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Top Medical and Drug Stories of 2011

Medical stories are some of the most heartbreaking:  You trust your health to a doctor or hospital, and something goes wrong. Maybe you end up sicker than you were before. Sometimes, the error may result in death. Here is a round-up of the most important medical and drug stories of the year. (To read any …

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Top Motor Vehicle Story of 2011

Of the hundreds of blogs we write each year, hand-down the number one motor vehicle story of the year is about DWD—Driving While Distracted.  The National Safety Council estimates that about 23% of all motor vehicle crashes can be attributed to talking on a cell phone or texting while driving. That’s about 1.3 million crashes …

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Kids Suffer Long-Term Effects from Head Trauma

When children suffer a head injury, parents are always relieved once the tears stop. But a study published in the November 2011 issue of the journal Pediatrics reveals that children with moderate or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) have substantial long-term reduction in quality of life. The study examined 729 children treated for TBI. Researchers …

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FDA Warns Companies of Deceptive Lap-Band Advertising

Almost everyone wants to be thin, and many people would do anything to have the body of their dreams. For people who are “morbidly obese” or who have one or more obesity-related conditions (such as diabetes or high blood pressure), one option is gastric banding. Gastric banding, such as the popular Lap-Band, is a surgical …

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FDA Wants Blood Clots Added to YAZ Labels

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that the labels for birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin, manufactured by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, be strengthened to include more information about the increased risk of blood clots. This is not Bayer’s first appearance at the FDA scrutiny rodeo. In 2008, Yaz was the best-selling birth …

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