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Information changes fast, and it’s mission to bring you the most prevalent information in public health and patient safety. Our news section also includes our flagship weekly newsletter, MT Weekly, covering medical breakthroughs and more. Staying informed starts here. 

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Pharmacy Employees Warned About Opioids

MedTruth Editors · October 18, 2021

Employees of major pharmacies may have tried to alert their superiors of suspicious opioid prescriptions.

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U.S. Nursing Homes Accused of Overprescribing Antipsychotic Medication

MedTruth Editors · October 8, 2021

Many nursing homes are falsely diagnosing their residents with schizophrenia.

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Louisiana Department of Health Shuts Down Nursing Homes

MedTruth Editors · September 23, 2021

Nursing home residents were evacuated to a warehouse to shelter from Hurricane Ida in conditions deemed squalid.

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Maine To Ban Products With PFAS Chemicals

MedTruth Editors · September 13, 2021

Maine’s law will forbid the sale of products with PFAS chemicals.

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Newly-Released Internal EPA Report Links Glyphosate to Cancer

MedTruth Editors · September 8, 2021

An internal EPA document from 2016 suggested that several studies reported elevated risks of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma associated with glyphosate exposure.

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J&J Concealed Talc Risks To Preserve Brand Image, Philly Jury Told

MedTruth Editors · September 1, 2021

The plaintiff in a Philadelphia trial claimed J&J was aware that its baby powder was associated with cancer risk but withheld that information for decades in order to protect its brand image.

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Boston Scientific Recalls Pacemakers

MedTruth Editors · August 31, 2021

Boston Scientific has recalled a line of pacemakers in a Class I recall, which is issued for products which could cause serious injury or death.

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EPA Bans Chlorpyrifos, Citing Neurological Concerns

MedTruth Editors · August 26, 2021

The EPA has banned chlorpyrifos, a pesticide used on crops since 1965.

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Georgia Ranked 49th in Nursing Home Inspection Rates

MedTruth Editors · August 24, 2021

Georgia regulator have failed to check on the safety and quality of nursing homes in the state.

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Washington State Executes Disciplinary Action on Long-Term Care Workers

MedTruth Editors · August 12, 2021

The Washington State Department of Health published a news release detailing the revocation, suspension, and decertification of a number of health care professionals.

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EPA Renews Paraquat Approval

MedTruth Editors · August 5, 2021

In the press statement confirming their decision to renew paraquat’s approval, the EPA included a number of new limitations on the way paraquat could be applied.

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Talc Lawsuit Accuses J&J of Targeting Black Women

MedTruth Editors · August 3, 2021

Attorneys claim Johnson & Johnson intentionally targeted black women with their baby powder advertisements.

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Texas Veterans Homes Called “Deadliest Places To Be”

MedTruth Editors · July 29, 2021

Texas veterans homes were some of the worst places to be in terms of COVID-19 infections and deaths.

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15 States Sign on to Opioid Settlement

MedTruth Editors · July 12, 2021

Fifteen states have chosen to accept Purdue Pharmaceutical's $4.5 billion opioid settlement offer.

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Supreme Court Allows Johnson & Johnson's $2 Billion Baby Powder Cancer Verdict

MedTruth Editors · June 7, 2021

The Supreme Court has allowed a $2.1 billion baby powder cancer verdict against Johnson & Johnson to stand.

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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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Asbestos Found in Cosmetics: How to Stay Safe

Julia Travers · December 14, 2020

Research by the Environmental Working Group found asbestos in three out of 21 talc-based powdered cosmetics tested recently.

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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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Drug Companies Investigated for Possible Failure to Disclose Zantac Cancer Risks

MedTruth Editors · September 1, 2020

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether drugmakers violated the False Claims Act by possibly failing to disclose the presence of NDMA in their Zantac and generic ranitidine heartburn products.

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Three-Digit Number for the U.S. Suicide Prevention Hotline Coming in 2022

Emily Rose Thorne · July 23, 2020

The Federal Communications Commission authorized the three-digit phone number for reaching the United States National Suicide Prevention Hotline in a unanimous vote at an open meeting July 16. 

