Energy drinks: Caffeine + Calories = ???

Nearly 1 in 4 adults drinks an energy drink once a week in the hopes of getting a boost in physical and mental performance. But with a high number of deaths and hospitalizations potentially connected to energy drinks, are they really safe? Continue reading

Recall of Device to Treat Irregular Heartbeats is Worrying Patients Who Have Them in Their Bodies

Defibrillators are medical devices that treat irregular heartbeats and can prevent sudden cardiac arrest. The 79,000 Americans who were implanted with the Riata or Riata ST Silicone implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) leads made by St. Jude Medical are left wondering what to do now that the FDA recalled the device in December 2011. This recall was announced a year after the company stopped their sales of the product. Continue reading

Statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs) and the New Safety Warnings: What It Means for You

The FDA issued new safety warnings for statins in February 2012 about the increased risk for diabetes, memory loss and muscle pain, symptoms that we have been warning patients about for some time. Continue reading