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Whether you’re feeling a film review or perusing non-profit activism, we’ve got features for every occasion. Follow our in-depth articles to explore the odd and ends of health care, tips for improving your health, underreported medical conditions and more. Wellness starts when you’re well-informed.

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Elmiron Bladder Medication and Vision Loss: What Patients Need to Know

Risa Kerslake · September 23, 2020

Symptoms that have been reported include blurry vision, difficulty seeing in the dark, and, in advanced stages, blind spots. 

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MedTruth's Guide to COVID-19 Terms

Sarah DiGiulio · September 22, 2020

Our guide to COVID-19 terms and concepts to help you to better navigate the current pandemic.

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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.

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Dental Implant Complications: Dick Van Dyke's Painful Story

Akilah Wise · September 2, 2020

Dick Van Dyke experienced excruciating headaches, chronic fatigue and insomnia despite tests coming back normal. He turned to Twitter for answers.

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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.

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Is It Time to Recognize Breast Implant Illness as a Medical Condition?

Lauren Styx · August 6, 2020

A petition sponsored by the Breast Implant Safety Alliance is calling for the CDC and FDA to develop a medical code for breast implant illness.

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Curly Hair ‘Holy Grail’ DevaCurl and MLM Brand Monat Under Fire for Alleged Hair and Scalp Damage

Emily Rose Thorne · August 4, 2020

Users of hair product brands DevaCurl and Monat are speaking out about potential scalp sores, hair loss and hair damage.

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5 Top Podcast Recommendations for Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Krystal Kavita Jagoo · July 24, 2020

We recognize July as National Minority Mental Health Month and the importance of prioritizing mental well-being for communities of color. These five podcasts provide diverse perspectives on mental health, race, identity and more.

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What to Know About Telemedicine Before You Try It

Sarah DiGiulio · July 16, 2020

Telemedicine refers to the remote delivery of clinical health care services. It’s a type of “telehealth,” which also includes things like public health efforts and health education that include technology.

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“STINK!” Exposes the Odious Chemical Practices of Corporations in America

James Parker · July 10, 2020

The documentary STINK! follows the personal story of how Jon J Whelan became involved in activism against toxic chemicals.

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7 Films to Celebrate Pride 2020

MedTruth Editors · June 26, 2020

In the mood for a queer documentary, comedy or romance? Look no further. We've selected a handful of the best gay, lesbian and trans films to watch during Pride 2020 and all year long.

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Film & Guide: How to Report Adverse Events to the FDA

MedTruth Editors · June 24, 2020

Adverse event reporting is essential to patient safety. Watch our short film and download the MedTruth Guide to Adverse Event Reporting to help you prepare to share your side effects with the FDA.

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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.

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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.

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Ava DuVernay’s '13th' Traces the Public Health Crisis of Mass Incarceration

Emily Rose Thorne · June 13, 2020

The Netflix documentary “13th,” directed by Ava DuVernay, traces the history of mass incarceration and explains how the remnants of American slavery intertwine with crime, punishment and Blackness.

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5 Films to Watch During Mental Health Awareness Month

Lauren Styx · May 29, 2020

MedTruth shares our top five films that provide a window into the many different kinds of mental health journeys, in honor of May's Mental Health Awareness Month.

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Baby Carriers: How to Prevent Hip Dysplasia in Infants

Kimberly Nicoletti · May 26, 2020

Carrying your baby incorrectly could lead to hip dysplasia, which is described as a “silent condition” because babies aren’t in pain and can usually still learn to walk.

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'Brain on Fire' Brings Attention to Rare, Maddening Mystery Illness

Kimberly Nicoletti · May 22, 2020

A young journalist experiencing unusual symptoms is misdiagnosed with a mental illness in the film adaptation of a true story, which successfully drew attention to an unrecognized autoimmune disease known as anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.

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'Brain on Fire' Brings Attention to Rare, Maddening Mystery Illness

Kimberly Nicoletti · May 22, 2020

A young journalist experiencing unusual symptoms is misdiagnosed with a mental illness in the film adaptation of a true story, which successfully drew attention to an unrecognized autoimmune disease known as anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.

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‘Swallow’ Is a Haunting Cinematic Portrait on Body and Control

Ashley Lombardo · May 15, 2020

The film follows Hunter, a polished and newly pregnant housewife who craves inedible objects. Her experiences with an eating disorder known as pica explore themes of compulsion, control and the expectations of motherhood and domesticity.