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Democratic Attorneys General Fight Trump Admin Trans Healthcare Rollbacks

Emily Rose Thorne · July 23, 2020

Democratic attorneys general sued the Trump administration over the Department of Health and Human Services’ final rule allegedly stripping transgender, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming patients of their rights to nondiscrimination in the medical field.

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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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Mexico Bans Shipments and Use of Pesticide Glyphosate

Emily Shiffer · July 8, 2020

Mexico will ban all future imports of the pesticide glyphosate, citing scientific evidence that it is potentially toxic to human health and the environment.

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Gilead Announces Price of First COVID-19 Treatment Remdesivir

Lauren Styx · July 2, 2020

Despite the letter’s pricing strategy breakdown, it’s still unclear how much of the price will be covered by insurers, or how much the treatment will cost for uninsured patients.

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Allergan Launches Campaign to Reach Patients with Recalled Breast Implants

Lauren Styx · June 4, 2020

Breast implant manufacturer Allergan announced the launch of a digital campaign to reach patients currently or formerly implanted with recalled Biocell breast implants.

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Clinical Trial Reveals Hydroxychloroquine Side Effects

Joanna Shawn Brigid O'Leary · June 1, 2020

After the release of a massive study, which found that hydroxychloroquine was ineffective at treating COVID-19 and could be deadly to its recipients, scientists from all over the world penned an open letter expressing concern about the study’s design and the interpretation of its results.

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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 Accuracy, Organ Failure, Plasma Therapy

MedTruth Editors · May 14, 2020

This week, MedTruth summarizes key info about COVID-19 testing efficacy. Plus, nursing home testing, a large-scale hydroxychloroquine study and a promising new plasma therapy for coronavirus patients.

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MT Weekly: New COVID-19 Symptoms, Multi-Million Dollar Mesh Settlement

MedTruth Editors · May 7, 2020

This week, MedTruth relays new COVID-19 symptoms and a quick and cheap diagnostic test in the works. Plus, FDA warnings to companies selling “fraudulent” COVID-19 products and a 3.9 million pelvic mesh lawsuit.

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MT Weekly: Emergency Approval for COVID Drug, Nursing Homes Request National Protections

MedTruth Editors · May 1, 2020

This week, MedTruth summarizes key info about the emergency COVID-19 drug remdesivir. Plus, nursing home immunity, a breakdown of the Daubert opinion and a clinical trial hoping to deliver a vaccine by the end of the year.

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MT Weekly: At-Home COVID Test Kits, Anti-Malarial Drug Side Effects

James Parker · April 24, 2020

MedTruth is highlighting this week's coronavirus-related updates. The FDA warns the public not to use anti-malarial drugs outside of hospitals, the agency approved an at-home coronavirus test collection kit, and the CDC predicts a second wave of infections as the nation reopens.

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Coronavirus Delays Chemotherapy for Cancer Patients

Benjamin Duong · April 16, 2020

Patients with cancer, already vulnerable with many dependent on regular treatment appointments, are facing delayed chemotherapy, surgeries and even outright cancellations.

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MT Weekly: FDA Fast-Tracks Coronavirus Saliva Test, CDC Guidance For Workers’ Return

James Parker · April 16, 2020

MedTruth is highlighting this week's coronavirus-related updates. A COVID saliva test has been fast-tracked, federal guidelines for relaxing social distancing, and how warm weather will — or wont — affect the coronavirus.

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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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Nursing Home Residents Remain at Risk From Coronavirus Despite Lockdowns

James Parker · April 7, 2020

Nursing homes are closed to all outside visitors and nonessential staff to protect residents from COVID-19, but they are still vulnerable to infection spread by staff members.

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MT Weekly: Trump Orders Ventilator Production, Coronavirus May Spread From Talking

MedTruth Editors · April 2, 2020

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

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E-Cigarette Deadline Postponement Requested Amid COVID-19 Uncertainty

James Parker · April 1, 2020

The FDA filed a request with the courts to postpone the deadline for e-cigarette makers to prepare approval and testing justifications, a decision motivated by complications arising from COVID-19.

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Zantac and Ranitidine Products Removed from U.S. Market

Ashley Lombardo · April 1, 2020

On April 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requested immediate removal of Zantac products from the U.S. market, including all prescription and over-the-counter medications containing ranitidine.

