Ashley Lombardo

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Ashley Lombardo

Ashley Lombardo is a reporter, editor and photographer currently based in Los Angeles, CA. She studied journalism and cultural anthropology with a focus on long-form, narrative, investigative features. In her spare time, she loves seeing live jazz and funk music.

Latest MedTruth Work by Ashley Lombardo

‘Swallow’ Is a Haunting Cinematic Po...

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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Zantac and Ranitidine Products Removed f...

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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Meet the Local Organizations Providing F...

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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A Recap on Breast Implant Safety From 'Plastic Surgery: The Meeting'

Ashley Lombardo · October 8, 2019

From Sept. 20-23,  plastic surgeons and allied health professionals gathered in San Diego, California to learn about the latest research and industry practices to improve patient care.

Women's Health
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'Oxyana,' A Portrait of Rural America's Opioid Crisis

Ashley Lombardo · August 2, 2019

Oxyana, an award-winning documentary film created by Sean Dunne, follows the small-town West Virginia residents of Oceana as they grapple with the impacts of the opioid crisis. Six years later, the harrowing documentary film Oxyana is still relevant.

Health Features
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7 Tips for Drinking With Diabetes

Ashley Lombardo · January 3, 2018

Diabetes and alcohol may be a safe combination, or it can be dangerous. Learn how to enjoy your favorite alcoholic beverage by reading our tips for drinking with diabetes.

Health Features
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MT Weekly: Vaginal Mesh Scare, Improper Nursing Home Evictions

Ashley Lombardo · December 22, 2017

In this edition of MT Weekly, a new life-prolonging pill may help those with ovarian cancer, a vaginal mesh scare in the U.K., and more.

Health Features
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Childhood Hip Replacements are Becoming an Issue Abroad

Ashley Lombardo · November 29, 2017

Hip replacements are on the rise, not just for adults. The spike in childhood hip replacements is caused by an unsurprising health issue.

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New and Developing MedTech for Diabetics and the Elderly

Ashley Lombardo · December 21, 2017

The continuing advancements in medical technology spell relief for some in the diabetic and elderly communities.

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Diabetes-Friendly Ways to Eat Healthy for the Holidays

Ashley Lombardo · December 19, 2017

The holidays are back, and so are the snacks. Here are some of our favorite diabetes-friendly suggestions for healthy, happy feasting.

Health Features
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3 Ways to Be Ready for Flu Season

Ashley Lombardo · December 11, 2017

It's cold and flu season. We're looking at three ways to protect yourself from nasty bugs and keep healthy.

Health Features
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Diabetes and Sex: Nerve Damage

Ashley Lombardo · December 8, 2017

Nerve damage, also known as neuropathy, may affect your sexual health. Talking about diabetes and sex is the first step to finding a solution.

Health Features
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MT Weekly: Mesh Injuries Abroad, Talc Verdict Against J&J Upheld

Ashley Lombardo · December 8, 2017

This week's MT Weekly roundup: FDA-approved injection for opioid addiction, how menopause affects sleep, and mesh injuries in New Zealand.

Health Features
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3 Holiday Heartburn Remedies

Ashley Lombardo · December 5, 2017

Don't let heartburn turn into heartbreak this season! Let our non-toxic heartburn remedies allow you to truly enjoy your holiday.

Health Features
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The Coffee Debate: How Much Is Enough?

Ashley Lombardo · December 1, 2017

A new U.K. study has concluded how much coffee is acceptable to drink per day. But there are other factors to consider.

Health Features
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Best Ways to Manage Diabetes Burnout

Ashley Lombardo · November 30, 2017

Diabetes burnout affects many type 2 diabetes sufferers. Find out how you can manage, or help someone manage, diabetes-related stress.

Health Features
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MT Weekly: IVC Filter Use Declines, Mental Health Service for Vets Expands

Ashley Lombardo · November 10, 2017

IVC filter use declines, synthetic hernia mesh fails again, and mental health services are expanded for veterans.

Health Features
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MT Weekly: Monsanto Fights CA, FDA Approves Opioid Addiction Device

Ashley Lombardo · November 22, 2017

In this week's MT Weekly, Monsanto fights CA over labeling, FDA approves a device for opioid addiction, lack of sleep can hurt, and more.

Health Features
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Are Synthetic Hernia Repairs More Likely to Fail?

Ashley Lombardo · November 22, 2017

A recent study found synthetic mesh had a higher failure rate than biological mesh, specifically in contaminated incisional hernias.

Research + Findings
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How to Support People With Diabetes

Ashley Lombardo · November 20, 2017

Do you know someone with diabetes? Check out our tips on how to provide solid diabetes support to friends and family.

Health Features
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New Zealand Fully Bans Transvaginal Mesh

Ashley Lombardo · January 10, 2018

New Zealand's staunch health advocacy has led to a full vaginal mesh ban and continued efforts to improve medical device safety for women.

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What You Need to Know About Diabetes Drug Side Effects

Ashley Lombardo · November 8, 2017

MedTruth's National Diabetes Month focus is educating patients on how to handle diabetes drug side effects.

