Medical Research

At some point, the majority of Americans will suffer an injury that requires medical treatment. Some of the most common injuries are sports injuries, auto accident injuries, work injuries, back injuries, burns, dog bites and slip-and-fall injuries. Early detection, diagnosis and treatment are keys to successful recovery from any type of injury.

3M Combat Arms Earplugs - Hearing Loss

The Combat Arms Earplug, Version 2, manufactured by 3M, was sold to the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015. The earplugs are designed as "dual-ended," allowing the user to insert them in either direc...

Accutane

Accutane (also marketed as Roaccutane) is the trade or brand name for isotretinoin, a prescription drug used primarily for the treatment of severe acne. Initial experiments (in the early 1960s) consid...

Aciphex

Aciphex is the brand name for the generic drug rabeprazole sodium, which is a proton-pump inhibitor primarily used to combat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)....

Actonel

Actonel is the brand name for risedronic acid (risedronate), used to treat or prevent osteoporosis, which has been linked to severe esophageal, bone, and bladder side effects....

Actos

Actos is a Type-2 diabetes medication with serious side effects that include bladder cancer and heart failure....

Adderall and Ritalin

Adderall and Ritalin are prescription drugs used to treat individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, a condition involving difficulty managing sleep-wake cycles. ...

Advair

The asthma and COPD medication Advair has been linked to a number of severe side effects, including asthma-related deaths....

Aldara (Imiquimod)

Imiquimod, sold under the brand name Aldara, is a topical treatment initially approved by the FDA in 1997 for the treatment of actinic keratosis (AK); genital, vaginal, and perianal warts; and certain...

Alli

Alli, the brand name for orlistat, is a prescription-grade diet pill sold over-thecounter that has been linked to embarrassing and sometimes serious side effects....

Ambien

Ambien is the brand name for the prescription drug zolpidem, used to treat insomnia. Users have experienced severe side-effects, including abnormal and potentially dangerous sleep activity....

Amiodarone

Amiodarone hydrochloride, sold under the brand names Cordarone, Pacerone, and Nexterone, is a heartbeat-regulating drug that has been linked to symptoms of heart failure....

Anesthesiology Mistakes

When you suffer from atrial fibrillation (known as Afib), or are otherwise at increased risk of suffering a stroke or ischemic attack, it’s a common practice for a medical professional to prescribe ...

Anticoagulant Bleeding

When you suffer from atrial fibrillation (known as Afib), or are otherwise at increased risk of suffering a stroke or ischemic attack, it’s a common practice for a medical professional to prescribe ...

Anzemet

Anzemet is the brand name for the anti-nausea medication dolasetron mesylate, used to mitigate the side effects of chemotherapy. Azemet has been connected to severe and even lethal side effects of its...

Aptivus

Aptivus is the brand name for the HIV and AIDS medication tipranavir, which has caused some patients to experience severe liver damage and brain hemorrhaging. Aptivus was initially introduced to the U...

Aranesp

Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa) is an anemia medication that has been linked to severe and even lethal side effects....

Arava

Arava is manufactured and sold by Sanofi-Aventis. Its underlying drug, leflunomide, is designed to manage the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis....

Arterial Blockage - ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI)

An STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction) is the medical term for a serious heart attack. It’s typically associated with a blockage in one of the main arteries leading into the heart. In most ca...

Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition marked by inflammation of the joints. When a person has arthritis, the tissues that surround joints and other connective tissue become swollen. It is common to feel pain, sore...

Atorvastatin

Atorvastatin, first synthesized in the early 1980s, is a commonly prescribed pharmaceutical product used to treat high cholesterol....

Avandia

Avandia is a prescription drug, patented in 1987 and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the United States in 1999. It is currently manufactured and sold by GlaxoSmithKline, ...

Back Injury

According to the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, 80 percent of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain ranges from a dull, cons...

Back Injury

Back injuries plague many auto accident victims. The term "back injury" covers an array of ailments, as the injury can be a sprain, strain or herniated disk. Whatever the case, back injuries can sever...