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J&J COVID-19 Contract Allocates $456 Million For Vaccine Research

James Parker · March 31, 2020

J&J signed a COVID-19 contract with the U.S. government for vaccine research, becoming the largest monetary amount spent on a vaccine project in history, despite not yet having a product in production.

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NY Coronavirus Restrictions Permit "Essential" Legal Work

James Parker · March 27, 2020

With the recent order to increase social distancing protocols in New York, law firms are not considered an "essential business." However, specific types of legal work are deemed essential, such as emergency family hearings and criminal cases.

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MT Weekly: Major COVID-19 Developments

MedTruth Editors · March 26, 2020

This week, MedTruth is focusing on the coronavirus. Here’s a summary of key developments from regulatory agencies and justice department officials regarding COVID-19.

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Medical Device Removal Surgeries Delayed by Coronavirus Pandemic

Nicole Knight · March 26, 2020

Patients who have been implanted with medical devices face uncertainty over when they can have an unwanted device removed or receive treatment for device-related complications.

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Understanding the Coronavirus: Myths & Prevention

James Parker · March 10, 2020

An overview of coronavirus symptoms, prevention measures, resources and myths debunked.

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Insulin Price-Capping Extends to Illinois

Kimberly Nicoletti · March 6, 2020

In January, Illinois became the second state to enact legislation capping insulin at $100 per month.

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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.

A photo of a woman of color on a laptop representing MT Weekly's coverage of the coronavirus, FDA halting illegal medical device shipments from India, the U.S. Department of Justice investigation into generic drug price-fixing.

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.

A photo of a person on a laptop representing MT Weekly's coverage of the coronavirus, risks of diabetes drug Avandia and concerns about general anesthesia during C-section.

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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Canada Faces a Zantac Alternatives Shortage

Benjamin Duong · February 11, 2020

Canada is facing shortages of heartburn medications after a Zantac recall led to an increase in demand for alternatives.

A photo of a morning table with a newspaper, coffee, cell phone and more, representing MT Weekly's coverage of the coronavirus, an HIV clinical trial and J&J developments.

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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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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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.

A photo of a truck storing Zantac in the sun, as exposure to heat during storage and transportation causes the heartburn medication to become contaminated with NDMA.

Exposure to Heat During Storage Causes Zantac Contamination

Benjamin Duong · January 14, 2020

Heat is the culprit causing carcinogenic NDMA contamination in Zantac, according to recent testing by Emery Pharma. A citizen petition requesting a total suspension of ranitidine products has been submitted to the FDA.

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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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Pre-Qualification Program for Generic Insulin

Benjamin Duong · January 9, 2020

Insulin in the U.S. is costly, with a lack of generic insulin leaving diabetics with few options. The WHO is launching a pilot program to prequalify generic insulin products in hopes of increasing access to this vital drug.

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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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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.

A close-up photo of a dark-skinned man with hazel eyes, representing the current focus on LASIK risk and safety.

Former FDA Adviser Draws Attention to Complications With LASIK

Emma Schkloven · November 22, 2019

Dr. Morris Waxler, a retired Food and Drug Administration advisor who voted to approve LASIK in the 1990s, is now calling for the medical device to be removed from the market.

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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.

A photo of a man reading MT Weekly on his ipad, which reports on a recent ban protecting intersex children.

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.

A photo of a man adding vaping liquids to his vape pen after CDC reports concern about the link between THC vapes and lung illness.

Vaping Epidemic Worsens, Contents of THC Vaping Liquids Scrutinized

Emma Schkloven · November 5, 2019

In recent years, many have turned to electronic cigarettes as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. Unfortunately, vape-related illnesses have since been on the rise, with vape-related fatalities reaching a total of 34 in the United States. As officials and the CDC look into causality, some believe thickening agents within vaping liquids such as THC oil may be responsible for the rise in lung illnesses.

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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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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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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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MT Weekly: Australia Fights BIA-ALCL, Ireland Refuses Recourse to Mesh-Injured

James Parker · October 21, 2019

Last week in medical brought about delay in an opioid trial against Purdue Pharmaceuticals and the Sackler family while the two determine how much of the settlement the Sacklers should pay. Meanwhile, actions were made against BIA-ALCL in Australia and Ireland, where warnings were sent to the public. Ireland's mesh-injured population is denied financial compensation for their harm.

