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Could COVID-19 Be Stopped by the World’s First Genetic Vaccine?

Joanna Shawn Brigid O'Leary · May 22, 2020

Early results from studies researching a genetic vaccine for COVID-19 show promise, but safety, production and privacy concerns remain.

Research + Findings
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New York State Courts Gradually Reopening

James Parker · May 22, 2020

Courts in New York City starting the next stage of re-opening, allowing for electronic filing of non-essential legal matters using the New York State Electronic Filing System (NYSCEF).

Legal Developments

'Brain on Fire' Brings Attention to Rare, Maddening Mystery Illness

Kimberly Nicoletti · May 22, 2020

A young journalist experiencing unusual symptoms is misdiagnosed with a mental illness in the film adaptation of a true story, which successfully drew attention to an unrecognized autoimmune disease known as anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.

Health Features

Nursing Home Execs May Lose COVID-19 Liability Protections

James Parker · May 21, 2020

Newly introduced legislation could unravel legal protections recently afforded nursing home executives and administrators in New York.

Legal Developments
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Johnson & Johnson Discontinues Talcum Powder in the U.S. & Canada

Carah Wertheimer · May 19, 2020

J&J will withdraw its signature talcum powder from North American markets, insisting the product is safe despite nearly 20,000 lawsuits alleging that asbestos-contaminated powder caused cancer.

News
A photo of a woman smoking and looking out the window, representing a piece on COVID and overdoses.

COVID Isolation Poses Intense Challenges for People With Addictions

S. Nicole Lane · May 19, 2020

Social isolation can contribute to an increased risk for people struggling with current or previous substance use disorders.

Patient Stories
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Johnson & Johnson Faces Elmiron Lawsuit for Allegedly Concealing Adverse Event Data

James Parker · May 18, 2020

A recent legal complaint filed in May by a Nevada woman named Tina Pisco claims Elmiron, a drug for interstitial cystitis, caused her to develop maculopathy — a degenerative disease of the retina that may permanently damage vision.

Legal Developments

‘Swallow’ Is a Haunting Cinematic Portrait on Body and Control

Ashley Lombardo · May 15, 2020

The film follows Hunter, a polished and newly pregnant housewife who craves inedible objects. Her experiences with an eating disorder known as pica explore themes of compulsion, control and the expectations of motherhood and domesticity.

Health Features
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MT Weekly: COVID-19 Testing Accuracy, Organ Failure, Plasma Therapy

MedTruth Editors · May 14, 2020

This week, MedTruth summarizes key info about COVID-19 testing efficacy. Plus, nursing home testing, a large-scale hydroxychloroquine study and a promising new plasma therapy for coronavirus patients.

News
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States Enact Controversial Lawsuit Protections for Nursing Homes

James Parker · May 13, 2020

The nursing home industry has grown increasingly concerned about a potential onslaught of COVID-related lawsuits and has begun pushing for legal protection from what it says are crisis conditions beyond its control.

Laws + Congress
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‘Dark Waters:’ A True Story of Toxic Drinking Water and DuPont's Deception

Tess Francke · May 8, 2020

The corrupt story of water pollution in America unfolds in the 2019 film 'Dark Waters' from the perspective of a Cincinnati attorney played by Mark Ruffalo, who comes to the gut-wrenching realization that mega-corporations dump hazardous waste into water sources.

Health Features
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MT Weekly: New COVID-19 Symptoms, Multi-Million Dollar Mesh Settlement

MedTruth Editors · May 7, 2020

This week, MedTruth relays new COVID-19 symptoms and a quick and cheap diagnostic test in the works. Plus, FDA warnings to companies selling “fraudulent” COVID-19 products and a 3.9 million pelvic mesh lawsuit.

News
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After 9 Months, Daubert Ruling on Talcum Powder-Cancer is Released

James Parker · May 1, 2020

The recent Daubert opinion, written by presiding Judge Wolfson after a nine-month deliberation, is a crucial ruling on the validity of the methods used by the expert scientific witnesses testifying in the talcum powder and ovarian cancer multi-district litigation.