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‘Dark Waters:’ A True Story of Toxic Drinking Water and DuPont's Deception

Tess Francke · May 8, 2020

The corrupt story of water pollution in America unfolds in the 2019 film 'Dark Waters' from the perspective of a Cincinnati attorney played by Mark Ruffalo, who comes to the gut-wrenching realization that mega-corporations dump hazardous waste into water sources.

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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.

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Netflix's 'Pandemic' Eerily Predicted COVID-19

Kimberly Nicoletti · April 24, 2020

The Netflix docuseries "Pandemic," filmed prior to the coronavirus outbreak, follows doctors and researchers in their quests to prepare for a pandemic like the 1918 deadly influenza virus.

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Amazon Prime Series 'Undone' Creatively Warps Space and Time

Annie Simon · April 10, 2020

Amazon Prime's original show 'Undone' is a visually stunning depiction of trauma and mental illness from the creators of Bojack Horseman.

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American Youth at Growing Risk of Suicide and Self-Harm

Kimberly Nicoletti · April 2, 2020

The rate of suicide attempts and self-harming behavior is on the rise in recent years, doubling in children and teens in less than a decade.

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American Youth at Growing Risk of Suicide and Self-Harm

Kimberly Nicoletti · April 2, 2020

The rate of suicide attempts and self-harming behavior is on the rise in recent years, doubling in children and teens in less than a decade.

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What We Can Learn From 'Osmosis Jones' During a Global Pandemic

Tess Francke · March 27, 2020

'Osmosis Jones,' a 2001 movie, provides insight into how the human body fights pathogens, plus tips on how to stay healthy and other fundamental topics that can help us better navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

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What We Can Learn From 'Osmosis Jones' During a Global Pandemic

Tess Francke · March 27, 2020

'Osmosis Jones,' a 2001 movie, provides insight into how the human body fights pathogens, plus tips on how to stay healthy and other fundamental topics that can help us better navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

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4 Entertaining Health Films to Watch During Coronavirus Crisis

MedTruth Editors · March 20, 2020

As COVID-19 progresses and states begin to shelter-in-place, people are searching for movies to watch. From 'Thank You For Smoking' to 'Five Feet Apart,' here are a few Hollywood films depicting interesting, relevant public health concepts to keep you thinking and entertained.

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Meet the Local Organizations Providing Free Narcan in Los Angeles

Ashley Lombardo · March 19, 2020

Local organizations Community Meeting, End Overdose and LA Department of Public Health come together to fight the opioid crisis in different ways. Educating people on how to get and use Narcan in Los Angeles is one significant effort.

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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.

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How the Coronavirus Affects the Medical Supply Chain

Benjamin Duong · March 16, 2020

The U.S. faces a shortage of coronavirus testing kits, revealing flaws within the medical supply chain.

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Netflix’s Docuseries 'The Pharmacist' Depicts One Man’s Fight Against Opioid Corruption

Kimberly Nicoletti · March 13, 2020

'The Pharmacist' tells the story of Daniel Schneider’s heart-wrenching search for his son’s killer and ultimately shows the opioid crisis through his eyes — a Louisiana-based pharmacist.

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6 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Microplastics

Tess Francke · March 9, 2020

Invisible pieces of plastic hide in everyday household dust, shampoo, toys, soup can linings, electronics, cosmetics and numerous other products.

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6 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Microplastics

Tess Francke · March 9, 2020

Invisible pieces of plastic hide in everyday household dust, shampoo, toys, soup can linings, electronics, cosmetics and numerous other products.

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'Anamnesis' Podcast Delves Into Manufacturing Issues With Generic Drugs

Kimberly Nicoletti · February 28, 2020

In a recent episode of the “Anamnesis” podcast, investigative journalist Katherine Eban discusses the substandard conditions for manufacturing generic drugs.

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Black History Month 2020: Honoring Leaders in Health and Medicine

MedTruth Editors · February 25, 2020

In honor of Black History Month 2020, MedTruth is highlighting the contributions of five Black Americans in the healthcare field.

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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.

