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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
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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
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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
Girl using personal care products linked to early puberty.

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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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'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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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
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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
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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
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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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
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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
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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
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
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
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
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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
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
A photo of a woman with a bone fracture, potentially caused by warfarin bone loss.

Warfarin Linked to Higher Risk of Bone Fractures, Study Shows

Benjamin Duong · January 20, 2020

A recent study from researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that warfarin had a modestly higher risk of bone fractures compared to other kinds of blood thinners.

Research + Findings
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How Florida's Baker Act Impacts Suicide

S. Nicole Lane · January 16, 2020

The Baker Act allows for certain at-risk patients to be held involuntarily for up to 72 hours in a mental health facility. Though this law is meant to protect patients, many say resources provided to patients were inadequate upon leaving the facility.

Laws + Congress
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Boynton Beach Zantac Lawsuit Filed by Local Woman

James Parker · January 15, 2020

A Florida woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that Zantac manufacturers deliberately allowed an unsafe product to remain on the market.

Legal Developments
A photo of a truck storing Zantac in the sun, as exposure to heat during storage and transportation causes the heartburn medication to become contaminated with NDMA.

Exposure to Heat During Storage Causes Zantac Contamination

Benjamin Duong · January 14, 2020

Heat is the culprit causing carcinogenic NDMA contamination in Zantac, according to recent testing by Emery Pharma. A citizen petition requesting a total suspension of ranitidine products has been submitted to the FDA.

News
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MT Weekly: End of Essure, Virus Outbreak, Allergan's Alleged Anti-Litigation Clause

Carah Wertheimer · January 14, 2020

The end of Essure, a mysterious virus, a drop in U.S. cancer death rate and more news to begin 2020.

News
Mother holding child whose hand is under tap water contaminated with PFAS.

Is Your Drinking Water Contaminated With Toxic PFAS?

Tess Francke · January 14, 2020

PFAS, a group of synthetic chemicals, have reached toxic levels of contamination in drinking water sources in the U.S. Consumer products such as pans and rugs may contain PFAS as well.

Research + Findings
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Study Exploring Talc-Cancer Link Underrepresents Populations of Color

Benjamin Duong · January 13, 2020

A recent baby powder study found an insignificant link between the substance and ovarian cancer, but the study has limitations, including underrepresenting populations of color.

Research + Findings
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Patients Poisoned by Copper Toxicity Describe Neurological Impacts of IUD

S. Nicole Lane · January 13, 2020

Patients who suffered copper toxicity from IUD contraceptives recount the adverse mental health impacts they experienced, raising concern surrounding the safety of such devices.

Patient Stories
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Patients Poisoned by Copper Toxicity Describe Neurological Impacts of IUD

S. Nicole Lane · January 13, 2020

Patients who suffered copper toxicity from IUD contraceptives recount the adverse mental health impacts they experienced, raising concern surrounding the safety of such devices.

Patient Stories
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FDA Schedules Public Meeting to Assess Testing for Asbestos in Talc

James Parker · January 13, 2020

The public meeting may be crucial to qualifying expert witnesses for thousands of plaintiffs involved in national talcum powder cases.

FDA Regulation
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More Companies Pull Heartburn Meds to Participate in FDA Ranitidine Recall

James Parker · January 13, 2020

Appco Pharma and Denton Pharma have voluntarily recalled generic versions of Zantac (ranitidine) to align with the FDA's efforts to remove drugs from circulation that may contain more than 96 nanograms of NDMA per million nanograms of ranitidine.

FDA Regulation
Diabetic testing glucose levels for generic insulin use.

Pre-Qualification Program for Generic Insulin

Benjamin Duong · January 9, 2020

Insulin in the U.S. is costly, with a lack of generic insulin leaving diabetics with few options. The WHO is launching a pilot program to prequalify generic insulin products in hopes of increasing access to this vital drug.

News
A photo of a man touching his through as he experiences viral gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu, linked to PPI use.

Overuse of Everyday Heartburn Medications Increase Risk for Stomach Flu

Benjamin Duong · January 9, 2020

Studies have linked the off-label use of PPIs, a common class of heartburn medications, to an increased risk of viral gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu.