Legal Developments
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MT Weekly: Emergency Approval for COVID Drug, Nursing Homes Request National Protections

MedTruth Editors · May 1, 2020

This week, MedTruth summarizes key info about the emergency COVID-19 drug remdesivir. Plus, nursing home immunity, a breakdown of the Daubert opinion and a clinical trial hoping to deliver a vaccine by the end of the year.

News
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How to Make an Effective DIY Face Mask

S. Nicole Lane · April 28, 2020

The CDC has recommended that all people should be wearing cloth face coverings in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here's how to make your own DIY face mask, plus tips on how to safely wear a mask.

Health Features
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Netflix's 'Pandemic' Eerily Predicted COVID-19

Kimberly Nicoletti · April 24, 2020

The Netflix docuseries "Pandemic," filmed prior to the coronavirus outbreak, follows doctors and researchers in their quests to prepare for a pandemic like the 1918 deadly influenza virus.

Health Features
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MT Weekly: At-Home COVID Test Kits, Anti-Malarial Drug Side Effects

James Parker · April 24, 2020

MedTruth is highlighting this week's coronavirus-related updates. The FDA warns the public not to use anti-malarial drugs outside of hospitals, the agency approved an at-home coronavirus test collection kit, and the CDC predicts a second wave of infections as the nation reopens.

News
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New Opioid Lawsuit Filings May Be on the Horizon

James Parker · April 21, 2020

More than 2,700 multidistrict-litigations are still pending in Ohio federal court, while new opioid lawsuit filings are being bounced back to local and tribal governments.

Legal Developments
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Coronavirus Delays Chemotherapy for Cancer Patients

Benjamin Duong · April 16, 2020

Patients with cancer, already vulnerable with many dependent on regular treatment appointments, are facing delayed chemotherapy, surgeries and even outright cancellations.

News
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MT Weekly: FDA Fast-Tracks Coronavirus Saliva Test, CDC Guidance For Workers’ Return

James Parker · April 16, 2020

MedTruth is highlighting this week's coronavirus-related updates. A COVID saliva test has been fast-tracked, federal guidelines for relaxing social distancing, and how warm weather will — or wont — affect the coronavirus.

News
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CME Pump Recall Initiated For Inaccurate Medication Dispensing

James Parker · April 13, 2020

CME America’s BodyGuard Infusion Pump Systems have been recalled due to potentially fatal defects in medication dispersal.

FDA Regulation
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Amazon Prime Series 'Undone' Creatively Warps Space and Time

Annie Simon · April 10, 2020

Amazon Prime's original show 'Undone' is a visually stunning depiction of trauma and mental illness from the creators of Bojack Horseman.

Health Features
A photo of a man looking out his window during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order.

MT Weekly: COVID-19 Testing Updates, Criminal Charges for Not Isolating

Carah Wertheimer · April 10, 2020

MedTruth is focusing on the coronavirus. Here’s a summary of the most important developments this week.

News
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FDA Pipeline Recall Initiated to Protect Aneurysm Patients

James Parker · April 9, 2020

The FDA has recalled Medtronic's Pipeline Flex Embolization products after the organization discovered that the device could fracture during or after placement.

FDA Regulation
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Bayer Renegs on Roundup Cancer Claim Settlements, Blames Coronavirus

Carah Wertheimer · April 8, 2020

Bayer is backing out of draft settlements with U.S. law firms representing more than 45,000 plaintiffs who allege that their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was caused by exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup.

Legal Developments
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Nursing Home Residents Remain at Risk From Coronavirus Despite Lockdowns

James Parker · April 7, 2020

Nursing homes are closed to all outside visitors and nonessential staff to protect residents from COVID-19, but they are still vulnerable to infection spread by staff members.

News
A photo of a diabetes patient learning about the risks of taking type 2 diabetes medications before surgery.