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'Trust Me, I'm Sick,' A Female-Led Documentary Series on Chronic Illness

Annie Simon · January 31, 2020

'Trust Me, I'm Sick,' a short documentary series following the everyday lives of five individuals, works to create an accurate portrayal of people living with chronic illness.

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'Trust Me, I'm Sick,' A Female-Led Documentary Series on Chronic Illness

Annie Simon · January 31, 2020

'Trust Me, I'm Sick,' a short documentary series following the everyday lives of five individuals, works to create an accurate portrayal of people living with chronic illness.

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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.

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'Trust Me, I'm Sick,' A Female-Led Documentary Series on Chronic Illness

Annie Simon · January 31, 2020

'Trust Me, I'm Sick,' a short documentary series following the everyday lives of five individuals, works to create an accurate portrayal of people living with chronic illness.

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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.

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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.

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6 Books and Films for Navigating Life with Chronic Illness 

Tess Francke · January 8, 2020

In addition to a network of support, books and films can help those suffering from a condition cope. These resources are tailored to chronic illness sufferers, as they all highlight particular chronic conditions.

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5 Alternatives to Zantac

Benjamin Duong · January 7, 2020

What are the alternative options to treat heartburn and related conditions? Here are 5 medications to take instead of Zantac.

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Is Depression Linked to the Gut Biome?

Francesca Prato · January 6, 2020

Recent research indicates that the brain-gut connection may have strong implications for future treatment of depression and other mental disorders.

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How Patients Lose Power Without Medical Device IDs

Nicole Knight · January 6, 2020

Medical device IDs aren't always given to the consumer even though they could be the only thing standing between a patient and the truth about their device implant.

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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.

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When Home is Deadly: Welcome to "Cancer Alley"

Nicole Knight · December 4, 2019

A ProPublica investigation covers an area along the Mississippi River, dubbed Louisiana's cancer alley, which leaves residents exposed to toxic, carcinogenic chemicals caused by unregulated air pollution.

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Is Your Doctor Under the Influence of Industry Money?

Nicole Knight · December 4, 2019

Dollars for Docs, a free ProPublica database, allows patients to find out whether their healthcare provider has taken payments from drugmakers or device makers — including money for meals, gifts, travel, consulting, research activities and speaking fees.

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When Home is Deadly: Welcome to "Cancer Alley"

Nicole Knight · December 4, 2019

A ProPublica investigation covers an area along the Mississippi River, dubbed Louisiana's cancer alley, which leaves residents exposed to toxic, carcinogenic chemicals caused by unregulated air pollution.

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Chronicon: The Light of Connection in Chronic Illness

Lauren Delisle · November 24, 2019

New York City's first-ever chronic illness convention, Chronicon, brought together patients and panelists living with chronic conditions — bringing light to a struggle that so many cope with but rarely discuss.

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Friday Film: “The Mind, Explained” Brings Clarity to the Brain’s Complexities

Emma Schkloven · November 15, 2019

Narrated by Emma Stone, the Netflix miniseries is a great introduction to the cerebral science of the human mind and all its complexities.

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Friday Film: 'Farmer's Footprint' Fights For Chemical-Free Agriculture

Emma Schkloven · October 25, 2019

Farmer’s Footprint, a docu-series following farmers in America, explores how different farming practices affect health and the environment. The series explains the regenerative agriculture movement, a practice opposed to the use of chemicals such as glyphosate.

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Chronic Illness Defined: The Spoon Theory and Social Media

Lauren Delisle · October 24, 2019

Chronic illness affects six in 10 adults living in the United States -- a figure that is only expected to increase in coming years. Despite stigmas that stand in the way of societal treatment and comprehensive care methods, holistic and functional practitioners of medicine are working alongside patient advocates to make the world an easier place to live for those coping with chronic illness. Learn more about the movement to make invisible illnesses visible.

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Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Getting an IUD

Tess Francke · October 17, 2019

There are many options women consider when exploring birth control methods. Here are the questions you should ask your doctor when considering getting an IUD.

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Chronic Illness Defined: 3 Autoimmune Diseases and Why They Matter

Annie Simon · October 17, 2019

Chronic illness covers a broad assortment of health conditions, but there are some that never get recognition because of the lack of public dialogue. Today, MedTruth recognizes three underrecognized autoimmune diseases.

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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."