Health Features
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Heartburn PPIs May Increase the Risk of Stomach Cancer

Ashley Lombardo · November 3, 2017

A study published in the journal Gut found the long-term use of heartburn medication, known as PPIs, may increase the risk of stomach cancer.

Research + Findings
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What the Arrest of Billionaire John Kapoor Means for Opioid Dependency

Ashley Lombardo · November 1, 2017

Pharma executive John Kapoor was arrested for pushing doctors to prescribe a powerful narcotic opioid known as Subsys.

Legal Developments
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MT Weekly: Opioid Crisis, Talcum Verdict Reversal

Ashley Lombardo · October 27, 2017

DEA initiates drug take-back program, J&J faces class action lawsuit on vaginal mesh, a warning about online pharmacies, and more updates.

Health Features
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The Importance of Genetic Testing for Ovarian Cancer

Ashley Lombardo · October 23, 2017

Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer in women, as well as the most common cause of gynecologic cancer death. The lack of screening tools means that by the time a diagnosis is handed down, the cancer could already have advanced to stage III or IV.

Health Features
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Best Apps To Help With Diabetes

Ashley Lombardo · October 23, 2017

The best apps to help with diabetes all have one thing in common: they ease the burden of managing this dreaded disease.

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A New Study May Help Curb Inappropriate Nursing Home Prescriptions

Ashley Lombardo · October 20, 2017

A study helped cease inappropriate medication in nursing homes using the Multidisciplinary Multistep Medication Review tool (3MR).

Research + Findings
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Monsanto Lawsuit Debate Over Roundup's Link to Cancer Continues

Ashley Lombardo · October 18, 2017

Lawyers continue to debate allegations that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, can cause cancer.

Legal Developments
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The Truth About Hernia Mesh

Ashley Lombardo · October 18, 2017

More than one million hernias occur each year. Hernia mesh, a common treatment device, may cause serious complications.

Health Features
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Before Having an MRI, Know More About GBCAs

Ashley Lombardo · January 4, 2018

The FDA has updated its safety warning about GBCAs. Learn more about the effects of gadolinium, the rare earth metal that can build up in your system after an MRI.

FDA Regulation
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MT Health Tips for 2018

Ashley Lombardo · January 18, 2018

A new year should bring a new plan to support a new you. Here are some pieces of sage wisdom to bring more stability to your health.

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Newly Discovered Gene May Help Metal-on-Metal Hip Patients

Ashley Lombardo · January 10, 2018

An incredible discovery in Australia could change the way we approach metal-on-metal hip replacement procedures to better protect patients from metal poisoning.

Research + Findings
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Studies Show Optional Joint Replacements Cost Americans $8.3 Billion

Ashley Lombardo · March 23, 2018

Hundreds of thousands of Americans undergo joint replacements each year. But some of these procedures are unnecessary, leaving patients with serious side effects and costing the U.S. billions.

Research + Findings
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FDA Reveals Pharma Companies Blocking Cheaper Generic Medications

Ashley Lombardo · June 27, 2018

In an effort to lower drug prices, the FDA released a list of companies refusing to provide samples of life-saving drugs. Samples are necessary to develop less expensive generic versions.

FDA Regulation
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Researchers Uncover Differences Between Men and Women with Diabetes

Ashley Lombardo · June 11, 2018

A study examines how men and women deal with diabetes differently, indicating that men may be able to learn from their female counterparts.

Research + Findings
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Winning Verdict in California Woman's Fight Against Talcum Powder

Ashley Lombardo · June 5, 2018

A California woman recently won $21.7 million in compensatory damages and an additional $4 million in punitive damages after using talcum powder.

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The Female Condom Explained: Non-Hormonal Contraceptive

Ashley Lombardo · May 30, 2018

The female condom is similar to male condoms, and it offers many of the same benefits—but it can be hard to come by.

Health Features
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How Loneliness Affects Health

Ashley Lombardo · May 7, 2018

Loneliness is a word we're all familiar with. But when it comes to loneliness, do we really understand what it means for our health?

Research + Findings
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5 Signs You Have Hernia Mesh Complications

Ashley Lombardo · April 25, 2018

More than one million hernia repairs are performed each year. After a hernia mesh surgery, a non-healing wound may develop and the following surgeries could require longer recovery times. Here's how to identify the most common hernia mesh complications.

Health Features
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MT Weekly: Cannabis and Opioids, Artificial Intelligence for Diabetes

Ashley Lombardo · April 13, 2018

In this week's MedTruth roundup, we highlight a bleeding antidote, developments in diabetes tech, and a study showing how medical cannabis might impact the opioid crisis.

Health Features
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How to Buy Medicine Online

Ashley Lombardo · February 24, 2018

Online pharmacies are cheap and convenient. But if you don't know how to buy medicine online, are internet pharmacies actually safe?

Health Features
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MT Weekly: Nursing Homes Treat Residents With Music, Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Ashley Lombardo · January 13, 2018

In this week's first 2018 edition of MedTruth Weekly, U.S. vaginal mesh devices skip clinical trials, Fitbit is all aboard the diabetes medtech train, and more.

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MT Weekly: Flu Kills 84 Kids, Senate Introduces Opioid Bill

Ashley Lombardo · February 17, 2018

In this week's MedTruth roundup, we highlight a Senate opioid bill, flu season's pediatric fatalities, and a nursing home report on overprescription.