FDA Warns Patients to Stop Taking SGLT-2 Inhibitors Before Surgery

James Parker · April 3, 2020

The FDA released a warning about continuing the use of sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 inhibitors before surgery, informing patients that the class of diabetes medications could contribute to a higher risk of ketoacidosis.

FDA Regulation
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American Youth at Growing Risk of Suicide and Self-Harm

Kimberly Nicoletti · April 2, 2020

The rate of suicide attempts and self-harming behavior is on the rise in recent years, doubling in children and teens in less than a decade.

Health Features
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MT Weekly: Trump Orders Ventilator Production, Coronavirus May Spread From Talking

MedTruth Editors · April 2, 2020

MedTruth is focusing on the coronavirus. Here’s a summary of the most important public health developments this week.

News
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Zantac and Ranitidine Products Removed from U.S. Market

Ashley Lombardo · April 1, 2020

On April 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requested immediate removal of Zantac products from the U.S. market, including all prescription and over-the-counter medications containing ranitidine.

News
Image of lab technician putting together e-cigarettes, representing the e-cigarette deadline postponement.

E-Cigarette Deadline Postponement Requested Amid COVID-19 Uncertainty

James Parker · April 1, 2020

The FDA filed a request with the courts to postpone the deadline for e-cigarette makers to prepare approval and testing justifications, a decision motivated by complications arising from COVID-19.

News
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J&J COVID-19 Contract Allocates $456 Million For Vaccine Research

James Parker · March 31, 2020

J&J signed a COVID-19 contract with the U.S. government for vaccine research, becoming the largest monetary amount spent on a vaccine project in history, despite not yet having a product in production.

News
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Johnson & Johnson Talc Appeal Unhindered by COVID-19 Shutdown

James Parker · March 30, 2020

A Missouri appellate court set an April 24 date for Johnson & Johnson’s $4.69 billion talc appeal, despite the Missouri Supreme Court’s cancellation of all April arguments to reduce COVID-19 exposure.

Legal Developments
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Patient Stories: Taking Immunosuppressants During the Coronavirus Pandemic

S. Nicole Lane · March 30, 2020

The public, by now, knows that the elderly and those with serious health issues such as cancer, diabetes, lung disease and heart disease are high risk, but people taking immunosuppressant drugs fall into the high-risk category as well. 

Patient Stories
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What We Can Learn From 'Osmosis Jones' During a Global Pandemic

Tess Francke · March 27, 2020

'Osmosis Jones,' a 2001 movie, provides insight into how the human body fights pathogens, plus tips on how to stay healthy and other fundamental topics that can help us better navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

Health Features
A mother holding her child's hand, representing delays to Zofran bellweather.

Zofran Bellwether Delay Halts Litigatory Momentum

James Parker · March 27, 2020

The first bellwether trial in the multidistrict litigation involving Zofran, an anti-nausea medication that may cause birth defects, has been indefinitely postponed.

Legal Developments
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NY Coronavirus Restrictions Permit "Essential" Legal Work

James Parker · March 27, 2020

With the recent order to increase social distancing protocols in New York, law firms are not considered an "essential business." However, specific types of legal work are deemed essential, such as emergency family hearings and criminal cases.

News
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MT Weekly: Major COVID-19 Developments

MedTruth Editors · March 26, 2020

This week, MedTruth is focusing on the coronavirus. Here’s a summary of key developments from regulatory agencies and justice department officials regarding COVID-19.

News
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Medical Device Removal Surgeries Delayed by Coronavirus Pandemic

Nicole Knight · March 26, 2020

Patients who have been implanted with medical devices face uncertainty over when they can have an unwanted device removed or receive treatment for device-related complications.

News
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FDA Finds Asbestos in Cosmetics, Consumer Protection Bill Introduced

James Parker · March 25, 2020

The FDA's year-long probe into potential asbestos contamination in talc-containing cosmetic products and baby powder is over, and the results are in: contamination was found in 9 out of 52 samples.

FDA Regulation
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Does Advil Worsen Coronavirus Symptoms?

