S. Nicole Lane

S. Nicole Lane

S. Nicole Lane is a freelance journalist based in the southside of Chicago where she covers women's health, the LGBTQ voice, arts, and entertainment. Her byline can be found in Playboy, Rewire News, i-D, Broadly and various other corners of the internet. She is also a visual artist who works with small-scale sculptures.

Latest MedTruth Work by S. Nicole Lane

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Diabetes Distress: How to Cope During th...

S. Nicole Lane · October 23, 2020

Managing diabetes distress begins with understanding your symptoms, then taking charge of your health.

Health Features

How to Be a Chronic Illness Ally

S. Nicole Lane · September 10, 2020

MedTruth talked to five folks living with various chronic illnesses and asked them what makes a good chronic illness ally.

Health Features
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Low Libido? Your Prescription Medication...

S. Nicole Lane · August 26, 2020

Antidepressants, mood stabilizers, diuretics and antihistamines can affect sexual activity.

Patient Stories
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What Does Aquatic Accessibility Look Like?

S. Nicole Lane · August 6, 2020

Since 2010, the Americans with Disabilities Act has required all public pools, wading pools and spas to become accessible to all people, no matter their ability.

Health Features
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COVID-19 and Vitamin D: What Does the Research Say?

S. Nicole Lane · June 23, 2020

Recent research found that vitamin D deficiency may be linked to an increased number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Health Features
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Herogard Donates Thousands of Masks to Food Banks As NYC Reopens

S. Nicole Lane · June 22, 2020

Herogard, an FDA-approved face mask company, donates three face masks to essential food workers in marginalized communities to support a safe re-opening and combat food system insecurity.

Health Features
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COVID Isolation Poses Intense Challenges for People With Addictions

S. Nicole Lane · May 19, 2020

Social isolation can contribute to an increased risk for people struggling with current or previous substance use disorders.

Patient Stories
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How to Make an Effective DIY Face Mask

S. Nicole Lane · April 28, 2020

The CDC has recommended that all people should be wearing cloth face coverings in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here's how to make your own DIY face mask, plus tips on how to safely wear a mask.

Health Features
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Patient Stories: Taking Immunosuppressants During the Coronavirus Pandemic

S. Nicole Lane · March 30, 2020

The public, by now, knows that the elderly and those with serious health issues such as cancer, diabetes, lung disease and heart disease are high risk, but people taking immunosuppressant drugs fall into the high-risk category as well. 

Patient Stories
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Can Chronic Pain Be Relieved by Releasing Difficult Emotions?

S. Nicole Lane · February 27, 2020

Nicole Sachs believes chronic illness can be born inside of the body from unresolved trauma. Here are two stories sharing experiences with Sachs' approach to healing chronic pain.

Patient Stories
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Weight Loss Drug Belviq Withdrawn Over Cancer Concerns

S. Nicole Lane · February 24, 2020

The FDA requested a manufacturer recall of the weight-loss drug Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride) after studies showed an increased risk of cancer.

FDA Regulation
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Friday Film: Netflix's 'Broken' Mini-Series Exposes Product Dangers and Deceit

S. Nicole Lane · February 21, 2020

The Netflix mini-docuseries “Broken” details the harmful and fraudulent ways in which manufacturers create cheap products at the public’s expense, including counterfeit makeup and low-quality furniture.

Health Features
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6 Chemicals in Sunscreen Absorbed by Your Body

S. Nicole Lane · February 10, 2020

Sunscreen is an essential protectant against skin cancer, but it may contain harmful chemicals that do not meet safety regulations.

Research + Findings
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What’s in Your Supplements? Dangerous Ingredients to Look Out For

S. Nicole Lane · January 31, 2020

Dietary supplements may contain harmful hidden pharmaceutical ingredients. Watch out for these 15 toxic ingredients that can cause organ damage, cancer, cardiac arrest and various other ailments.

Health Features
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Early Cataracts and LASIK: Seeing the Link

S. Nicole Lane · January 22, 2020

Recent reports from young people who underwent LASIK and suffered cataracts in the years that followed have incited medical curiosity surrounding the link between the sight-improving surgery and the life-altering medical condition.

Patient Stories
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How Florida's Baker Act Impacts Suicide

S. Nicole Lane · January 16, 2020

The Baker Act allows for certain at-risk patients to be held involuntarily for up to 72 hours in a mental health facility. Though this law is meant to protect patients, many say resources provided to patients were inadequate upon leaving the facility.

