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Scottish Vaginal Mesh Victims Sent to the U.S.

MedTruth Editors · July 22, 2021

Scotland has agreed to pay for Scottish women implanted with vaginal mesh to travel to the United States and undergo treatment from a specialist.

News
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Juul Settles Youth Vaping Marketing Lawsuit For $40 Million

MedTruth Editors · July 20, 2021

Juul Labs and North Carolina have reached a settlement in a lawsuit claiming Juul promoted vaping to youths.

Legal Developments
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Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit Amendment Struck Down by Penn. Court

MedTruth Editors · July 14, 2021

Judge Wiegand has rejected the amended complaint of Susan and Carl Antonucci in an ongoing lawsuit regarding Boston Scientific’s pelvic mesh products.

Legal Developments
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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.

News
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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.

News
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Johnson & Johnson Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit Moves Forward Despite Lack of Details

Carah Wertheimer · May 14, 2021

A judge has decided that Theresa Drumheller does not need to provide more details about her pelvic mesh for the lawsuit to proceed.

Legal Developments
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Nearly 70 Paraquat Lawsuits Filed, Allege Toxic Herbicide Causes Parkinson's Disease

James Parker · May 10, 2021

In early April, two plaintiffs filed a request for multidistrict litigation against paraquat manufacturers, including Syngenta.

Legal Developments
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Jury Awards $7 Million to Three Veterans for Military Earplugs Hearing Loss

Carah Wertheimer · May 5, 2021

A federal jury has awarded $7.1 million to three army veterans who alleged that defective 3M military earplugs caused their permanent hearing damage. 

Legal Developments
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COVID-19 Nursing Home Outbreaks Spark Research Into Quality Concerns

Carah Wertheimer · April 30, 2021

The spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes has led to increased concerns about nursing home quality among researchers.

Research + Findings
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New York Restores Right to Sue Nursing Homes for COVID-19 Injuries and Deaths

MedTruth Editors · April 21, 2021

Governor Cuomo signed a bill repealing a New York law that protects health care facilities and professionals from COVID-19 related lawsuits.

Legal Developments
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Congress Responds to Baby Food Worries, New Bill Limits Toxic Heavy Metals

Carah Wertheimer · April 16, 2021

Lawmakers have introduced legislation limiting toxic heavy metals in baby foods.

Laws + Congress
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Bellwether Trials: What You Need to Know

James Parker · April 8, 2021

MedTruth's guide to bellwether trials, including their importance and notable examples.

Legal Developments
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Two Brands of Mesh Linked to Greater Risk of Breast Surgery Complications

Carah Wertheimer · April 7, 2021

According to the FDA, two brands of surgical mesh used in breast reconstruction surgery may be linked to a higher risk of complications.

Women's Health
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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

News
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Nursing Home Ratings Meaningless, New York Times Investigation Finds

Carah Wertheimer · April 1, 2021

A recent New York Times investigation of the nation’s popular five-star nursing home rating system found that the system is “broken,” offering at best a “distorted” picture of nursing home quality.

Research + Findings
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Multi-Million Dollar Transvaginal Mesh Settlement with 47 States

MedTruth Editors · March 31, 2021

Boston Scientific has agreed to settle transvaginal mesh claims from 47 states and the District of Columbia for $188.7 million. Last week’s settlement concludes a series of lawsuits accusing Boston Scientific of violating consumer protection laws by misrepresenting the safety and effectiveness of their transvaginal mesh products.

Legal Developments
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Baby Food Companies Sued for Toxic Heavy Metal Contamination

James Parker · March 23, 2021

A group of parents has requested that the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidate their cases in federal district court.

Legal Developments
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New Guide Teaches Consumers How to Verify FDA Approved Medical Products

MedTruth Editors · March 18, 2021

Following an increase in fake “FDA Registration Certificates,” the FDA published an online consumer guide to medical device approval.

FDA Regulation
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Paragard Video Ad Fails to Mention Risks, FDA Warns Manufacturer

Carah Wertheimer · March 12, 2021

The FDA has warned Paragard IUD manufacturer CooperSurgical for running ads that fail to disclose Paragard’s safety risks.

Women's Health
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FDA Acts to Protect Consumers from Fake "FDA Certified" Health Care Products

James Parker · March 9, 2021

The FDA sent letters to 25 printing firms to stop producing fake “FDA registration certificates.”

FDA Regulation
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Medical Research Peer Review Process: What You Need to Know

MedTruth Editors · March 5, 2021

The medical peer review process is a crucial aspect of research. Biases and limitations of the process may lead to misleading or inaccurate studies.

Research + Findings
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Elmiron Vision Problems May Start Years After Stopping the Drug

Risa Kerslake · March 3, 2021

This is the first report of “delayed onset” pigmentary maculopathy in which symptoms first appeared years after the patient stopped taking the drug.

Research + Findings
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Breast Implant Dangers: Arizona Bill Would Improve Patient Information

MedTruth Editors · February 25, 2021

A bill intended to increase patient awareness of the dangers of breast implants was preliminarily approved in January.

Women's Health
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Class Action Lawsuits: What You Need to Know

James Parker · February 24, 2021

MedTruth's guide to class action lawsuits, from the basics to how the process works.