Tess Francke · March 23, 2020

Though there’s no research specifically on ibuprofen and COVID-19, according to French Health Minister Olivier Véran, drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin prolong coronavirus symptoms, and he recommended acetaminophen (Tylenol) instead.

Research + Findings
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4 Entertaining Health Films to Watch During Coronavirus Crisis

MedTruth Editors · March 20, 2020

As COVID-19 progresses and states begin to shelter-in-place, people are searching for movies to watch. From 'Thank You For Smoking' to 'Five Feet Apart,' here are a few Hollywood films depicting interesting, relevant public health concepts to keep you thinking and entertained.

Health Features
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Meet the Local Organizations Providing Free Narcan in Los Angeles

Ashley Lombardo · March 19, 2020

Local organizations Community Meeting, End Overdose and LA Department of Public Health come together to fight the opioid crisis in different ways. Educating people on how to get and use Narcan in Los Angeles is one significant effort.

Health Features
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Research Suggests Elmiron May Cause Complications With Vision

James Parker · March 19, 2020

Studies have shown an association between Elmiron complications and retinal abnormalities, which may cause difficulty in reading and adapting to changes in light.

Research + Findings
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1-in-5 Prescriptions Are Off-Label: What You Don't Know Could Hurt You

Carah Wertheimer · March 17, 2020

One-in-five U.S. prescriptions are written “off-label,” meaning in a manner that has not been approved by the FDA, including antidepressants, antipsychotics and seizure medicine.

Health Features
Illustration of a crowd of people wearing face masks during the coronavirus pandemic.

How the Coronavirus Affects the Medical Supply Chain

Benjamin Duong · March 16, 2020

The U.S. faces a shortage of coronavirus testing kits, revealing flaws within the medical supply chain.

Health Features
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Hundreds of Cases Against Zofran Manufacturer Still Pending

Nicole Knight · March 13, 2020

More than 500 cases are pending against GlaxoSmithKline, claiming the drugmaker aggressively marketed Zofran to pregnant women without informing them of the potential risk of birth defects.

Legal Developments
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Netflix’s Docuseries 'The Pharmacist' Depicts One Man’s Fight Against Opioid Corruption

Kimberly Nicoletti · March 13, 2020

'The Pharmacist' tells the story of Daniel Schneider’s heart-wrenching search for his son’s killer and ultimately shows the opioid crisis through his eyes — a Louisiana-based pharmacist.

Health Features
A photo of a young hand holding a JUUL e-cigarette.

More States Sue JUUL As FDA's Regulatory Deadline Approaches

Kimberly Nicoletti · March 11, 2020

As more states file suit against Juul, the vaping manufacturer prepares to submit an application to the FDA to prove that e-cigarettes benefit smokers more than they harm teenagers.

Legal Developments
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Understanding the Coronavirus: Myths & Prevention

James Parker · March 10, 2020

An overview of coronavirus symptoms, prevention measures, resources and myths debunked.

News
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6 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Microplastics

Tess Francke · March 9, 2020

Invisible pieces of plastic hide in everyday household dust, shampoo, toys, soup can linings, electronics, cosmetics and numerous other products.

Health Features
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Insulin Price-Capping Extends to Illinois

Kimberly Nicoletti · March 6, 2020

In January, Illinois became the second state to enact legislation capping insulin at $100 per month.

News
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Hundreds of Thousands of Medtronic Insulin Pumps Recalled

Kimberly Nicoletti · March 6, 2020

Medtronic has recalled about 322,000 defective insulin pumps used by type 1 diabetics. The pumps from the MiniMed 600 series can deliver too much or too little insulin due to missing or broken retainer rings.

FDA Regulation
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FDA Bans Electrical Stimulation Devices After Identifying Substantial Risk

James Parker · March 5, 2020

The FDA has banned electrical stimulation devices, used for self-injurious or aggressive behavior, due to significant psychological and physical risks.

FDA Regulation
Man holding white pills representing Zantac multidistrict litigation.

