Carah Wertheimer

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Carah Wertheimer

Carah Wertheimer is a freelance writer 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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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Premature birth prevention drug Makena may be withdrawn due to an FDA advisory panel vote.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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Five 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.

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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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Carah Wertheimer · July 23, 2019

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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
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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
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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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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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
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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
Dog and cat impacted by the opioid crisis

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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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,

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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.

Health Features