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Stem Cell Treatment Side Effects: IV Umbilical Cord Risks

This weekend I was sent the transcript of a scary back and forth between a knowledgable stem cell expert and a layperson who wanted to open a stem cell therapy clinic using IV infusions of umbilical cord blood. It got me thinking that a blog was needed on stem cell treatment side effects with a…
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Common Meniscus Surgery Causes Arthritis: Please Stop This Surgery!

One of the most common orthopedic surgeries on earth is partial meniscectomy. This surgery has been shown in many different trials to be ineffective, and now it has a new distinction. It’s also been found in a high-level randomized controlled trial to cause arthritis. Let’s dig in. Meniscus Surgery Side Effects: We Already Know Partial…
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Are Statins Causing Heart Attacks They’re Supposed to Prevent?

We’ve written prolifically over the years about the many side effects of statins, the class of medication used to lower cholesterol. This new study delves further into the well-established connection between the use of statins and diabetes. The problem is, diabetes is a disease that puts you at greater risk for a heart attack. Let…
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Is Tramadol Increasing the Risk of Death in Arthritis Patients?

Tramadol (Ultram) is often prescribed as a pain reliever for patients with arthritis. However, is it safe? What if it were just as bad as a narcotic? Let’s take a look. Tramadol: A Quasi-Narcotic Tramadol (e.g., Ultram, Ralivia, Conzip, etc.) is an opioid-like narcotic prescribed for pain. While it may be considered a “safer” choice…
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Does Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy Really Lower the Risk for Arthritis?

We have millions of patients worldwide who are using some sort of hormone replacement therapy. One of the reasons they are using hormones as they age is the promise of looking and feeling younger. Hence, a research study that looks at whether female hormone replacement helps arthritis is a big deal. Hence, let’s dig in…
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More Problems with Quinolone Antibiotics: FDA Warns of Aortic Rupture

It’s always disconcerting when medicine’s penchant for medications that fix one problem and cause another is exposed. Few drugs fit that category better than quinolone antibiotics. This morning we’ll review yet another side effect of this drug class that destroys the connective tissue of some patients, but this one is life-threatening. Understanding Aortic Ruptures, Dissections, and…
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Are All Hip Replacement Devices Associated with Pseudotumors?

A few years back, I blogged on a research study that looked at masses that were associated with metal-on-metal hip replacement surgeries called pseudotumors. However, now new research shows that these awful side effects may be more common than anyone realized and occur with other types of hip replacement devices as well. In fact, they…
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You May Be Overdosing on NSAIDs and Not Even Realize It

NSAID use is out of control. These are drugs like Motrin, Aleve, Celebrex, Mobic, and others that are anti-inflammatories and can help with arthritis pain. This happened because we foolish physicians believed they were non-toxic and had few side effects and actually put them into treatment guidelines. However, new research now shows that we may…
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