Lauren Styx

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Lauren Styx

Lauren Styx is a health magazine editor and freelance writer based in Chicago. Her storytelling explores health, culture, sustainability and the ways in which those areas intersect.

Latest MedTruth Work by Lauren Styx

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New York Liberty Addresses Women’s Health in Prison With ‘Forgotten Behind Bars’

Lauren Styx · August 13, 2019

The Women's National Basketball Association team in New York hosted a panel to discuss women's health in prison. Female prisoners, especially women of color, are largely underserved while incarcerated — and their health suffers.

Women's Health
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$2 Billion Verdict Reduced in Roundup Cancer Case

Lauren Styx · July 29, 2019

In May, a jury awarded the amount of $2 billion in punitive damages and $55 million in compensatory damages to a California couple who developed cancer after years of exposure to Roundup weedkiller. Last week, the California judge significantly reduced the award in this historic Roundup cancer case.

Legal Developments
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Could Esketamine Become an Effective Treatment for Depression?

Lauren Styx · July 3, 2019

Spravato, an esketamine nasal spray developed by Johnson & Johnson, was approved by the FDA in March 2019. As the subject of the successful AJP study, the drug could be an important development for patients in desperate need of options. But it also raises concerns about cost and safety.

Research + Findings
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Colorado Reduces Cost of Insulin to $100 for Insured Patients

Lauren Styx · May 29, 2019

The cost of insulin has been known to reach $1,000 or more, often forcing diabetic patients to take drastic and dangerous measures to obtain the medication. Colorado's newest law addressing co-payment insulin costs now sets the cap at $100 a month for insured patients.

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Rising Cost of Insulin Leads To Lethal Rationing For Type 1 Diabetics

Lauren Styx · March 20, 2019

The unaffordable cost of insulin has left many diabetics in desperate circumstances, having to choose between their medication or their mortgage. Advocates say insulin is a life-saving medication, and it needs to be more accessible in the U.S.

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Researchers Find Liver Damage May Be A Risk of Roundup

Lauren Styx · June 10, 2019

A recent study by the University of California San Diego School of Medicine found a new risk of Roundup: liver damage. Levels of glyphosate, the primary herbicide in Roundup, were significantly higher in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease than in patients with healthier livers.

Research + Findings
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Advocates Respond to FDA Reports on Textured Breast Implant Risks

Lauren Styx · March 12, 2019

Advocates for BIA-ALCL awareness call on women and medical professionals to get serious about textured breast implant risks. The FDA will hold an advisory committee panel meeting on breast implant safety in March.

Women's Health
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What is Breast Implant Illness?

Lauren Styx · April 9, 2019

In the past 20 years, more women have been coming forward suffering from symptoms related to their breast implants. While doctors insist these ailments are caused by other health issues, victims of breast implant illness take a stand to share their truth.

Patient Stories
A photo of a court microphone representing the recent Roundup case in California, which resulted in a $2 billion-dollar verdict against Monsanto.

Monsanto to Pay $2 Billion to California Couple in Latest Roundup Case

Lauren Styx · May 20, 2019

Last Monday, in the most recent of three similar Roundup case verdicts, a California jury ruled in favor of couple Alva and Alberta Pilliod. The couple claimed that long-term exposure Roundup on their Northern California property caused severe health issues.

Legal Developments