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Quantifying the Impact of NSAID-associated
Adverse Events

Chiro.Org Blog: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used among patients experiencing many different types of pain, including inflammatory, acute pain (eg, injury, low back pain, headache, postoperative pain), and chronic pain (eg, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis). However, both traditional NSAIDs and second-generation NSAIDs (cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors) can lead to very expensive and serious adverse events. Gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and renal complications associated with NSAIDs have been shown to be dose-dependent. In 2005, to help minimize these risks, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a public health advisory stating that “NSAIDs should be administered at the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration consistent with individual patient treatment goals.” […]

Regular Use of Medication for Musculoskeletal Pain and Risk of Long-term Sickness Absence: A Prospective Cohort Study Among the General Working Population

Chiro.Org Blog: Use of medication due to musculoskeletal pain is prospectively associated with long-term sickness absence, even when adjusted for pain intensity. Use of pain medication can be a red flag to be aware of in the prevention of sickness absence. […]

Morbidity and Mortality of Major Adult Spinal Surgery

Chiro.Org Blog: Major spinal surgery in the adult is associated with a high incidence of intra- and postoperative complications. We identified a very high rate of previously unrecognized postoperative complications, which adversely affect hospital length of stay. […]

FDA’s NSAID Panel Nixes Naproxen Safety Claim

Chiro.Org Blog: In 16-9 vote, the FDA advisory committee assessing NSAID safety said the warning label on naproxen should not be changed to suggest it has a better cardiovascular risk profile than other drugs in this class. […]

Recent Considerations in Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug Gastropathy

Chiro.Org Blog: Conservative calculations estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-related gastrointestinal (GI) complications and at least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone. The figures for all NSAID users would be overwhelming, yet the scope of this problem is generally under-appreciated. […]

FDA Asks Docs to Limit Acetaminophen in Prescription Meds

Chiro.Org Blog: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking healthcare professionals to stop prescribing combination prescription pain relievers that contain more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule, or other dosage unit, citing the risk for liver damage. […]

Epidural Steroid Injections: Are long-term Risks Worth Short Term Benefits?

Chiro.Org Blog: While major damage associated with ESI is rare according to the literature, we are seeing a surge in the total number of patients with complications like chemical meningitis and adhesive arachnoiditis (which I feel is underreported). Even if these complications are rare, when nine million ESI are performed annually, we are going to see more adverse effects. […]

A Review of the Beneficial and Harmful Effects of Laughter

Chiro.Org Blog: WARNING: Laughter is no joke — dangers include syncope, cardiac and oesophageal rupture, and protrusion of abdominal hernias (from side splitting laughter or laughing fit to burst), asthma attacks, interlobular emphysema, cataplexy, headaches, jaw dislocation, and stress incontinence (from laughing like a drain). Infectious laughter can disseminate real infection, which is potentially preventable by laughing up your sleeve. As a side effect of our search for side effects, we also list pathological causes of laughter, among them epilepsy (gelastic seizures), cerebral tumours, Angelman’s syndrome, strokes, multiple sclerosis, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or motor neuron disease. […]

Get the Lead Out!

Chiro.Org Blog: New research now suggests that even low levels of lead in a supplement can have adverse effects on your children. Why not use a supplement made correctly, so you can protect your family? […]

More Bad News For Low Back Pain Sufferers: Drug-induced Meningitis

Chiro.Org Blog: Clinics and medical centers rushed to contact patients who may have received the apparently fungus-contaminated shots. And the Food and Drug Administration urged doctors not to use any products at all from the Massachusetts pharmacy that supplied the suspect steroid solution. […]

A Replication of the Ernst Study“Adverse Effects of Spinal Manipulation: A Systematic Review”

Chiro.Org Blog: The review of the 32 papers discussed by Ernest found numerous errors or inconsistencies from the original case reports and case series. These errors included alteration of the age or sex of the patient, and omission or misrepresentation of the long term response of the patient to the adverse event. Other errors included incorrectly assigning spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) as chiropractic treatment when it had been reported in the original paper as delivered by a non-chiropractic provider (e.g. Physician). […]

A Practical Guide to Avoiding Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion

A little known, but potentially life-saving fact is that common medications deplete your body of a host of vital nutrients essential to your health. In this practical guide I’ll show you how to avoid drug-induced nutrient depletion and discuss options for replacing nutrient-robbing medications with natural supplements. […]

Recent Report Highlights Growing Dangers of Anti-Inflammatory Medications

Chiro.Org Blog: In the Sept. 27, 2011 posting of the Biomedical Central Journal: Family Practice, R.J. Adams and colleagues commented on concerns raised by the common prescribing of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, particularly with respect to their important and sometimes fatal adverse side effects. […]

Is Pediatric Chiropractic Care Safe?

Chiro.Org Blog: This new “best evidence” literature review explored reported adverse events and the overall safety of chiropractic pediatric care, as well as other forms of care for specific complaints routinely treated in a chiropractic office. The results were quite interesting: […]

Medical Errors Kill 15,000 Medicare Patients a Month

Medical Errors Kill 15,000 Medicare Patients a Month

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SOURCE:   AOL Health

A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General reveals that 13 percent of Medicare patients in the U.S. experience an adverse event each month in American hospitals, and some 15,000 of […]