A new report shows rising costs for prescription drugs and emergency room visits.
The side effects are significant, but mostly people feel fine afterwards.
A firm sold 18,000 knee-replacement tools before the government called a halt. The OtisKnee case shows just how easily trust can be violated in the rapidly evolving world of medical devices, a thriving $110 billion-a-year industry.
Surgery is a fundamentally messy and stressful activity. When being a few millimeters off target can be life-changing, a surgeon needs to possess fierce concentration, unrelenting perfectionism, and, above all, staunch self-assurance.
The former head of a prestigious Boston hospital found it unsettling that the surgical staff of an Illinois university medical center endorsed the medical device in an ad in the New York Times magazine. After he started asking questions, the hospital asked that the ad be suspended.