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Court Panel Affirms Decision That Roundup Causes Cancer, but Slashes Record Jury Verdict

T.J. La · August 7, 2020

A jury verdict that found that Monsanto’s Roundup caused a groundskeeper’s cancer still stands under a California appellate decision issued last month, but the panel slashed the award.

Legal Developments
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What Does Aquatic Accessibility Look Like?

S. Nicole Lane · August 6, 2020

Since 2010, the Americans with Disabilities Act has required all public pools, wading pools and spas to become accessible to all people, no matter their ability.

Health Features
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Is It Time to Recognize Breast Implant Illness as a Medical Condition?

Lauren Styx · August 6, 2020

A petition sponsored by the Breast Implant Safety Alliance is calling for the CDC and FDA to develop a medical code for breast implant illness.

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Illustration of a woman with hair loss, hair damage and scalp sores from DevCurl and Monat products.

Curly Hair ‘Holy Grail’ DevaCurl and MLM Brand Monat Under Fire for Alleged Hair and Scalp Damage

Emily Rose Thorne · August 4, 2020

Users of hair product brands DevaCurl and Monat are speaking out about potential scalp sores, hair loss and hair damage.

Health Features
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Study Finds Link Between Certain ‘Forever Chemicals’ and Early Menopause

Lauren Styx · July 29, 2020

A new study from the University of Michigan suggests exposure to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances might contribute to women reaching menopause two years earlier than average.

Research + Findings
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Expanding FDA List of Potentially Toxic Hand Sanitizers Hits 77

MedTruth Editors · July 24, 2020

The list of hand sanitizers potentially contaminated with toxic methanol has continued to grow since the FDA first raised concerns in June.

FDA Regulation
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5 Top Podcast Recommendations for Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Krystal Kavita Jagoo · July 24, 2020

We recognize July as National Minority Mental Health Month and the importance of prioritizing mental well-being for communities of color. These five podcasts provide diverse perspectives on mental health, race, identity and more.

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Democratic Attorneys General Fight Trump Admin Trans Healthcare Rollbacks

Emily Rose Thorne · July 23, 2020

Democratic attorneys general sued the Trump administration over the Department of Health and Human Services’ final rule allegedly stripping transgender, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming patients of their rights to nondiscrimination in the medical field.

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Three-Digit Number for the U.S. Suicide Prevention Hotline Coming in 2022

Emily Rose Thorne · July 23, 2020

The Federal Communications Commission authorized the three-digit phone number for reaching the United States National Suicide Prevention Hotline in a unanimous vote at an open meeting July 16. 

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Federal Judge Sends 11 J&J Talc Cases Back to Missouri State Court

Lynne Higby · July 21, 2020

Eleven cases in Johnson & Johnson’s ongoing talcum powder litigation have been bumped back to Missouri state court.

Legal Developments
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First Drug to Slow Alzheimer's Submitted for FDA Review

Carah Wertheimer · July 21, 2020

If approved, aducanumab would be the world’s first treatment to slow the clinical progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

News

What to Know About Telemedicine Before You Try It

Sarah DiGiulio · July 16, 2020

Telemedicine refers to the remote delivery of clinical health care services. It’s a type of “telehealth,” which also includes things like public health efforts and health education that include technology.

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Additional Metformin Lots Voluntarily Recalled Due to Contamination Concerns

James Parker · July 16, 2020

The FDA issued a pair of new recall alerts for select extended-release batches of metformin, a popular drug used to control type 2 diabetes.

FDA Regulation
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Do Heavy Metals Contribute to Breast Implant Illness?

Lauren Styx · July 16, 2020

Heavy metal toxicity within the body can disrupt metabolic function and damage the kidneys, brain, liver and central nervous system. Both saline and silicone FDA-approved breast implants contain heavy metals as either ingredients or part of the manufacturing process. 

Women's Health
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Judge Rebuffs Bayer’s Settlement Bid Over Proposed Scheme to Sidestep Jury

Lynne Higby · July 15, 2020

The case’s presiding judge questioned the lawfulness of a provision in the proposed $10 billion settlement, causing attorneys representing Roundup plaintiffs to back away from the proposed deal.

Legal Developments
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'Long Haulers' Seek COVID-19 Answers and Support in Online Communities

Emily Rose Thorne · July 13, 2020

Long-haulers, those whose COVID-19 symptoms just won’t seem to go away, are turning to communities like Reddit for answers.

Patient Stories
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“STINK!” Exposes the Odious Chemical Practices of Corporations in America

James Parker · July 10, 2020

The documentary STINK! follows the personal story of how Jon J Whelan became involved in activism against toxic chemicals.

Health Features
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Civil Rights, A Global Pandemic and Justice: Practicing Law in the Era of COVID-19

Emily Rose Thorne · July 10, 2020

Amid a push to transform the criminal justice system and mandates to work from home to avoid worsening a public health crisis, how have America’s lawyers adapted their practice?

