Research + Findings

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The progress of our modern world depends on the courage of our questions and the depths of our answers. At MedTruth, we sift through scientific studies so you don’t have to. It’s easier to be your own advocate when you can navigate the medical world from an informed place. Knowledge is power. What will you do with yours?

Top Articles on Research + Findings

Group of chickens next to a barn representing eating chicken over beef to reduce risk of breast cancer

Worried About Breast Cancer? Science Says Eat More Chicken, Less Red Meat

Carah Wertheimer · October 8, 2019

Research shows that women who consumed poultry rather than red meat had a significantly lower risk of breast cancer.

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Elderly couple on a walk, discussing differences between men and women with Diabetes

Researchers Uncover Differences Between Men and Women with Diabetes

Ashley Lombardo · June 11, 2018

A study examines how men and women deal with diabetes differently, indicating that men may be able to learn from their female counterparts.

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A photo of a man using Esketamine nasal spray for depression.

Could Esketamine Become an Effective Treatment for Depression?

Lauren Styx · July 3, 2019

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

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Simulation of a COVID-19 virus representing how ibuprofen/Advil interact with the coronavirus.

Does Advil Worsen Coronavirus Symptoms?

Tess Francke · March 23, 2020

Though there’s no research specifically on ibuprofen and COVID-19, according to French Health Minister Olivier Véran, drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin prolong coronavirus symptoms, and he recommended acetaminophen (Tylenol) instead.

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Photo of woman with Elmiron complications struggling to read.

Research Suggests Elmiron May Cause Complications With Vision

James Parker · March 19, 2020

Studies have shown an association between Elmiron complications and retinal abnormalities, which may cause difficulty in reading and adapting to changes in light.

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Photo of a woman holding her dyed hair, representing the cancer risk linked to hair dyes and straighteners.

Chemical Hair Dyes and Straighteners May Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Benjamin Duong · March 2, 2020

Use of hair dyes and chemical hair straighteners may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, with black women being at an increased risk compared to white women.

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Girl applying cosmetics that may damage DNA in breast cells.

Are Breast Cells Damaged By Sunscreen, Cosmetic and Personal Care Chemicals?

Carah Wertheimer · February 19, 2020

Chemicals in common personal care products may damage DNA in breast cells at acute exposures, according to a study.

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Girl using personal care products linked to early puberty.

Early Puberty in Girls Linked to Personal Care Products

Carah Wertheimer · February 11, 2020

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals commonly found in personal care products have been linked to early puberty in girls in a recent study.

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Woman applying sunscreen containing potentially harmful chemicals.

6 Chemicals in Sunscreen Absorbed by Your Body

S. Nicole Lane · February 10, 2020

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

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Doctor part of a PPI intervention program discussing PPI prescription to patient.

Do Intervention Programs Reduce Unnecessary PPI Use?

Benjamin Duong · February 3, 2020

A December 2019 study looked at an intervention program meant to decrease the inappropriate use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in Harris County, Texas.

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Man with brain fog covering face with hands, experiencing fatigue and inflammation.

Does Chronic Inflammation Cause Mental Fatigue?

Tess Francke · January 29, 2020

A study on inflammation and fatigue reveals that a specific brain network is affected by inflammation, which could lead to brain fog, a symptom experienced by many autoimmune disease patients.

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A photo of a young boy drinking a water bottle, which may expose him to BPA.

Study Finds Much Higher BPA Exposures, FDA Dismisses Safety Concerns

Carah Wertheimer · January 29, 2020

A study published in December 2019 raises serious questions about the accuracy of the FDA’s methods for testing BPA levels in humans.

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A photo of a young man vaping, unaware that e-cigarettes can cause asthma, bronchitis and other chronic lung issues.

Study Links E-Cigs to Multiple Chronic Lung Diseases

Benjamin Duong · January 23, 2020

A study published in Dec. 2019 found that the use of e-cigarettes increased risk for chronic lung diseases including asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Woman using skin cream that causes a mysterious allergic reaction.

Breakthrough Discovery Sheds Light on Longstanding Skin Rash Mystery

Carah Wertheimer · January 22, 2020

Why do cosmetics, shampoos and skincare products cause skin rashes in some people? A Science Immunology study answers: specific ingredients in personal care products trigger an immune response.

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A photo of a woman with a bone fracture, potentially caused by warfarin bone loss.

