New advice from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) may mean that approximately 56,000 Britons need to undergo a series of medical tests to determine if they are suffering from muscle or bone damage caused by metal toxicity. The health regulatory group has warned that metal-on-metal hip replacement surgery is more dangerous than previously assumed. The advice comes on the heels of growing evidence which concludes that these implants can induce irreversible (and often asymptomatic) conditions. One of the more debilitating illnesses linked to these surgeries is Alzheimer’s disease.

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