Carah Wertheimer

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Carah Wertheimer

Carah Wertheimer is an editor and reporter based in Boulder, Colorado. Her areas of specialization include food, health, environment, social justice and community reporting. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, The Denver Post, The Daily Beast, the Boulder Daily Camera, Boulder Weekly and other publications.

Latest MedTruth Work by Carah Wertheimer

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Johnson & Johnson Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit Mo...

Carah Wertheimer · May 14, 2021

A judge has decided that Theresa Drumheller does not need to provide more details about her pelvic mesh for the lawsuit to proceed.

Legal Developments
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Jury Awards $7 Million to Three Veterans...

Carah Wertheimer · May 5, 2021

A federal jury has awarded $7.1 million to three army veterans who alleged that defective 3M military earplugs caused their permanent hearing damage. 

Legal Developments
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COVID-19 Nursing Home Outbreaks Spark Re...

Carah Wertheimer · April 30, 2021

The spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes has led to increased concerns about nursing home quality among researchers.

Research + Findings
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Congress Responds to Baby Food Worries, New Bill Limits Toxic Heavy Metals

Carah Wertheimer · April 16, 2021

Lawmakers have introduced legislation limiting toxic heavy metals in baby foods.

Laws + Congress
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Two Brands of Mesh Linked to Greater Risk of Breast Surgery Complications

Carah Wertheimer · April 7, 2021

According to the FDA, two brands of surgical mesh used in breast reconstruction surgery may be linked to a higher risk of complications.

Women's Health
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New Free and Expanded Access to Your Medical Records Starts This Month

Carah Wertheimer · April 2, 2021

The law requires all health care organizations to create online portals where patients can access

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Nursing Home Ratings Meaningless, New York Times Investigation Finds

Carah Wertheimer · April 1, 2021

A recent New York Times investigation of the nation’s popular five-star nursing home rating system found that the system is “broken,” offering at best a “distorted” picture of nursing home quality.

Research + Findings
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Paragard Video Ad Fails to Mention Risks, FDA Warns Manufacturer

Carah Wertheimer · March 12, 2021

The FDA has warned Paragard IUD manufacturer CooperSurgical for running ads that fail to disclose Paragard’s safety risks.

Women's Health
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Paragard IUD Lawsuits Transferred to Female Judge in Georgia

Carah Wertheimer · January 26, 2021

Paragard copper IUD lawsuits filed by women from 23 states were grouped together and transferred to federal court in Atlanta late last year.

Legal Developments
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Elmiron Lawsuits Transferred to New Jersey

Carah Wertheimer · January 13, 2021

Elmiron bladder medication lawsuits alleging vision damage are being transferred to a single New Jersey federal court.

Legal Developments
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Fibroid Removal Safety Recommendations Updated by FDA

Carah Wertheimer · January 7, 2021

The FDA has finalized safety recommendations for the use of power morcellators in surgeries to remove fibroids.

FDA Regulation
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Paragard IUD Lawsuits Best Handled by Female Judge, Attorney Says

Carah Wertheimer · December 8, 2020

A personal injury lawyer representing Paragard IUD clients suggested a female judge be assigned a pending Paragard class action lawsuit.

Women's Health
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Elmiron Class Action Lawsuit Blocked by Pennsylvania Judge

Carah Wertheimer · December 4, 2020

A request from Elmiron manufacturer to stop a proposed national class action lawsuit from proceeding has been granted.

Legal Developments
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California First State to Ban Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics

Carah Wertheimer · October 7, 2020

California has become the first state in the nation to ban 24 toxic chemicals from cosmetics.

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Respirator Masks from China Put COVID-19 Health Care Workers at Risk

Carah Wertheimer · September 25, 2020

Relying on imported masks may put health care workers and patients at risk and should only be used as a “last resort” when treating COVID-19 patients.

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New Blood Test Detects Cancer Up to 4 Years Before Diagnosis

Carah Wertheimer · September 18, 2020

A cutting-edge blood test can detect five common cancers up to four years before most people even know they have the disease.

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No Increased Risk of Most Cancers From Hair Dye, Study Says

Carah Wertheimer · September 14, 2020

A major study found no increased risk of most types of cancer in women who use permanent hair dye at home.