Warfarin Linked to Higher Risk of Bone Fractures, Study Shows

Benjamin Duong · January 20, 2020

A recent study from researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that warfarin had a modestly higher risk of bone fractures compared to other kinds of blood thinners.

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Mother holding child whose hand is under tap water contaminated with PFAS.

Is Your Drinking Water Contaminated With Toxic PFAS?

Tess Francke · January 14, 2020

PFAS, a group of synthetic chemicals, have reached toxic levels of contamination in drinking water sources in the U.S. Consumer products such as pans and rugs may contain PFAS as well.

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Woman reading study about talcum powder and ovarian cancer which underrepresents populations of color.

Study Exploring Talc-Cancer Link Underrepresents Populations of Color

Benjamin Duong · January 13, 2020

A recent baby powder study found an insignificant link between the substance and ovarian cancer, but the study has limitations, including underrepresenting populations of color.

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A photo of a man touching his through as he experiences viral gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu, linked to PPI use.

Overuse of Everyday Heartburn Medications Increase Risk for Stomach Flu

Benjamin Duong · January 9, 2020

Studies have linked the off-label use of PPIs, a common class of heartburn medications, to an increased risk of viral gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu.

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Woman with anxiety after hysterectomy looks out window, thinking about adverse mental health conditions caused by female surgery

Hysterectomy May Cause Adverse Mental Health Conditions, Study Says

Carah Wertheimer · January 8, 2020

A study conducted by the Mayo Clinic on post-hysterectomy patients indicates that removing a women’s uterus may have more impact on her mental and physical health than previously thought.

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A young woman of color reads the ICIJ report that more woman have been harmed by medical devices than men.

ICIJ Report Shows More Women Injured by Medical Devices

Nicole Knight · December 12, 2019

An ICIJ analysis of the MAUDE database found more women filed medical device-related injury reports than men.

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A photo of a woman sitting on a chair and looking out a window, wondering about the connection between major depression and physical illness like UTIs and high cholesterol.

More Than 20 Physical Illnesses Linked to Depression

Carah Wertheimer · December 3, 2019

A recent study has linked depression to physical illnesses, such as asthma, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, urinary tract disorders and more.

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A photo of a child drinking BPA chemicals from a plastic water bottle, drawing attention to the risk of childhood obesity in BPA free children's dinnerware.

Childhood Obesity: Is BPA Free Any Better?

Carah Wertheimer · November 26, 2019

A 2019 study measures if BPA free replacement chemicals, such as BPS and BPF, can still play a role in childhood obesity.

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An Asian woman wearing a beige sweater, holding her stomach because her gut bacteria was affected by her medication, such as metformin, PPIs, SSRIs, antibiotics.

How Everyday Medications Can Affect Gut Health

Benjamin Duong · November 20, 2019

Metformin, PPIs, SSRIs, steroids and antibiotics may affect the bacteria of the gut microbiome, according to a study from the Netherlands presented at UEG Week 2019.

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Box of Alzheimer's medication Aricept, which increases risk of rare muscle condition.

Alzheimer’s Drug Aricept May Increase Risk of Rare Muscle Condition

Carah Wertheimer · November 5, 2019

Research suggests Alzheimer’s drug donezepil, known as Aricept, increases hospitalization for a rare muscle condition called rhabdomyolysis when compared to similar drugs.

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Elderly couple with memory loss

5 Significant Risk Factors for Memory Loss

Carah Wertheimer · October 23, 2019

Recent research on dementia, including Alzheimer's, is revealing specific risk factors for memory loss. These five factors may put you at a higher risk for developing a memory loss-related condition.

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Water bottle representing BPA in plastics linked to diabetes

Studies Examine If Household Chemicals Can Cause Diabetes

Nicole Knight · October 16, 2019

Household chemicals such as phthalates and BPA, which are found in plastics packaging, cosmetics, medications and other consumer goods, have been linked to diabetes.

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Group of chickens next to a barn representing eating chicken over beef to reduce risk of breast cancer

Worried About Breast Cancer? Science Says Eat More Chicken, Less Red Meat

Carah Wertheimer · October 8, 2019

Research shows that women who consumed poultry rather than red meat had a significantly lower risk of breast cancer.

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An illustration of a patient undergoing adaptive radiotherapy, which may be the future of cancer treatment.