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Friday Film: 'Diagnosis' on Netflix Explores Medical Mysteries

Tess Francke · October 7, 2019

In Netflix's docu-series Diagnosis, New York Times columnist Dr. Lisa Sanders uses the power of writing and the internet to connect the dots for people with undiagnosed and mysterious medical conditions. Each episode tracks the story of a patient with a rare case who is seeking answers to what is causing their symptoms.

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MT Weekly: J&J Mistrial Declared, 'No JUULS' Requested for Schools

James Parker · September 16, 2019

In this week's MT Weekly, Purdue Pharma and the Sacklers negotiated settlements, while pharmaceutical manufacturer Mallinckrodt agreed to a $30 million settlement. Trials on talc and Roundup brought stalemates. Still, global HIV efforts and criticisms of JUUL e-cigarettes bring hope for public health.

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Suicide, Stigma and a System Delaying Mental Health Care

Lauren Delisle · September 10, 2019

In January, 17-year-old Melody Saenz attempted suicide. Her experience with New York mental health services epitomizes the difficult journey to seeking mental health care, as pervasive stigmas, ill-equipped emergency departments and financial burdens add complex layers to finding treatment and recovery.

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MT Weekly: Robotic Devices for Breast Implants, Public Figures Protesting JUUL

James Parker · September 9, 2019

Our current installment of MT Weekly has updates on opioid epidemic initiatives, the J&J talcum powder trial, breast implant improvements, protests against JUUL and advancements in HIV research.

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Friday Film: Heal, a Documentary on the Power of the Mind

Lauren Delisle · August 30, 2019

Combining her loves for filmmaking, yoga, meditation, and spiritualism, Kelly Noonan Gores set out to talk with some of the world's most renowned alternative medicine healers. Though "Heal" is a bit limiting in its condemnation of Western medicine, its message on the power of the mind is notable.

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Friday Film: Heal, a Documentary on the Power of the Mind

Lauren Delisle · August 30, 2019

Combining her loves for filmmaking, yoga, meditation, and spiritualism, Kelly Noonan Gores set out to talk with some of the world's most renowned alternative medicine healers. Though "Heal" is a bit limiting in its condemnation of Western medicine, its message on the power of the mind is notable.

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MT Weekly: Sackler Family Subpoenas, JUUL's Global Strategy, Momentous HIV Breakthroughs

James Parker · August 27, 2019

Last week, the state of New York issued subpoenas to companies with relations to the Sackler family in attempts to track money spent on opioids. Additionally, JUUL announced interest in global markets, and HIV researchers discovered a potentially illuminating sample of the virus.

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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.

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MT Weekly: Sackler Family Subpoenas, JUUL's Global Strategy, Momentous HIV Breakthroughs

James Parker · August 27, 2019

Last week, the state of New York issued subpoenas to companies with relations to the Sackler family in attempts to track money spent on opioids. Additionally, JUUL announced interest in global markets, and HIV researchers discovered a potentially illuminating sample of the virus.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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MT Weekly: California Roundup Warnings, HIV Treatment Drawbacks, JUUL Sues FDA

James Parker · August 19, 2019

In recent news, Roundup will no longer be labeled as carcinogenic in California. Meanwhile, JUUL files suit against the FDA to delay inspection of their e-cigarette. Medicare defraud, talc trial asbestos denials and issues surrounding access to HIV prevention medication are also covered.

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Friday Film: Chasing the Cure, A Docu-Series About Medical Mysteries

Tess Francke · August 9, 2019

Produced by journalist and former "Today" anchor, Ann Curry, the docu-series "Chasing the Cure" follows unsolved medical mysteries in the hopes of getting diagnoses for those who live with them. Each episode invites viewers to provide insights, making for a show with a real capacity for impact.

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'Oxyana,' A Portrait of Rural America's Opioid Crisis

Ashley Lombardo · August 2, 2019

Oxyana, an award-winning documentary film created by Sean Dunne, follows the small-town West Virginia residents of Oceana as they grapple with the impacts of the opioid crisis. Six years later, the harrowing documentary film Oxyana is still relevant.

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MT Weekly: JUUL Addresses Concerns, Bayer Faces Setbacks, Taiwan to Ban Transvaginal Mesh

James Parker · August 2, 2019

In this week's health news, JUUL addresses health concerns raised by Yale University's recent research findings on the well-known e-cigarette product. Meanwhile, Bayer stock drops as the company faces more litigation and transvaginal mesh bans are discussed in the U.S. and abroad.

