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Surgeon Sheds Light on Breast-Implant-Associated Lymphoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sounded the alarm on July 6, 2019. The agency had received 573 medical device reports (MDRs) of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).Although the FDA first identified a link between ALCL and breast implants in 2011, a lack...

Could Hope for Coronavirus Treatment Lay in a 65-Year-Old Treatment for Malaria?

As the coronavirus pandemic worsens, medical scientists and researchers are looking for anything that might prevent, or at least treat the disease. At least three major pharmaceutical companies are working overtime to develop vaccines. Meanwhile, findings reported in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases indicate that a drug first developed almost seven decades...

Why Do You Choose to Take Down Tobacco?

The nation is building a power wall—and you are invited to help build it.Today, March 18, 2020, is National Take Down Tobacco Day of Action. Around the world people from every walk of life will rally in a fight for the first tobacco-free generation.  The...

Revlon Named in Mesothelioma Lawsuit for Talcum Powder Product Jean Nate

For years, Johnson & Johnson has occupied the spotlight on talc mesothelioma lawsuits. Now, the mega-corporation shares some of this public attention with cosmetics industry giant Revlon.On February 25, 2020, Laura and Edward McDaniel filed a lawsuit in which they claim that Mrs. McDaniel’s father’s employment...

Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Spike, Injuries Mount – But Alternatives are Available

News about hernia mesh injuries and lawsuits have dropped off the front page in recent months – but...

Carcinogens in Our Medications: Why Does the FDA Drag its Heels?

Recently, a small, privately-owned and operated lab in Connecticut discovered “high levels” of a carcinogenic chemical in batches...

Vape-Related Lung Disease Victim Gets Double Lung Transplant

A surgical team at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital has successfully performed a double lung transplant on a patient...

Popular Antidepressant Recalled Over Contamination Fears

The FDA recently reported a recall for the anti-anxiety medication alprazolam due to concerns about the “potential of...

Knee Replacement Surgery Doesn’t Help in 20 Percent of Cases – Why is it Being Done so Often?

Between 1999 and 2008, the number of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) for patients...

FDA Recommends Black Box Warning on Breast Implants

This month, the FDA published recommendations that a “black box” warning be added...

After Decades of Denial, J&J Recalls Baby Powder Because of Asbestos

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently discovered asbestos fibers after testing a...

Hernia Mesh Infections: is it the Materials or Something Else?

One of the problems reported with hernia mesh has to do with the...

Losartan Recall Expanded

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded its recall of angiotensin II...

FDA Says Cancer Risk From Contaminated ARBs Lower Than Previously Thought

In a statement published on August 28th, the FDA says that the cancer...

Talc Cancer Risk Spreads to Popular Cosmetics

As Johnson & Johnson continues to fight allegations that the talc in its...

“It’s Deja Vu All Over Again” – Is the History of Big Tobacco Repeating With e-Cigarettes?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “vaping” among teenagers nearly doubled between...

FDA Orders Flavored “Vape Juices” Pulled From the Market

As part of its efforts to prevent underage youth from using e-cigarette...

The (Literally) Dirty Little Secret About Duodenoscopes

The duodenoscope is a very handy invention which allows physicians to see “inside”...