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Beautiful bald senior portraits raise awareness about alopecia as they go viral

There are many reasons people experience hair loss. Some men and women experience pattern baldness, which is genetic and often associated with aging. Some lose their hair as a side effect of toxic drugs such as chemotherapy. This type of hair loss is generally expected to be temporary, but for some cancer survivors their hair never grows back. Many are women who used Taxotere to treat breast cancer. Others, like 17-year-old Madisyn Babcock, have autoimmune disease alopecia areata, which causes patchy hair loss and in extreme cases total loss of hair on the scalp, face and even body. No matter ... Read More

Many teens taking supplements without knowing potential harms

More than 40 percent of adolescents decided to take dietary supplements on their own, while 30 percent decided to take the products based on the recommendation of parents or other family members. Yet, these teens are taking supplements without knowledge of harmful effects or drug interaction, according to a new study conducted by members of the Biotechnical Faculty at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. “According to the existing information, adolescents are the most susceptible and misinformed group of customers; thus this population is the target market for dietary supplements,” researchers said, according to Science Daily. The study involved 1,500 ... Read More

CPSC Issues Another LayZ Board Hoverboard Warning, Multiple Recalls

A second house fire caused by a LayZ Board hoverboard has triggered another warning from federal authorities urging consumers to stop using that brand of self-balancing mobile device immediately. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued its latest warning about LayZ Board hoverboards Tuesday, Nov. 14, along with seven safety recalls for other hoverboards, all of which contain rechargeable lithium batteries that pose the threat of overheating, exploding, and starting fires. The CPSC issued its first warning about fire and explosion risks posed by LayZ Board hoverboards on May 1, after one of the hoverboards started a fire in ... Read More

Testim benefits not worth the heart attack, patient says

Steve Holtsclaw’s heart attack in 2014 weighs on his mind daily. He’s more emotional now, and constantly wonders, “How much longer have I got?” the 62-year-old man told an Illinois federal jury during the first bellwether trial in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving cardiovascular risks with Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s testosterone replacement therapy Testim. Holtsclaw was prescribed Testim in 2013 after complaining to his doctor about chronic fatigue. A blood test showed his testosterone levels were low. Months later, Holtsclaw suffered a heart attack. He received two stents and was put on several medications to help prevent a second heart attack. ... Read More

Whistleblower Contract Fraud Allegations Return $3 Million To U.S.

Two New York contractors and their owners agreed to pay more than $3 million to settle whistleblower allegations that they violated the wrongfully acquired government contracts reserved for service-disabled veterans for which they were not qualified. The settlement resolves allegations brought by an individual under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act (FCA), which authorizes private parties to file suit on behalf of the federal government in cases of suspected fraud. According to the whistleblower complaint, Zoladz Construction Company Inc, Alliance Contracting LLC, and owners John Zoladz and David Lyons obtained the veteran-reserved contracts by creating a sham company ... Read More

Kentucky sues maker of opioid Opana ER

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is suing Endo Pharmaceuticals alleging the company used fraudulent and deceptive marketing of its opioid painkiller Opana ER, a medication so prone to abuse that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pressured the company to pull it off the market. “Endo put its profits above the lives of our people and above patient safety,” Beshear said. The lawsuit states that only two percent of overdose deaths in 2010 were due to oxymorphone, the active drug ingredient in Opana ER. But the following year, that number soared to 23 percent. Beshear said that the deaths were ... Read More

Wells Fargo Pays Additional $5.4 Million For Illegally Repossessing Servicemembers’ Vehicles

Servicemembers who had their vehicles unlawfully repossessed by Wells Fargo Bank now have access to an additional $5.4 million in relief, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced. The funds come as part of a 2016 settlement that resolved a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against Wells Fargo, alleging the bank violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The initial settlement provided about $4.7 million to about 410 servicemembers. The additional compensation provides an additional $5.4 million to be paid to about 450 servicemembers. The U.S. sued Wells Fargo, doing business as Wells Fargo Dealer Services, in Sept. 2016, accusing the ... Read More

Hip implant jury won’t hear witness tampering claims

U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade refused to allow jurors in a trial over alleged defective hip implants manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics to hear testimony related to alleged witness tampering involving communication between a DePuy attorney and a company pharmaceutical sales representative. The ruling comes after an investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office into allegations that DePuy sales representative Glenn Swajger influenced David Shein, a surgeon who had treated three of the six plaintiffs, when the two conversed just days before Shein was to testify for the plaintiffs. Swajger agreed to be questioned by the ... Read More

Injectable silicone unsafe for body enhancing, augmenting

Injectable silicone used to enhance or augment the body can lead to ongoing pain, infections, and serious injuries including scarring and permanent disfigurement, embolism, stroke and death, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in a Safety Communication. The agency added that injectable silicone has not been found safe or effective for this use. Silicone oil is a liquid polymer of siloxane that is used in lubricants and caulking materials. Injectable silicone is different from the silicone used to fill FDA-approved breast implants. The only FDA-approved use for injectable silicone is silicone oil used for specific conditions of the eye. ... Read More

Alberta bans minors from artificial tanning in melanoma prevention effort

In an attempt to lower rising melanoma rates and protect the health of its citizens, Alberta Health Services has instituted and will be enforcing new regulations that ban minors from using artificial tanning services. “Research has shown that using artificial tanning when you are under 35 dramatically increases your risk for melanoma,” Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says according to The South Peace News. “The changes we’re making will help protect our youth from a disease that affects hundreds of Albertans every year and gives Albertans better information about the risks of artificial tanning.” The new rule takes effect on Jan. 1, ... Read More