Health Features
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Is Kratom an Opioid? FDA Says Yes

Ashley Lombardo · February 16, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration released a public health advisory about risks associated with kratom, labeling the drug an opioid and blocking imports from Asia.

FDA Regulation
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CDC Funding Shortage May Lead to Global Pandemic

Ashley Lombardo · February 13, 2018

The CDC funding is about to run out, and 39 countries will be left with no way to study or treat illness that could potentially have global repercussions.

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Hospitals May Overcharge Hip Replacement Surgery Costs

Ashley Lombardo · February 1, 2018

Hip replacement surgery costs may vary widely. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association attempts to understand why.

Health Features
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MT Weekly: Nursing Home Neglect, Pelvic Mesh Abroad, Cancer-Detecting Blood Tests

Ashley Lombardo · January 26, 2018

In this week's MedTruth roundup, we highlight ongoing neglect in nursing homes, pelvic mesh abroad, early cancer-detecting blood tests, and more.

Health Features
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New Diabetes Drug May Lead to Alzheimer's Breakthrough

Ashley Lombardo · January 24, 2018

Researchers in the U.K. and China are studying a diabetes drug that may help improve memory function in patients with Alzheimer's disease.

Research + Findings
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FDA Delays AndexXa Antidote for Xarelto Bleeding

Ashley Lombardo · January 24, 2018

The AndexXa antidote, intended to stop Xarelto bleeding, awaits FDA approval. The agency will revisit the data in May 2018.

FDA Regulation
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New Procedure May Become A Hip Replacement Alternative

Ashley Lombardo · January 22, 2018

A necessary advancement in hip surgery is being performed in an Ohio hospital, with hopes it will ease the burden of hip implant risks by offering a hip replacement alternative.

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Recreational Cannabis Kicks Off in CA, DOJ Issues Memo

Ashley Lombardo · January 18, 2018

California is the sixth state to legalize recreational cannabis. As local governments work to issue business licenses, a DOJ memo reignites the debate between state rights and federal policies.

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Fame and Chronic Pain: Lady Gaga’s Hip Injury

Ashley Lombardo · October 12, 2017

In the Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, one of the world’s most famous singers allows cameras to document life after a hip injury.

Health Features
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Morcellator Use Declines Following FDA Warning

Ashley Lombardo · January 17, 2018

The FDA has affirmed a four-year-old warning over the risk of developing uterine sarcoma after undergoing surgery with morcellation.

FDA Regulation
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MT Weekly: Monsanto's Legal Troubles, Trump's Executive Order

Ashley Lombardo · October 13, 2017

MedTruth examines why Monsanto is banned from European lobbying, how testosterone impacts stock markets, and a new possible use for Invokana.

Health Features
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Health Canada Publishes Alert On IVC Filters

Ashley Lombardo · January 12, 2017

Health Canada's IVC filter safety alert warns patients about hundreds of reports linking the devices to serious health complications.

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Does Baby Powder Contain Asbestos?

Ashley Lombardo · October 11, 2017

Concerns over talcum powder's link to ovarian cancer and mesothelioma have left courts in St. Louis asking if baby powder contains asbestos.

Legal Developments
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GlaxoSmithKline Paid $3 Billion in Largest Fraud Settlement

Ashley Lombardo · October 12, 2016

GlaxoSmithKline was found guilty of off-label ads, hiding safety data and faulty price reporting in a billion-dollar drug fraud settlement.

Legal Developments
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Judge Consolidates Invokana Lawsuits In New Jersey

Ashley Lombardo · February 13, 2017

On Dec. 7, 2016, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered the cases be joined into a multidistrict legislation (MDL). More than 50 Invokana lawsuits related to the controversial diabetes drug have been consolidated in a U.S. District Court of New Jersey.

Legal Developments
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FDA Releases Update on Public Participation in Clinical Trials

Ashley Lombardo · January 20, 2017

The Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) seeks more diverse participants in FDA clinical trials, according to a January consumer update.

FDA Regulation
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Adverse Event Data On Food, Supplements And Cosmetics Goes Public

Ashley Lombardo · January 4, 2017

the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will publish adverse event data on products outside the drugs and medical device category.

FDA Regulation
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Bristol-Myers Squibb Pays $19 Million in Multistate Settlement for Abilify’s Illegal Marketing

Ashley Lombardo · December 14, 2016

In a $19 million Abilify settlement, Bristol-Myers Squibb was found guilty of illegally marketed the antipsychotic for unapproved uses.

Legal Developments
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The Controversial 21st Century Cures Act

Ashley Lombardo · December 8, 2016

The 21st Century Cures Act would expand research funding and update the FDA approval process. it could also limit off-label prescriptions.

FDA Regulation
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FDA Releases Guidelines for Bipolar Disorder and Depression

Ashley Lombardo · December 2, 2016

Bipolar disorder and depression are unique conditions, prompting the FDA to release guidelines to better understand bipolar treatments and depression medications.

FDA Regulation
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How Will Trump's America Affect Birth Control?

