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Breast reduction third most common cosmetic surgery for men

In 2013, nearly 23,000 procedures – including liposuction and mastectomies – were performed on men to remove enlarged breast tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia. The procedure is the third most common cosmetic surgery performed for men behind rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) and blepharoplasty (eye lift). Gynecomastia can be embarrassing leaving lingering emotional scars. It can also be painful, causing breasts to become swollen and tender. In some cases, the breasts can lactate. The condition may go away after a few months or years, or symptoms may persist for a lifetime, in which case surgical intervention may be considered. “Surgical treatment ... Read More

Risperdal with stimulant often prescribed off-label to treat children with ADHD

A combination of two medications – a stimulant and the antipsychotic Risperdal – may be a helpful treatment for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and severe aggression, but the amount of additional benefit appears to be moderate, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Risperdal, also known as risperidone, is approved to treat adults and children with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism with irritability. It is not approved as a treatment for ADHD or ADD, but it is often prescribed by doctors off-label for those conditions and in many cases ... Read More

Risperidone side effects send patients to the emergency room

Adverse effects of antipsychotic medications such as Risperdal (risperidone) send more than 20,000 people in the United States to the emergency room each year, prompting the American Psychiatric Association to issue an advisory to clinicians to carefully evaluate patients before prescribing the drugs to ensure that the use of antipsychotic medications are clinically warranted. Antipsychotic adverse effects were the cause of three times more emergency room visits than side effects from sedatives, four times more than stimulants, and five times more than antidepressants. The antipsychotic side effects that drive most people to the emergency room for treatment include extreme restlessness, ... Read More

Mental anguish from gynecomastia can last decades

Lorne Jaffe, a stay-at-home dad and blogger for the Huffington Post describes life with gynecomastia, a condition in which adolescent boys grow breasts, this way: “I grew up a seemingly normal, slightly chubby boy who by age 11 had a chest resembling a partially-deflated blow-up doll’s, sagging breasts, one noticeably larger than the other, huge areolas. For the next 18 years I wore dark, oversized clothing and walked with hunched shoulders, thumbs pushing out my shirt bottom to keep my upper body formless, using anything I could (pillow, notebook, rolled-up jacket) as a shield to deflect imagined prying eyes. I ... Read More

Physicians groups recommend six-step evaluation before women undergo bladder sling surgery

Physicians do not need to perform preoperative urodynamic testing, or bladder test functioning, on patients with uncomplicated stress urinary incontinence (SUI) before having surgery to implant a bladder sling to treat symptoms because doing so does not improve surgical outcomes, according to first-time guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Urogynecologic Society. Instead, the two medical groups recommend that physicians perform a basic six-step evaluation on women with uncomplicated SUI. This is the first time guidelines have been established to provide consistency in the evaluation of uncomplicated SUI, setting standards for physicians before they operate ... Read More

Lawsuits allege Mirena IUD caused brain damage

“I was one of the lucky ones,” writes “Proud Mama Fighting Back,” who describes herself as a “post Mirena survivor,” and chronicles her “Mirena nightmare” on her blogspot site, MyLifeAfterMirena. She says she was lucky because after having the Mirena intrauterine device inserted, she lost most of her vision in her right eye after two months. “I went from great vision to legally blind in that eye virtually overnight,” she writes. That’s when the blogger learned about a connection between the Mirena IUD and pseudo tumor cerebra (PTC), also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), a type of brain damage in which too ... Read More

Thousands of women from Canada, US file Mirena IUD lawsuits

Canadian Jemila Shen suffered severe abdominal cramps a year after being implanted with the popular Mirena IUD contraceptive. But when she went to have the intrauterine device removed, it was nowhere to be found with an ultrasound. It wasn’t until she underwent surgery that doctors found her IUD. It had migrated toward her hip bone. Shen says she was never warned the device could move from its intended location in her cervix. “It sounds easy – you put it in for five years and forget about it,” she told CTV News. “But look what happened to me.” Shen has joined ... Read More

FDA adds new adverse events to label of antipsychotic drug Risperdal

Safety labels for the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, or risperidone, have been updated to include a new Adverse Reactions involving rare anaphylactic reactions in patients after receiving an injection of the drugs in patients who have previously tolerated the oral version of the drug. The new label will go into effect immediately, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. Risperdal is approved to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and irritability with autism in adults and children. It is sometimes prescribed off label to treat conditions such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention-deficit disorder (ADD), and other behavior problems. Risperdal side effects are ... Read More

Autism experts raise concerns about Risperdal side effects

Parents of children with autism should be cautious if their doctors prescribe their child the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, also known as risperidone, because of potentially dangerous side effects including boys and young men developing female breasts, Lisa Ackerman, founder of TACA (Talk About Curing Autism), told host Shannon Penrod on the interactive web show Autism Live. TACA is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. Between January and October 2013, the organization received more than 22,000 requests for information. Many of those reports involved questions about antipsychotic drugs often prescribed for autism, such ... Read More

Cases against Mirena IUD move toward class-action lawsuit

Months after having the Mirena IUD inserted in her cervix to prevent pregnancy, K. demanded her doctor remove the contraceptive device. It was the only thing she could think of that could be causing her hair loss, weight gain, fatigue, moodiness, and pain during sexual intercourse. She had gotten the intrauterine device six months after delivering her son, but since getting it nothing seemed right. When her doctor went to remove the IUD, he couldn’t find it. K.’s Mirena IUD had dislodged from its intended place in her cervix, perforated her uterus, and migrated into her abdomen, eventually embedding in ... Read More