As an independent health-driven nonprofit, MedShadow’s mission is to ensure that all people have information on the risks and benefits of medicines and treatments, so they can make the best health care choices for themselves and their families. Separate from any personal, political or religious beliefs, the ruling from the Supreme Court on June 24, 2022 overturning Roe v. Wade has far-reaching health implications.   MedShadow considers pregnancy and abortion solely from the perspective of health care. Pregnancy is not a benign process. It changes every system in the body from circulatory (the amount of blood in your body increases by…

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Concerns that labeling changes on anesthesia might discourage pregnant women from getting medical procedures are unwarranted. Flash advice from the FDA! Avoid putting your infant under sedation for 3 hours or more. But if medically necessary, go right ahead. Question: Who is going to put a child younger than 3 years old under a lengthy surgical procedure without medical necessity? Answer: Doctors everyone should avoid. The FDA is alerting parents and doctors that more than 3 hours of anesthesia can “cause widespread loss of nerve cells in the developing brain; and studies in young animals suggested these changes resulted in…

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Patients should feel empowered to ask their doctors about choices in their medical care, even if their choice goes against a physician’s opinion. Does your doctor diagnose your preference along with diagnosing your health condition? Patient preference and patient-reported outcomes are hot topics in the medical industry. Four years ago, The King’s Fund, a health care not-for-profit in England, published The Patient’s Preference all about why choice of care matters to patients and how, in many cases, when given choices and questions are answered, the patient will sometimes make health care choices that the doctor didn’t predict. Some insurance companies…

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