Ashley Lombardo · November 30, 2016

President Donald Trump and his administration have proposed controversial policy changes to birth control and reproductive rights.

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FDA Publishes New Essure Labeling and Safety Checklist

Ashley Lombardo · November 16, 2016

The FDA issued an Essure safety checklist to help physicians and patients better understand permanent contraception risks.

Research + Findings
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How Duodenoscopes Spread Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Ashley Lombardo · November 2, 2016

Duodenoscopes, commonly reused medical devices, may become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A duodenoscope infection may be fatal.

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Bayer Sued for Bleeding and Cramping Side Effects Linked to Essure

Ashley Lombardo · October 21, 2016

Plaintiffs have filed against Bayer AG for hiding dangers linked to the medical device Essure. The Essure lawsuit includes multiple charges.

Legal Developments
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Congressman Proposes E-Free Act to Ban Essure

Ashley Lombardo · September 29, 2016

The E-Free Act, proposed by Congressman Fitzpatrick, would revoke the contraception device Essure's FDA approval and pull it from the market.

Laws + Congress
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FDA Updates Consumers on How to File Adverse Event Reports

Ashley Lombardo · March 13, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration issued a consumer update to provide information about how to file adverse event reports.

FDA Regulation
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FDA Recommends Questions to Ask Before Mesh Surgery

Ashley Lombardo · September 28, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration released a set of questions to ask before mesh surgery to reduce the number of vaginal mesh side effects, the

FDA Regulation
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Lawmakers Propose Amendments to Cosmetics Act

Ashley Lombardo · August 24, 2016

After Wen Hair Care products left consumers with a balding side effect, advocates have pushed to reform the regulatory cosmetic act.

FDA Regulation
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Study Shows IVC Filters Don't Save Trauma Patients

Ashley Lombardo · August 13, 2016

IVC Filter study results illustrate preventative device placement may actually increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis in trauma patients.

Research + Findings
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Erin Brockovich Takes On Essure

Ashley Lombardo · August 12, 2016

Consumer rights advocate Erin Brockovich speaks out against Essure, a permanent contraception device linked to life-changing side effects.

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FDA Strengthens Kidney Warnings On Diabetes Drugs

Ashley Lombardo · July 24, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated warnings on four diabetes medications to minimize the risk of acute kidney injury. Used to treat type II diabetes, canagliflozin and dapagliflozin are sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors that work with the kidneys to maintain safe blood sugar levels.

FDA Regulation
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What Is the 510(k) Clearance Program?

Ashley Lombardo · July 10, 2016

The 510(k) clearance program is an FDA approval process that fast-tracks new drugs to market.

FDA Regulation
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Public Citizen Petitions FDA to Take Action on Invokana Ads

Ashley Lombardo · June 24, 2016

On March 31, 2015, Public Citizen issued a petition to encourage the FDA to take action and regulate misleading Invokana ads.

FDA Regulation
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Doctors Say Filters May Actually Cause Thrombosis

Ashley Lombardo · June 24, 2016

Aside from a heart problem, the most common cause of thrombosis may be an irremovable IVC filter.

Research + Findings
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Could These New Bills Improve Medical Device Safety?

Ashley Lombardo · May 28, 2016

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick proposes two bills, Ariel Grace's Law and the Medical Device Guardians Act, to improve regulations for medical device safety based on injuries related to Essure and power morcellators.

Laws + Congress
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Study Finds Antipsychotic Causes Breast Growth in Older Men

Ashley Lombardo · May 13, 2016

A study from the University of British Columbia linked the antipsychotic Risperdal to a higher gynecomastia risk for elderly men.

Research + Findings
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Judge Supports Survivor of Talcum Powder Cancer With $55 Million

Ashley Lombardo · May 11, 2016

A St. Louis judge awarded $55 million to Gloria Ristesund, a woman who reportedly developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products for decades. The lawsuit is the second of its kind as 1,200 women plan to take action against Johnson & Johnson in the talc trials.

Legal Developments
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Antidote for Xarelto’s Extreme Bleeding May Be on the Horizon

Ashley Lombardo · February 28, 2017

Portola Pharmaceuticals is manufacturing an antidote for the extreme bleeding side effect linked to Eliquis and Xarelto.

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Extended Wear Contacts May Come With Sight-Damaging Risks

Ashley Lombardo · March 27, 2017

Millions of people sleep in overnight contact lenses, despite the risk of vision-damaging infection known as microbial keratitis.

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Can Medical Apps Help Patients With Mental Illness?

Ashley Lombardo · October 10, 2017

It seems like a promising idea: encourage patients to stick to their treatment by using medical apps to send reminders and other tips.

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5 Talcum Powder Alternatives

Ashley Lombardo · September 14, 2017

Here are five talcum powder alternatives consumers may want to try, including some for DIY lovers wishing to make their own.

Women's Health
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Why Diabetes Drug Prices Are So High

Ashley Lombardo · October 9, 2017

The cost of insulin per patient has more than tripled. MedTruth explores why diabetes drug prices are so high.

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5 Inspirational Quotes for Cancer Fighters and Survivors

Ashley Lombardo · October 6, 2017

Everyone has bad days. Here's a collection of inspirational cancer quotes to carry you through and hone your strength for the next hurdle.