Laws + Congress
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Stories of Miscarriage: The Untold Truth

S. Nicole Lane · January 8, 2020

More than half of people believe that miscarriage is uncommon. This is a misconception, as 10-20% of all pregnancies end in loss. Read the stories of people who lived it.

Health Features
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Robotic Hernia Surgeries Cost More, But Are They Better?

S. Nicole Lane · December 11, 2019

Free hernia screenings may be used as an opportunity to show patients the da Vinci surgical robot, but concerns about the benefits and safety of robotic surgery remain.

Health Features
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2019 Explores All Reconstruction Options

S. Nicole Lane · October 16, 2019

This October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, MedTruth recognizes the AiRS Foundation, which supports cancer survivors by providing information and financial aid to those considering reconstruction. It's important to note that reconstruction isn't the only option. Some women are taking social media by storm, advising women to "choose flat."

Health Features
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Menopause: The Transition, the Truth and Why It Matters

S. Nicole Lane · October 7, 2019

While menopause typically occurs somewhere around age 51 in people with a cervix, many women experience the impacts of it before it happens and for years after. This October, the International Menopause Society in collaboration with the World Health Organization calls us to reflect on an important life transition that many refuse to speak openly about.

Women's Health
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Can 'Female Viagra' Treat Low Libido?

S. Nicole Lane · August 27, 2019

In 2010, a drug termed the "female Viagra" and marketed by the name "Addyi" was rejected by the FDA. Five years later, the administration approved it, despite unpromising pre-market trials and studies; However, low libido in females may require far more than a pill to fix.

Health Features
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Friday Film: Breast Men, the Fate of an Industry Foreshadowed

S. Nicole Lane · August 23, 2019

Some thirty years after the first breast implant procedures, HBO set out to produce the film, "Breast Men." Though the piece does reflect the legal conflicts and health battles that breast implants would go on to create, its crude telling of such a sensitive topic struggles to withstand the test of time.

Health Features
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Is Suicide an Adverse Effect of LASIK Surgery?

S. Nicole Lane · August 20, 2019

Sudden and tragic deaths following a popular eye procedure may indicate that suicidality is an adverse effect of LASIK surgery. Many doctors now believe that the procedure may cause neurological issues that lead to suicidal ideation. Patients experiencing complications feel they were not properly warned.

Health Features
Photo of Frances Scott, who suffered cobalt toxicity after hip implants, and other advocates of Medical Device Problems group while they lobbied at the Capitol for the Medical Device Safety Act.

Cobalt Toxicity: The Poison in Her Hip Replacement

S. Nicole Lane · June 28, 2019

Frances was 39 when she had cobalt alloy hips implanted. Within weeks, her skin broke out in boils. Within months, she faced effects ranging from memory loss and visual disturbances to severe tinnitus and PTSD-like rage/anxiety attacks. The effects of cobalt toxicity on the brain are evident.

Patient Stories
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3 Alternative Ways to Recover from Opioid Addiction

S. Nicole Lane · April 10, 2019

Acupuncture, meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy are three recommended alternative methods for individuals recovering from opioid addiction.

Health Features
An illustration of a sad female reproductive system after women experience LEEP for HPV complications.

A LEEP for HPV May Come with Unknown Consequences

S. Nicole Lane · November 28, 2018

Women undergoing a LEEP for HPV have been encountering a number of issues, including depression and discomfort.

Women's Health
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Effects of Sexual Assault Are Source of Severe Health Problems

S. Nicole Lane · March 7, 2019

Effects of sexual assault in survivors of harassment and rape include PTSD, depression, high blood pressure, anxiety, kidney disease, aneurysms, and diabetes, among other illnesses. When gone unaddressed, these effects may worsen with time - affecting intimacy and quality of life.

Women's Health
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Birth Control Risks: Childhood Leukemia

S. Nicole Lane · March 7, 2019

A recent Danish study found that oral contraceptives, when taken under six months before conception or even during pregnancy, can be linked to an increased risk of childhood leukemia. These findings set a precedent for future studies on birth control risks.

Women's Health
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After the Bleeding Edge, Are Women Still Being Implanted with Essure?

S. Nicole Lane · February 26, 2019

Though Essure permanent birth control is no longer sold in the U.S. after 2019, women may still receive an implant from doctors who have the device in their inventory.

