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IUD side effects may outweigh benefits

Women who used an intrauterine device, or IUD, were less likely to develop preeclampsia in subsequent pregnancies, but the protective effect was only found in women who had never been pregnant before getting the IUD, according to a new study. Intrauterine devices, such as the Mirena IUD, are T-shaped devices that are inserted into the cervix to prevent pregnancy. IUDs are considered highly effective but they are not 100 percent effective. The risk of becoming pregnant while implanted with an IUD are greatest during the first year, and women who become pregnant with an IUD in place are at greater risk of ... Read More

Reported transvaginal mesh injuries lead to creation of non-profit support group

On October 20, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a public health notification concerning the serious complications associated with transvaginal placement of surgical mesh in repair of Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). The FDA’s notification informed the public of the possible health risks associated with the treatment, recommended steps for physicians, and how to report an issue that has occurred because of surgical mesh. Despite the warnings released in 2008, the FDA reported in 2010 that around 300,000 women underwent surgeries to repair POP using the controversial product. Around 80 percent of 260,000 surgeries ... Read More

Boston Scientific to pay $73.5 million in transvaginal mesh lawsuit

Boston Scientific was found negligent and ordered to pay $73.5 million in damages for injuries caused by its transvaginal mesh device. Plaintiff Martha Salazar alleged she suffered nerve damage, pain and infections after having the company’s Obtryx mesh implanted in January 2011. She claims the mesh was defectively designed. Transvaginal mesh, also known as a bladder sling, is used to treat common pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. It is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped over time causing pain, discomfort and incontinence. Several medical device companies manufacture transvaginal mesh ... Read More

Young, African-American dialysis patients at greater risk of dying

Young African-Americans on dialysis are 1.5 times more likely to die than white dialysis patients, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The study, involving more than 11,000 patients, found the young African-American kidney patients most at risk of dying were those living in poorer neighborhoods. Part of the problem was diet and genetics. However, young dialysis patients in general – specifically those between the ages of 18 and 30 – tend to feel more invincible, said researcher Dr. Tanya Johns. “We do find a lot of the young adults tend to do ... Read More

Bayer faces lawsuits over injuries caused by Mirena IUD

The minute Sarah was implanted with a Mirena IUD contraceptive device, she felt excruciating pain. She tried to tough it out, but it became so severe she went to the emergency room. There, doctors discovered that her intrauterine device had perforated her uterus and migrated into her abdomen. She needed surgery to have it removed. “They told me that it needed to be removed as soon as possible,” Sarah told ABC 15. “It was horrible. I would never recommend it to anyone.” Sarah is not the only woman to experience complications with the Mirena IUD. Since the device was approved ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh lawsuits continue three years after FDA warning

It has been three years since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Safety Communication warning the public that complications with transvaginal mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorders including pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence were not uncommon and could be chronic or life threatening. Since then, lawsuits against manufacturers of the devices have grown exponentially. Trasvaginal mesh, also known as vaginal mesh, pelvic mesh, or bladder sling, is a type of surgical mesh that is inserted through the vagina to support organs that have dropped due to age, childbirth, obesity or other conditions. The mesh is ... Read More

New Zealand woman demands inquiry into safety of transvaginal mesh

Jen Branje, 45, is petitioning Parliament in New Zealand to investigate injuries caused by transvaginal mesh, claiming the mesh is dangerous and should be banned until an inquiry examines serious risks associated with the devices. Transvaginal mesh, also called vaginal mesh or bladder sling, is a type of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic floor disorders in women, such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Mounting reports of injuries associated with the devices prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct an investigation in which the agency found that complications with the device were not uncommon and ... Read More

Maine woman sues makers of transvaginal mesh

Dory Ames from Maine is one of the latest women to file a lawsuit against the makers of transvaginal mesh claiming the device caused serious injuries. Manufacturers of these bladder slings face tens of thousands of lawsuits alleging the companies marketed the devices knowing they were defective and could cause harm to women. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh used to treat common pelvic floor disorders known as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The mesh is inserted through the vagina to hold up organs that have dropped or protruded due to childbirth, age, weight gain, or ... Read More

Almost 1.8 million pounds of ground beef recalled due to possible E. coli contamination

Nearly 1.8 million pounds of ground beef is being recalled because it may contain the bacteria E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced. The affected products involve Wolverine Packing Co. ground beef sold for restaurant use in four states – Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. The affected meat was also distributed to institutions such as the Department of Defense and the National School Lunch Program. Recalled packages are marked with the number “EST. 2574B” and have a production date code in the format “Packing Nos: MMDD14” between “03 31 14” and “04 18 14.” ... Read More

California study reveals one third of patients hospitalized have diabetes

Nearly a third of patients age 35 and older who were hospitalized in 2011 in California were diabetics, despite only 11.6 percent of people living in California having the chronic disease. Not all patients were hospitalized for diabetes. However, these patients are more susceptible to complications such as vascular or retinal disease. They also require special measures to keep their blood sugar levels in check. Diabetes is a growing concern. More than 90 percent of diabetics have type 2 diabetes, a condition often caused by obesity, poor eating habits, and a sedentary lifestyle. People with diabetes are at greater risk ... Read More