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Jennifer Walker-Journey

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Jennifer Walker-Journey is a professional writer whose 20-year career spans from newspapers and magazines to Ezines and business blogs. Her primary focus is corporate and business writing, though she relishes any opportunity to write features. In her limited free time, Jennifer strives to finish the novel she is writing. She lives in Birmingham with her husband, Rick, and their insatiably curious son, Truman.

Bayer fights to dismiss mounting Mirena IUD lawsuits

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Bayer is fighting to dismiss lawsuits waged against the company over claims that its intrauterine device Mirena caused injuries that the company failed to warn doctors or patients about. The Mirena IUD is a flexible T-shaped device that is inserted into the cervix, where it releases a small amount of the hormone levonorgestrel. It is intended to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. It also is used to control heavy menstrual bleeding. About 1,200 Mirena IUD lawsuits have been filed against Bayer alleging the IUD can migrate from its intended position in the cervix and fall out of the ... Read More

Women angry over latest patient death linked to Essure contraceptive

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News of another death associated with the controversial birth control method Essure has some women fighting mad. “I just wish that everybody would listen. This is so important – women’s lives, families depend on this,” Darlene Taylor told 7 Investigators. Taylor and Mesha Hodge, both of Michigan, are among dozens of women who have teamed up to try to ban the device to prevent other women from being injured by Essure as they have. Their efforts resulted in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety review. But instead of pulling the contraceptive off the market, the agency opted to place ... Read More

Sen. McCaskill cracks down on makers of fraudulent dietary supplements

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Sen. Claire McCaskill, a ranking member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, is requesting a comprehensive list of enforcement actions taken since 2005 by the Department of Justice involving dietary supplements in an effort to crack down on the presence of “fraudulent or unsafe dietary supplements” sold in the U.S. and endangering public health. “It’s clear that parts of this industry are operating as if this was the Wild West, where basic standards of honesty and oversight are nonexistent – and they seem to be getting away with it, Sen. McCaskill said in a letter to Attorney General Loretta ... Read More

TBI can cause sleep disturbances up to 18 months after injury

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People who suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) may suffer sleep problems for more than a year after the injury occurred, according to a new study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. TBI is a brain dysfunction caused by an outside force, usually a violent blow to the head. It often occurs as a result of a severe sports injury or car accident. Immediate or delayed symptoms include confusion, blurry vision, and concentration difficulty. Recovery can take weeks or even years, with some symptoms lingering a lifetime. Repeated blows to the head, whether or not ... Read More

Woman blames son’s stillbirth on Mirena IUD

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Abigail Lane blames Bayer Healthcare’s Mirena IUD for the stillborn death of her baby boy. Abigail was implanted with the Mirena IUD in 2009, and claims she was never informed that the device could become embedded in her uterus, fail to prevent pregnancy, cause infections, and put her at risk for miscarriage. “Had Abigail Lane known of the actual failure rate of Mirena in preventing pregnancy and the risks to an unborn child when Mirena fails to prevent intrauterine pregnancy and cannot be removed, Abigail Lane would not have consented to placement of Mirena IUD,” her lawsuit stated. In February ... Read More

Risperdal side effects especially worrisome in children

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The antipsychotic drug Risperdal (risperidone) can successfully reduce serious behavioral problems in children with autism spectrum disorder, but it comes at a price. Risperdal can increase appetite, causing children to gain weight rapidly, leading to insulin resistance predisposing them to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and liver disease, according to research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The study, led by Lawrence Scahill, MSN, PhD, professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and Marcus Autism Center, involved children ages 4 to 13 with autism and serious behavioral problems. The children were randomized to receive ... Read More

Man sues Xarelto makers after suffering gastrointestinal hemorrhage

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Another personal injury lawsuit was filed against the manufacturers of the blood thinner Xarelto, adding to the litigation alleging the medication can cause life threatening bleeding events about which the companies failed to warn. Thomas Searle filed a lawsuit on April 1 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana naming Janssen Research & Development LLC, Janssen Ortho LLL, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Bayer Pharma AG, Bayer Corporation, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Inc., Bayer Healthcare AG, and Bayer AG. The lawsuit claims the companies violated consumer protection laws and consumer fraud laws in breach of warranty, design ... Read More

Researchers investigate cases of breast implant-related lymphoma

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Breast augmentation is the most performed cosmetic surgery in the U.S. with about 290,000 women receiving either silicone or saline breast implants. What few women realize, however, is that breast implants have been linked to a rare type of cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or ALCL. ALCL is a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It typically forms in the skin, lymph nodes, liver and soft tissue. On rare occasions, it can appear in the breast. And, in almost all of the cases where ALCL is found in the breast, it has been in women with breast implants, with the ... Read More

Glass particles found in local anesthetic

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A single lot of the anesthetic Sensorcaine-MPF is being recalled because glass particles were seen floating in the solution. Sensorcaine-MPH, which contains the drug ingredient bupivacaine HCl, is an injectable drug used to numb or relieve pain during surgery, dental or oral procedures, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and for obstetrical procedures. Administration of a solution containing glass particulate matter by the epidural or retrobulbar (behind the eyeball) route may result in inflammation and injury, or cause blockage of vasculature around the eye or emboli in the vasculature of the eye nerves. If the particulate goes undetected and the solution is ... Read More

Woman dies during Essure contraceptive implantation

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In February, exactly one year before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started wrapping up its investigation into health risks with the permanent birth control device Essure, a doctor filed a report with the agency’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting database about a woman who died during Essure implantation. On the last day of February 2016, the FDA announced it would keep Essure on the market but proposed adding a black box warning – its strongest warning – on the device’s safety label as well as ordering Bayer Healthcare, manufacturer of the implant, to conduct long-term safety studies on women using ... Read More