Back Injury

According to the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, 80 percent of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. In addition, back disorders accoun...

Benicar

The FDA released a warning on Benicar, Azor, Tribenzor, and any generic form of olmesartan medoxomil due to intestinal issues....

Birth Control Medication

Hormonal contraceptives linked to heart attack, blood clots, and stroke....

Birth Injuries Occurring During the Delivery Process

There are, unfortunately, many things that can go wrong during the birth of a child. On rare occasions, the simple trauma associated with childbirth can cause injury. In most instances, though, the in...

Bladder And Kidney Cancer Related To Dangerous Drugs

A number of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications have been linked to increased risk of bladder or kidney cancer....

Brain Injuries

Of all possible auto accident injuries, those to the head are the most serious. A brain injury, sometime referred to as a closed-head injury, occurs when some outside force traumatizes the brain. If p...

Broken Bones

Broken bones, also referred to as fractures, happen when more pressure is placed on bones than they can stand. When repeated and/or prolonged pressure is placed on a bone, a hairline crack, called a s...

Broken Bones

Broken bones, also known as fractures, can occur when the force of an auto collision causes a sharp crushing or sudden breaking of a bone, such as in the wrist, arm or leg....

Burn Injuries

Three main types of burn injuries are common in the workplace: thermal (heat), chemical, and electrical. Thermal burns can occur from contact with steam, flames, hot surfaces, and hot liquids; exposur...

Burns

A burn is an injury commonly caused by excessive heat or cold, electricity, radiation or chemicals. In 2007, medical professionals treated approximately a half million burn cases. Most burns are cause...

Burns

Burns are frequently associated with auto accidents, usually when the airbag deploys and releases a chemical upon inflation. That chemical can cause mild or even severe burns when it contacts the skin...

Cancer Related to Blood Pressure Medications

Blood pressure is an essential element of personal health. You need enough pressure to ensure that your tissue and organs get the blood they need to keep them strong and alive. However, too much press...

Cancer Related to Breast Implants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given approval to two different types of breast implants for sale in the United States. The breast implants both utilize an exterior silicon shell, thou...

Cancer Related to Diabetes Medications

Type 2 Diabetes remains one of the major world health problems, a leading contributor to blindness, lower limb amputation and kidney failure. Insulin has long been used in the treatment of diabetes. A...

Cancers Related to Talcum Powder

Talcum powder is a commonly used consumer product, typically manufactured by mixing talc, a clay-based mineral, with corn starch. The powder has long been used in baby powder, by athletes to dry sweat...

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

One workplace-related injury that people have become more aware of in recent years is carpal tunnel syndrome. This injury occurs when a nerve that runs from the forearm to the hand becomes pressed or ...

Concussion

Concussions occur when the brain bounces or twists inside the skull. These movements can strain and injure the brain, which can lead to temporary or permanent brain damage. Frequently, this sudden jer...

Concussion

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) that occurs when the brain is shaken, twisted or bounced within the skull. This movement can cause chemical changes within the brain or damage brai...

Cuts and Lacerations

Cuts and lacerations are common injuries in the workplace, and the reasons behind these mishaps vary. Injuries may occur due to improper training, a lack of established safety procedures, not paying a...

Cuts and Puncture Wounds

A puncture wound is a wound caused by a sharp object that pierces the skin, creating a hole. Puncture wounds usually don't bleed heavily and often quickly close on their own. A cut is an injury that o...

Degenerative Joint Disease

Degenerative joint disease is also called osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting 27 million Americans age 25 and older, and is a leading cause of disability....

Dental Malpractice Overview

When you seek treatment from a dental professional, you expect that, at a minimum, your condition won't get worse because of the wrongful acts or omissions of the dentist or dental office staff. Unfor...

Dog Bites

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost five million people are bitten by a dog each year. That means Americans are more likely to be bitten by a dog than they are to be in...

Elevated Falls

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 17 percent of fatal occupational injuries that occurred in the U.S. in 2015 were due to falls. About half of those falls were from elevated heights....

