Lauren Styx

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Lauren Styx

Lauren Styx is a journalist and editor focused on elevating the well-being of women and the LGBTQ+ community. She is based in Brooklyn, New York. 

Latest MedTruth Work by Lauren Styx

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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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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
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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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
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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
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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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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.

News
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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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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.

Health Features
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New York Liberty Addresses Women’s Health in Prison With ‘Forgotten Behind Bars’

Lauren Styx · August 13, 2019

The Women's National Basketball Association team in New York hosted a panel to discuss women's health in prison. Female prisoners, especially women of color, are largely underserved while incarcerated — and their health suffers.

Women's Health
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$2 Billion Verdict Reduced in Roundup Cancer Case

Lauren Styx · July 29, 2019

In May, a jury awarded the amount of $2 billion in punitive damages and $55 million in compensatory damages to a California couple who developed cancer after years of exposure to Roundup weedkiller. Last week, the California judge significantly reduced the award in this historic Roundup cancer case.

Legal Developments
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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.

Research + Findings
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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.

News
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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.

News
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What is Breast Implant Illness?

Lauren Styx · April 9, 2019

In the past 20 years, more women have been coming forward suffering from symptoms related to their breast implants. While doctors insist these ailments are caused by other health issues, victims of breast implant illness take a stand to share their truth.

Patient Stories
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Advocates Respond to FDA Reports on Textured Breast Implant Risks

Lauren Styx · March 12, 2019

Advocates for BIA-ALCL awareness call on women and medical professionals to get serious about textured breast implant risks. The FDA will hold an advisory committee panel meeting on breast implant safety in March.

Women's Health
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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.

Research + Findings
A photo of a court microphone representing the recent Roundup case in California, which resulted in a $2 billion-dollar verdict against Monsanto.

Monsanto to Pay $2 Billion to California Couple in Latest Roundup Case

Lauren Styx · May 20, 2019

Last Monday, in the most recent of three similar Roundup case verdicts, a California jury ruled in favor of couple Alva and Alberta Pilliod. The couple claimed that long-term exposure Roundup on their Northern California property caused severe health issues.

Legal Developments