Health Features
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Can Talking About Your Feelings Help Fight Diabetes?

Ashley Lombardo · October 4, 2017

A Malaysian study shows talking through diabetes-related distress improves overall well-being and helps diabetics better manage the disease.

Research + Findings
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Hip Replacement Poisoning Symptoms

Ashley Lombardo · October 4, 2017

Metal-on-metal hip replacements carry an extra burden: patients need to watch out for hip replacement poisoning symptoms.

Health Features
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MT Weekly: Nursing Homes + Natural Disasters, FDA Reauthorization Act

Ashley Lombardo · September 30, 2017

Nursing home natural disaster preparedness, FDA extends adverse event reporting deadline, and hope for ovarian cancer treatments in Europe.

Health Features
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How to Lower Your Risk of Ovarian Cancer

Ashley Lombardo · September 27, 2017

Knowing how to lower your risk of ovarian cancer can help decrease the chances of developing this life-changing disease.

Health Features
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Bayer Halts Use of Essure Outside U.S.

Ashley Lombardo · September 25, 2017

Bayer has halted sales of one of its previously best-selling birth control solutions in all countries outside the United States.

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9 Early Warning Signs of Ovarian Cancer

Ashley Lombardo · September 21, 2017

Early detection of ovarian cancer is crucial but difficult, as early warning signs of ovarian cancer may seem too minor to cause alarm.

Women's Health
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FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Follicular Lymphoma

Ashley Lombardo · September 19, 2017

The FDA has approved a new drug to treat follicular lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that typically affects patients over 60.

FDA Regulation
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Faulty Manufacturing Sparks EpiPen Recall

Ashley Lombardo · September 19, 2017

Mylan issued a statement announcing an 80,000 EpiPen recall. Manufacturing flaws could lead to life-threatening anaphylactic shock.

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MT Weekly: Invokana Amputation Risk, EU Roundup Safety Report

Ashley Lombardo · September 15, 2017

Invokana's amputation risk discourages doctors, investigators uncover unreported nursing home abuse, and an EU Roundup report is questioned.

Health Features
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Why Does Invokana Cause Amputations?

Ashley Lombardo · September 8, 2017

While this diabetes drug is known to help lower blood sugar, many hopeful patients are also wondering why does Invokana cause amputations.

Health Features
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5-Hour Energy Found Guilty of Misleading Advertising

Ashley Lombardo · April 25, 2017

Living Essentials LLC, the manufacturers of 5-Hour Energy, will pay $4.3 million in penalties for misleading advertising.

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Consumer Reports Warns Women About Essure Risks

Ashley Lombardo · September 6, 2017

The nonprofit suggests that women should understand Essure risks of using this birth control device and ask lots of questions.

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MT Weekly: $3M Awarded In Paxil Suicide Case, Abilify Patch's FDA Approval

Ashley Lombardo · August 29, 2017

This week’s MedTruth Weekly examines a recent Paxil jury verdict, Ambilfy Patch’s clinical pathway, an update on a Risperdal case and more.

Health Features
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Jury Awards $417M in California Talcum Powder Lawsuit

Ashley Lombardo · August 22, 2017

A Los Angeles jury on Monday awarded a record $417 million in damages in a talcum powder lawsuit brought by a California woman.

Legal Developments
Woman Holds Stomach In Pain After Using Benicar Drug

Maker Of Benicar Agrees To Pay Up To $300M In Settlements

Ashley Lombardo · August 18, 2017

The cases stem from accusations that the manufacturer failed to warn the public about the severe side effects of Benicar and related drugs.

Legal Developments
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MT Weekly: Toxicology Expert Testifies In Talcum Trial, Heartburn Drugs May Increase Risk Of Death

Ashley Lombardo · August 10, 2017

In this edition of MedTruth Weekly, we discuss California's talcum trial, a recent acid reflux risk study, and a U.K. report on vaginal mesh.

Health Features
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MT Weekly: Risperdal Petition, Medicaid Cuts To Nursing Homes

Ashley Lombardo · July 20, 2017

In this edition of MedTruth Weekly, we discuss Medicaid cuts to nursing homes, Essure's removal from Canadian markets, and more.

Health Features
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MT Weekly: Vaginal Mesh Advocates In Australia, Eliquis Recall

Ashley Lombardo · June 29, 2017

In this edition of MedTruth Weekly, we discuss anti-mesh advocacy in Australia, the Eliquis recall, an Essure study, and more.

Health Features
A photo of a woman holding her breast, relating to investigating anaplastic lymphoma (ALCL) and breast implants.

Investigating Anaplastic Lymphoma, a Breast Implant Cancer Risk

Ashley Lombardo · June 26, 2017

Since 2011, researchers have investigated breast implant cancer. Despite hundreds of cases, women are still unaware of the risks.

Health Features
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MT Weekly: Anti-Morcellator Advocate Dies At 44, Essure Removed From Finland Markets

Ashley Lombardo · June 7, 2017

In this edition of MedTruth Weekly, we discuss anti-morcellator advocate Amy Reed's death, Essure's removal from Finnish markets, and more.