Erythema Multiforme Major and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Erythema multiforme, also known as EM, is a skin condition that ranges from mild rashes (erythema multiforme minor) to potentially life-threatening forms (erythema multiforme major, or EMM)....

Essure

A female sterilization/contraceptive device, Essure is a metal coil that is inserted by a physician into a woman's fallopian tubes. The insertion is performed with a catheter, and the device, once in ...

Failure to Diagnose and Misdiagnosis of Medical Conditions

When you're experiencing health problems, one of the first things you want and need is an accurate diagnosis of the problem. Unfortunately, medical diagnostics is far from an exact science....

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a common, chronic and widespread pain disorder characterized by a dull, deep pain in the muscles and tendons that may be felt throughout the body. There are as many as 10 million Ameri...

Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium)

Sold under the names Fosamax and Binosto, alendronate sodium is a bone health medication that has been linked to severe bone fractures....

Gadolinium-Based MRI Contrast Agents

For some types of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or MRA (magnetic resonance angiography), intravenous drugs must be injected into the patient's blood beforehand, so that viewing of organs, vessels, ...

Granuflo

When your kidneys can no longer remove waste from your bloodstream—the primary function they perform—you can still live a fairly active and normal life by undergoing regular dialysis. Think of dia...

Hamstring Strain

A strain can be described as the excessive stretching or tearing of a muscle or tendon. Strains are one of the most common sports injuries and the hamstring is the muscle that is strained most often....

Head Injury

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of head injuries. Between the whipping motion your head experiences in a collision to the potential for impact during the crash, heads are vulnerable to a n...

Head Injury/Concussion

A head injury includes damage to the brain, scalp or skull. In the workplace, falls are among the most common causes of head injury when a worker experiences a bump, jolt, or blow to the head. Head in...

Heart Attacks

A heart attack, also known as a “myocardial infarction,” is a medical condition caused by a decrease or cessation of blood flow to any part of the heart. The blockage of blood flow causes damage t...

Hernia or Surgical Mesh Injuries

Created from both organic and inorganic materials, surgical mesh (most frequently used to repair hernias) comes in the form of a loosely woven sheet. It may be used for temporary or permanent support ...

Hip Strain

Strains, also referred to as pulls, occur when muscle fibers have been overly stretched or torn. If a muscle is forced to rapidly expand as a result of a quick movement or collision, it may not have t...

Hydroxycut

Hydroxycut is a term used to describe a number of dietary supplements available over the counter as weight loss aids. The product, manufactured by Iovate Health Sciences International, has been availa...

Inferior Vena Cava Filters

Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are small, cone-shaped devices that may be surgically implanted near your kidneys to impede blood clots that have broken loose from one of the deep veins in your leg (...

Invokana Toe and Foot Amputations

Invokana (also sold as Sulisent) is the trade name for canagliflozin, a pharmaceutical product approved for use in the treatment of type-2 diabetes. Canagliflozin works by inhibiting the flow of certa...

Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Strokes

A stroke is a medical condition caused by the cessation or diminishment of the flow of blood to the brain, which causes brain cells to die. Strokes are categorized as either ischemic or hemorraghic. ...

Ketek

The patent on telithromycin was granted in 1994 and French pharmaceutical manufacturer Hoechst Marion Roussel (now Sanofi-Aventis) first conducted clinical trials on the drug in 1998, obtaining approv...

Knee Injury

Generation after generation of athletes continue to elevate the standard of speed, strength and agility. Modern athletes are so big and fast, that it can actually become a detriment. As humans, our bo...

Letter of Protection

If you have been in an accident or suffered some type of injury, you have enough to worry about without wondering how you will pay for medical care. Unfortunately, the damage caused by an accident can...

Levaquin

Drug used to treat bacterial infections has been linked to severe cases of tendinitis....

Lipitor

Lipitor is a pharmaceutical product available only by prescription, used to treat individuals with high levels of cholesterol. It is normally considered a first-line treatment for individuals at risk ...

Medication Errors

According to government reports, more than a million people suffer some type of adverse effect every year due to "medication errors." Those mistakes can have serious consequences, from allergic reacti...