Corporations Accused of Allowing Excess NDMA in Zantac MDL

James Parker · March 4, 2020

A Zantac multidistrict litigation hearing was held to decide how to proceed with over 100 lawsuits filed alleging that the makers of Zantac and its counterparts concealed fatal defects in the drug’s ingredients.

Legal Developments
Photo of a woman holding her dyed hair, representing the cancer risk linked to hair dyes and straighteners.

Chemical Hair Dyes and Straighteners May Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Benjamin Duong · March 2, 2020

Use of hair dyes and chemical hair straighteners may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, with black women being at an increased risk compared to white women.

Research + Findings
A photo of a woman holding generic drugs in her hands, scrutinizing the beige pills after hearing the Bottle of Lies podcast.

'Anamnesis' Podcast Delves Into Manufacturing Issues With Generic Drugs

Kimberly Nicoletti · February 28, 2020

In a recent episode of the “Anamnesis” podcast, investigative journalist Katherine Eban discusses the substandard conditions for manufacturing generic drugs.

Health Features
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Can Chronic Pain Be Relieved by Releasing Difficult Emotions?

S. Nicole Lane · February 27, 2020

Nicole Sachs believes chronic illness can be born inside of the body from unresolved trauma. Here are two stories sharing experiences with Sachs' approach to healing chronic pain.

Patient Stories
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38 States Unite to Investigate JUUL Labs

James Parker · February 27, 2020

State attorneys general are leading a probe into whether Juul had illicitly marketed its e-cigarettes as smoking cessation aids despite not being approved by federal regulators for that purpose.

Laws + Congress
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Black History Month 2020: Honoring Leaders in Health and Medicine

MedTruth Editors · February 25, 2020

In honor of Black History Month 2020, MedTruth is highlighting the contributions of five Black Americans in the healthcare field.

Health Features
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MT Weekly: J&J Asbestos Settlement, EPA to Regulate PFAS

Carah Wertheimer · February 25, 2020

This week, MedTruth provides updates on the latest baby powder settlement, the EPA's new regulations on PFAS, plus a study on the impacts of chemical exposure during pregnancy.

News
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Weight Loss Drug Belviq Withdrawn Over Cancer Concerns

S. Nicole Lane · February 24, 2020

The FDA requested a manufacturer recall of the weight-loss drug Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride) after studies showed an increased risk of cancer.

FDA Regulation
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Friday Film: Netflix's 'Broken' Mini-Series Exposes Product Dangers and Deceit

S. Nicole Lane · February 21, 2020

The Netflix mini-docuseries “Broken” details the harmful and fraudulent ways in which manufacturers create cheap products at the public’s expense, including counterfeit makeup and low-quality furniture.

Health Features
Girl applying cosmetics that may damage DNA in breast cells.

Are Breast Cells Damaged By Sunscreen, Cosmetic and Personal Care Chemicals?

Carah Wertheimer · February 19, 2020

Chemicals in common personal care products may damage DNA in breast cells at acute exposures, according to a study.

Research + Findings
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FDA's New Policy Loosens Medical Device Approval Process

Nicole Knight · February 18, 2020

The FDA has exempted more than 200 types of medical devices and testing products from safety and effectiveness reviews after a new policy went into effect Dec. 30.

FDA Regulation
A photo of a woman of color on a laptop representing MT Weekly's coverage of the coronavirus, FDA halting illegal medical device shipments from India, the U.S. Department of Justice investigation into generic drug price-fixing.

MT Weekly: How Poor Sleep Affects Diet, Guilty Execs in Generic Price-Fixing

Carah Wertheimer · February 18, 2020

This week, MedTruth provides updates on the U.S. Department of Justice investigation into generic drug price-fixing, an FDA action to halt illegal medical device shipments from India, plus a women's health study on how poor sleep affects diet.

News
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What the New E-Cig Ban Got Wrong on Youth Vaping

Nicole Knight · February 13, 2020

New federal limits prohibit the sale of mint, fruit and candy-like flavors in refillable e-cigarettes, but loopholes leave wiggle room for marketing targeted at a younger demographic.

