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May

Research Shows That Colonic Irrigation Is A Dangerous Procedure

May 1, 2012

There are many people who believe colon cleansing procedures are the key to better overall health, preventing cancer and providing a number of health benefits to a patient, including:

  • removing bodily toxins,
  • promoting growth of healthy intestinal bacteria,
  • boosting energy,
  • and enhancing you immune system.

However, a recent study has shown that the procedure may be more dangerous than beneficial.

According to Oklahoma’s 9 News, research from Georgetown University has shown the procedure offers no health benefits and can be very dangerous. The results, which were published in The Journal of Family Practice, concluded that the procedure resulted in patients suffering a number of side effects ranging from cramping to kidney failure.

In other cases, more serious side effects were reported and include:

  • colon and/or rectal perforation,
  • sepsis,
  • and death.

Many of these injuries can leave patients requiring the use of a colostomy bag for the rest of their lives.

Despite the dangers of this procedure, experts say that poorly trained individuals are still conducting the procedures, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has no authority to oversee the products used.

The Oklahoma Medical Malpractice Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers hope that understanding and educating the public about Colon Cleansing Dangers will help to persuade people that colon cleansing is an unnecessary procedure that they should stay away from. If you know someone who is considering the procedure, ask them to consider otherwise.

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Mar

Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices Have Higher Risk Of Complications

March 13, 2012

MedPage Today says that a new British study concluded patients who received metal-on-metal (MOM) total hip replacements much more commonly had to undergo revision surgery within five years due to complications and/or problems than those with other types of implants.

Researchers with the National Joint Registry of England and Wales collected data from more than 400,000 case files of patients who underwent total hip replacement surgeries between the years of 2003 and 2011. Of those cases, 31,171 involved metal on metal replacements.

Results showed that MOM hip replacements had a 6.2 percent cumulative risk of revision within five years, versus 3.3 percent for ceramic-on-ceramic and 1.8 percent for metal-on-polyethylene devices.

Women, especially younger women, with MOM hip replacements tended to be at a higher risk of device malfunction within the five-year time frame as well. Women aged 55-years-old had a 4.8 percent risk of revision versus a 70-year-old woman’s 2.6 percent risk with the same device. Women also tended to be at a greater risk of device malfunction than men.

Problems associated with hip replacement malfunctions include inflammation and infection from particles to ions from metal particles being absorbed into the body.

The Oklahoma DePuy Hip Replacement Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers may be able to help you if you are suffering from complications associated with a hip replacement device. Call us today at 1-877-579-6800 to discuss any questions you may have.

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Oct

Multivitamins Linked To Higher Health Risks In Older Women

October 11, 2011

Thousands of Americans take dietary supplements every day for numerous reasons. Some take them to build more muscle, while others take them for overall health. New research shows, though, that taking these supplements could put users at risk for cardiovascular disease or cancer.

KOCO News reports that a new study published in the Archive of Internal Medicine found that women taking supplements over a long period of time were more at risk for the diseases than those that did not. The women examined in the study were all over the age of fifty, and the strongest links to higher mortality rates were in those taking Iron supplements. Contrary to many other studies in the field, researchers found a decreased risk in mortality for those taking calcium supplements.

Dr. Donald Hensrud of the Mayo Clinic remarked, “Up until now there has been much benefit or risk seen with multivitamins…this [study] raises the question that it might hurt.”

Upon release of the findings, the makers of several multivitamins and dietary supplements fired back saying that the research was biased and it did not prove their products raise a person’s chances of becoming ill.

The Oklahoma Defective Product Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers would like your opinion. Could vitamin supplements actually do more harm than good, or do you think the numbers were manipulated? Tell us what you think on our Facebook page.

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Sep

Tulsa Citizens Urged To Get Flu Vaccinations

September 27, 2011

With the brisk air of fall beginning to blow into the area, the Tulsa Health Department (THD), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are urging citizens to begin getting their flu shots.

KTUL News reports that this year’s round of vaccinations include the H1N1 virus along with several other strains of influenza which experts said would be prevalent this year. Most individuals will only require one shot; however, children under the age of 9 who have never been vaccinated will require a follow-up booster four weeks later.

Vaccinations are available at the following Tulsa Health Department locations Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.:

The vaccinations will cost $25 for those with private health insurance or those who can afford the shot, though it is free to those on Medicare or who meet certain income requirements.

Early last year, CDC experts began recommending that everyone six months or older should begin being vaccinated yearly for the disease, especially children and the elderly, who are particularly prone to the virus.

The Oklahoma Medical Malpractice Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers urge citizens to take advantage of these vaccinations before the beginning of flu season. It’s a decision that will protect you from the yearly winter plague and, at best, may save your life.

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