Another review of research finds epidurals and other forms of spinal anesthesia appear to be safer than previously thought.
Epidurals are often used for women in labor and in some operations.
Researchers looked at complications from epidurals and found the risk for permanent harm was 1 in 23,000. And even lower in most cases.
The risk for permanent injury for expectant mothers was 1 in 80,000.
Patients undergoing surgery had a slightly higher risk, because they tended to be older and more frail.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.