Mirapex

Mirapex (also sold under the product names Sifrol and Mirapexin) is a prescription drug primarily used to treat Parkinson's disease and restless leg syndrome (RLS). For patients diagnosed with Parkins...

Neck Injury

Neck injuries in the workplace are often the result of slip-and-fall accidents, which injure the soft tissues in the neck and lead to a serious sprain or strain. Lifting heavy loads, especially when t...

Neck Injury

Neck injuries are unfortunately all too common during auto accidents. The jarring movement that occurs as a result of a sudden halt can subject your neck to a number of different injuries. Identifying...

Neurontin

Gabapentin, now marketed under the product name Neurontin, was first developed in 1975 by Parke-Davis, now a subsidiary of Pfizer. In May 1993, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the...

Noise Injury

Excessive noise levels in the workplace can damage hearing and cause hearing loss, interfere with concentration and thought processes, disturb sleep, and bring about fatigue and aggression. According ...

Onglyza

Onglyza is a brand name for type-2 diabetes medication saxagliptin, which is known to cause heart failure....

Opioid Addiction and Injury

If you have been in an accident or suffered some type of injury, you have enough to worry about without wondering how you will pay for medical care. Unfortunately, the damage caused by an accident can...

Opioid Addiction Treatment

Opioids are powerful enough to affect even the most informed and responsible people. Therefore, it’s critical to have resources available to limit the effects opioid addiction can have on individual...

Opioid Addiction: Signs and Symptoms

Opioid misuse is a severe epidemic occurring in many places across the U.S. From small towns to larger cities, opioid addiction is causing people of all walks of life significant health problems and f...

Over-the-Counter Medications

There's a common misconception that if a drug is available "over the counter" (OTC), it must be safe and without serious side effects. That's simply not true. While, as a general rule, OTC drugs prese...

OxyContin

OxyContin, the trade name for the opioid oxycodone, was first developed in a laboratory more than 100 years ago (1916) at the University of Frankfurt, in Germany. Synthesized from thebaine, a componen...

Partial Arterial Blockages

An ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is the medical or technical term that doctors (primarily cardiologists) use to identify what lay persons refer to as a "heart attack." A STEMI mea...

Paxil

Paxil, the brand name for paroxetine, is an SSRI mood stabilizer that has been linked to birth defects and increased suicidal thoughts and actions....

Pharmacy Errors

The miracles of pharmaceutical science have the potential to dramatically improve quality of life, but there are many potential pitfalls between receiving a prescription and getting it filled by a pha...

Power Morcellators

A device used to eliminate tissue from the body has been linked to the spread of cancer in hysterectomy and myomectomy patients....

Pradaxa

First approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October 2010, dabigatran is used primarily to treat and prevent blood clotting and minimize the risk of stroke in patients with atrial ...

Propecia

Propecia (finasteride) is prescribed to treat male pattern hair loss, but over 1,400 users have filed lawsuits after experiencing long-term sexual dysfunction....

Psychological Trauma

One result of an auto accident that cannot be overlooked is the psychological effects experienced by those involved. These can be feelings of guilt if another party in the car was injured or killed, o...

Pulled Groin

Muscle strains, or pulls, occur when the muscle fibers are suddenly overly stretched. This stretching can cause a minor pull or lead to slight or significant tearing of muscle fibers. If an athlete’...

Reglan

Metoclopramide, sold under the trade names Reglan and Primperan, is commonly prescribed for the treatment and prevention of a number of ailments, including nausea and vomiting, gastroesophageal reflux...

Repetitive Strain Injury (not carpal tunnel)

Injuries from sprains and strains affect millions of U.S. workers each year. One type of injury is a work-related musculoskeletal disorder, often referred to as repetitive strain injury (RSI). These i...

Rhabdomyolysis

Rhabdomyolysis (also known as “rhabdo”) is a serious health condition caused by the breakdown of skeletal muscle. In worst-case scenarios, it can lead to kidney failure and even death. In most ins...

Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, and it provides sensation and motor function to the lower extremities. It runs from the lower back down the back of each leg. The sciatic nerve prov...

