Monthly Archives: March 2014

Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy Safe?

Testosterone replacement therapy has grown increasingly common among middle aged men. According to Bloomberg, Americans will have consumed $5 billion in testosterone pharmaceuticals by 2017 if current trends continue. Testosterone production naturally declines with age, so pharmaceutical companies, such as Androgel, market testosterone therapies as a lifestyle drug, restoring the user’s youthful vitality. However, a recent study by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas found that testosterone drugs increased the user’s risk of cardiovascular problems by 30 percent. According to a representative of Consolidated Research, “the risk of heart attack should be added to the discussion between patients and physicians” before beginning therapy. Consolidated Research conducted a “2010 study that was cancelled because of unexpected cardiovascular risk,” continued the representative. Columbia Attorneys That Handle Drug Injury Cases Involving Testosterone Therapy Unfortunately, the FDA’s most recent release does not indicate any change in policy towards testosterone medications. If…
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Columbia Resident Killed In Lexington County Car Accident

Police are still unsure how a 21-year-old Columbia resident lost control of his vehicle on Saturday, March 15 in Lexington County. The driver was headed down Boiling Springs Road in a 2007 Chevy Cobalt when his vehicle swerved up an embankment, flipped, struck a telephone pole and collided with a tree, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Thankfully, both were wearing seatbelts at the time. Emergency crews arrived and escorted the driver to the hospital where he died of his wounds. The Lexington County Coroner’s Office and SC Highway Patrol are continuing to investigate the cause of the accident; however, there seems to be no evidence of foul play, drugs or alcohol. As such, accidents like these serve as a solemn reminder of how easy it can be to lose control of an automobile. Something as minor as a roadside distraction can result in a tragic car accident. In…
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Can Systems Medicine Lower Medical Malpractice?

In the late 90’s, a report by the Institute of Medicine was released, entitled To Err is Human, with a list of recommendations to systematize hospitals across the board. The report promised that the 100,000 annual medical malpractice fatalities would be cut in half by 2004. However, the reduction in medical malpractice deaths never occurred. In contrast, a recent study compared medical malpractice deaths before and after the implementation of systematized procedures in Ontario hospitals. According to the study, “[i]mplementation of surgical safety checklists in Ontario, Canada, was not associated with significant reductions in operative mortality or complications.” Ample evidence contradicts the findings of To Err is Human. For example, a 1991 Harvard study found that 61 percent of medical malpractice injuries are the result of improper technique and incorrect diagnosis from an individual doctor. The same study found that only 6 percent of medical malpractice injuries were systematic in…
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