Research + Findings
A photo of three teenagers hanging out near a school fence, reading about the PREVENT act to end vaping among teens on their cellphones.

PREVENT Vaping Act Seeks to Educate Teens About E-Cigarettes

James Parker · January 8, 2020

PREVENT, a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, intends to end the vaping epidemic among teens by supporting CDC efforts to educate youth about associated risks.

Laws + Congress
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FDA Metformin Probe Investigates Potential NDMA Hazard

James Parker · January 8, 2020

An investigation will determine whether the diabetes drug metformin contains dangerously elevated levels of the carcinogen NDMA, as part of a larger movement to examine a wide spectrum of medications for unsafe levels of contamination.

FDA Regulation
Photo of grieving woman who lays in a field with the weight of loss on piece covering stories of miscarriage.

Stories of Miscarriage: The Untold Truth

S. Nicole Lane · January 8, 2020

More than half of people believe that miscarriage is uncommon. This is a misconception, as 10-20% of all pregnancies end in loss. Read the stories of people who lived it.

Health Features
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6 Books and Films for Navigating Life with Chronic Illness 

Tess Francke · January 8, 2020

In addition to a network of support, books and films can help those suffering from a condition cope. These resources are tailored to chronic illness sufferers, as they all highlight particular chronic conditions.

Health Features
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Hysterectomy May Cause Adverse Mental Health Conditions, Study Says

Carah Wertheimer · January 8, 2020

A study conducted by the Mayo Clinic on post-hysterectomy patients indicates that removing a women’s uterus may have more impact on her mental and physical health than previously thought.

Research + Findings
A photo of a woman's hand as she hovers over a pill container thinking about which alternative to Zantac she should select.

5 Alternatives to Zantac

Benjamin Duong · January 7, 2020

What are the alternative options to treat heartburn and related conditions? Here are 5 medications to take instead of Zantac.

Health Features
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Johnson & Johnson Settlement Abruptly Concludes California Talc Trial

James Parker · January 7, 2020

Johnson & Johnson and plaintiffs Linda and Mark O’Hagan reached a midtrial settlement without jury verdict, meaning the jury will not be given an opportunity to make a decision that considers the FDA's finding of asbestos in talcum powder.

Legal Developments
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2020 Kicks Off With Global End of Controversial Birth Control Essure

Carah Wertheimer · January 7, 2020

Controversial birth control Essure finally removed from the market, bringing celebratory remarks from the harmed patients who call themselves the "E-sisters."

News
A photo of a medical assistant holding a duodenoscope, representing the recent FDA approval for a disposable, single use endoscopy device.

FDA Approves First Single-Use, Disposable Duodenoscope

James Parker · January 6, 2020

The Exalt Model D, manufactured by Boston Scientific, is the first single-use duodenoscope approved for physicians.

FDA Regulation
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Is Depression Linked to the Gut Biome?

Francesca Prato · January 6, 2020

Recent research indicates that the brain-gut connection may have strong implications for future treatment of depression and other mental disorders.

Health Features
A photo of sterilized vaginal speculum, a medical device that may be sterilized with ethylene oxide.

Ethylene Oxide and Concerns With Medical Device Sterilization

Nicole Knight · January 6, 2020

Ethylene oxide, a gas used to sterilize more than half of medical devices in the U.S., can cause cancer. As agencies begin to regulate the gas, hospitals may face potential medical device shortages due to the lack of an acceptable sterilization alternative.

FDA Regulation
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How Patients Lose Power Without Medical Device IDs

Nicole Knight · January 6, 2020

Medical device IDs aren't always given to the consumer even though they could be the only thing standing between a patient and the truth about their device implant.

Health Features
A photo of a justice scale representing the Los Angeles jury verdict which found in favor of Johnson & Johnson in a recent mesothelioma cancer case.