Health Features
All Hands in As Essure Women Appeal to FDA in Letter

Essure Problems Advocates Address FDA With Letter Signed By Hundreds

Ashley Lombardo · June 2, 2017

Essure Problems advocates ask regulators to address safety efforts to properly inform women of risks linked to the birth control implant.

Health Features
A photo of a pediatric physician examining a patient, who is holding a teddy bear, in relation to the Affordable Health Care Act.

What You Need to Know About the AHCA

Ashley Lombardo · May 24, 2017

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), rejected by the Senate, was the Trump administration's first attempt to repeal Obamacare.

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MT Weekly: Invokana's Black Box Warning, $110 Million Talcum Powder Settlement

Ashley Lombardo · May 22, 2017

MedTruth Weekly is an update on consumer safety campaigns, covering regulations, settlements, studies, legislation and more.

Health Features
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Texas Firefighter Awarded $1.2 Million for Failed Blood Clot Filter

Ashley Lombardo · July 4, 2018

A Houston firefighter who claimed a Cook Celect IVC filter caused him serious pain and injuries has been awarded $1.2 million by a Texas state jury.

Legal Developments
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What Is a Black Box Warning?

Ashley Lombardo · May 2, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration adds a black box warning to pharmaceutical product labeling to inform the public of health and safety risks.

FDA Regulation
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FDA is "Deeply Concerned" About Vaginal Rejuvenation Risks

Ashley Lombardo · August 7, 2018

Medical device manufacturers are deceptively marketing energy-based therapies for vaginal rejuvenation—an unapproved, risky procedure that may harm women.

FDA Regulation
A photo of Angie Firmalino, patient safety advocate, lobbying for the Medical Device Safety Act in Washington, D.C.

14 Patient Advocates Traveled to D.C. — Here's Why (Photos)

Ashley Lombardo · June 4, 2019

In May, women from across the nation gathered at the United States Capitol to advocate for the Medical Device Safety Act. The bill, recently re-introduced in the House, aims to restore patients' Seventh Amendment rights. Here's why the women of the Medical Device Problems group are fighting for it.

Laws + Congress
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Q&A: Angie Firmalino, Essure Problems Founder, Shares Her Story

Ashley Lombardo · August 27, 2018

Angie Firmalino, advocate and Essure Problems founder, shares her personal experience with the dangerous permanent birth control device.

Patient Stories
An illustration of vaginal mesh, representing a vaginal mesh trial showing risk and ineffectiveness.

Largest Trial Shows Vaginal Mesh Isn’t More Effective Than Standard Repair

Ashley Lombardo · January 30, 2017

In a vaginal mesh trial, researchers found the devices pose unnecessary risks and are no more effective than standard repair.

Research + Findings
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9 Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Nursing Home

Ashley Lombardo · October 24, 2016

Our checklist of nursing home questions can help to find the right fit.

Science May Indicate Whether Roundup Causes Cancer

Does Roundup Cause Cancer?

Ashley Lombardo · August 29, 2017

Roundup, Monsanto's herbicide, is at the center of an ongoing controversy related to reports linking glyphosate exposure to cancer.

Woman in bed scrolls through reddit to learn about opioid epidemic on Reddit

The Nation’s Opioid Epidemic, As Seen On Reddit

Ashley Lombardo · September 11, 2017

Reddit, one of the world’s largest online communities, provides a glimpse into the nation's opioid epidemic where people buy drugs online.

Health Features
Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes May Be Underreported

The Truth About Sexual Abuse In Nursing Homes

Ashley Lombardo · September 12, 2017

As many as 5 million elders are abused each year. Seniors who experience sexual abuse in nursing homes rarely get justice.

Health Features
An illustration of the FDA labeling update to indicate testosterone therapy risks.

Testosterone Label Updated to Illustrate Dependency Risk

Ashley Lombardo · December 16, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration updated labeling to reflect a dependency risk linked to testosterone abuse.

FDA Regulation
WIll Senate Pass New Health Care Bill

Will The Senate Health Care Bill Fail?

Ashley Lombardo · July 21, 2017

While conservatives push to reduce regulations in the Senate health care bill, moderates focus on maintaining coverage through Medicaid.

Laws + Congress
An illustration of the Food and Drug Administration's safety communication on vaginal mesh warnings.

FDA Updates Vaginal Mesh Warning and Risk Classification

Ashley Lombardo · October 7, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration released a vaginal mesh warning, updating the public on mesh side effects.

FDA Regulation
An illustration of red blood cells related to the blood thinner Eliquis extreme bleeding side effect.

No Antidote to Reverse Extreme Bleeding Linked to Eliquis

Ashley Lombardo · October 5, 2016

The blood thinner Eliquis is linked to an extreme bleeding side effect. Despite the danger of hospitalization, no reversal agent exists.

An illustration of a comb with a lot of hair, caused by Taxotere hair loss.

Woman Takes Action Against Taxotere for Hair Loss Side Effect

Ashley Lombardo · October 3, 2016

Manufacturers didn't inform patients about the chemotherapy drug Taxotere's permanent hair loss risk. Ami Dodson took action and filed a lawsuit.

Legal Developments
An illustration of a gavel, related to the New Jersey mesh settlement for Linda Gross, a South Dakota nurse, who survived transvaginal device complications.

