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DePuy Hip Replacement: Two Out of Three is Very Bad

February 14, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Depuy Orthopedics has been under increasing scrutiny the last few years, as more and more of the products it develops have faced recall.  The Depuy Attune Knee system faced a recall after it failed to properly adhere to bone, resulting in failed knee replacements and significant pain for those who received the procedure.  Depuy hip replacements have faced recall as well, but for different reasons.

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Depuy Attune Knee Replacements Failing at Alarming Rate

February 13, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The race to create a better knee replacement is always ongoing.  Whenever a large medical market exists, manufacturers always want a bigger and bigger piece of the pie, and the best way to do that is to develop a better product.  The bad way is to market an inferior product aggressively and hope to sell a lot of units before anyone notices.  The Depuy Attune Knee seems to fall into the latter category.

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Interior Vena Cava Filters May Be More Dangerous Than Conditions Designed to Treat

February 12, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters are small devices placed in the body to prevent blood clots from the legs from reaching the lungs. Pulmonary embolisms, which result from blood clots traveling, often result in death or brain damage, and IVC filters were seen as a safe preventative measure for people in high risk categories or with a history of developing blood clots in the extremities.

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Gadolinium Build-up Dose Dependent and Cumulative

February 06, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Long-touted as a safe method of improving the efficacy of MRIs, Gadolinium has now been shown to be toxic to the human body, with the brain particularly at risk of suffering damage due to exposure and build-up.  As Gadolinium is seen as particularly useful for brain scans due to its ability to highlight tumors and other growths, brains are more likely to be exposed to the dangerous substance than other parts of the body.

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Truck Drivers Must Be Careful of Legal Drugs and Supplements

February 05, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It is well established that certain drugs and supplements taken by truck drivers increase the risk of an accident occurring.  Whether it be methamphetamine to stay awake or another illegal substance, the side effects (or main effects) or many drugs drastically increase the risk of an accident occurring by providing artificial by insufficient alertness.

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Snow Squalls Pose Traffic Accident Risk

February 02, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

As frigid temperatures swept the Midwest and Northeast on the last few days of January, the risk of snow squalls increased.  Snow squalls are smaller, localized storms with brief heavy snowfall and winds.  Much smaller scale than blizzards, the swift onset of snow squalls can lead to more traffic accidents than more widespread and sustained storms.

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Misread CT Scans Can Result in Death

February 01, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When cancer is suspected, oncologists will often order a CT scan of the area to determine how to proceed diagnostically.  Finding tumors early is key to implementing a treatment protocol that results in the best possible prognosis, and a properly performed CT scan provides meaningful information to the physician.  When the tumors are located and the size identified to determine the stage of the cancer, a more or less aggressive treatment course if indicated.

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Prompt Diagnosis of Compartment Syndrome Key to Good Outcomes

January 31, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It is not difficult to envision the body as being comprised of different “compartments,” with each area of the body separated from the rest by tissue known as fascia.  These compartments are obvious upon observation, with the arms and legs being separate compartments from the chest.  Having the body compartmentalized is often a positive, as it limits the potential for catastrophic and deadly damage being done to a person simply because one limb is compromised.  But there are scenarios where compartmentalization works against the body.

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Gadolinium Buildup a Risk to Healthy Brains

January 31, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a commonly used diagnostic tool for a variety of suspected diseases.  Whether attempting to determine the extent of a concussion or searching for cancer, MRIs have become ubiquitous in many fields, with hundreds of thousands of these procedures being performed every year.  Often, GBCAs (Gadolinium Based Contrasting Agents) are used to facilitate the process.

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Bair Hugger Warming System Linked to Post-Surgical Infections

January 30, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For years, hospitals have used the Bair Hugger Warming System before surgery to manage the body temperature of patients.  The system uses forced air to maintain the desired temperature, and the manufacturer claims that utilizing this technology reduces the risk of infection, reduces bleeding, and reduces post-operative complications.

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Neuroblate Overheating Causes Brain Injuries

January 29, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Neuroblate promised to be a literal lifesaver for many patients, presenting itself as a minimally invasive method of treating a variety of brain diseases.  The primary use of Neuroblate was to treat brain tumors and other growths by excising them with minimal risk to the patient.  The method of doing so was using a super-heated laser tip to destroy targeted tissue while leaving surrounding tissue undamaged.

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Androgen Treatment for Hypogonadism Poses Risks

January 28, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The sexual performance aspects of low testosterone get most of the media coverage, with dozens of commercials advertising dozens of products nationwide.  Various supplements and medications have been marketed as sexually enhancing for decades.  But only recently have the full implications of low testosterone been recognized by medical practitioners.

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Years of Investigation at Nursing Home Resulted in No Action

January 21, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A horror story out of Arizona is drawing attention to the vulnerability of many individuals with advanced medical needs.  Often, services for those in comas or with other significant health issues are provided in State-funded care homes.  This is the standard in New York State as well as in many other places around the country, including Arizona where the incident occurred.

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Expectant Mothers Should Be Aware of Symptoms of Placental Abruption

January 18, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Placental abruption poses a significant risk to the health of both mother and unborn child.  This dangerous condition occurs when the placenta separates from the uterine lining.  The placenta is responsible for carrying nutrients and oxygen from the mother to the fetus, and placental detachment interferes with the vital role this organ plays.

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Recognizing How Many is Too Many

January 16, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For many, New Year’s Eve should be a time of excitement and expectation for the coming year.  As the ball dropped in Times Square, people all over the city contemplated their New Year’s resolutions and wondered what the next 365 days hold in store.  But even as some people greeted the future with expectation, there were others making dangerous decisions that put people at risk of never seeing the rest of the year.

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No End in Sight for Airbag Recalls

January 15, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The car manufacturers no longer even bother to claim that the recall is over. Instead, as another 1.3 million vehicles are recalled due to potentially faulty airbags, Toyota simply makes an announcement and attempts to move on.  This just a few days after Ford announced a similarly large scale recall.

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Distractions Everywhere on New Year's Eve and Beyond

January 14, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

New York City has been dubbed the City That Never Sleeps, and this is never truer than on New Year’s Eve.  Famous for the Ball Drop at Times Square, the city is much more than just the one big event.  There are parties everywhere, and the bars are jam packed full of revelers.  People are rushing to and from various festivities, and the city is humming with the vibrancy of its inhabitants.

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Icy Conditions Dangerous for Pedestrians

January 11, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Navigating streets and sidewalks after a winter storm can be difficult for pedestrians.  The magnificent skyscrapers that give New York City its internationally famous skyline also obstruct sunlight from reaching the pavement, resulting in ice lingering much longer than it does in sunnier locales.  During a storm ice may melt and refreeze again, resulting in dangerous conditions where sidewalks are extra slippery.

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Drivers Must Be Particularly Aware of Pedestrians in Icy Conditions

January 10, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Attentiveness to surroundings is always important when driving, but even more so when icy conditions hinder your ability to brake quickly.  Though keeping focused on the road in front of you is an excellent way to reduce the risk of a motor vehicle accident, checking peripheries and keeping an eye out for pedestrians can be the difference between life and death for someone on foot.

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Vehicle Types and Upgrades to Improve Winter Driving Safety

January 09, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Icy roads are a regular occurrence in much of the State of New York, particularly Upstate where frigid conditions can persist for weeks.  Though plows and a healthy dose of road salt will clear the roads over time, being prepared to drive in difficult conditions is important.  One of the best ways to prepare for icy roads is to purchase a vehicle that performs well in those conditions, and consider purchasing aftermarket upgrades that improve the performance.

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