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Implantable birth control microchip to enter pre-clinical trials next year

A new implantable birth control device containing the hormone levonorgestral that lasts 16 years and can be turned off and on with a wireless remote is currently in development and will enter pre-clinical testing next year. The chip is designed to be implanted under the skin at the buttocks, upper arm, or abdomen, and if tests prove it to be safe and effective, the device could be on the market as early as 2018. The concept of a birth control chip originated two years ago when Bill Gates and his colleagues visited Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and asked technicians ... Read More

$100 million offered to plaintiffs in NuvaRing blood clot lawsuits

Merck & Co. has agreed to pay $100 million to settle thousands lawsuits alleging the company’s contraceptive device NuvaRing caused life-threatening blood clots. The only caveat is that at least 95 percent of the eligible complainants must opt into the agreement otherwise no payouts will be made, a federal judge ruled. The deadline is March 10. U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel called the settlement “a fair resolution of this litigation.” There are about 3,800 eligible participants in the settlement agreement, which includes more than 1,850 state and federal lawsuits as well as claims that have yet to be filed. NuvaRing is ... Read More

More men getting testosterone treatment but may not need it

Many older American men start testosterone therapy without a real medical need, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Levels of the male hormone testosterone typically drop as men age, causing symptoms such as low sex drive, weight gain and a lack of energy. Many drug companies now offer testosterone replacement products, such as AndroGel, Testim, and Axiron. These drugs require a doctor’s prescription after blood tests confirm that testosterone levels are below average. Many men in the United States have been lured by drug companies’ marketing campaigns that tout the benefits of testosterone ... Read More

FTC cracks down on companies making fraudulent weight loss claims

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this week has reached settlements totaling $34 million against four companies it says made deceptive advertising claims to sell weight loss and beauty products. The crackdown on consumer products is part of the FTC’s “Operation Failed Resolution” initiative, an ongoing effort to stop misleading claims for promoting easy weight loss and slimmer bodies. The largest settlement was reached with Sensa, a Manhattan Beach, Calif.,-based company that used print, radio, television and online ads to make claims that its powered-based food additive could help consumers lose weight without diet or exercise. The company said that its ... Read More

Bipolar med Risperdal linked to breast tissue growth in young men, boys

The bipolar medication Risperdal has been linked to serious problems in young men and boys, a Butler University researcher has found. Risperdal (risperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia and certain problems caused by bipolar disorder. It is also approved for the treatment of irritability in children and adolescents with autism. It is not approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, Tourette’s syndrome, or dementia, though it has been used off-label to treat those conditions. An investigation into the drug was launched as a result of ... Read More

Bayer markets Mirena-like IUD for adolescents despite Mirena IUD injury lawsuits

A new intrauterine device is being marketed in the United States with sexually active adolescents in mind. Skyla, made by Bayer Healthcare, is raising concerns among some experts not because it is geared toward younger women, but because some IUDs, especially the Mirena, also made by Bayer, have been associated with injuries, some of which have been serious. Skyla is a new version of Bayer’s Mirena. Both deliver a steady dose of the hormone levonorgestrel, but Skyla is smaller than the Mirena, lasts up to three years as opposed to five years with Mirena, and contains less of the hormone ... Read More

Serious injuries associated with Mirena IUD

Women who are using the intrauterine device Mirena should be aware that the IUD could spontaneously migrate after it is inserted, and may cause serious injury, The Safety Report warns. The Mirena IUD is a birth control device that is also used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding. It is a small, T-shaped device made of flexible plastic that is inserted into the uterine cavity by a trained health care provider. The IUD releases the hormone levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy. Since the Mirena IUD was approved in 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received numerous reports of adverse events ... Read More

Woman suffers toxic shock from IUD

“I got toxic shock from an IUD,” writes Alice Myerhoff on XO Jane. It was a rare side effect even the hospital had a hard time believing. But Myerhoff easily saw the connection. A few days after she received an intrauterine device for pregnancy protection she became deathly ill. She called her nurse, who brushed off her symptoms, which included fever and body shakes. It wasn’t until she developed a suspicious red spot on her leg and had difficulty walking on it that the nurse ordered her to see her doctor right away. She was then taken to the emergency ... Read More

Fish oil may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes

Consuming fish oil supplements can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (KCEM). Fish oil, also called omega 3 fatty acids, helps increase the hormone adiponectin in the bloodstream, which benefits the heart. The hormone has also been tied to the metabolism of glucose and helps to control inflammation in the body. Previous animal studies showed omega 3 fatty acid helped circulate adiponectin throughout the animal’s body, but whether it had a similar effect on humans was unknown – until now. Jason Wu, ... Read More

Tens of thousands of adverse events associated with Mirena IUD

The Mirena Intrauterine Device (IUD) has been associated with more than 47,000 adverse event reports since the device was introduced in 2000, according to AdverseEvents. The Mirena IUD, made by Bayer Healthcare, is a T-shaped device that is implanted in the uterus to temporarily prevent pregnancy. It is also used to control heavy menstrual bleeding in women who use IUDs for contraception. The device releases the hormone levonorgestrel. From the time the device hit the market through August 27, 2012, there have been 47,218 reports of a serious adverse event where the Mirena IUD was identified as the primary culprit. ... Read More