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Diabetes Distress: How to Cope During the Pandemic

S. Nicole Lane · October 23, 2020

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

Health Features
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More Recalls Issued for Diabetes Drug Metformin

Nicole Knight · October 15, 2020

The FDA has announced two additional voluntary recalls of extended-release metformin.

FDA Regulation
Image of a transgender person receiving healthcare at the doctor's office.

Could a Proposed Regulation Worsen Transgender Mental Health?

Anika Nayak · October 12, 2020

The rollback of Affordable Care Act protections could make it even harder to see a gender-affirming doctor.

Patient Stories
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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.

News
Illustration of gloved hands holding breast implants that have a black box warning with the new FDA guidance.

FDA Recommends Black Box Warning on Breast Implants

James Parker · October 2, 2020

The FDA has issued a final warning label and new guidance to inform patients of the potential risks associated with breast implants. 

Women's Health
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Health Literacy: What It Is and Why It Matters

Sarah DiGiulio · October 1, 2020

Our ability to access and understand health information, also known as “health literacy,” is an important risk factor for overall health.

Health Features
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How to Quit the Birth Control Pill

Annie Simon · September 29, 2020

This guide explains how hormonal birth control affects your body and the side effects that may happen when you stop taking it, as well as lifestyle changes to help support your body’s adjustment to its natural cycle.

Women's Health
KN95 respirator mask from China.

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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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. 

Health Features
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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.

Health Features
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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.

News
Image of a golfer placing a ball on a tee in the grass, representing Gary Lindeblad's Roundup lawsuit.

Golf Pro Sues Monsanto, Claims Roundup Caused Cancer

James Parker · September 16, 2020

A Washington state golf pro who says Roundup caused his cancer has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto. 

Legal Developments
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No Increased Risk of Most Cancers From Hair Dye, Study Says

Carah Wertheimer · September 14, 2020

A major study found no increased risk of most types of cancer in women who use permanent hair dye at home.

Research + Findings
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Johnson & Johnson Talc Appeal Reaches Missouri Supreme Court

James Parker · September 11, 2020

J&J is asking the Missouri Supreme Court to overturn a multibillion-dollar ruling that affirmed that asbestos and carcinogens in its talc products caused cancer in 22 women.

Legal Developments

How to Be a Chronic Illness Ally

S. Nicole Lane · September 10, 2020

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

Health Features
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FDA Issues Guidance on Drug Impurities

MedTruth Editors · September 8, 2020

The FDA announced new guidance on Sept. 1 for drugmakers, citing “serious concerns” about common medications.

FDA Regulation
Image of a person holding a ParaGard copper IUD in their palm.

ParaGard Lawsuit Claims Copper IUD Broke in Uterus

MedTruth Editors · September 3, 2020

A woman is suing the maker of the ParaGard intrauterine device after part of the copper IUD broke off in her uterus during removal.

Women's Health
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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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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.

News
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Questions Remain About COVID-19 Vaccine Review

T.J. La · August 31, 2020

Operation Warp Speed aims to deliver 300 million doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 by January 2021, but there's growing concern about lack of FDA review.

FDA Regulation
Man holding an aluminum can that has BPA, which is linked to increased risk of death.

High BPA Linked to 49% Increased Risk of Death

MedTruth Editors · August 28, 2020

New research suggests BPA may be linked to a higher death rate from conditions including cardiovascular disease.

Research + Findings
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FDA No Longer Regulating Many COVID-19 Tests

T.J. La · August 27, 2020

Although affected labs are no longer required to seek FDA clearance, approval or emergency use authorizations for their tests, they may voluntarily continue to do so.

FDA Regulation
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Low Libido? Your Prescription Medication Might Be The Reason

S. Nicole Lane · August 26, 2020

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

Patient Stories
Image of a woman holding her glasses and rubbing her eyes due to vision damage from Elmiron.

Elmiron Lawsuits Claim Drug Companies Knowingly Withheld Risks

James Parker · August 25, 2020

Two women allege that drug manufacturers knowingly withheld information about harm caused by long-term use of Elmiron.

Legal Developments
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Essure Settlement Costs Bayer $1.6 Billion

MedTruth Editors · August 20, 2020

Bayer will pay $1.6 billion to settle the majority of U.S. claims brought by women who said they were sickened or harmed by Essure permanent birth control.

Legal Developments
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Ban on Controversial Herbicide Dicamba Stands, Court Decides

Lynne Higby · August 20, 2020

A federal appellate court affirmed a nationwide ban on the controversial weed killer dicamba.

