Benjamin Duong

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Benjamin Duong

Benjamin Duong is a medical student and freelance writer based in Dothan, Alabama. He has a Masters of Public Health from the George Washington University and majored in microbiology and political science at the University of Florida. He has worked on advocacy for issues ranging from medical education to global maternal and infant mortality.

Latest MedTruth Work by Benjamin Duong

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
Gay couple representing how PrEP For HIV Works

How PrEP For HIV Works

Benjamin Duong · August 27, 2019

The goal of PrEP is to prevent HIV infection even if there is an accidental exposure. Tenofovir and emtricitabine are antiviral drugs that inhibit HIV’s ability to replicate and spread within the human body.

Health Features
An illustration of a patient undergoing adaptive radiotherapy, which may be the future of cancer treatment.

Adaptive Radiotherapy: Cancer Treatment May Be Safer, More Accessible

Benjamin Duong · August 21, 2019

Adaptive radiotherapy is a form of personalized radiation therapy for cancer treatment. Although still in its early stages, clinicians hope that with further development to imaging methods, this form of cancer treatment will be a safer option to target tumors while minimizing tissue damage.

Research + Findings

FDA Alert Indicates Some Medtronic Pacemaker Batteries Can Fail Without Warning

Benjamin Duong · August 21, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert in May regarding the batteries of implantable pacemakers and cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers (CRT-P) from the medical device company, Medtronic.

FDA Regulation
A woman worried about opioid overdoses in America

How Likely Are Americans to Die from an Opioid Overdose?

Benjamin Duong · February 5, 2019

In 2017, at least 70,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose. A deep dive into the history and causes of the opioid epidemic shows that America has long struggled with opioids.

Research + Findings
Woman passed out due to a diabetes emergency

4 Diabetes Emergencies You Should Never Ignore

Benjamin Duong · March 6, 2019

If you have type 2 diabetes, you have to understand diabetes emergencies. Know the signs of hyperglycemic hyperosmolar state, Fournier's gangrene, lower limb amputations and diabetic ketoacidosis.

Health Features
Photo of man wearing apple watch for medical benefits of apple watch after hip replacement.

Could the Apple Watch Save Lives After Hip and Knee Replacements?

Benjamin Duong · November 21, 2018

Studies show the Apple Watch health monitoring system may be able to track joint replacement complications and notify providers in a timely manner, potentially save thousands of patients.

A physician talking to patient about telemedicine in the ADA Standards of Care

Major Takeaways from the 2019 ADA Standards of Care

Benjamin Duong · January 25, 2019

The key patient takeaway from the ADA standards of care is that patients have more control over the treatments and management strategies that they receive from their health providers.

A man wondering about the risk of SGLT2 amputation in diabetics.

SGLT2 Amputation: Can Medication Contribute to Diabetes Amputations?

Benjamin Duong · February 12, 2019

A popular class of diabetes medications in 2019 may cause an increased risk of amputation, in addition to other complications such as diabetic ketoacidosis, acute kidney injury and serious urinary tract infection, SGLT2 amputation creates another risk for patients with diabetes.

FDA Regulation