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Internal Emails in Monsanto History Spark Questions of Ethics and Safety

Nicole Knight · October 16, 2019

Monsanto has been under scrutiny in recent years for the health risks of primary herbicide in Roundup, glyphosate. For years, the company paid their team of researchers and scientists to promote the safety of the product, but recent internal emails have revealed such an assertion cannot be made about the chemical.

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MT Weekly: Research Sheds Light on BIA-ALCL, Australia Joins Litigation Against Monsanto

James Parker · October 14, 2019

Groundbreaking new research on breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) reveals complete removal of tumor growth during explant procedures may be safest. Meanwhile, limits on nicotine levels in e-cigarettes are proposed to protect the youth and Australia takes action against Monsanto.

A photo of electrical cables with a sunset in the distance, representing PG&E power shutdowns to prevent wildfires.

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.

Photo of a man holding a vape after Federal Trade Commission Demands Answers as Prevalence of Unexplained Respiratory Illness and Death from Vaping Increases.

18 Confirmed Deaths, More Than 1,000 Sick With Vape-Related Injuries

Nicole Knight · October 10, 2019

After the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received reports of the 18th confirmed death related to vaping, they demand advertising data from six major manufacturers of vaping and e-cigarette products. Multiple states have officially called bans on the sale of e-cigarette and vaping products, while the Trump Administration deliberates over whether to take national action. One thing is clear: the specific health risks of vaping remain a worrisome mystery.

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Chronicon, First-Ever Chronic Illness Conference, Comes to New York

MedTruth Editors · October 9, 2019

On October 28, medical professionals and social influencers will gather to bring visibility to the topic of chronic illness. As one of the most prevalent health conditions the U.S. population, the event is a long-anticipated one. The first-ever chronic illness event, spearheaded by chronic illness advocated Nitika Chopra, is bound to be illuminating and inclusive for all who will be in attendance.

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MT Weekly: Descovy Approved for PrEP, Overseas Action Against Breast Implants

James Parker · October 7, 2019

Johnson & Johnson sidesteps opioid trials, agreeing to a settlement of $20.4 million for affected counties in Ohio. Meanwhile, Descovy has been approved by FDA for HIV prevention, a court verdict falls in favor of California couple affected by J& J talc powder, and more bans are proposed on e-cigarattes and breast implants.

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MT Weekly: Arrests on Devil’s Highway and JUUL Labs’ New CEO

James Parker · September 30, 2019

Last week saw 38 arrests in Massachusetts along land known as the "Devil's Highway," where opioids are regularly sold. Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson aims to evade cases against their talcum powder and transvaginal mesh to no avail. JUUL Labs' new CEO, Crosthwaite, has announced roll back on television ads and lobbying efforts while a federal investigation of their company is conducted. And in the fight against HIV, researchers may have found a new way to combat dormant HIV cells.

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EPA, State of California Debate Labeling Glyphosate As Carcinogenic

Emma Schkloven · September 5, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of California have once again come down on opposite sides of the ongoing Roundup debate.

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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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Bayer Invests Billions in Search of Glyphosate Alternatives

Emma Schkloven · August 14, 2019

Bayer, which purchased agrochemical corporation Monsanto, will invest $5.6 billion over the next 10 years into finding alternatives to its widely-used weed killer Roundup.

Photo of a Canadian flag after Canada removes transvaginal mesh from the market following a safety review.

Canada Removes Transvaginal Mesh From Market, Still Available for Some

Nicole Knight · August 9, 2019

Health Canada announced the removal of transvaginal mesh from the market following a safety review. However, transvaginal mesh will still be available for women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) in some cases.

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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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MT Weekly: Historic Breast Implant Recall, Talc Trials Kept in State Courts

James Parker · July 26, 2019

In this week's news, Johnson & Johnson is officially denied transfer into federal court and Allergen announces breast implant recall from the market worldwide. Meanwhile, the opioid crisis wages on, California's latest mesh trial proceeds, and solutions for HIV are sought around the globe.

A photo of textured breast implants resting on the table following the recall of breast implants by Allergan upon FDA request.

