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Defective all-metal hip implants can poison blood of recipients

Dean Donovan’s artificial hip seemed to work just fine. The 45-year-old New Zealander had surgery six years ago to treat pain and disability. In recent years he had heard concerns about metal-on-metal hip implants, like his made by Durom. The devices were prone to failing prematurely and in some cases leeching metal ions into the blood. Patients with this type of blood poisoning reported symptoms such as fatigue and headaches. Doctors say the long-term effects are unknown but researchers say the metal debris could damage DNA and lead to serious health problems, including cancer. A few months ago, Donovan received ... Read More

Vehicular heatstroke warning devices ineffective, NHTSA warns

Safety products designed to alert parents about children accidentally left in dangerously hot vehicles are unreliable, federal safety regulators said Monday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) made the announcement amidst a push to raise awareness of auto safety concerns affecting children, including efforts aimed at preventing heatstroke death and injuries in children left in unattended vehicles. According to the agency, 527 children have died from heatstroke injuries they received by being locked in hot vehicles – about 38 deaths per year on average. Heatstroke is the leading non-crash, vehicle-related cause of death for children. NHTSA also warned that ... Read More

Bacterium may increase risk for type 2 diabetes

A type of ulcer-causing bacterium may be linked to the development of type 2 diabetes in overweight and obese adults, and may offer clues on how to prevent the development of diabetes in these individuals in the future, according to a NYU Langone Medical Center study. The bacterium, known as Helicobacter pylori, is an organism that can affect both children and adults, yet in entirely different ways. In children, it has been found to protect against asthma and allergy. Infections beginning in childhood have also been linked decades later to stomach and small intestine ulcers, as well as an increased ... Read More