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Approximately 7 million people in the U.S. are affected by it. The primary age of onset is 10-15, and both boys and girls are affected. However...

Shin Splints

With over three million cases in the United States each year, shin splints are a very common condition, especially among runners. Shin splints occur when the muscle and bone tissue in the shin develop...

Shoulder Injury

Shoulder injuries are common among contact sport athletes, as well as athletes that consistently use their shoulders to compete - swimmers, tennis players, baseball players and track and field thrower...

Slip, Trip and Fall Injuries

Each year, millions of Americans are injured on the job, and the injury requires workers to miss at least one day of work. In 2014, injuries from slips, trips, and falls resulted in 247,120 cases invo...

Slip-and-Falls

Slip-and-fall cases result in a significant number of injuries each year. Although the term "slip" is used, the phrase "slip and fall" pertains to any case in which a person falls on another's propert...

Soft Tissue Injury

Soft tissue generally encompasses each part of your body except your bones or organs. Soft tissue injuries take on a few forms that range in severity from serious to minor....

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries — damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal — can occur even with seemingly simple accidents such as falling from a ladder in the workpla...

Spinal Injury

Auto accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries (SCIs) for those 65 and younger in the US. The thrashing, twisting and flying debris of even a low speed collision can compromise the spina...

Sprains and Strains

A sprain is an injury to a ligament caused by a sudden overstretching. A strain happens when overstretching occurs in the muscle or tendon. The severity of the injury will dictate the type of treatmen...

Sprains and Strains

A sprain is an injury to a ligament caused by a sudden overstretching. A strain happens when overstretching occurs in the muscle or tendon. The severity of the injury will dictate the type of treatmen...

Surgical Errors

Though modern surgical advances offer hope and amazing outcomes to many people across the country, there's still a human element involved in the surgical process. Unfortunately, every year, an average...

Talc Powder

Talcum powder is a commonly used consumer product, typically comprised of a clay-based mineral known as talc, which is mixed with corn starch. Talcum powder has been used for a variety of purposes ov...

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a specific form of tendinitis that occurs in the elbow. Tendinitis is swelling of the tendons that results in a painful and burning sensation in the affected area. ...

Tequin

Tequin is the brand name for the antibiotic gatifloxacin, which was banned from US markets in 2008....

TMJ

The jaw joint, called the temporomandibular joint (more commonly known as TMJ), is critical to our ability to bite, chew and swallow food, to speak and to make facial expressions. Each side of the hea...

Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis

Also known as Lyell or Lyell's syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) first appears as a fever, mimicking many of the symptoms of the flu. Within a few days, however, a person suffering from TEN w...

Toxic Fumes Injury

Exposure to toxic fumes in the workplace puts employees at risk of diseases such as lung and urinary tract cancer, respiratory disease, damage to the kidneys and nervous system disorders. The Occupati...

Trasylol

Trasylol is a brand name for aprotinin, used to reduce blood loss in CPB patients, which was suspended by the FDA in 2008....

Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the workplace results from a jarring blow or jolt to the head or body. A sharp object penetrating brain tissue can also cause a TBI. This type of brain injury causes ...

Valsartan

Valsartan, commonly sold under the trade name Diovan, is a pharmaceutical product marketed and sold for the treatment of high blood pressure, diabetic kidney disease, and heart failure. It was approve...

Viagra

Viagra is the brand name for the well-known “little blue pill” (sildenafil citrate) used to treat male erectile dysfunction....

Whiplash (Neck)

Neck injuries are common in an auto accident and can be painful in their own right. Commonly called "whiplash", neck injuries usually are associated with rear-impact collisions....

Xolair

Xolair is the brand name for the anti-inflammatory omalizumab, primarily used in the treatment of asthma....

Zelnorm

Zelnorm (or Zelmac) is the brand name for the IBS medication tegaserod, removed from US markets in 2007....

Zoloft

Zoloft (sertraline) is one of the most prescribed antidepressant SSRIs used to relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic, and OCD....

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