Los Angeles Jury Rules in Favor of Johnson & Johnson in Talc Mesothelioma Lawuit

James Parker · December 17, 2019

A jury in Los Angeles found Johnson & Johnson is not liable for causing Pui "Amy" Fong's mesothelioma, deciding its Baby Powder product was not defective nor a substantial threat.

Legal Developments
Fields in Maui where Monsanto illegally sprayed banned pesticides.

Monsanto Loses $10 Million in Maui Pesticide Case

Emma Schkloven · December 17, 2019

Monsanto pleaded guilty to spraying illegal pesticides in Maui, Hawaii, and has agreed to pay $10 million in charges.

Legal Developments
A young woman of color reads the ICIJ report that more woman have been harmed by medical devices than men.

ICIJ Report Shows More Women Injured by Medical Devices

Nicole Knight · December 12, 2019

An ICIJ analysis of the MAUDE database found more women filed medical device-related injury reports than men.

Research + Findings
A patient being operated on by a robotic hernia surgery device.

Robotic Hernia Surgeries Cost More, But Are They Better?

S. Nicole Lane · December 11, 2019

Free hernia screenings may be used as an opportunity to show patients the da Vinci surgical robot, but concerns about the benefits and safety of robotic surgery remain.

Health Features
A photo of a Canadian flag, representing Health Canada's Medical Device Directorate.

Health Canada Introduces Medical Devices Directorate

Benjamin Duong · December 10, 2019

The MDD will allow Health Canada to better regulate medical device technology during its entire lifecycle — from research and development to use by patients and providers.

FDA Regulation
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MT Weekly: Hair Dye Linked to Breast Cancer, Senate Recommends FDA Commissioner

Carah Wertheimer · December 9, 2019

While recent reports reveal increased prevalence of measles deaths and prediabetes in adolescents, one recent study indicates a link between hair chemicals and risk of breast cancer. Meanwhile, Dr. Stephen Hahn has been recommended as the next FDA Commissioner after a 18-5 vote by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Here's last week in medical.

News
Woman buying vape liquid after the vaping tax bill was passed in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Passes Vaping Tax, Bans Mint and Menthol Tobacco Products

James Parker · December 9, 2019

A bill imposing a vaping tax and limiting the sale of mint and menthol flavored tobacco products has passed in Massachusetts.

Laws + Congress
A photo of a woman considering getting breast implants, and a surgeon failing to explain the risks.

Women Sue Allergan for Concealing Breast Implant Cancer Risk

Nicole Knight · December 6, 2019

Six women have filed a complaint alleging the manufacturer Allergan intentionally hid possible breast implant safety risks.

Legal Developments
Photo of knee and hip implants which were discussed at an FDA Panel addressing metal-containing medical devices and dental amalgam implants.

FDA Panel Reveals: Not All Medical Devices Created Equal

Crystal Duan · December 6, 2019

The FDA hosted a public advisory committee meeting to discuss the adverse health impacts of metals in medical devices, such as dental amalgam, Paragard contraceptives and hip implants.

FDA Regulation
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California Wildfires Spark Legal and Political Battles for PG&E

Nicole Knight · December 5, 2019

PG&E, the power provider implicated in the recent California wildfires, now faces legal action by the state.

Legal Developments
A photo of industry spewing toxic pollution in an area known as Louisiana's cancer alley.

When Home is Deadly: Welcome to "Cancer Alley"

Nicole Knight · December 4, 2019

A ProPublica investigation covers an area along the Mississippi River, dubbed Louisiana's cancer alley, which leaves residents exposed to toxic, carcinogenic chemicals caused by unregulated air pollution.

Health Features
A photo of industry spewing toxic pollution in an area known as Louisiana's cancer alley.

When Home is Deadly: Welcome to "Cancer Alley"

Nicole Knight · December 4, 2019

A ProPublica investigation covers an area along the Mississippi River, dubbed Louisiana's cancer alley, which leaves residents exposed to toxic, carcinogenic chemicals caused by unregulated air pollution.

Health Features
A photo of money and a stethoscope, representing ProPublica's Dollars for Docs database.

Is Your Doctor Under the Influence of Industry Money?