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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Lawmakers Consider Prohibiting Roundup in Australia

Nicole Knight · July 17, 2019

Following the country's first ever cancer lawsuit against Roundup-manufacturer Monsanto, Australia faces public outcry against the weedkiller. Worker protests with walkouts have the government reconsidering their tolerance and use of Monsanto's Roundup in Australia.

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Antibiotic Resistance, Citrus Farmers and EPA-Approved Health Hazards

Nicole Knight · July 4, 2019

Since its discovery in 1943, doctors have relied on the antibiotic streptomycin to treat tuberculosis and deadly bacterial infections around the globe. Following EPA approval of the antibiotic use by citrus farmers, advocates raise concerns surrounding disease outbreak and antibiotic resistance.

An illustration of a female scientist after learning that women are underrepresented in medical research and gender disparity impacts medical studies.

Fewer Women Included in Clinical Trials, Leading to Disparity

Nicole Knight · June 14, 2019

Science shows the immune systems of men and women respond differently to disease. However, women remain underrepresented in medical research for vaccines, routine drugs and life-saving medications.

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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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Los Angeles County, Key West Ban Monsanto's Roundup Herbicide

Emma Schkloven · May 28, 2019

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has placed a temporary moratorium on glyphosate while the city’s Department of Public Works investigates health and environmental concerns related to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide.

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Researchers Develop New Blood Test to Detect Cancer in 10 Minutes

Tess Francke · April 11, 2019

It's a quest to detect multiple types of cancer in its early stages with the simple blood test that would take under 10 minutes to report results. Researchers say it will be at least five years before there is sufficient data to show whether it can work.

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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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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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Implant Files: A Hard Look at Medical Devices in America

Nicole Knight · February 20, 2019

The Implant Files, the product of a massive, nearly year-long investigation, have exposed glaring failures in medical device safety and governmental regulations intended to protect patients around the globe.

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.

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Older Women Are Overdosing on Opioids At Alarming Rates

Nicole Knight · February 13, 2019

American women are dying of opioid overdoses at a rate nearly five times higher than two decades ago, according to an alarming CDC report.

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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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Major Takeaways from the 2019 ADA Standards of Care

Benjamin Duong · January 25, 2019

The key patient takeaway from the ADA standards of care is that patients have more control over the treatments and management strategies that they receive from their health providers.

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Court Halts Trump's Contraception Rules Limiting Birth Control Access

Nicole Knight · January 23, 2019

A federal judge in Pennsylvania stepped in to halt a new Trump administration rule that was expected to limit women’s access to birth control nationwide.

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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 man holding a PrEP pill wondering about Truvada side effects

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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Reuters Exposes How Johnson & Johnson Covered Up Asbestos in Talc

James Parker · December 18, 2018

An investigation shows Johnson & Johnson hid the fact that trace amounts of asbestos has been detected in their talc for decades.

A couple looking at the damage caused by California’s Camp and Woolsey Wildfires.

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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California Fires: Air Quality, Pollution, Toxic Devastation

Nicole Knight · December 5, 2018

A new government analysis of California’s 2018 wildfire season suggests the fires spewed carbon dioxide into the air, along with other pollutants dangerous to long-term health.

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The Effects of Stress in the U.S.

Nicole Knight · December 4, 2018

Americans feel more stressed out today than in recent history, which can aggravate existing medical conditions.

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Drugstore Pharmacists Refuse to Fill Prescriptions Based on Beliefs

Nicole Knight · November 19, 2018

Civil rights lawyers are drawing attention to discrimination when pharmacists refuse to fill prescriptions for contraception, hormones and other medications.


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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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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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.

Photo of Gena and Chuck Norris at rally for gadolinium toxicity poisoning.

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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Netflix's The Bleeding Edge Exposes Essure, Mesh and Other Dangerous Devices

Ashley Lombardo · August 4, 2018

A new Netflix documentary, The Bleeding Edge, delves into the hidden dangers of the multi-billion dollar medical industry.

Recalled pressure cooker

Pressure Cooker Recall: The Dangers of Defective Pressure Cookers

James Parker · June 8, 2018

A pressure cooker recall has been issued for multiple models that may explode, shock, or burn consumers. Because pressure cooker injuries can be serious, it's incredibly important to research recalled models and understand potential dangers.

