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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.

Defective metal hips once considered ‘best scientific solution’

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Manufacturers of a metal-on-metal hip replacement system that injured tens of thousands of patients considered the defective metal hips to be “state-of-the-art” and “the best scientific solution available,” until adverse events showed the devices were failing miserably. Johnson & Johnson unit Depuy Orthopaedics introduced the ASR Acetabular hip implant in 2004. The device was considered revolutionary because unlike traditional hip implants, which are made of plastic or ceramic parts, the ASR was designed with all metal parts intended to be more durable and last longer than the 20 years typically given for traditional implants. Within five years, however, the Food and Drug Administration ... Read More

Woman’s lawsuit claims talcum powder caused her ovarian cancer

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An Illinois woman has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson claiming the company’s talcum powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer. Candace Lewis says she used Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower powder in her genital area for personal hygiene from 1981 to 2014. On June 23, 2013, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Since her diagnosis, Lewis learned that about 22 studies dating back to 1971 have linked talcum powder usage on the genitals to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. At least one researcher found a 92 percent rise in ovarian cancer risk in women who used ... Read More

Editorial calls for an end to disease mongering ‘Low T’ ads

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Massive increases in prescriptions for testosterone treatments, concerns about inappropriate use of the hormones, and recent warnings about elevated risks for blood clots, heart attacks, strokes and death in patients who used the products, have prompted two researchers in an editorial in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society to call for a ban on advertisements for testosterone supplements. “A combination of direct-to-consumer product advertising (DTCPA) and lax consensus guidelines for testosterone prescribing have, over the past decade, led to 10- and 40-fold increases in testosterone prescriptions in the United States and Canada, respectively, with Internet pharmacies playing a major ... Read More

Statin drugs may interfere with men’s sexual performance

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Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may hamper a man’s sexual function, according to a recent study. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, looked at statin use and sexual function in 1,000 men and women, half of whom were treated with statins and the other half with a placebo. They found that men who were taking statin drugs were about twice as likely to report that their ability to achieve orgasm had become “somewhat worse” or “much worse” compared to men taking a placebo. The reasons are not easy to pinpoint. For one, medical problems that lead to treatment with statin drugs ... Read More

Gestational diabetes drug linked to birth complications

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A drug increasingly given to pregnant women to treat gestational diabetes has been linked to a number of birth complications, according to a new study. Gestational diabetes occurs when pregnant women who have never had diabetes before develop high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. An estimated 9.2 percent of pregnant women develop the condition. Similar to type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes starts when the body is not able to make and use all the insulin it needs to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Gestational diabetes can be dangerous for developing fetuses, causing respiratory problems after birth and putting the baby ... Read More

Organization wants more young adults on statin therapy

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Nearly a half a million Americans between the ages of 17 to 21 would be prescribed a cholesterol-lowering statin therapy if all doctors followed the new cholesterol guidelines aimed at young adults and children, a new study suggests, which would expose them to serious health risks. Four years ago, the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) issued new guidelines on statin use in an effort to reduce health disease in adolescents and young adults, which recommended that people ages 17 to 21 have their cholesterol levels checked. Those whose cholesterol levels were at a certain level would be ... Read More

Fresenius battles in court over fraudulent billing practices

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Dialysis products and services giant Fresenius Medical Care asked a Georgia federal judge to dismiss a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit claiming the company fraudulently billed Medicare for excess drugs, arguing that a whistleblower’s allegations were aired in several public documents years before his lawsuit was filed. The documents in question involved three unsealed FCA complaints, an inspector general’s report, a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice, and filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which described the company’s practice of using “overfill” from vials of the anemia drug Epogen and hyperparathyroidism drug Zemplar. Fresenius also challenged the whistleblower, saying ... Read More

More health insurance companies dropping coverage of power morcellation

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Several health insurers have taken action to limit the use of power morcellation for hysterectomies and the removal of uterine fibroids following a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning that procedures using the device could cause the spread of undetected uterine cancer and worsen a woman’s odds of survival. Power morcellators are devices fitted with a blade that finely chops the entire uterus or uterine growths inside the uterine cavity and then removes them through a small incision in the abdomen. About 50,000 procedures using the devices were performed each year in the United States. Power morcellation was favored by ... Read More

Reduced sexual activity possible cause of drop in testosterone levels

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It has been a long-held belief in the medical community that when a man’s testosterone level drops, so does his interest in sex. But a new study suggests that as a man’s sex life tapers, so does the level of testosterone in his blood. “Most people in or out of medicine assume that a lowered serum testosterone may cause reduced sexual activity. But our study questions, if not fully refutes, that assumption and suggests it is the other way around,” Dr. David Handelsman, a researcher at the University of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia, told WebMD. And if this ... Read More

Despite IUD side effects, more teen girls using device for pregnancy prevention

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Despite IUD side effects, more teenage girls are using intrauterine devices for pregnancy prevention, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the report, 7.1 percent of teens who were using birth control were using IUDs or implants compared to just 0.4 percent of teens in 2005. And, these methods varied widely by state. For example, in 2013, more than a quarter of teenagers who used birth control in Colorado chose IUDs or implants compared to just 0.7 percent in Mississippi. IUDs are implanted in a woman’s cervix and, depending on the brand, ... Read More