Nicole Knight · December 4, 2019

Dollars for Docs, a free ProPublica database, allows patients to find out whether their healthcare provider has taken payments from drugmakers or device makers — including money for meals, gifts, travel, consulting, research activities and speaking fees.

Health Features
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FDA Warns CBD Companies For Violating Federal Law

James Parker · December 4, 2019

The FDA sent warning letters to 15 companies regarding the illegal sale of CBD products.

FDA Regulation
A photo of a woman sitting on a chair and looking out a window, wondering about the connection between major depression and physical illness like UTIs and high cholesterol.

More Than 20 Physical Illnesses Linked to Depression

Carah Wertheimer · December 3, 2019

A recent study has linked depression to physical illnesses, such as asthma, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, urinary tract disorders and more.

Research + Findings
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In 3 Months, 20,000 More Plaintiffs Claim Roundup Caused Cancer

Emma Schkloven · November 26, 2019

The number of plaintiffs claiming Roundup caused their cancer has more than doubled to 42,700 in the last three months.

Legal Developments
A photo of a child drinking BPA chemicals from a plastic water bottle, drawing attention to the risk of childhood obesity in BPA free children's dinnerware.

Childhood Obesity: Is BPA Free Any Better?

Carah Wertheimer · November 26, 2019

A 2019 study measures if BPA free replacement chemicals, such as BPS and BPF, can still play a role in childhood obesity.

Research + Findings
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MT Weekly: Foodborne Illness Outbreaks, Sackler Steers Opioids to China

Carah Wertheimer · November 25, 2019

While the U.S. observes urgent calls for bans on vaping products, the Sackler family catapults the opioid crisis abroad, with their affiliate company Mundipharma promoting OxyContin in China. Additionally, last week brought about several foodborne illness outbreaks, new findings on the rising prevalence of anal cancer, and a promising HIV vaccine discovery.

News
Chronicon, first-ever chronic illness conference, founder Nitika Chopra

Chronicon: The Light of Connection in Chronic Illness

Lauren Delisle · November 24, 2019

New York City's first-ever chronic illness convention, Chronicon, brought together patients and panelists living with chronic conditions — bringing light to a struggle that so many cope with but rarely discuss.

Health Features
A close-up photo of a dark-skinned man with hazel eyes, representing the current focus on LASIK risk and safety.

Former FDA Adviser Draws Attention to Complications With LASIK

Emma Schkloven · November 22, 2019

Dr. Morris Waxler, a retired Food and Drug Administration advisor who voted to approve LASIK in the 1990s, is now calling for the medical device to be removed from the market.

News
A photo of a woman's hand holding medication, representing the FDA's recent addition to the drug watch list.

FDA Updates Watch List With Xofluza and Other Drugs

Benjamin Duong · November 21, 2019

The FDA recently updated its watch list, adding more than a dozen medications, including drugs that may cause anaphylaxis, angioedema, miscarriage, hypersensitivity reactions and other side effects.

FDA Regulation
An Asian woman wearing a beige sweater, holding her stomach because her gut bacteria was affected by her medication, such as metformin, PPIs, SSRIs, antibiotics.

How Everyday Medications Can Affect Gut Health

Benjamin Duong · November 20, 2019

Metformin, PPIs, SSRIs, steroids and antibiotics may affect the bacteria of the gut microbiome, according to a study from the Netherlands presented at UEG Week 2019.

Research + Findings
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Maui Families File Suit Against Monsanto for Chemical Exposure

Emma Schkloven · November 19, 2019

Two families in Maui, Hawaii, have filed a lawsuit against Monsanto, claiming the company’s use of pesticides and chemicals led to birth defects in their newborns. 

Legal Developments
A photo of an FDA-recommended disposable duodenoscope, prior to recommendations to use disposable duodenoscopes.

FDA Encourages Use of Disposable Duodenoscopes

Tess Francke · November 18, 2019

Traditional duodenoscopes may cause infection. The FDA recommends hospitals transition to disposable duodenoscopes and warns against illegal ATP test strips used to determine cleanliness.