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Winning Verdict in California Woman's Fight Against Talcum Powder

Ashley Lombardo · June 5, 2018

A California woman recently won $21.7 million in compensatory damages and an additional $4 million in punitive damages after using talcum powder.

Calorie Labels in Restaurant Menus

New Calorie Labels in Restaurants May Be Useful in the Fight Against Obesity

James Parker · June 1, 2018

Since early May, all restaurants with more than 20 locations are required to add calorie labels to their menus.

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How the Opioid Crisis is Affecting the Cherokee Nation

Ashley Lombardo · May 18, 2018

American Indians are disproportionately affected by the opioid crisis, specifically in states like Oklahoma.

Woman holding clump of hair caused by Taxotere hair loss

Is Scalp Cooling a Treatment for Taxotere Hair Loss?

James Parker · May 14, 2018

The emergence of a new therapy known as scalp cooling may help women worried about permanent hair loss from Taxotere and other chemotherapy drugs.

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Trump Outlines Opioid Initiative To Tackle National Crisis

Ashley Lombardo · April 10, 2018

The Trump administration has outlined a controversial plan to tackle the U.S. opioid crisis, expanding education, enforcement and treatment options.

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CDC Funding Shortage May Lead to Global Pandemic

Ashley Lombardo · February 13, 2018

The CDC funding is about to run out, and 39 countries will be left with no way to study or treat illness that could potentially have global repercussions.

A photo of a woman holding her hip in pain, considering undergoing hip subchondroplasty as a hip replacement alternative.

New Procedure May Become A Hip Replacement Alternative

Ashley Lombardo · January 22, 2018

A necessary advancement in hip surgery is being performed in an Ohio hospital, with hopes it will ease the burden of hip implant risks by offering a hip replacement alternative.

A photo of legal recreational cannabis in California on a scale in a shop.

Recreational Cannabis Kicks Off in CA, DOJ Issues Memo

Ashley Lombardo · January 18, 2018

California is the sixth state to legalize recreational cannabis. As local governments work to issue business licenses, a DOJ memo reignites the debate between state rights and federal policies.

A photo of a green journal on a bed, used by patients to write health tips for 2018.

MT Health Tips for 2018

Ashley Lombardo · January 18, 2018

A new year should bring a new plan to support a new you. Here are some pieces of sage wisdom to bring more stability to your health.

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MT Weekly: Nursing Homes Treat Residents With Music, Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Ashley Lombardo · January 13, 2018

In this week's first 2018 edition of MedTruth Weekly, U.S. vaginal mesh devices skip clinical trials, Fitbit is all aboard the diabetes medtech train, and more.

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New Zealand Fully Bans Transvaginal Mesh

Ashley Lombardo · January 10, 2018

New Zealand's staunch health advocacy has led to a full vaginal mesh ban and continued efforts to improve medical device safety for women.

A photo of a child asleep on a couch with a video game controller, representing childhood hip replacements becoming an issue abroad.

Childhood Hip Replacements are Becoming an Issue Abroad

Ashley Lombardo · November 29, 2017

Hip replacements are on the rise, not just for adults. The spike in childhood hip replacements is caused by an unsurprising health issue.

An illustration of a gavel, representing what happened in the California talcum trials.

What Happened in the California Talcum Trial

Ashley Lombardo · November 14, 2017

Expert testimony may have linked talcum powder to adverse effects, but deciding what evidence will be admissible is up to the courts.

A photo of an American flag on building, representing the opioid crisis as a public health emergency in Trump's America.

Is the Opioid Crisis a Public Health Emergency?

Ashley Lombardo · November 8, 2017

Though President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, the administration may cut Medicaid without funding aid programs.

A photo of a woman filling a syringe with diabetes medication, despite the high cost of insulin.

Why Diabetes Drug Prices Are So High

Ashley Lombardo · October 9, 2017

The cost of insulin per patient has more than tripled. MedTruth explores why diabetes drug prices are so high.

An illustration of red blood cells representing Xarelto reversal strategies for bleeding management.

Xarelto Reversal Strategies and Bleeding Management

Ashley Lombardo · October 3, 2017

Xarelto reversal strategies are very important: patients need help with bleeding management in the event of a problem.