Adaptive Radiotherapy: Cancer Treatment May Be Safer, More Accessible

Benjamin Duong · August 21, 2019

Adaptive radiotherapy is a form of personalized radiation therapy for cancer treatment. Although still in its early stages, clinicians hope that with further development to imaging methods, this form of cancer treatment will be a safer option to target tumors while minimizing tissue damage.

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A photo of a man using Esketamine nasal spray for depression.

Could Esketamine Become an Effective Treatment for Depression?

Lauren Styx · July 3, 2019

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

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Image of ovary under microscope in a laboratory after ovarian cancer cells show mutation from talc exposure.

In the Lab: Ovarian Cancer Cells Show Mutation from Talc Exposure

Tess Francke · June 24, 2019

The link between talc powder and ovarian cancer has been warned about for years. Now, a recent study identifying evidence of cell mutation shows the way talc powder promotes the generation of ovarian cancer cells. This is the first study to confirm the cellular effect of talc.

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Photo of a field as it is sprayed with herbicide following study suggesting that Monsanto's Roundup may cause liver damage.

Researchers Find Liver Damage May Be A Risk of Roundup

Lauren Styx · June 10, 2019

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

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A photo of an agricultural field in relation to the debate between Monsanto and the EPA about Roundup, glyphosate and cancer.

Roundup and Cancer: EPA Sidesteps Science Claiming "No Link"

Carah Wertheimer · May 8, 2019

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reaffirmed its 2017 assessment that glyphosate, the herbicide in Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller, does not cause cancer. Recent scientific studies and court cases say otherwise about the controversial herbicide.

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A photo of an agricultural field in relation to the debate between Monsanto and the EPA about Roundup, glyphosate and cancer.

Roundup and Cancer: EPA Sidesteps Science Claiming "No Link"

Carah Wertheimer · May 8, 2019

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reaffirmed its 2017 assessment that glyphosate, the herbicide in Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller, does not cause cancer. Recent scientific studies and court cases say otherwise about the controversial herbicide.

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Woman getting her finger pricked for Alzheimer's blood test

Blood Test Detects Alzheimer's 20 Years in Advance

Carah Wertheimer · February 8, 2019

Created by Australian and Japanese researchers, this revolutionary Alzheimer's blood test is able to detect the disease 20 years before symptoms begin.

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A woman worried about opioid overdoses in America

How Likely Are Americans to Die from an Opioid Overdose?

Benjamin Duong · February 5, 2019

In 2017, at least 70,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose. A deep dive into the history and causes of the opioid epidemic shows that America has long struggled with opioids.

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Photo of child reaching for pills depicted the way children in opioid epidemic are affected.

Data Shows Rising Number of Children Poisoned in Opioid Epidemic

Carah Wertheimer · October 25, 2018

The opioid epidemic in the United States is taking an increasingly devastating toll on children and adolescents, including the youngest Americans – preschool and kindergarten children.

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Elderly couple on a walk, discussing differences between men and women with Diabetes

Researchers Uncover Differences Between Men and Women with Diabetes

Ashley Lombardo · June 11, 2018

A study examines how men and women deal with diabetes differently, indicating that men may be able to learn from their female counterparts.

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Lonely elderly woman looking out window

How Loneliness Affects Health

Ashley Lombardo · May 7, 2018

Loneliness is a word we're all familiar with. But when it comes to loneliness, do we really understand what it means for our health?

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Joint replacement costs

Studies Show Optional Joint Replacements Cost Americans $8.3 Billion

Ashley Lombardo · March 23, 2018

Hundreds of thousands of Americans undergo joint replacements each year. But some of these procedures are unnecessary, leaving patients with serious side effects and costing the U.S. billions.

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A photo of a nurse holding an elderly woman's hands, feeling hopeful about a diabetes drug for Alzheimer's treatment.

New Diabetes Drug May Lead to Alzheimer's Breakthrough

Ashley Lombardo · January 24, 2018

Researchers in the U.K. and China are studying a diabetes drug that may help improve memory function in patients with Alzheimer's disease.

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A photo of a young woman suffering from hip pain from a metal-on-metal hip implant.

Newly Discovered Gene May Help Metal-on-Metal Hip Patients

Ashley Lombardo · January 10, 2018

An incredible discovery in Australia could change the way we approach metal-on-metal hip replacement procedures to better protect patients from metal poisoning.

