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Deadly flesh eating bacteria claims ninth victim in Florida

A Florida man died this week just two days after being infected with a flesh-eating bacteria he acquired while crabbing in Halifax River, a part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Henry Konietzky fished often in the warm saltwater of the Halifax River. Last weekend, just before wading into the water, he stepped on some ants and got bitten. Doctors say that is how the deadly Vibrio vulnificus bacteria entered Henry’s bloodstream. The first sign something was wrong was an abrasion that quickly developed around one of the ant bites. It grew larger and larger and within hours began to spread ... Read More

Attorneys for recalled artificial hip may ask for statute of limitations cutoff on claims

Patients who received a defective hip replacement system that was recalled may be out of time to file lawsuits against the manufacturer if states and judges decide to uphold a two-year statute of limitations on filed claims. No judge has ordered a halt, but lawyers representing patients who suffered injuries from the defective devices are warning that the defendants’ attorneys may argue for such a cut-off. The statute of limitations period varies by state and depends on the state in which a patient’s surgery took place as well as the circumstances of the injury. Most states have a two-year statute of ... Read More

Chemical in spray tanners may put users at risk for cancer

Spray tans are considered to be a safer way to get the look of a suntan without damaging the skin or risking skin cancer, but a new report suggests the chemicals found in spray tans may be dangerous as well. Six medical experts in the fields of dermatology, toxicology and pulmonary medicine are speaking out about the potential dangers of a chemical commonly found in spray-on tanners – dihydroxyacetone, or DHA. ABC News pulled together the panel of medical experts to review 10 of the most publicly available studies on DHA. While none of the studies were conducted on humans, ... Read More

Researchers hope to reduce failure rate of artificial hips

A team of researchers at the University of Limerick is working to find innovative ways to improve the lifespan of artificial hips and other orthopaedic implants. The team’s goal is timely. Approximately 750,000 orthopaedic implants are performed each year in the United States. That number is expected to jump to a staggering 4.5 million in the next 20 years. Most implants, such as artificial hips, can be expected to last 20 years or more before they begin to fail and need replacing. But some implants have shown a higher than expected failure rate at five years or less. Researchers hope ... Read More

UK agency recommends annual review of all-metal hip implants

People who have received any metal-on-metal type of hip implant should be monitored every year for the rest of their lives in order to rule out possible complications, the United Kingdom’s Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced this week. The news comes on the heels of a report by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) that found problems with the all-metal artificial hips may have been known for years but nothing has been done to ban their use. Hip replacement systems were traditionally made of plastic or ceramic parts, but newer models feature ... Read More

Metal hips may be bigger problem than leaking breast implants

Failing metal hip implants may cause problems for more people than the toxin-leaking breast implants circulating in Europe, according to an investigation launched by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the British Broadcasting Corp (BBC). Europe is currently uncovering shocking news about a type of breast implant made by French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) that was made with non-medical-grade silicone. The implants have an increased risk of rupture. Once the gel is released, it can cause inflammation in the surrounding tissue. Some speculate that the gel may also put women at greater risk for developing cancer. An estimated 400,000 ... Read More

Hundreds of thousands may be at risk from faulty all-metal hip implants

Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide with all-metal artificial hips may be at risk for toxic ions seeping into their bloodstream and putting them at risk for serious health concerns, according to an investigation by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the British Broadcasting Corp (BBC). The agencies compared the metal hip crisis to another medical device health crisis, toxic-leaking breast implants, which an estimated 400,000 women in 65 countries (excluding the United States) received. The European Union (EU) is currently embroiled in a scandal involving  a type of breast implant made by French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP). It ... Read More

Body realignment could eliminate need for hip replacement surgery

More than a half a million hip and knee replacements are performed in the United States each year, and the numbers are growing. One doctor suggests many surgeries could have been avoided if peoples’ bodies were better aligned. Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent form of arthritis and now the No. 1 cause of pain and disability in the United States. Treatment is often hip or knee replacement surgery. But many of the prostheses used to repair damaged joints need to be replaced in 10 to 15 years. Some fail just months after implantation. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration is reviewing ... Read More

Artificial hip recall leads to FDA review of metal-on-metal hip implants

Michael Stieler’s hip replacement surgery brought him relief from the pain he suffered when the cartilage in his right hip had worn down. But a year after surgery, Michael’s pain returned, with a vengeance. “It hurt. I couldn’t even walk on it,” he told the Sacramento Bee. It wasn’t until two years later that Michael learned that the problem with his metal-on-metal hip implant was not uncommon. The company that made his artificial hip, DePuy Orthopaedics, notified Michael last September that it was recalling the implants because of early failure rates and the potential for leaching of high levels of ... Read More

Dr. House mystery points to defective artificial hip

This week’s episode of House M.D. focused on a mystery that ultimately pointed to blood poisoning caused by the patient’s artificial hip. While unusual, it is a condition that has been reported more recently due to a defect in a brand of artificial hip implant. The patient, Arlene, played by guest star Candice Bergen, is a known hypochondriac at the hospital, but this time her symptoms may not be all in her mind. Arlene is experiencing atrial fibrillation, a condition in which the two small chambers in the upper part of the heart quiver instead of beat normally. Her other ... Read More