East Coast Earthquake Update; Then, Concerns Over Hip Replacements

East Coast Earthquake Update; Then, Concerns Over Hip Replacements

The FDA has received more than 5000 complaints about metal-on-metal hip replacements. How the devices could become one of the nation’s biggest medical implant problems, and what patients need to know.

People from Vermont to South Carolina felt yesterday afternoon’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake. We look briefly at what caused the seismic event … then we turn to the ongoing problems with metal hip replacements. Since January, the Food and Drug Administration has received more than 5000 complaints about failed hips. For some patients, hips have broken down and released tiny metal particles into their bodies. Last year, the FDA recalled one type of metal hip and required manufacturers to study the effects on patients. A look at the growing number of complaints over hip replacements and what patients should know.

Guests

David Applegate

senior science adviser for earthquake and geologic hazards at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Barry Meier

staff reporter for The New York Times and author of "Pain Killer: A 'Wonder' Drug's Trail of Addiction and Death."

Dr. Josh Jacobs

second vice president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; professor and chair of the orthopaedic surgery department at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Dr. Craig Thomas

orthopaedic surgeon at Rankin Orthopaedic and Sport Medicine Center.

Diana Zuckerman

president of the National Research Center for Women and Families.

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