Laws + Congress
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MT Weekly: Coronavirus Updates, Risks of Diabetes Drug Avandia

Carah Wertheimer · February 12, 2020

This week, MedTruth provides updates on the coronavirus, risks of diabetes drug Avandia and concerns about general anesthesia during C-section.

News
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Canada Faces a Zantac Alternatives Shortage

Benjamin Duong · February 11, 2020

Canada is facing shortages of heartburn medications after a Zantac recall led to an increase in demand for alternatives.

News
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Early Puberty in Girls Linked to Personal Care Products

Carah Wertheimer · February 11, 2020

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals commonly found in personal care products have been linked to early puberty in girls in a recent study.

Research + Findings
Woman applying sunscreen containing potentially harmful chemicals.

6 Chemicals in Sunscreen Absorbed by Your Body

S. Nicole Lane · February 10, 2020

Sunscreen is an essential protectant against skin cancer, but it may contain harmful chemicals that do not meet safety regulations.

Research + Findings
A photo of a morning table with a newspaper, coffee, cell phone and more, representing MT Weekly's coverage of the coronavirus, an HIV clinical trial and J&J developments.

MT Weekly: Trump's Medicaid Proposal, Judges Rule in J&J Cases

Carah Wertheimer · February 6, 2020

This week, MedTruth provides updates on the coronavirus, a discontinued clinical trial for HIV vaccines, Trump's Medicaid block grant proposal and recent J&J rulings.

News

National Trial Lawyers Summit Hosts First-Ever Women's Leadership Forum

Andrea Sarcos · February 6, 2020

Nearly 50 trial lawyers gathered at the Women’s Leadership Forum, a dedicated development session in support of women in the profession, at the National Trial Lawyers Summit in Miami, Florida.

Legal Developments
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J&J Fined More Than $180 Million for Asbestos Contamination

James Parker · February 6, 2020

A New Jersey jury imposed a now-reduced verdict of three-quarters of a million dollars in punitive fines to Johnson & Johnson.

Legal Developments
Doctor part of a PPI intervention program discussing PPI prescription to patient.

Do Intervention Programs Reduce Unnecessary PPI Use?

Benjamin Duong · February 3, 2020

A December 2019 study looked at an intervention program meant to decrease the inappropriate use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in Harris County, Texas.

Research + Findings
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What’s in Your Supplements? Dangerous Ingredients to Look Out For

S. Nicole Lane · January 31, 2020

Dietary supplements may contain harmful hidden pharmaceutical ingredients. Watch out for these 15 toxic ingredients that can cause organ damage, cancer, cardiac arrest and various other ailments.

Health Features
Photo from chronic illness documentary Trust Me, I'm Sick showing Ezra Wheeler, an Ehlers-Danlos syndrome patient, reading a book in bed

'Trust Me, I'm Sick,' A Female-Led Documentary Series on Chronic Illness

Annie Simon · January 31, 2020

'Trust Me, I'm Sick,' a short documentary series following the everyday lives of five individuals, works to create an accurate portrayal of people living with chronic illness.

Health Features
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California Ethicon Mesh Judgement Results in $344 Million Fine for J&J

James Parker · January 30, 2020

Johnson & Johnson's subsidiary is set to pay $344 million for failing to inform consumers about the risks of transvaginal mesh.

Legal Developments
A photo of a young boy drinking a water bottle, which may expose him to BPA.

Study Finds Much Higher BPA Exposures, FDA Dismisses Safety Concerns

Carah Wertheimer · January 29, 2020

A study published in December 2019 raises serious questions about the accuracy of the FDA’s methods for testing BPA levels in humans.

Research + Findings
Man with brain fog covering face with hands, experiencing fatigue and inflammation.

Does Chronic Inflammation Cause Mental Fatigue?

Tess Francke · January 29, 2020

A study on inflammation and fatigue reveals that a specific brain network is affected by inflammation, which could lead to brain fog, a symptom experienced by many autoimmune disease patients.