New Jersey Court Awards $11 Million Mesh Settlement to Survivor

Ashley Lombardo · January 16, 2017

A New Jersey court awarded a mesh settlement more than $11 million to a South Dakota nurse surviving transvaginal mesh complications.

Legal Developments
A packet of pink bills representing California's failed Prop. 61 to regulate drug costs.

California’s Prop 61 Fails to Lower American Drug Prices

Ashley Lombardo · November 18, 2016

California's Proposition 61, a failed measure, could have potentially lowered drugs costs by matching public prices with veteran's rates.

Laws + Congress
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Health Risks Linked to Overprescription of Testosterone Therapy

Ashley Lombardo · October 10, 2016

Testosterone therapy risks may include stroke, heart attack and other potential complications.

A stock photo of a woman holding her reproductive organs in relation to Dr. Amy Reed's work with power morcellators.

Dr. Amy Reed Advocates for Women Injured by Morcellators

Ashley Lombardo · October 14, 2016

After a uterine fibroid procedure caused Dr. Amy Reed to develop leiomyosarcoma, she became an advocate fighting against the power morcellator device that spread her hidden cancer.

Health Features
A woman holding her stomach after taking acid reflux medications (PPIs) and developing a gut infection.

Researchers Link Heartburn Medications to Higher Risk of Gut Infection

Ashley Lombardo · January 11, 2017

New studies link acid reflux drugs to infection. PPI risks also include CKD, magnesium deficiency, dementia, bone loss and heart attacks.

Research + Findings
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Legal System Works for Young Boy Who Developed Breasts

Ashley Lombardo · August 24, 2016

The legal system awarded $70 million to a 5-year-old boy who developed breasts in a Risperdal gynecomastia lawsuit.

Legal Developments
A portrait of an elderly woman living in a nursing home, looking forward to updated federal nursing home regulations.

Federal Government Updates Nursing Home Regulations

Ashley Lombardo · January 10, 2017

The U.S. Department of Health updated national nursing home regulations to extend additional protections to senior residential facilities.

Laws + Congress
An illustration of consumers using the Think Dirty app in a grocery store.

Cosmetic Safety App Rates Johnson's Baby Powder

Ashley Lombardo · August 24, 2016

The cosmetic safety app Think Dirty rated Johnson's Baby Powder, shedding new light on a common household product with hidden dangers.

An illustration of scientists and researchers working in a lab.

Did a Defective Blood Machine Alter Xarelto’s Clinical Trial?

Ashley Lombardo · September 30, 2016

A new investigation into Rocket AF, the Xarelto clinical trial, have regulators questioning the safety approval of the popular blood thinner.

Research + Findings
A photo of a woman holding a hairbrush, representing Taxotere hair loss lawsuits doubling in 2017.

Taxotere Lawsuits More Than Double in 2017

Ashley Lombardo · September 13, 2017

The number of Taxotere lawsuits pending in federal court has more than doubled in 2017, almost tripling since 2016.

Legal Developments
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How Strong is the Link Between Birth Control and Breast Cancer?

Ashley Lombardo · December 16, 2017

See what the most recent study from Denmark has to say about the link between birth control and an increased breast cancer risk.

Women's Health
A photo of a woman's feet on the beach, as she learns how to take vacation more seriously.

Taking Vacation Time a Little More Seriously

Ashley Lombardo · January 10, 2018

We work hard and we play hard. But do we vacation well enough? We offer advice on making the most of your time away from the office.

Health Features
A photo of a diverse group of women hiking a canyon with sunlight behind them, representing women's health predictions for 2018.

MT Women's Health Predictions for 2018

Ashley Lombardo · January 26, 2018

Women have laid the groundwork for effecting serious change, but there are still hurdles to overcome. Here are our predictions for women's health in 2018.

Women's Health
A photo of an elderly man's hand wearing a Fitbit, in conjunction with an unpictured Sano Patch for diabetes.

Fitbit Invests $6 Million in Wearable Sano Patch for Diabetes

Ashley Lombardo · January 31, 2018

Fitbit and Sano, two San Francisco tech companies, are developing the wearable, minimally invasive Sano patch to measure blood sugar for diabetics.

Pile of Xarelto pills for new Xarelto sses

Manufacturers Submit Application For New Xarelto Uses

Ashley Lombardo · February 3, 2018

Despite no antidote for its severe side effects, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, parented by Johnson & Johnson, has submitted an FDA application for two new Xarelto uses.

FDA Regulation
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FDA Issues St. Jude Medical Defibrillator Recall

Ashley Lombardo · February 6, 2018

The FDA issued an updated safety warning for certain defibrillation devices with faulty batteries. The defibrillator recall attempts to protect patients from a stopped heart.

FDA Regulation
Elderly man worried about nursing home abuse

7 Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Ashley Lombardo · March 8, 2018

1 in 3 nursing home residents is abused or neglected. Protect our nation's nursing home residents by learning more about the seven different types of elder abuse.

Health Features
Trump outlines plan to address the opioid crisis and person checks U.S. passport

Trump Outlines Opioid Initiative To Tackle National Crisis

Ashley Lombardo · April 10, 2018

The Trump administration has outlined a controversial plan to tackle the U.S. opioid crisis, expanding education, enforcement and treatment options.