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A photo of a middle-aged Hispanic man wondering about hernia mesh failure.

Are Synthetic Hernia Repairs More Likely to Fail?

Ashley Lombardo · November 22, 2017

A recent study found synthetic mesh had a higher failure rate than biological mesh, specifically in contaminated incisional hernias.

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An illustration of a man with stomach pain, indicating heartburn PPI medications may increase the risk of stomach cancer.

Heartburn PPIs May Increase the Risk of Stomach Cancer

Ashley Lombardo · November 3, 2017

A study published in the journal Gut found the long-term use of heartburn medication, known as PPIs, may increase the risk of stomach cancer.

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Pink illustration of the female reproductive system as it depicts the way ovarian cancer in fallopian tubes may be the starting point.

Preliminary Study Finds Ovarian Cancer May Start in Fallopian Tubes

Ashley Lombardo · October 25, 2017

An ovarian cancer study indicates the disease may originate in the fallopian tubes. Scientists used genome sequencing to examine DNA errors.

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A photo of an elderly male patient extending his palm to receive pills to depict overprescription in nursing homes.

A New Study May Help Curb Inappropriate Nursing Home Prescriptions

Ashley Lombardo · October 20, 2017

A study helped cease inappropriate medication in nursing homes using the Multidisciplinary Multistep Medication Review tool (3MR).

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Illustration of Elderly Patient Having A Stroke After Study on Xarelto Stroke Prevention Finds It As Effective As Aspirin.

Xarelto Study On Stroke Prevention Ends Early

Ashley Lombardo · October 17, 2017

A Xarelto study on stroke prevention ended early after the drug failed to demonstrate any advantage over taking aspirin.

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A photo of a dad smiling while talking to his daughter about diabetes.

Can Talking About Your Feelings Help Fight Diabetes?

Ashley Lombardo · October 4, 2017

A Malaysian study shows talking through diabetes-related distress improves overall well-being and helps diabetics better manage the disease.

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A photo of a woman's hands rolling a joint, relating to cannabis and chemotherapy.

The Role of Cannabis in Chemotherapy

Ashley Lombardo · September 28, 2017

Recent studies of cannabis and chemotherapy treatment have found that cannabinoids are effective in killing certain cancer cells.

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An illustration of vaginal mesh, representing a vaginal mesh trial showing risk and ineffectiveness.

Largest Trial Shows Vaginal Mesh Isn’t More Effective Than Standard Repair

Ashley Lombardo · January 30, 2017

In a vaginal mesh trial, researchers found the devices pose unnecessary risks and are no more effective than standard repair.

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A woman holding her stomach after taking acid reflux medications (PPIs) and developing a gut infection.

Researchers Link Heartburn Medications to Higher Risk of Gut Infection

Ashley Lombardo · January 11, 2017

New studies link acid reflux drugs to infection. PPI risks also include CKD, magnesium deficiency, dementia, bone loss and heart attacks.

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An illustration representing the Essure patient safety checklist.

FDA Publishes New Essure Labeling and Safety Checklist

Ashley Lombardo · November 16, 2016

The FDA issued an Essure safety checklist to help physicians and patients better understand permanent contraception risks.

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An illustration of scientists and researchers working in a lab.

Did a Defective Blood Machine Alter Xarelto’s Clinical Trial?

Ashley Lombardo · September 30, 2016

A new investigation into Rocket AF, the Xarelto clinical trial, have regulators questioning the safety approval of the popular blood thinner.

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An illustration of floating red blood cells.

Study Shows IVC Filters Don't Save Trauma Patients

Ashley Lombardo · August 13, 2016

IVC Filter study results illustrate preventative device placement may actually increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis in trauma patients.

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An illustration of floating red blood cells.

Doctors Say Filters May Actually Cause Thrombosis

Ashley Lombardo · June 24, 2016

Aside from a heart problem, the most common cause of thrombosis may be an irremovable IVC filter.

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A portrait of an older African American man looking at the camera, representing Risperdal breast growth in older men.

Study Finds Antipsychotic Causes Breast Growth in Older Men

Ashley Lombardo · May 13, 2016

A study from the University of British Columbia linked the antipsychotic Risperdal to a higher gynecomastia risk for elderly men.

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