FDA Regulation
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MT Weekly: FDA Talks Metal Implants, Plague Outbreak in China

Carah Wertheimer · November 18, 2019

Last week, the FDA held a meeting addressing the patient and medical perspective on metal-containing implants. In addition, China responded to reports of a couple treated for the plague in Beijing, and the U.S. found a decline in cigarette use. Unfortunately, vaping among adolescents has increased 20% in 2018.

News
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Friday Film: “The Mind, Explained” Brings Clarity to the Brain’s Complexities

Emma Schkloven · November 15, 2019

Narrated by Emma Stone, the Netflix miniseries is a great introduction to the cerebral science of the human mind and all its complexities.

Health Features
Doctor charged in transvaginal mesh surgery scheme consulting with patient.

Doctor and Accomplice Charged in Transvaginal Mesh Surgery Scheme

Nicole Knight · November 14, 2019

A doctor and his consultant face multiple charges after tricking transvaginal mesh patients into getting unnecessary surgery.

Legal Developments
Photo of baby feet to suggest birth defects in Zofran litigation which are being disputed, despite removal of one supplemental study in October

Birth Defects in Zofran Litigation Disputed, Despite Evidence Removed

James Parker · November 13, 2019

Recent litigation on Zofran has called into question expert testimony, which was removed from the evidence indicating that Zofran causes birth defects when used by pregnant women. Drug manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline denies that causation of complications beyond heart defects and cleft palate can be proved. Though five cases were removed from the compilation of suits against GSK, the court proceedings wage on -- calling into question whether or not GSK should be required to update their product labeling with an adequate warning.

Legal Developments
A photo of a man reading MT Weekly on his ipad, which reports on a recent ban protecting intersex children.

MT Weekly: Protecting Intersex Children, Drug-Delivering Drones

Carah Wertheimer · November 12, 2019

MedTruth Weekly delivers the latest developments in medical research, regulation, legislation and legal actions. The best way to be an advocate for yourself is to know the facts. Staying informed starts here.

News
Pregnant woman thinking about premature birth prevention drug Makena

FDA May Withdraw Premature Birth Prevention Drug From Market

Carah Wertheimer · November 8, 2019

Premature birth prevention drug Makena may be withdrawn due to an FDA advisory panel vote.

FDA Regulation
Photo of a person on their computer reading about the opioid deaths reported on in this week's MT Weekly.

MT Weekly: Opioid Deaths by Ethnicity, Female Smoking Trends

Carah Wertheimer · November 5, 2019

Last week observed one study reporting a 103% increase in opioid deaths, with black Americans in large metropolitan areas most affected. Additionally, lifestyle interventions have been proven to reduce Alzheimer’s risk, women may be less likely than men to quit smoking, and the number of vape-related illness cases nears two thousand.

News
Box of Alzheimer's medication Aricept, which increases risk of rare muscle condition.

Alzheimer’s Drug Aricept May Increase Risk of Rare Muscle Condition

Carah Wertheimer · November 5, 2019

Research suggests Alzheimer’s drug donezepil, known as Aricept, increases hospitalization for a rare muscle condition called rhabdomyolysis when compared to similar drugs.

Research + Findings
A photo of a man adding vaping liquids to his vape pen after CDC reports concern about the link between THC vapes and lung illness.

Vaping Epidemic Worsens, Contents of THC Vaping Liquids Scrutinized

Emma Schkloven · November 5, 2019

In recent years, many have turned to electronic cigarettes as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. Unfortunately, vape-related illnesses have since been on the rise, with vape-related fatalities reaching a total of 34 in the United States. As officials and the CDC look into causality, some believe thickening agents within vaping liquids such as THC oil may be responsible for the rise in lung illnesses.

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A photo of an elderly woman clutching her chest from heartburn before taking Zantac (ranitidine), which may cause NDMA carcinogenic toxins.

FDA Wants Recall of Zantac and Axid Amid Cancer Concern

Carah Wertheimer · November 5, 2019

Zantac, a commonly used heartburn medication, can contain the carcinogenic toxin NDMA, prompting the FDA to issue a voluntary recall.