Research + Findings
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First Drug to Slow Alzheimer's Submitted for FDA Review

Carah Wertheimer · July 21, 2020

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

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

Carah Wertheimer · May 19, 2020

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

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

Carah Wertheimer · April 10, 2020

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

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Bayer Renegs on Roundup Cancer Claim Settlements, Blames Coronavirus

Carah Wertheimer · April 8, 2020

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

Legal Developments
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1-in-5 Prescriptions Are Off-Label: What You Don't Know Could Hurt You

Carah Wertheimer · March 17, 2020

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

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

Carah Wertheimer · February 25, 2020

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

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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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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.

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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.

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Early Puberty in Girls Linked to Personal Care Products

Carah Wertheimer · February 11, 2020

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

Research + Findings
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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.

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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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5 Powerful Quotes About Patient Safety by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Carah Wertheimer · January 28, 2020

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

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

Carah Wertheimer · January 27, 2020

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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
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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."

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

FDA Regulation
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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
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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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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.

Research + Findings
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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.

FDA Regulation
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Riegel v. Medtronic: How the Landmark Case Limits Patient Rights

Carah Wertheimer · October 17, 2019

In 2008, a complex case set a legal precedent that dictates how Class III medical devices are approached. It's the landmark Supreme Court ruling, known as Riegel v. Medtronic, that changed everything. Now, those harmed by Class III medical devices struggle to seek legal recourse.

Legal Developments
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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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Northern Californians Still Without Power, As Fire Burns in the South

Carah Wertheimer · October 11, 2019

Pacific Gas and Electric intentionally cut power to residents in Northern California counties. Simultaneously, as wildfires rage, Southern California Edison cut power to prevent wildfires in Southern California.

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California Governor Grants Access to HIV-Prevention Drugs Without a Prescription

Carah Wertheimer · October 10, 2019

San Francisco governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill to grant California residents access to HIV-prevention drugs PrEP and PEP without the requirement of a prescription.

Laws + Congress
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Worried About Breast Cancer? Science Says Eat More Chicken, Less Red Meat

Carah Wertheimer · October 8, 2019

Research shows that women who consumed poultry rather than red meat had a significantly lower risk of breast cancer.

Research + Findings
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FDA Receives Thousands of Public Comments on Glyphosate, Re-Approval Pending

Carah Wertheimer · September 10, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration received 114,855 public comments regarding the safety of Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, which is currently under review for renewed registration.

FDA Regulation
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Study Finds Nearly Half of Pregnant Women Prescribed Opioids Shortly Before or After Delivery

Carah Wertheimer · August 29, 2019

A study tracked pregnant women prescribed opioids shortly before or after delivery to note prescription re-fill behaviors and continued use following pregnancy. While opioid use can be effective during delivery, researchers say other pain management options should be considered.

Women's Health
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Illinois Reports First Vape-Related Death

Carah Wertheimer · August 27, 2019

Doctors across the nation have noticed an influx of patients admitted to hospitals with severe lung diseases and respiratory problems linked to vaping. Illinois, in particular, noted 22 such cases just last week. One of those 22 died last Thursday—marking the first vape-related death in the nation.

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New Screening for Coronary Artery Disease Developed, Without Contrast Agents

Carah Wertheimer · August 12, 2019

A new test to detect coronary artery disease in just 15 minutes with a basic MRI is currently being developed by Boston researchers. It wouldn't require the use of controversial, potentially toxic gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs).

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Will J&J Get 12,000 Baby Powder Asbestos Cases Dismissed?

Carah Wertheimer · August 5, 2019

Johnson & Johnson may be relieved of 79% of all lawsuits filed against them for the health hazards of their talcum powder. After invoking a validation process known as the Daubert test, scrutinizing expert testimony and information, 12,000 asbestos cases now await a decision from Judge Freda Wolfson.

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Global Recall of Breast Implants Linked to Rare Form of Cancer

Carah Wertheimer · July 24, 2019

Breast implant maker Allergan issued a recall of breast implants today following a request from the FDA. The agency placed this request upon discovering a link between the Allergan implants and a rare form of immune system cancer, BIA-ALCL (breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma).