Legal Developments
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COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Need Diverse Volunteers

T.J. La · August 18, 2020

The FDA is prioritizing recruitment of volunteers from especially hard-hit populations such as the elderly, those with pre-existing health conditions, and minorities.

Research + Findings
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Toxic Metal Elements Potentially Linked to Essure Side Effects

T.J. La · August 12, 2020

A French study found metal particles in the bodies of women with Essure implants, which may be due to corrosion of the device.

Women's Health
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Essure Linked to Heavy Periods and Chronic Pelvic Pain

T.J. La · August 11, 2020

Women implanted with the Essure sterilization device reported experiencing heavier periods and more pelvic or abdominal pain than patients who’d had their tubes tied, according to new data from the device-maker Bayer.

Women's Health
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Court Panel Affirms Decision That Roundup Causes Cancer, but Slashes Record Jury Verdict

T.J. La · August 7, 2020

A jury verdict that found that Monsanto’s Roundup caused a groundskeeper’s cancer still stands under a California appellate decision issued last month, but the panel slashed the award.

Legal Developments
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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.

Health Features
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What Does Aquatic Accessibility Look Like?

S. Nicole Lane · August 6, 2020

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

Health Features
Illustration of a woman with hair loss, hair damage and scalp sores from DevCurl and Monat products.

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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Study Finds Link Between Certain ‘Forever Chemicals’ and Early Menopause

Lauren Styx · July 29, 2020

A new study from the University of Michigan suggests exposure to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances might contribute to women reaching menopause two years earlier than average.

Research + Findings
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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.

Health Features
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Expanding FDA List of Potentially Toxic Hand Sanitizers Hits 77

MedTruth Editors · July 24, 2020

The list of hand sanitizers potentially contaminated with toxic methanol has continued to grow since the FDA first raised concerns in June.

FDA Regulation
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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.

News
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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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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.

News
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Federal Judge Sends 11 J&J Talc Cases Back to Missouri State Court

Lynne Higby · July 21, 2020

Eleven cases in Johnson & Johnson’s ongoing talcum powder litigation have been bumped back to Missouri state court.

Legal Developments

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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Additional Metformin Lots Voluntarily Recalled Due to Contamination Concerns

James Parker · July 16, 2020

The FDA issued a pair of new recall alerts for select extended-release batches of metformin, a popular drug used to control type 2 diabetes.

FDA Regulation
Illustration of a breast implant leaking heavy metals, associated with breast implant illness.

Do Heavy Metals Contribute to Breast Implant Illness?

Lauren Styx · July 16, 2020

Heavy metal toxicity within the body can disrupt metabolic function and damage the kidneys, brain, liver and central nervous system. Both saline and silicone FDA-approved breast implants contain heavy metals as either ingredients or part of the manufacturing process. 

Women's Health
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Judge Rebuffs Bayer’s Settlement Bid Over Proposed Scheme to Sidestep Jury

Lynne Higby · July 15, 2020

The case’s presiding judge questioned the lawfulness of a provision in the proposed $10 billion settlement, causing attorneys representing Roundup plaintiffs to back away from the proposed deal.

Legal Developments
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'Long Haulers' Seek COVID-19 Answers and Support in Online Communities

Emily Rose Thorne · July 13, 2020

Long-haulers, those whose COVID-19 symptoms just won’t seem to go away, are turning to communities like Reddit for answers.

Patient Stories
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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.

Health Features
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Civil Rights, A Global Pandemic and Justice: Practicing Law in the Era of COVID-19

Emily Rose Thorne · July 10, 2020

Amid a push to transform the criminal justice system and mandates to work from home to avoid worsening a public health crisis, how have America’s lawyers adapted their practice?

Legal Developments

Masks: Physical and Mental Health Implications

Risa Kerslake · July 9, 2020

With so many unknowns about COVID-19, information on mask use is ever-evolving. Mask use may have mental and emotional effects on some – here's how to cope while staying safe.

Patient Stories
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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.

News
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Supreme Court Decision Protecting LGBTQIA+ Employees Could Challenge Healthcare Rollbacks

Emily Rose Thorne · July 7, 2020

The Supreme Court has ruled on Bostock v. Clayton County—a landmark decision protecting LGBTQIA+ patients from workplace discrimination. The decision came the same week that HHS released a final rule rolling back nondiscrimination protections for transgender and nonbinary patients seeking healthcare.

Laws + Congress
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Highlighting Race and Chronic Illness As Key COVID-19 Disparities

Akilah Wise · July 6, 2020

COVID-19 deaths are 12 times higher among people with chronic underlying conditions. Though most U.S. adults have a chronic illness, Black, Latino, Native American, low-income and uninsured people are disproportionately affected.