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'Oxyana,' A Portrait of Rural America's Opioid Crisis

Ashley Lombardo · August 2, 2019

Oxyana, an award-winning documentary film created by Sean Dunne, follows the small-town West Virginia residents of Oceana as they grapple with the impacts of the opioid crisis. Six years later, the harrowing documentary film Oxyana is still relevant.

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PFAS: The Forever Chemical in Drinking Water?

Tess Francke · July 24, 2019

PFAS describes class of over 3,000 chemicals that are used in textiles, paper products, firefighting foams, and industrial processes. Known for being grease and water-resistant, these chemicals are only just beginning to be recognized and studied for the environmental and health risks they may pose.

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MT Weekly: Surprising Opioid Stats, HIV Research Strides and Stalled Zofran Litigation

James Parker · July 18, 2019

In this week's MT Weekly, recently published opioid statistics reveal that prescriptions for opioids are actually down by a notable percentage. Additionally, successful treatment methods for HIV are underway, and Zofran litigation is stalled by the pharmaceutical company's request for an FDA statement.

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MT Weekly: Roundup Bans, Breast Implant Research and Medical Device Laws

James Parker · July 9, 2019

In recent news, Austria bans RoundUp while a U.S. judge orders a reduction of the $75 million punitive settlement. Numbers indicate a stronger correlation between BIA-ALCL and textured breast implants. The FDA also announced the end of their medical device alternative summary reporting system.

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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.

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Food and Mood: How to Treat Depression With Diet

Tess Francke · May 29, 2019

In the average lifespan, 60 tons of food will pass through the GI tract along with microorganisms from the environment. The gut has a big job, so it's no wonder diet can drastically impact wellbeing. Recent science suggests it's a perfectly effective regulatory solution to treat depression with diet.

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5 Ways to Protect Your Skin This Summer

Tess Francke · May 21, 2019

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Though that statistic can be intimidating, skin cancer is preventable. Here are five tips you can embrace to better protect your skin this summer.

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How 5 Creative Women Conquer Stress

Lauren Delisle · May 7, 2019

So often, it’s easy to forget that our mental health is just as important as our physical well-being. Here are helpful tips from creative women on how to manage stress.

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What Diabetics Need to Know About Fournier’s Gangrene

Crystal Duan · May 2, 2019

Male diabetic patients may have to watch out for Fournier's gangrene linked to type 2 diabetes medications known as SGLT-2 inhibitors, according to August 2018 announcement from the FDA.

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How Social Media Affects Mental Health

Emma Schkloven · April 23, 2019

After recent studies indicating a rise in diagnosed and reported Major Depression among adolescents, many question the cause. With average daily time spent online on the rise, it's not surprising more and more people are noticing how social media affects mental health.

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5 Tips for Relieving and Reducing Stress

Lauren Delisle · April 22, 2019

Common symptoms of chronic stress include emotional reactivity, memory loss, changes in appetite, and decreased sex drive. By implementing practices that reduce stress, we can learn to combat those invasive health impacts of stress and lead calmer lives.

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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.

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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.

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6 Signs of Stress Impacting Mental Health

Lauren Delisle · April 1, 2019

Nearly one-third of Americans regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress. This Stress Awareness Month, we're sharing six signs of stress that may be affecting your mental health.

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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.

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HHR: A Rights-Based Approach to the Opioid Epidemic in the United States

Nicole Knight · March 8, 2019

The opioid epidemic in the United States has claimed the lives of over 400,000 people between 1999 and 2017. One report argues that the nation can no longer view the epidemic as a criminal justice issue, and instead, must treat it as the health crisis it is.

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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.

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Diabetes Support Project: How Support from Spouses Benefits Diabetics

Tess Francke · January 23, 2019

The Diabetes Support Project shows the impact and benefits of involving spouses and significant others in the treatment of type 2 diabetes patients.

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Spilling the Tea on How to Prevent and Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Tess Francke · January 16, 2019

Tea has excellent benefits for people with type 2 diabetes. The best tea for diabetes is high in antioxidants, such as green tea, black tea and rooibus tea.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Researchers Uncover Roundup in Cereal, But Does It Cause Cancer?

