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Hernia mesh complications

Surgical mesh is a medical device that is used to support and reinforce organs and tissues within the body. It is used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions. Millions of surgical mesh procedures have been administered in the United States. One common use for surgical mesh is to treat hernias.

What is a hernia?

Navy bans e-cigarettes aboard its ships

Various safety concerns have come up regarding electronic cigarettes. This includes concerns over the possibility of such devices exploding or suffering other serious failures. The high level these concerns have reached can be seen in a recent action the U.S. Navy has decided to take.

The Navy recently announced that it will be banning e-cigarettes aboard its ships and other vessels. The ban will also extend to Navy aircraft and heavy equipment. The ban will not just apply to Sailors, but to a range of other people who can end up visiting or working on such vessels. As a note, this ban will not extend to on-shore naval installations, like bases. The ban is set to go into effect on May 14.

What are some common birth injuries?

There is little else as exciting and memorable as witnessing the birth of your children and holding them for the first time. However, along with the eager anticipation, many California parents experience the looming anxiety that something could go wrong. Familiarizing yourself with common birth injuries may help to put your mind at ease and provide an added measure of confidence if something does happen.

Can you avoid being a victim of medical malpractice?

If you are planning a visit to your local doctor in California, you may have experienced some anxiety when thinking about what procedures you will undergo. Because your health and personal well-being is placed in the hands of someone else, it is imperative that you understand what protocols to take to help ensure your safety.

Professional health care providers see a lot of patients each day and your vigilance can be the difference in the quality of the treatment you receive. Familydoctor.org suggests some precautions you can take to avoid being a victim of medical malpractice. These include the following:

  • Verify that your medical information is always up to date including medications you are taking, allergies you have and health conditions that could affect your treatment and healing.
  • If you are picking up a prescription, double check all of the information with your pharmacist. Ask about how to take the medications including timing, dosage amounts and how long to take it for. Be sure you understand potential side effects and what to do if you begin to experience an adverse reaction.
  • Do not be afraid to ask questions. For added protection, bring a family member or friend with you to appointments where you anticipate receiving a lot of information. Take notes and verify that your understanding of treatments to follow is correct.
  • Spend time researching different conditions, symptoms, treatment options and healing suggestions when you have received a diagnosis. Discuss any concerns you may have with your health care provider to clarify your understanding.
  • Ask your doctor to interpret any medical information you do not understand in a way that makes sense. You can always ask other health care professionals for their opinion before making any final decisions.

What are some common birth injuries?

There is little else as exciting and memorable as witnessing the birth of your children and holding them for the first time. However, along with the eager anticipation, many California parents experience the looming anxiety that something could go wrong. Familiarizing yourself with common birth injuries may help to put your mind at ease and provide an added measure of confidence if something does happen.

The impact of metal-on-metal hip implants

Hip implants are an innovative solution for many Californians who suffer from mobility limitations, persistent physical pain and compromised function resulting from degenerative hips. Depending on the type and severity of the surgery, different materials are used including ceramics, metal and plastic.

CBC News shared research where metal-on-metal hip implants were studied for the harmful side-effects they were having on patients. Because both artificial joints, the ball and socket, are made from metal, consistent grinding can sometimes result in small particles shaving away. However, these seemingly harmless particles can cause problems when they make their way into a person's bloodstream. Because studies have shown that metal-on-metal implants are more likely to fail, they are being used less and less compared to other options. The results are as follows:

  • Ceramic-on-plastic: 5 percent
  • Ceramic-on-ceramic: 8 percent
  • Metal-on-metal: 9 percent
  • Metal-on-plastic: 73 percent

Will self-driving cars 'solve' the problem of distracted driving?

The future could see many different things here in the U.S. when it comes to auto technology. For one, it might see wide-scale implementation of self-driving car technology. If full implementation of this technology were to occur, it would likely have all kinds of impacts out on the roads. Would this include a virtual elimination of distracted driving? A recent survey indicates that many drivers think that it would.

In the survey, which was conducted from Feb. 28 to March 2, 3,000 licensed drivers were polled on self-driving technology. Of the respondents, 59 percent indicated that they thought that this technology would eventually bring an end to distracted driving.

Permanent Hair Loss Reported After Taking Taxotere: Were You Affected?

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A cancer diagnosis is devastating, but more people are surviving it than ever before. Cancer treatments are getting more advanced and effective, and many survivors are able to return to their normal lives after their treatments are done.

For other survivors, the very treatments that helped them fight cancer have caused side effects that can affect their quality of life going forward. Case in point, permanent hair loss caused by a popular chemotherapy drug.

The Safety Hazards of Using E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes may seem like a valuable alternative to traditional cigarettes for many Californians who want to smoke without the destructive side effects. Because they are electronically vaporized, people are not inhaling any of the smoke which is so often blamed for causing cancer and heart disease, and for creating harmful secondhand smoke and pollution. However, e-cigarettes have caused an unsettling number of injuries when units unexpectedly ignite or explode.

Research shared by the Los Angeles Times suggested that e-cigarette batteries that are too hot can explode, leaving the user with extensive injuries. The most common wounds include flame burns, disfiguration, chemical burns, missing teeth, blast wounds and lost tissue. The most common wound sites are:

  • 53 percent - groin or upper leg
  • 33 percent - hands
  • 20 percent - face
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