Patient Stories
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PPI and Dementia Potentially Linked In New Study

James Parker · July 6, 2020

A recent study published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia, the journal of the Alzheimer’s Association,  investigated the methods by which proton pump inhibitors and dementia are connected.

Research + Findings
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GBCA Chemical Toxicity Suit Weathers Dismissal Claims

James Parker · July 2, 2020

The plaintiff claims that the GBCAs used in her MRIs in 2015 caused a condition known as gadolinium deposition disease (GDD) and a host of debilitating side effects.

Legal Developments
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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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Zofran Bellwether Delay Pushes Proceedings to 2021

James Parker · June 29, 2020

The multidistrict Zofran litigation has been further delayed to 2021 due to coronavirus concerns.

Legal Developments
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J&J to Pay $2.1 Billion in Talc Damage

Lynne Higby · June 26, 2020

A Missouri court of appeals affirmed a jury verdict finding that Johnson and Johnson had actual knowledge of asbestos contained in its popular talcum-based baby powder.

Legal Developments
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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.

Health Features
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Study Finds Early COVID-19 Treatment Trials ‘Yield Only Preliminary Evidence’

Lauren Styx · June 26, 2020

An analysis of COVID-19 clinical trials demonstrates the importance of design when interpreting results.

Research + Findings
Image of corn field sprayed with banned dicamba herbicide.

EPA Defends Continued Use of Dicamba Despite Court Order

Lynne Higby · June 25, 2020

The EPA is permitting farmers to use dicamba the rest of the growing season despite a federal appeals court banning the popular weedkiller.

Laws + Congress
Maria Gmitro, president and founder of the Breast Implant Safety Alliance, originated the idea for a PSA on the importance of adverse event reporting.

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.

Health Features
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Adverse Event Reporting Resumes After COVID Hiatus

James Parker · June 24, 2020

The slowdown in adverse event reporting can be attributed to an official regulatory pause for a period of two months. 

FDA Regulation
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Debate Over Fluoridation Continues as Experts Testify

Emily Rose Thorne · June 23, 2020

Scientists are testifying for groups seeking to ban fluoride from public water supplies, though the data has some limitations.

Research + Findings
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COVID-19 and Vitamin D: What Does the Research Say?

S. Nicole Lane · June 23, 2020

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

Health Features
An image of a food bank worker wearing a donated Herogard mask while sorting cans at Food Bank for NYC.

Herogard Donates Thousands of Masks to Food Banks As NYC Reopens

S. Nicole Lane · June 22, 2020

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

Health Features
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43 Homeopathic Drugs Included in Recent FDA Warning Letters

Lauren Styx · June 17, 2020

The FDA has issued warning letters to four manufacturers for selling unapproved homeopathic drug products. The warning letters target homeopathic products such as Arnica.

FDA Regulation
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FDA Names More Companies Recalling Metformin for NDMA Contamination

Emily Rose Thorne · June 15, 2020

Since the FDA found NDMA above the acceptable intake limit in certain lots of metformin, five pharmaceutical companies have announced a voluntary recall of extended-release (ER) metformin, a popular medication used to control type 2 diabetes.

FDA Regulation

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.

Health Features
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California Attorneys Seek to Consolidate Zantac Lawsuits

James Parker · June 12, 2020

Attorneys representing 40 plaintiffs in California have recently filed a petition to consolidate product liability cases against the manufacturers of the heartburn medication Zantac, which may cause cancer.

Legal Developments

Tobacco Companies Challenge LA County Vape Ban in California Federal Court

James Parker · June 10, 2020

A group of tobacco companies is pushing to legally overturn the Los Angeles County ban on flavored vape fluid, alleging the action is unconstitutional and unenforceable. 

Legal Developments

FDA Singulair Warning Cautions Patients of Psychiatric Risks

James Parker · June 9, 2020

The FDA Singulair warning addressed a troubling connection between the medication and an increased risk of neuropsychiatric events, including agitation and depression. 

FDA Regulation
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FDA Issues Warning Letters to Hold Breast Implant Manufacturers Accountable

Lauren Styx · June 4, 2020

As part of its ongoing efforts to protect patients, the FDA issued warning letters to two breast implant manufacturers citing violations of quality system and medical device reporting regulations.

FDA Regulation
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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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A stock photo of a gavel against white marble, representing COVID-19 tolling and SOL.