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A photo of an elderly woman clutching her chest from heartburn before taking Zantac (ranitidine), which may cause NDMA carcinogenic toxins.

FDA Wants Recall of Zantac and Axid Amid Cancer Concern

Carah Wertheimer · November 5, 2019

Zantac, a commonly used heartburn medication, can contain the carcinogenic toxin NDMA, prompting the FDA to issue a voluntary recall.

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A photo of a nurse checking a breast cancer patient's lung inflammation in relation to Ibrance, Kisqali and Verzenio.

FDA Warns of Lung Inflammation Caused by Breast Cancer Drugs

Tess Francke · October 31, 2019

The FDA warns patients of lung inflammation caused by breast cancer medications Ibrance, Kisqali and Verzenio.

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MT Weekly: Black Box on Breast Implants, Talc Pulled From Shelves

Carah Wertheimer · October 29, 2019

In last week's news, the FDA released a new black box warning to inform consumers about the risks of breast implants after a flurry of patient advocate reports. Additionally, talcum powder was pulled from many store shelves after asbestos was reportedly found in one of Johnson & Johnson's baby powder bottles. One dietary study tracking subjects for ten years reveals that trans fat is linked to dementia.

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Friday Film: 'Farmer's Footprint' Fights For Chemical-Free Agriculture

Emma Schkloven · October 25, 2019

Farmer’s Footprint, a docu-series following farmers in America, explores how different farming practices affect health and the environment. The series explains the regenerative agriculture movement, a practice opposed to the use of chemicals such as glyphosate.

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Teen vaping a flavored e-cigarette

Studies, Regulatory Updates on Flavored E-Cigarettes

Nicole Knight · October 24, 2019

A surge in teen vaping is causing lawmakers to push the FDA to ban flavored e-cigarettes. Teens who use flavored e-cigs are more likely to start using tobacco, according to recent research.

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A photo of a chronic illness patient with flowers on their arms and legs to represent healing in MedTruth's Chronic Illness Defined

Chronic Illness Defined: The Spoon Theory and Social Media

Lauren Delisle · October 24, 2019

Chronic illness affects six in 10 adults living in the United States -- a figure that is only expected to increase in coming years. Despite stigmas that stand in the way of societal treatment and comprehensive care methods, holistic and functional practitioners of medicine are working alongside patient advocates to make the world an easier place to live for those coping with chronic illness. Learn more about the movement to make invisible illnesses visible.

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A photo of a woman on her computer perusing FDA website after issuing Black Box Warnings on Breast Implants. 

FDA Recommends Black Box Warnings on Breast Implants 

Carah Wertheimer · October 24, 2019

The FDA has just released a 21-page document articulating the risks and benefits associated with breast implants to ensure that all consumers have access to "complete information" on the medical devices. This is the agency’s first update to breast implant consumer information practices since 2006. All members of the public and professionals of the medical world are invited to comment within the next 60 days for any revisions to the draft before the document is finalized.

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5 Significant Risk Factors for Memory Loss

Carah Wertheimer · October 23, 2019

Recent research on dementia, including Alzheimer's, is revealing specific risk factors for memory loss. These five factors may put you at a higher risk for developing a memory loss-related condition.

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MT Weekly: Australia Fights BIA-ALCL, Ireland Refuses Recourse to Mesh-Injured

James Parker · October 21, 2019

Last week in medical brought about delay in an opioid trial against Purdue Pharmaceuticals and the Sackler family while the two determine how much of the settlement the Sacklers should pay. Meanwhile, actions were made against BIA-ALCL in Australia and Ireland, where warnings were sent to the public. Ireland's mesh-injured population is denied financial compensation for their harm.

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Photo of talcum powder in a petry dish after baby powder recall on Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products last week.

Asbestos Contamination? 30,000 Bottles of J&J's Baby Powder Recalled

Carah Wertheimer · October 21, 2019

In recent months, we've worked to collaborate on behalf of consumer product safety. Help us put the #TruthOnTalc by signing our petition demanding Johnson & Johnson add an adequate warning label.

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