Research + Findings
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FDA Updates Recognized Consensus Standards for Medical Devices

Benjamin Duong · January 28, 2020

The FDA published more than 80 additions, withdrawals or modifications to its list of recognized consensus standards for medical devices in the U.S. market, impacting devices such as cardiovascular stents and nails used to secure implants to bones.

FDA Regulation
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro at the People's Rally in Washington D.C.

5 Powerful Quotes About Patient Safety by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Carah Wertheimer · January 28, 2020

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has fought for equal pay for women, the creation of middle-class jobs, and wellbeing for veterans, along with public health and patient safety issues.

Health Features
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MT Weekly: Deadly Coronavirus Enters U.S., FDA Endorses Cosmetic Asbestos Testing

Carah Wertheimer · January 27, 2020

This week, MedTruth summarizes international efforts to contain the deadly Wuhan Coronavirus, an FDA panel recommendation for asbestos detection in cosmetics, and the sentencing of corrupt executives involved in prescription opioid crimes.

News
Doctor using a recalled Ethicon surgical stapler.

Ethicon Stapler Recall Removes Over 90,000 Units From Circulation

James Parker · January 27, 2020

The FDA is enforcing an Ethicon stapler recall after units were ejecting malformed staples.

FDA Regulation
A photo of a young man vaping, unaware that e-cigarettes can cause asthma, bronchitis and other chronic lung issues.

Study Links E-Cigs to Multiple Chronic Lung Diseases

Benjamin Duong · January 23, 2020

A study published in Dec. 2019 found that the use of e-cigarettes increased risk for chronic lung diseases including asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Research + Findings
Woman using skin cream that causes a mysterious allergic reaction.

Breakthrough Discovery Sheds Light on Longstanding Skin Rash Mystery

Carah Wertheimer · January 22, 2020

Why do cosmetics, shampoos and skincare products cause skin rashes in some people? A Science Immunology study answers: specific ingredients in personal care products trigger an immune response.

Research + Findings
Photo of a young woman pressing fingers to forehead to alleviate pain caused by early cataracts and LASIK

Early Cataracts and LASIK: Seeing the Link

S. Nicole Lane · January 22, 2020

Recent reports from young people who underwent LASIK and suffered cataracts in the years that followed have incited medical curiosity surrounding the link between the sight-improving surgery and the life-altering medical condition.

Patient Stories
A black and white photo of the tools in the OncoGenesis cervical cancer screening test which can be taken at home due to improving technology

iPap: The Emerging Future of Cervical Cancer Screening Technology

Tess Francke · January 21, 2020

A new, at-home cervical cancer screening test may just revolutionize early detection, especially in international markets that lack the infrastructure to provide easy access to doctors and regular pap smear tests.

Women's Health
Photo of doctor's hands on laptop keyboard submitting electronic approval of medial device after mandated by the FDA

FDA Final Rule Requires Medical Device Submissions in Electronic Format

Nicole Knight · January 21, 2020

As of Jan. 15, 2020, the FDA requires electronic submission of medical device premarket applications in efforts to increase approval transparency and cut down on paperwork.

FDA Regulation
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MT Weekly: Talc-Cancer Link Challenged, Supreme Court To Address Contraception

Carah Wertheimer · January 21, 2020

Last week's recap of medical includes the latest update on the Supreme Court's plans to address religious and moral exemptions to the Affordable Care Act, a recent study denying the link between talc and ovarian cancer, U.S. binge drinking figures and preventative measures taken by the CDC to protect the nation from disease that broke out in China.

News
A photo of a doctor using a stethoscope to listen to the breathing of an elderly man who developed respiratory complications from gabapentin.

FDA Gabapentinoid Warning Focuses on Respiratory Complications

James Parker · January 21, 2020

The FDA issued a warning about respiratory depression and serious breathing difficulties in patients using gabapentin. Certain factors, including pre-existing respiratory complications and opioid use, may increase the risk.

FDA Regulation