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Desperate Housewives' Marcia Cross Addresses Baby Powder and Cancer

Carah Wertheimer · April 24, 2019

Desperate Housewives star, Marcia Cross, posted on Instagram this past March sharing nostalgic photos with her friend who recently died due to Ovarian Cancer. In her post, Cross honors her friend, speaking out on female use of baby powder and cancer.

Women's Health
A photo of a woman with transvaginal mesh after news of Transvaginal Mesh Sales Halted by FDA.

FDA Stops Sales of Transvaginal Mesh

Carah Wertheimer · April 19, 2019

The FDA gave transvaginal mesh companies Boston Scientific and Coloplast 10 days to submit plans to withdraw their products from the market - officially ending transvaginal mesh sales. Unfortunately for many, the damage has been done.

FDA Regulation
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Billions of Dollars of Damage Caused By California’s Camp and Woolsey Wildfires

Carah Wertheimer · December 12, 2018

California fire damage has caused billions of dollars in losses, leaving families without homes statewide.

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Benzocaine and Babies: FDA Warns Teething Gels May Be Life-Threatening

Carah Wertheimer · November 30, 2018

A recent FDA warning alerts families that baby teething gels with benzocaine may cause a rare but serious blood disorder.

FDA Regulation
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Big Pharma, Big Money: When Pharma Contributes Cash to Congress

Carah Wertheimer · November 26, 2018

Pharma executives contribute thousands of dollars to members of Congress, with powerful and influential members receiving large-scale donations through various workarounds.

Health Features
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San Francisco Jury Calls Roundup a "Substantial Factor" in Cancer Case

Carah Wertheimer · March 21, 2019

In the recent Monsanto Roundup trial, six jurors in a San Francisco federal court unanimously decided that Roundup (glyphosate), the world’s most widely-used herbicide, was likely a “substantial factor” in causing Edwin Hardeman's non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Legal Developments
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3 Legal Cases Fighting Dangerous Products in 2019

Carah Wertheimer · March 7, 2019

Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder, Monsanto's Roundup and the chilling opioid crisis have recently been in the headlines as legal teams attempt to get justice for thousands of injured individuals. Here's our breakdown of the top three legal cases to watch in 2019.

Legal Developments
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FDA Issues Letter on Increasing Danger of Surgical Staples

Carah Wertheimer · March 21, 2019

There have been more than 9,000 serious injuries and 32,000 malfunctions related to surgical staples. On March 8, the FDA issued a letter to healthcare providers expressing concern for the issue and recommending safety measures for safety.

FDA Regulation
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Second Jury Links Roundup to Cancer, $80 Million Verdict

Carah Wertheimer · March 30, 2019

Today the jury ordered Monsanto to pay $80 million in damages for 70-year-old Edwin Hardeman’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, who sprayed his 56-acre property with Roundup for 26 years.

Legal Developments
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FDA Attempts to Update Medical Device Regulation

Carah Wertheimer · February 11, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is updating its medical device regulation process to better align with the rapid pace of technological advancement.

FDA Regulation
Woman getting her finger pricked for Alzheimer's blood test

Blood Test Detects Alzheimer's 20 Years in Advance

Carah Wertheimer · February 8, 2019

Created by Australian and Japanese researchers, this revolutionary Alzheimer's blood test is able to detect the disease 20 years before symptoms begin.

Research + Findings
A photo of Billie Copley next to a photo of Jennifer Snowden, two women injured by transvaginal mesh.

Stories Not Statistics: Faces of Transvaginal Mesh

Carah Wertheimer · May 31, 2019

For Pelvic Pain Awareness Month, MedTruth is sharing patient stories. We're recognizing two transvaginal mesh survivors living with chronic pain. For Billie Copley, 44, and Jennifer Snowden, 34, transvaginal mesh implants have changed their lives forever.

Patient Stories

Too Big to Succeed? The Bayer Monsanto Merger

Carah Wertheimer · October 5, 2018

The Bayer Monsanto merger is the single largest cash transaction in history. The companies will control one-quarter of the global market, raising anti-trust concerns on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Birth Control Risks: Decreased Ability to Read Emotions

Carah Wertheimer · March 18, 2019

Common birth control risks are generally well-known. However, a recent study suggests that “the pill” might also be impairing the mind's ability to accurately read the emotions of others.