Legal Developments

Masks: Physical and Mental Health Implications

Risa Kerslake · July 9, 2020

With so many unknowns about COVID-19, information on mask use is ever-evolving. Mask use may have mental and emotional effects on some – here's how to cope while staying safe.

Patient Stories
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Mexico Bans Shipments and Use of Pesticide Glyphosate

Emily Shiffer · July 8, 2020

Mexico will ban all future imports of the pesticide glyphosate, citing scientific evidence that it is potentially toxic to human health and the environment.

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Supreme Court Decision Protecting LGBTQIA+ Employees Could Challenge Healthcare Rollbacks

Emily Rose Thorne · July 7, 2020

The Supreme Court has ruled on Bostock v. Clayton County—a landmark decision protecting LGBTQIA+ patients from workplace discrimination. The decision came the same week that HHS released a final rule rolling back nondiscrimination protections for transgender and nonbinary patients seeking healthcare.

Laws + Congress
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Highlighting Race and Chronic Illness As Key COVID-19 Disparities

Akilah Wise · July 6, 2020

COVID-19 deaths are 12 times higher among people with chronic underlying conditions. Though most U.S. adults have a chronic illness, Black, Latino, Native American, low-income and uninsured people are disproportionately affected.

Patient Stories
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PPI and Dementia Potentially Linked In New Study

James Parker · July 6, 2020

A recent study published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia, the journal of the Alzheimer’s Association,  investigated the methods by which proton pump inhibitors and dementia are connected.

Research + Findings
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GBCA Chemical Toxicity Suit Weathers Dismissal Claims

James Parker · July 2, 2020

The plaintiff claims that the GBCAs used in her MRIs in 2015 caused a condition known as gadolinium deposition disease (GDD) and a host of debilitating side effects.

Legal Developments
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Gilead Announces Price of First COVID-19 Treatment Remdesivir

Lauren Styx · July 2, 2020

Despite the letter’s pricing strategy breakdown, it’s still unclear how much of the price will be covered by insurers, or how much the treatment will cost for uninsured patients.

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Zofran Bellwether Delay Pushes Proceedings to 2021

James Parker · June 29, 2020

The multidistrict Zofran litigation has been further delayed to 2021 due to coronavirus concerns.

Legal Developments
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J&J to Pay $2.1 Billion in Talc Damage

Lynne Higby · June 26, 2020

A Missouri court of appeals affirmed a jury verdict finding that Johnson and Johnson had actual knowledge of asbestos contained in its popular talcum-based baby powder.

Legal Developments
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Study Finds Early COVID-19 Treatment Trials ‘Yield Only Preliminary Evidence’

Lauren Styx · June 26, 2020

An analysis of COVID-19 clinical trials demonstrates the importance of design when interpreting results.

Research + Findings
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7 Films to Celebrate Pride 2020

MedTruth Editors · June 26, 2020

In the mood for a queer documentary, comedy or romance? Look no further. We've selected a handful of the best gay, lesbian and trans films to watch during Pride 2020 and all year long.

Health Features
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EPA Defends Continued Use of Dicamba Despite Court Order

Lynne Higby · June 25, 2020

The EPA is permitting farmers to use dicamba the rest of the growing season despite a federal appeals court banning the popular weedkiller.

Laws + Congress
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Film & Guide: How to Report Adverse Events to the FDA

MedTruth Editors · June 24, 2020

Adverse event reporting is essential to patient safety. Watch our short film and download the MedTruth Guide to Adverse Event Reporting to help you prepare to share your side effects with the FDA.

Health Features
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Adverse Event Reporting Resumes After COVID Hiatus

James Parker · June 24, 2020

The slowdown in adverse event reporting can be attributed to an official regulatory pause for a period of two months. 

FDA Regulation
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COVID-19 and Vitamin D: What Does the Research Say?

S. Nicole Lane · June 23, 2020

Recent research found that vitamin D deficiency may be linked to an increased number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Health Features
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Debate Over Fluoridation Continues as Experts Testify

Emily Rose Thorne · June 23, 2020

Scientists are testifying for groups seeking to ban fluoride from public water supplies, though the data has some limitations.

Research + Findings
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Herogard Donates Thousands of Masks to Food Banks As NYC Reopens

S. Nicole Lane · June 22, 2020

Herogard, an FDA-approved face mask company, donates three face masks to essential food workers in marginalized communities to support a safe re-opening and combat food system insecurity.

Health Features
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43 Homeopathic Drugs Included in Recent FDA Warning Letters

Lauren Styx · June 17, 2020

The FDA has issued warning letters to four manufacturers for selling unapproved homeopathic drug products. The warning letters target homeopathic products such as Arnica.