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How the Opioid Crisis is Affecting the Cherokee Nation

Ashley Lombardo · May 18, 2018

American Indians are disproportionately affected by the opioid crisis, specifically in states like Oklahoma.

Bleeding Edge Group

4 Major Takeaways from Netflix's The Bleeding Edge

Ashley Lombardo · August 17, 2018

In the hard-hitting Netflix documentary The Bleeding Edge, investigators unpack the failures and subsequent dangers of the U.S. medical device system.

Health Features
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$28 Million Xarelto Verdict Draws Attention to U.S. Bleeding Risk

Ashley Lombardo · December 15, 2017

An Indiana woman was awarded a million-dollar Xarelto verdict after she developed GI bleeds without knowing the risks.

Legal Developments
A photo of a person holding a phone, representing the reSET sobriety app.

reSET Sobriety App Approved By FDA

Ashley Lombardo · September 22, 2017

The reSET sobriety app, approved by the FDA, combines an incentivized addiction treatment program with cognitive behavioral therapy.

FDA Regulation
A photo of a woman's hands rolling a joint, relating to cannabis and chemotherapy.

The Role of Cannabis in Chemotherapy

Ashley Lombardo · September 28, 2017

Recent studies of cannabis and chemotherapy treatment have found that cannabinoids are effective in killing certain cancer cells.

Research + Findings
An illustration of red blood cells representing Xarelto reversal strategies for bleeding management.

Xarelto Reversal Strategies and Bleeding Management

Ashley Lombardo · October 3, 2017

Xarelto reversal strategies are very important: patients need help with bleeding management in the event of a problem.

A photo of a mother and daughter researching where to report nursing home abuse.

Where to Report Nursing Home Abuse

Ashley Lombardo · October 6, 2017

Knowing where to report nursing home abuse has become a necessity, as one in three residents will face abuse or neglect.

Health Features
Scene of patient doing physical therapy from Netflix Documentary Bleeding Edge Film

Netflix's The Bleeding Edge Exposes Essure, Mesh and Other Dangerous Devices

Ashley Lombardo · August 4, 2018

A new Netflix documentary, The Bleeding Edge, delves into the hidden dangers of the multi-billion dollar medical industry.

Illustration of Elderly Patient Having A Stroke After Study on Xarelto Stroke Prevention Finds It As Effective As Aspirin.

Xarelto Study On Stroke Prevention Ends Early

Ashley Lombardo · October 17, 2017

A Xarelto study on stroke prevention ended early after the drug failed to demonstrate any advantage over taking aspirin.

Research + Findings
A woman in a red sweater sitting on a couch in a cozy blanket with a hot beverage, recognizing symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.

Winter Blues and Other Symptoms of Seasonal Disorders

Ashley Lombardo · December 5, 2017

Changing seasons may cause changing symptoms. Recognizing seasonal affective disorder is the first step to limit its overall health impacts.

Health Features
Pink illustration of the female reproductive system as it depicts the way ovarian cancer in fallopian tubes may be the starting point.

Preliminary Study Finds Ovarian Cancer May Start in Fallopian Tubes

Ashley Lombardo · October 25, 2017

An ovarian cancer study indicates the disease may originate in the fallopian tubes. Scientists used genome sequencing to examine DNA errors.

Research + Findings
A photo of the back of a man's head, with sunlight peaking through, showcasing the benefits of vitamin D.

‘Tis the Season to Keep Track of Vitamin D

Ashley Lombardo · November 2, 2017

While vitamin intake may seem like something to shrug off, monitoring and stabilizing your vitamin D levels is more important than you think.

Health Features
A photo of an American flag on building, representing the opioid crisis as a public health emergency in Trump's America.

Is the Opioid Crisis a Public Health Emergency?

Ashley Lombardo · November 8, 2017

Though President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, the administration may cut Medicaid without funding aid programs.

An illustration of a gavel, representing what happened in the California talcum trials.

What Happened in the California Talcum Trial

Ashley Lombardo · November 14, 2017

Expert testimony may have linked talcum powder to adverse effects, but deciding what evidence will be admissible is up to the courts.

A photo of Xarelto pills in a clear disk, representing Xarelto becoming approved for VTE prevention.

Xarelto Gets FDA Approval to Extend VTE Prevention

Ashley Lombardo · November 17, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration approved the blood thinner Xarelto for extended VTE prevention. The medication has been linked to severe bleeding.

FDA Regulation
A sunny photo of two women discussing the benefits of vitamin D for diabetes.

Why Vitamin D Is Important in the Fight Against Diabetes

Ashley Lombardo · November 28, 2017

Sunshine, fish, mushrooms and more. Vitamin D plays a greater role than we thought in the fight against diabetes.

Health Features
A photo of a group of three women walking in a field, representing three ovarian cancer organizations empowering women.

3 Ovarian Cancer Organizations Empowering Women

Ashley Lombardo · September 26, 2017

Learn about ovarian cancer organizations with progressive research initiatives, social outreach and a passion for protecting women.

Women's Health