While many people associate joint replacements with older people, many younger people end up needing them as well. Unfortunately, this is one time when young age may actually work against someone. Many orthopedic surgeons are reluctant to do full hip replacements on patients who are under 50 years old because of their active lifestyles and life expectancy. These two factors can bring about the need to revise the hip replacement at a later date, causing another surgery. IN an effort to reduce the use of full replacements, surgeons are now doing a metal-on-metal sort of hybrid partial replacement, called resurfacing total hip arthropasty (THA). It appears to have a longer lasting outcome. This procedure doesn't involve the whole hip and is easier to remove than a full replacement, if needed. The authors, believing that resurfacing THA is better for younger, active adults, compared the findings of patients below 50 years old with those over 50 years. The 576 patients in this study had a h...
In today’s modern world, exposure to heavy metal toxins is unavoidable and happens on a daily basis. Everything from our food supply, water, air we breath and products we use contain toxins that eventually impact the functioning of our bodies and our susceptibility to disease. Awareness is always the first step. Once we know how to limit the amount of toxins we ingest as well as how to eliminate those that do enter our bodies, we’re on our way to a cleaner bill of health.
Heavy metals that get into our bodies quite easily and are harmful in large amounts include mercury, lead, aluminum, cadmium and arsenic. Here’s a list of some common places where we are exposed to these metals in our daily lives.  
-aquatic food chains
-vaccines and some medicines
-packaged foods that contain high fructose corn syrup
-lead based paint
-building construction (pipes, drains, etc.)
-lead containing products...
We know that exposure to the sun can damage our skin and cause skin cancer. A recent study also showed that chronic skin allergy to metals in orthopedic implants can also lead to skin cancer.
Orthopedic implants are used to replace something that are missing or damaged. Implants are used for a number of reasons, for example:
Rods, pins, screws or plates to anchor fractured bones
Not all implants contain metal, however, many do contain metal and metal alloys such as nickel, cobalt and chromium. These metals help make the implants stronger and more durable, however, some people have an allergic reaction which can appear on the skin as a rash or inflammation. This inflammation might cause joint pain, swelling or joint failure.
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis recently published a study that looked at the effects of chronic allergic reaction from metal implan...
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