FDA Regulation
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FDA Names More Companies Recalling Metformin for NDMA Contamination

Emily Rose Thorne · June 15, 2020

Since the FDA found NDMA above the acceptable intake limit in certain lots of metformin, five pharmaceutical companies have announced a voluntary recall of extended-release (ER) metformin, a popular medication used to control type 2 diabetes.

FDA Regulation

Ava DuVernay’s '13th' Traces the Public Health Crisis of Mass Incarceration

Emily Rose Thorne · June 13, 2020

The Netflix documentary “13th,” directed by Ava DuVernay, traces the history of mass incarceration and explains how the remnants of American slavery intertwine with crime, punishment and Blackness.

Health Features
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California Attorneys Seek to Consolidate Zantac Lawsuits

James Parker · June 12, 2020

Attorneys representing 40 plaintiffs in California have recently filed a petition to consolidate product liability cases against the manufacturers of the heartburn medication Zantac, which may cause cancer.

Legal Developments

Tobacco Companies Challenge LA County Vape Ban in California Federal Court

James Parker · June 10, 2020

A group of tobacco companies is pushing to legally overturn the Los Angeles County ban on flavored vape fluid, alleging the action is unconstitutional and unenforceable. 

Legal Developments

FDA Singulair Warning Cautions Patients of Psychiatric Risks

James Parker · June 9, 2020

The FDA Singulair warning addressed a troubling connection between the medication and an increased risk of neuropsychiatric events, including agitation and depression. 

FDA Regulation
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FDA Issues Warning Letters to Hold Breast Implant Manufacturers Accountable

Lauren Styx · June 4, 2020

As part of its ongoing efforts to protect patients, the FDA issued warning letters to two breast implant manufacturers citing violations of quality system and medical device reporting regulations.

FDA Regulation
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State Courts Tolling Statutes of Limitation During COVID-19

Joanna Shawn Brigid O'Leary · June 4, 2020

Federal and state courts are struggling to process lawsuits and fulfill civil procedural protocols as the coronavirus outbreak continues, causing the need to "toll" or suspend statutes of limitations.

Legal Developments
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Allergan Launches Campaign to Reach Patients with Recalled Breast Implants

Lauren Styx · June 4, 2020

Breast implant manufacturer Allergan announced the launch of a digital campaign to reach patients currently or formerly implanted with recalled Biocell breast implants.

News
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Remdesivir Study Muddies Waters For Medical Authorities

James Parker · June 3, 2020

COVID-19 patients administered the investigational antiviral drug remdesivir were 65% more likely to exhibit clinical improvement according to preliminary research findings announced Monday by Gilead Sciences, a California-based biopharmaceutical company.

Research + Findings
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Clinical Trial Reveals Hydroxychloroquine Side Effects

Joanna Shawn Brigid O'Leary · June 1, 2020

After the release of a massive study, which found that hydroxychloroquine was ineffective at treating COVID-19 and could be deadly to its recipients, scientists from all over the world penned an open letter expressing concern about the study’s design and the interpretation of its results.

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5 Films to Watch During Mental Health Awareness Month

Lauren Styx · May 29, 2020

MedTruth shares our top five films that provide a window into the many different kinds of mental health journeys, in honor of May's Mental Health Awareness Month.

Health Features
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Canadian Drug Co. Apotex Recalls Metformin Due to NDMA Contamination

Carah Wertheimer · May 29, 2020

Metformin was voluntarily recalled after N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) was discovered in a single lot of Apotex’s product.

FDA Regulation
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Pepcid Shows Promise Against COVID-19

Joanna Shawn Brigid O'Leary · May 28, 2020

The active ingredient in Pepcid heartburn medication, famotidine, may be an effective treatment for the coronavirus.

Research + Findings
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How to Navigate Statutes of Limitation in Talc-Cancer Claims

Lynne Higby · May 27, 2020

Questions about the statute of limitations for ovarian cancer wrongful death claims have been raised by the families of women who used Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products.

Legal Developments
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Baby Carriers: How to Prevent Hip Dysplasia in Infants

Kimberly Nicoletti · May 26, 2020

Carrying your baby incorrectly could lead to hip dysplasia, which is described as a “silent condition” because babies aren’t in pain and can usually still learn to walk.

Health Features
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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
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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
A stock photo of a lab conducting COVID testing accuracy and most recent studies.

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.

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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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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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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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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
A photo of the Stature of Liberty, representing controversial U.S. re-opening plan.

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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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
Bald woman looks in the mirror, worried that her cancer chemotherapy treatment will be delayed because of the coronavirus.

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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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.

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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
A photo of a man wearing a mask to protect against COVID-19.

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.

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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.

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A photo of a pharmacy, representing Zantac products no longer existing on pharmacy shelves.

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.

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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.

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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
A photo of an empty courtroom due to the  COVID-19 shutdown of courts.

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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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.

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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
Simulation of a COVID-19 virus representing how ibuprofen/Advil interact with the coronavirus.

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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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