Women's Health
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Heavy Metals in Hemp Call for Greater Safety Standards

S. Nicole Lane · February 25, 2019

The 2018 Farm Bill will remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which means that hemp will be an agricultural commodity.

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Debunking the 7 Most Common Colorectal Cancer Myths

S. Nicole Lane · March 31, 2019

Colorectal cancer, the second most common cancer killer in the United States, is widely misunderstood. This Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we're debunking the biggest myths surrounding the condition.

Health Features
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How Hernia Mesh and Vaginal Mesh Can Harm Your Sex Life

S. Nicole Lane · November 23, 2018

When hernia mesh fails or vaginal mesh erodes, a person's sex life may be changed forever.

Health Features
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How the Confirmation of Kavanaugh Could Affect Women's Health

S. Nicole Lane · October 4, 2018

The result is essential to the future of women’s health in the United States. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would be responsible for the lives of women all over the country.

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Essure Still Sold to U.S. Women Through 2018, Despite Risks

S. Nicole Lane · September 13, 2018

Even though the device is no longer selling in other countries, Bayer, its manufacturer, will continue to offer Essure to women in the U.S.

Health Features
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Gena and Chuck Norris Raise Awareness About Dangers of MRI Dye

S. Nicole Lane · September 11, 2018

Actor Chuck Norris and his wife Gena are speaking out about the effects of gadolinium toxicity poisoning, which may be caused by contrast agents used during MRIs.

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Seeing Chronic Illness: Symptoms, Stigmas and Solutions

S. Nicole Lane · June 5, 2019

Approximately 133 million people in the United States suffer from a chronic illness according to a report by the National Health Council. By 2020, that number is estimated to hit 157 million. Unfortunately, these large numbers don't mean chronic illness is largely understood or widely acknowledged.

Health Features
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Understanding Trump's New Opioid Legislation

S. Nicole Lane · November 15, 2018

Last month, Donald Trump passed the Support for Patients and Communities Act, a new opioid legislation that attempts to confront an epidemic that killed 49,000 people last year.

Laws + Congress
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Why We Still Aren’t Educated Enough on Ovarian Cancer

S. Nicole Lane · November 14, 2018

A recent report found that many women don’t know that much about ovarian cancer whatsoever.

Women's Health
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Sackler Family Profited Off Opioid Epidemic, Creates New Drug to Treat It

S. Nicole Lane · September 22, 2018

The Sackler family owns Purdue Pharma, the company behind Oxycontin—the leading drug of abuse. Now, they're trying to treat it.

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Are New Generations Unaware of Yaz Side Effects?

S. Nicole Lane · December 10, 2018

Young women taking birth control may not be informed about possible Yaz side effects, such as blood clots, heart attacks and gallbladder disease.

Women's Health
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9 Key Women's Health Signs to Watch

S. Nicole Lane · February 4, 2019

Breast changes, weight gain and bloating may all be symptoms of a greater issue. If you're experiencing any of these women's health signs, it may be time to visit a physician.

Women's Health
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Truvada, PrEP Medication for HIV, Linked to Side Effects

S. Nicole Lane · January 15, 2019

Truvada, a popular HIV prevention medication, has been linked to issues with kidneys and bones, among other side effects.

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U.S. Ranks Last in Women's Health Report

S. Nicole Lane · January 17, 2019

A recent report compares the state of women's health in the 11 most wealthy nations. The U.S. ranked last, with women suffering from chronic disease, emotional stress and more.

Women's Health
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How to Support the Medical Device Safety Act

S. Nicole Lane · September 20, 2018

The Medical Device Safety Act allows women affected by Essure to seek legal recourse and ensures medical device manufacturers are incentivized to maintain product safety.

Laws + Congress
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Recognizing the Signs of Breast Implant Illness

S. Nicole Lane · April 25, 2019

Many patients with breast implant illness suffer from autoimmune symptoms, fatigue, fever, numbness and joint pain.

Women's Health
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Opioid Link Has Sackler Family Donations Declined By Museums

S. Nicole Lane · May 23, 2019

The Sackler family has profited for years from their personal connections to Purdue Pharma amid the opioid crisis. Now, esteemed museums like the Met, Tate Modern, and the Guggenheim decline the Sackler Family Donations following public backlash.

Legal Developments