Author Archives: Jennifer Walker-Journey

Drug company tests new drug to boost testosterone levels in men

Posted: August 23, 2014 Pharmaceutical

A new treatment designed to boost testosterone levels in men, which is not a testosterone replacement therapy, is currently being tested in clinical trials. If data is favorable, the drug could be considered for regulatory approval by the end of

Second transvaginal mesh lawsuit against Boston Scientific goes to trial

Posted: August 23, 2014 Pharmaceutical

The second bellwether trial involving injuries from Boston Scientific’s transvaginal mesh device is underway in Massachusetts state court, and plaintiffs are hoping for a different outcome than the first.

Testosterone levels tend to fluctuate significantly in younger men but remain more constant in older men

Posted: August 22, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Most schools of thought suggest that measuring testosterone levels in men can be tricky because the hormone levels vary from day to day as well as hour to hour. However, a new study finds that only young men experience statistically

Merck asks judge to dismiss Fosamax femur fracture lawsuits

Posted: August 22, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Drug maker Merck & Co. is asking a federal judge to dismiss the nearly 500 lawsuits remaining in mass tort litigation in Trenton, N.J., alleging the company’s osteoporosis drug Fosamax caused femur fractures. The action comes after Merck won two

Former Tennessee Titan Tim Shaw takes Ice Bucket Challenge, reveals he has ALS

Posted: August 21, 2014 Personal Injury

Former Tennessee Titans football player Tim Shaw revealed this week in a video posted to the Titans website that he has the fatal neurodegenerative disease ALS for which thousands of people are taking the so-called Ice Bucket Challenge. During the

Jars of almond butter, peanut butter recalled due to possible salmonella contamination

Posted: August 20, 2014 Recalls

Jars of almond butter and peanut butter from Hain Celestial Group’s unit nSpired Natural Foods, and sold under various brand names, are being recalled after four people became sick after ingesting the products. The recall involves Arrowhead Mills brand peanut

Pfizer faces thousands of lawsuits linking Lipitor to type 2 diabetes

Posted: August 20, 2014 Pharmaceutical

From the time the cholesterol-lowering statin Lipitor (atorvastatin) hit the market in 1996, it has been the No. 1 best-selling prescription drug in the country, bringing in more than $130 billion in worldwide sales. More than 29 million people in

Increased testosterone levels trigger aggression in male brain

Posted: August 20, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Testosterone, the steroid hormone, has long been linked to aggressive behavior in men but, until now, it has been unclear the neural circuits through which testosterone exerts these effects. New research has identified for the first time that increasing levels of

Major depressive disorder drugs add warning for risk of rare eye disease

Posted: August 19, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Drugs to treat major depressive disorder have been linked to angle-closure glaucoma, a rare type of the eye disease in which eye pressure rises very quickly, causing symptoms such as headache, eye pain, nausea, rainbows around lights at night, and

Young adults who were treated with growth hormones as children may be at greater risk for stroke

Posted: August 19, 2014 Pharmaceutical

People who received growth hormones as children to treat short stature or hormone deficiency should be aware that they are at an increased risk of stroke caused by burst blood vessels when they become young adults, a team of French