State Courts Tolling Statutes of Limitation During COVID-19

Joanna Shawn Brigid O'Leary · June 4, 2020

Federal and state courts are struggling to process lawsuits and fulfill civil procedural protocols as the coronavirus outbreak continues, causing the need to "toll" or suspend statutes of limitations.

Legal Developments
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Remdesivir Study Muddies Waters For Medical Authorities

James Parker · June 3, 2020

COVID-19 patients administered the investigational antiviral drug remdesivir were 65% more likely to exhibit clinical improvement according to preliminary research findings announced Monday by Gilead Sciences, a California-based biopharmaceutical company.

Research + Findings
Doctor holding Hydroxychloroquine, a drug considered for coronavirus treatment.

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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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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Canadian Drug Co. Apotex Recalls Metformin Due to NDMA Contamination

Carah Wertheimer · May 29, 2020

Metformin was voluntarily recalled after N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) was discovered in a single lot of Apotex’s product.

FDA Regulation
Image of hand holding Pepcid heartburn medication famotidine used to treat the coronavirus.

Pepcid Shows Promise Against COVID-19

Joanna Shawn Brigid O'Leary · May 28, 2020

The active ingredient in Pepcid heartburn medication, famotidine, may be an effective treatment for the coronavirus.

Research + Findings
A photo of a hand throwing white powder in the air against a wooden fence backdrop, representing talcum powder statute of limitations.

How to Navigate Statutes of Limitation in Talc-Cancer Claims

Lynne Higby · May 27, 2020

Questions about the statute of limitations for ovarian cancer wrongful death claims have been raised by the families of women who used Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products.

Legal Developments
Mom carrying a baby in a front baby carrier with proper form to prevent hip dysplasia.

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.

Health Features
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Could COVID-19 Be Stopped by the World’s First Genetic Vaccine?

Joanna Shawn Brigid O'Leary · May 22, 2020

Early results from studies researching a genetic vaccine for COVID-19 show promise, but safety, production and privacy concerns remain.

Research + Findings
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New York State Courts Gradually Reopening

James Parker · May 22, 2020

Courts in New York City starting the next stage of re-opening, allowing for electronic filing of non-essential legal matters using the New York State Electronic Filing System (NYSCEF).

Legal Developments

'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.

Health Features

Nursing Home Execs May Lose COVID-19 Liability Protections

James Parker · May 21, 2020

Newly introduced legislation could unravel legal protections recently afforded nursing home executives and administrators in New York.

Legal Developments
A photo of a woman smoking and looking out the window, representing a piece on COVID and overdoses.

COVID Isolation Poses Intense Challenges for People With Addictions

S. Nicole Lane · May 19, 2020

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

Patient Stories
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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.

News
A stock photo of white capsules representing Elmiron maculopathy side effects, in the recent lawsuit.

Johnson & Johnson Faces Elmiron Lawsuit for Allegedly Concealing Adverse Event Data

James Parker · May 18, 2020

A recent legal complaint filed in May by a Nevada woman named Tina Pisco claims Elmiron, a drug for interstitial cystitis, caused her to develop maculopathy — a degenerative disease of the retina that may permanently damage vision.

Legal Developments

‘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.

Health Features
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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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Elderly people in a nursing home, representing the lawsuit protections for nursing homes due to coronavirus safety concerns.

States Enact Controversial Lawsuit Protections for Nursing Homes

James Parker · May 13, 2020

The nursing home industry has grown increasingly concerned about a potential onslaught of COVID-related lawsuits and has begun pushing for legal protection from what it says are crisis conditions beyond its control.

Laws + Congress
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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.

Health Features
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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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After 9 Months, Daubert Ruling on Talcum Powder-Cancer is Released

James Parker · May 1, 2020

The recent Daubert opinion, written by presiding Judge Wolfson after a nine-month deliberation, is a crucial ruling on the validity of the methods used by the expert scientific witnesses testifying in the talcum powder and ovarian cancer multi-district litigation.

Legal Developments
Woman wearing a DIY face mask.

How to Make an Effective DIY Face Mask

S. Nicole Lane · April 28, 2020

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

Health Features
A photo of the Stature of Liberty, representing controversial U.S. re-opening plan.

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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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.

Health Features
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New Opioid Lawsuit Filings May Be on the Horizon

James Parker · April 21, 2020

More than 2,700 multidistrict-litigations are still pending in Ohio federal court, while new opioid lawsuit filings are being bounced back to local and tribal governments.

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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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Bald woman looks in the mirror, worried that her cancer chemotherapy treatment will be delayed because of the coronavirus.

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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