Women's Health
Photo of child reaching for pills depicted the way children in opioid epidemic are affected.

Data Shows Rising Number of Children Poisoned in Opioid Epidemic

Carah Wertheimer · October 25, 2018

The opioid epidemic in the United States is taking an increasingly devastating toll on children and adolescents, including the youngest Americans – preschool and kindergarten children.

Research + Findings
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Roundup and Cancer: EPA Sidesteps Science Claiming "No Link"

Carah Wertheimer · May 8, 2019

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reaffirmed its 2017 assessment that glyphosate, the herbicide in Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller, does not cause cancer. Recent scientific studies and court cases say otherwise about the controversial herbicide.

Research + Findings
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Estrogel Maker Ascend Therapeutics Under FDA Fire Yet Again

Carah Wertheimer · October 29, 2018

The FDA reprimanded Ascend Theraputics for misleading consumers about the lowest effective dose of Estrogel. Higher doses may increase the risk of Estrogel side effects, such as uterine cancer.

FDA Regulation
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Inside the Opioid Crisis: Pet Prescriptions & Vets

Carah Wertheimer · March 25, 2019

Pet owners desperate to get opioids are intentionally harming their animals. Recent studies surrounding the opioid crisis reveal an increase in the abuse and misuse of veterinary opioid prescriptions.

FDA Regulation
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Can the Natural Cycles App Turn Your Smartphone Into Safe, Reliable Birth Control?

Carah Wertheimer · April 2, 2019

The Natural Cycles App, the first non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical digital birth control, sure sounds good. Available for Android and iPhones, the app is 93 percent effective at preventing unwanted pregnancies and can be used for pregnancy planning, to the tune of $99.99 per annual subscription.  There are no known side effects.

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Tasigna Patients: Be Aware of Chemo-Induced Neuropathy

Carah Wertheimer · October 18, 2018

Cancer patients taking the oral medication Tasigna can reduce the risk of developing chemotherapy-induced neuropathy by better understanding the condition.

Health Features
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Can Opioid Legislation Stem the Free Flow of Drugs?

Carah Wertheimer · March 18, 2019

As the opioid crisis continues to intensify, the numbers paint a grim picture. Unfortunately for those impacted by opioid addiction, U.S. opioid legislation to resolve the epidemic is unlikely to improve anytime soon.

Laws + Congress
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New Talcum Powder Warning Label Case in California

Carah Wertheimer · February 6, 2019

Johnson & Johnson's legal troubles have taken a new turn, now focused on the talcum powder warning label. Under California's Proposition 65, companies must issue warnings if products expose customers to known cancer-causing agents.

Legal Developments
Man in pain due to Polypropylene Mesh Hernia

What is Polypropylene? The Plastic in Your Mesh

Carah Wertheimer · February 15, 2019

Polypropylene mesh was first used surgically in 1958 for the repair of an abdominal wall and is known as a “first generation” mesh. The "second generation” meshes combine two types of plastic with other materials such as the metal titanium, while “third generation” meshes are derived from animal tissues.

Gay men discussing Truvada for HIV prevention

Mutual of Omaha Insures Those Taking HIV-Prevention Drug Truvada, Denies Discrimination

Carah Wertheimer · February 12, 2019

Truvada insurance coverage is no longer denied by Massachusetts company Mutual of Omaha, though discrimination against Truvada users remains an industry-wide practice.

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Former Sloan Kettering “Top Doc” Resigns, Pharma Ties Exposed

Carah Wertheimer · January 22, 2019

Dr. Jose Baselga was forced to resign as chief medical officer of New York’s prestigious Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center after failing to disclose millions of dollars in payments from drug companies,

A photo of a rally protest where people take a stand for the Medical Device Safety Act.

Why You Should Care About the Medical Device Safety Act

Carah Wertheimer · April 17, 2019

Advocates and individuals harmed by Essure, mesh, breast implants and hip replacements are lobbying representatives to support the Medical Device Safety Act, a bill that would allow consumers to get justice from manufacturers for medical device injuries.

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