A portrait of a woman of color looking serious, representing Bayer halting sales of Essure outside the U.S.

Bayer Halts Use of Essure Outside U.S.

Ashley Lombardo · September 25, 2017

Bayer has halted sales of one of its previously best-selling birth control solutions in all countries outside the United States.

A photo of an asian man in bed, clutching his throat during a severe allergic reaction, during the EpiPen recall.

Faulty Manufacturing Sparks EpiPen Recall

Ashley Lombardo · September 19, 2017

Mylan issued a statement announcing an 80,000 EpiPen recall. Manufacturing flaws could lead to life-threatening anaphylactic shock.

A photo of three women in conversation after organization recommends knowing Essure risks

Consumer Reports Warns Women About Essure Risks

Ashley Lombardo · September 6, 2017

The nonprofit suggests that women should understand Essure risks of using this birth control device and ask lots of questions.

Science May Indicate Whether Roundup Causes Cancer

Does Roundup Cause Cancer?

Ashley Lombardo · August 29, 2017

Roundup, Monsanto's herbicide, is at the center of an ongoing controversy related to reports linking glyphosate exposure to cancer.

A photo of a pediatric physician examining a patient, who is holding a teddy bear, in relation to the Affordable Health Care Act.

What You Need to Know About the AHCA

Ashley Lombardo · May 24, 2017

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), rejected by the Senate, was the Trump administration's first attempt to repeal Obamacare.

An illustration of an energy drink, representing 5-hour energy's misleading advertisements.

5-Hour Energy Found Guilty of Misleading Advertising

Ashley Lombardo · April 25, 2017

Living Essentials LLC, the manufacturers of 5-Hour Energy, will pay $4.3 million in penalties for misleading advertising.

A photo of a woman inserting extended-wear contact lenses, which may cause microbial keratitis.

Extended Wear Contacts May Come With Sight-Damaging Risks

Ashley Lombardo · March 27, 2017

Millions of people sleep in overnight contact lenses, despite the risk of vision-damaging infection known as microbial keratitis.

A photo of AndexXa, an extreme bleeding reversal agent for Xarelto side effects.

Antidote for Xarelto’s Extreme Bleeding May Be on the Horizon

Ashley Lombardo · February 28, 2017

Portola Pharmaceuticals is manufacturing an antidote for the extreme bleeding side effect linked to Eliquis and Xarelto.

An African American man learning about the IVC filter update in Health Canada.

Health Canada Publishes Alert On IVC Filters

Ashley Lombardo · January 12, 2017

Health Canada's IVC filter safety alert warns patients about hundreds of reports linking the devices to serious health complications.

A woman wearing an American flag wondering about the future of birth control in Trump's America.

How Will Trump's America Affect Birth Control?

Ashley Lombardo · November 30, 2016

President Donald Trump and his administration have proposed controversial policy changes to birth control and reproductive rights.

A duodenoscope probe held in a doctors hand, potentially contaminated with bacteria.

How Duodenoscopes Spread Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Ashley Lombardo · November 2, 2016

Duodenoscopes, commonly reused medical devices, may become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A duodenoscope infection may be fatal.

A close-up of an elderly couple holding hands, discussing questions to ask before selecting a nursing home.

9 Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Nursing Home

Ashley Lombardo · October 24, 2016

Our checklist of nursing home questions can help to find the right fit.

An illustration of a syringe to indicate testosterone therapy risks.

Health Risks Linked to Overprescription of Testosterone Therapy

Ashley Lombardo · October 10, 2016

Testosterone therapy risks may include stroke, heart attack and other potential complications.

An illustration of red blood cells related to the blood thinner Eliquis extreme bleeding side effect.

No Antidote to Reverse Extreme Bleeding Linked to Eliquis

Ashley Lombardo · October 5, 2016

The blood thinner Eliquis is linked to an extreme bleeding side effect. Despite the danger of hospitalization, no reversal agent exists.

A photo of Erin Brockovich presenting at a women's convention.

Erin Brockovich Takes On Essure

Ashley Lombardo · August 12, 2016

Consumer rights advocate Erin Brockovich speaks out against Essure, a permanent contraception device linked to life-changing side effects.