Nicole Knight · October 17, 2018

Researchers uncovered an alarming amount of the weed killer Roundup in cereal, raising food safety concerns about the presence of the cancer-causing chemical glyphosate.

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Common Side Effects of the Zostavax Shingles Vaccine  

Tess Francke · September 27, 2018

The Zostavax shingles vaccine is generally safe and administered with no side effects, though some individuals have filed lawsuits alleging it may cause vision and hearing loss.

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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.

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4 Major Takeaways from Netflix's The Bleeding Edge

Ashley Lombardo · August 17, 2018

In the hard-hitting Netflix documentary The Bleeding Edge, investigators unpack the failures and subsequent dangers of the U.S. medical device system.

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SSRIs and Sex: How Antidepressants Affect Desire

James Parker · July 31, 2018

SSRIs are commonly prescribed to help people living with anxiety or depression. Unfortunately, there may be a sexual caveat to these medications.

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Are Diabetes and Depression Linked?

James Parker · July 19, 2018

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. For diabetics, it can have a big impact on safety and self-care.

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How to Stay Safe with Electric Gate Systems

James Parker · June 26, 2018

In the past 20 years, hundreds of people around the world have been injured or killed by an electric gate. Understanding automatic gate safety is key for both businesses and homeowners.

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The Female Condom Explained: Non-Hormonal Contraceptive

Ashley Lombardo · May 30, 2018

The female condom is similar to male condoms, and it offers many of the same benefits—but it can be hard to come by.

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A MedTruth Guide to Diabetic Neuropathy

James Parker · May 23, 2018

Our guide to diabetic neuropathy delves into different types of nerve damage, associated symptoms and potential treatment options.

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Doctors Need More Info to Choose the Best Mesh for Hernia Repair

James Parker · May 21, 2018

A recent study shows hernia mesh labels lack important info, which could increase the risk of complications for patients.

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5 Signs You Have Hernia Mesh Complications

Ashley Lombardo · April 25, 2018

More than one million hernia repairs are performed each year. After a hernia mesh surgery, a non-healing wound may develop and the following surgeries could require longer recovery times. Here's how to identify the most common hernia mesh complications.

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MT Weekly: Cannabis and Opioids, Artificial Intelligence for Diabetes

Ashley Lombardo · April 13, 2018

In this week's MedTruth roundup, we highlight a bleeding antidote, developments in diabetes tech, and a study showing how medical cannabis might impact the opioid crisis.

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7 Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Ashley Lombardo · March 8, 2018

1 in 3 nursing home residents is abused or neglected. Protect our nation's nursing home residents by learning more about the seven different types of elder abuse.

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How to Buy Medicine Online

Ashley Lombardo · February 24, 2018

Online pharmacies are cheap and convenient. But if you don't know how to buy medicine online, are internet pharmacies actually safe?

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MT Weekly: Flu Kills 84 Kids, Senate Introduces Opioid Bill

Ashley Lombardo · February 17, 2018

In this week's MedTruth roundup, we highlight a Senate opioid bill, flu season's pediatric fatalities, and a nursing home report on overprescription.

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Hospitals May Overcharge Hip Replacement Surgery Costs

Ashley Lombardo · February 1, 2018

Hip replacement surgery costs may vary widely. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association attempts to understand why.

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MT Weekly: Nursing Home Neglect, Pelvic Mesh Abroad, Cancer-Detecting Blood Tests

Ashley Lombardo · January 26, 2018

In this week's MedTruth roundup, we highlight ongoing neglect in nursing homes, pelvic mesh abroad, early cancer-detecting blood tests, and more.

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Taking Vacation Time a Little More Seriously

Ashley Lombardo · January 10, 2018

We work hard and we play hard. But do we vacation well enough? We offer advice on making the most of your time away from the office.

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7 Tips for Drinking With Diabetes

Ashley Lombardo · January 3, 2018

Diabetes and alcohol may be a safe combination, or it can be dangerous. Learn how to enjoy your favorite alcoholic beverage by reading our tips for drinking with diabetes.

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MT Weekly: Vaginal Mesh Scare, Improper Nursing Home Evictions

Ashley Lombardo · December 22, 2017

In this edition of MT Weekly, a new life-prolonging pill may help those with ovarian cancer, a vaginal mesh scare in the U.K., and more.

