some ... Read More