Legal Developments
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Multidistrict Litigation: What You Need to Know

MedTruth Editors · February 5, 2021

A guide to multidistrict litigation, from the basics to the reasoning behind consolidating lawsuits.

Legal Developments
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Up to $4 Billion Earmarked for PFAS Lawsuits

Kristen Fischer · February 3, 2021

Three companies have made a $4 billion deal to settle potential lawsuits related to toxic PFAS.

Legal Developments
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Johnson and Johnson Talcum Powder Lawsuits: Recent Developments

Guest Contributor · January 29, 2021

An update on lawsuits claiming J&J's talcum powder causes ovarian cancer.

Legal Developments
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Paragard IUD Lawsuits Transferred to Female Judge in Georgia

Carah Wertheimer · January 26, 2021

Paragard copper IUD lawsuits filed by women from 23 states were grouped together and transferred to federal court in Atlanta late last year.

Legal Developments
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COVID-19 Nursing Home Lawsuit Protections: Early 2021 State Updates

James Parker · January 22, 2021

A roundup of updates on COVID-19 nursing home lawsuits.

Legal Developments
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Officials Seize 42 Shipments of Fake Vapes from China

Kristen Fischer · January 20, 2021

Government officials seized 42 shipments of counterfeit e-cigarettes, including Puff Bar knockoffs.

FDA Regulation
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Breast Implant Illness: Groundbreaking Summit Informs and Educates

Lauren Styx · January 15, 2021

The Breast Implant Health Summit, first-of-its-kind educational forum for health care practitioners, provides a roundup of information and resources on breast implant illness.

Health Features
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Elmiron Lawsuits Transferred to New Jersey

Carah Wertheimer · January 13, 2021

Elmiron bladder medication lawsuits alleging vision damage are being transferred to a single New Jersey federal court.

Legal Developments
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Fibroid Removal Safety Recommendations Updated by FDA

Carah Wertheimer · January 7, 2021

The FDA has finalized safety recommendations for the use of power morcellators in surgeries to remove fibroids.

FDA Regulation
Image of a hand holding different types of pills, representing common drugs that increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline.

Common Medications May Increase Risk of Alzheimer's Dementia

Risa Kerslake · December 22, 2020

A new study suggests common drugs such as Advil, Benadryl, Tylenol and Sominex may increase risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease.

Research + Findings
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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.

News
Image of a hand holding a Paragard copper IUD, representing the lawsuits.

Paragard IUD Lawsuits Best Handled by Female Judge, Attorney Says

Carah Wertheimer · December 8, 2020

A personal injury lawyer representing Paragard IUD clients suggested a female judge be assigned a pending Paragard class action lawsuit.

Women's Health
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Elmiron Class Action Lawsuit Blocked by Pennsylvania Judge

Carah Wertheimer · December 4, 2020

A request from Elmiron manufacturer to stop a proposed national class action lawsuit from proceeding has been granted.

Legal Developments
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Senators Demand Answers From FDA on Imported Drug Safety

MedTruth Editors · November 24, 2020

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tina Smith have voiced concerns around reductions in FDA oversight of foreign drug manufacturing facilities.

FDA Regulation
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$2.1 Billion Talcum Powder Cancer Verdict Stands, J&J Appealing to Supreme Court

James Parker · November 12, 2020

Johnson & Johnson intends to appeal a record $2.1 billion talc verdict after striking out in the Missouri Supreme Court.

Legal Developments
Picture of Bamby Salcedo sitting at her desk.

The Hidden Toll of Breast Implant Illness on Transgender Women

Lauren Styx · November 10, 2020

MedTruth spoke with transgender health experts and members of the trans community, specifically trans women of color, to paint a more inclusive picture of the adverse effects of breast implants.

Patient Stories
Image of a pregnant people worried about NSAIDs increasing risk of pregnancy complications.

NSAIDs Can Increase Risk of Pregnancy Complications, FDA Warns

Nicole Knight · October 28, 2020

A new warning for pregnant people will appear on prescription and over-the-counter NSAIDs.

FDA Regulation

FDA Warns Against Dental Amalgams for Groups Sensitive to Mercury

James Parker · October 26, 2020

Certain individuals are instructed to avoid getting “silver” fillings due to mercury exposure concerns.

FDA Regulation
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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
Image of white pills representing the Metformin recall.

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
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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.

News
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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
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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
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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.

Health Features
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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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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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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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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
Woman holding her stomach in pain due to Essure, linked to heavy periods and chronic pelvic pain.

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.

Health Features
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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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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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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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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. 

News
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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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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
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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

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.

Health Features
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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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 lawyer talking to a jury representing Bayer's settlement bid.

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
Image of a woman on Reddit wearing a mask for COVID-19.

'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
Image of lawyer Nouvelle Gonzalo practicing law from home.

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
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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

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
Image of a Mexican flag representing Mexico banning glyphosate pesticides.

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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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
Illustration of an elderly woman on a winding road to a hospital representing COVID-19 disparities.

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
Woman going into an MRI machine representing the GBCA chemical toxicity suit.

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.

News
A newborn baby on a bed representing the Zofran bellwether delay.

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
A photo of a woman holding a rainbow flag representing a recent list of the best gay films to watch during pride 2020.

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
Image of Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder bottles on a store shelf representing the court order of $2.1 billion.

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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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