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Diabetes-Friendly Ways to Eat Healthy for the Holidays

Ashley Lombardo · December 19, 2017

The holidays are back, and so are the snacks. Here are some of our favorite diabetes-friendly suggestions for healthy, happy feasting.

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3 Ways to Be Ready for Flu Season

Ashley Lombardo · December 11, 2017

It's cold and flu season. We're looking at three ways to protect yourself from nasty bugs and keep healthy.

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MT Weekly: Mesh Injuries Abroad, Talc Verdict Against J&J Upheld

Ashley Lombardo · December 8, 2017

This week's MT Weekly roundup: FDA-approved injection for opioid addiction, how menopause affects sleep, and mesh injuries in New Zealand.

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Diabetes and Sex: Nerve Damage

Ashley Lombardo · December 8, 2017

Nerve damage, also known as neuropathy, may affect your sexual health. Talking about diabetes and sex is the first step to finding a solution.

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3 Holiday Heartburn Remedies

Ashley Lombardo · December 5, 2017

Don't let heartburn turn into heartbreak this season! Let our non-toxic heartburn remedies allow you to truly enjoy your holiday.

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Winter Blues and Other Symptoms of Seasonal Disorders

Ashley Lombardo · December 5, 2017

Changing seasons may cause changing symptoms. Recognizing seasonal affective disorder is the first step to limit its overall health impacts.

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The Coffee Debate: How Much Is Enough?

Ashley Lombardo · December 1, 2017

A new U.K. study has concluded how much coffee is acceptable to drink per day. But there are other factors to consider.

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Best Ways to Manage Diabetes Burnout

Ashley Lombardo · November 30, 2017

Diabetes burnout affects many type 2 diabetes sufferers. Find out how you can manage, or help someone manage, diabetes-related stress.

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Why Vitamin D Is Important in the Fight Against Diabetes

Ashley Lombardo · November 28, 2017

Sunshine, fish, mushrooms and more. Vitamin D plays a greater role than we thought in the fight against diabetes.

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MT Weekly: Monsanto Fights CA, FDA Approves Opioid Addiction Device

Ashley Lombardo · November 22, 2017

In this week's MT Weekly, Monsanto fights CA over labeling, FDA approves a device for opioid addiction, lack of sleep can hurt, and more.

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How to Support People With Diabetes

Ashley Lombardo · November 20, 2017

Do you know someone with diabetes? Check out our tips on how to provide solid diabetes support to friends and family.

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MT Weekly: IVC Filter Use Declines, Mental Health Service for Vets Expands

Ashley Lombardo · November 10, 2017

IVC filter use declines, synthetic hernia mesh fails again, and mental health services are expanded for veterans.

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What You Need to Know About Diabetes Drug Side Effects

Ashley Lombardo · November 8, 2017

MedTruth's National Diabetes Month focus is educating patients on how to handle diabetes drug side effects.

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‘Tis the Season to Keep Track of Vitamin D

Ashley Lombardo · November 2, 2017

While vitamin intake may seem like something to shrug off, monitoring and stabilizing your vitamin D levels is more important than you think.

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MT Weekly: Opioid Crisis, Talcum Verdict Reversal

Ashley Lombardo · October 27, 2017

DEA initiates drug take-back program, J&J faces class action lawsuit on vaginal mesh, a warning about online pharmacies, and more updates.

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The Importance of Genetic Testing for Ovarian Cancer

Ashley Lombardo · October 23, 2017

Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer in women, as well as the most common cause of gynecologic cancer death. The lack of screening tools means that by the time a diagnosis is handed down, the cancer could already have advanced to stage III or IV.

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The Truth About Hernia Mesh

Ashley Lombardo · October 18, 2017

More than one million hernias occur each year. Hernia mesh, a common treatment device, may cause serious complications.

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MT Weekly: Monsanto's Legal Troubles, Trump's Executive Order

Ashley Lombardo · October 13, 2017

MedTruth examines why Monsanto is banned from European lobbying, how testosterone impacts stock markets, and a new possible use for Invokana.

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Fame and Chronic Pain: Lady Gaga’s Hip Injury

Ashley Lombardo · October 12, 2017

In the Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, one of the world’s most famous singers allows cameras to document life after a hip injury.

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Where to Report Nursing Home Abuse

Ashley Lombardo · October 6, 2017

Knowing where to report nursing home abuse has become a necessity, as one in three residents will face abuse or neglect.

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5 Inspirational Quotes for Cancer Fighters and Survivors

Ashley Lombardo · October 6, 2017

Everyone has bad days. Here's a collection of inspirational cancer quotes to carry you through and hone your strength for the next hurdle.

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Hip Replacement Poisoning Symptoms

Ashley Lombardo · October 4, 2017

Metal-on-metal hip replacements carry an extra burden: patients need to watch out for hip replacement poisoning symptoms.

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MT Weekly: Nursing Homes + Natural Disasters, FDA Reauthorization Act

Ashley Lombardo · September 30, 2017

Nursing home natural disaster preparedness, FDA extends adverse event reporting deadline, and hope for ovarian cancer treatments in Europe.

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How to Lower Your Risk of Ovarian Cancer

Ashley Lombardo · September 27, 2017

Knowing how to lower your risk of ovarian cancer can help decrease the chances of developing this life-changing disease.

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MT Weekly: Invokana Amputation Risk, EU Roundup Safety Report

Ashley Lombardo · September 15, 2017

Invokana's amputation risk discourages doctors, investigators uncover unreported nursing home abuse, and an EU Roundup report is questioned.

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The Truth About Sexual Abuse In Nursing Homes

Ashley Lombardo · September 12, 2017

As many as 5 million elders are abused each year. Seniors who experience sexual abuse in nursing homes rarely get justice.

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The Nation’s Opioid Epidemic, As Seen On Reddit

Ashley Lombardo · September 11, 2017

Reddit, one of the world’s largest online communities, provides a glimpse into the nation's opioid epidemic where people buy drugs online.

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Why Does Invokana Cause Amputations?

Ashley Lombardo · September 8, 2017

While this diabetes drug is known to help lower blood sugar, many hopeful patients are also wondering why does Invokana cause amputations.

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MT Weekly: $3M Awarded In Paxil Suicide Case, Abilify Patch's FDA Approval

Ashley Lombardo · August 29, 2017

This week’s MedTruth Weekly examines a recent Paxil jury verdict, Ambilfy Patch’s clinical pathway, an update on a Risperdal case and more.

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MT Weekly: Toxicology Expert Testifies In Talcum Trial, Heartburn Drugs May Increase Risk Of Death

Ashley Lombardo · August 10, 2017

In this edition of MedTruth Weekly, we discuss California's talcum trial, a recent acid reflux risk study, and a U.K. report on vaginal mesh.

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MT Weekly: Risperdal Change.org Petition, Medicaid Cuts To Nursing Homes

Ashley Lombardo · July 20, 2017

In this edition of MedTruth Weekly, we discuss Medicaid cuts to nursing homes, Essure's removal from Canadian markets, and more.

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MT Weekly: Vaginal Mesh Advocates In Australia, Eliquis Recall

Ashley Lombardo · June 29, 2017

In this edition of MedTruth Weekly, we discuss anti-mesh advocacy in Australia, the Eliquis recall, an Essure study, and more.

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Investigating Anaplastic Lymphoma, a Breast Implant Cancer Risk

Ashley Lombardo · June 26, 2017

Since 2011, researchers have investigated breast implant cancer. Despite hundreds of cases, women are still unaware of the risks.

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MT Weekly: Anti-Morcellator Advocate Dies At 44, Essure Removed From Finland Markets

Ashley Lombardo · June 7, 2017

In this edition of MedTruth Weekly, we discuss anti-morcellator advocate Amy Reed's death, Essure's removal from Finnish markets, and more.

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Essure Problems Advocates Address FDA With Letter Signed By Hundreds

Ashley Lombardo · June 2, 2017

Essure Problems advocates ask regulators to address safety efforts to properly inform women of risks linked to the birth control implant.

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MT Weekly: Invokana's Black Box Warning, $110 Million Talcum Powder Settlement

Ashley Lombardo · May 22, 2017

MedTruth Weekly is an update on consumer safety campaigns, covering regulations, settlements, studies, legislation and more.

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Dr. Amy Reed Advocates for Women Injured by Morcellators

Ashley Lombardo · October 14, 2016

After a uterine fibroid procedure caused Dr. Amy Reed to develop leiomyosarcoma, she became an advocate fighting against the power morcellator device that spread her hidden cancer.

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