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Metformin may help protect against diabetes-associated cancers

A common drug used to treat type 2 diabetes may prevent natural and man-made chemicals from stimulating the growth of cancer cells, suggests a new study from Michigan State University (MSU) and South Korea’s Seoul National University. The study looked at long-term use of the drug metformin and its ability to reduce the risk of diabetes-associated cancers such as cancers of the breast, liver and pancreas. Researchers say they found metformin reduced the risk for these cancers but there was no evidence of how it worked. Metformin is an oral medication used to treat diabetes and is often the first ... Read More

FDA approves generic versions of antibiotic linked to serious illnesses

The Food and Drug Administration has just approved the first generic versions of the antibiotic Levaquin despite new reports that the drug has caused serious illnesses. Levaquin, known generically as levofloxacin, is in a class of drugs called fluoroquinolones, or quinolones. They are the most popular antibacterial drugs on the market and are used to treat bacterial infections that cause bronchitis or pneumonia. They also are approved for infections of the skin, sinuses, kidney, bladder and prostate. While useful, some doctors say the drug may be over-prescribed and may cause more problems than the condition it is treating. Jenne Wilcox ... Read More

Popular weight-loss supplements pose injury and death risks, consumer group warns

The over-the-counter weight-loss drug Alli and its prescription form Xenical should be removed from the market immediately, warns Public Citizen, a national non-profit consumer advocacy group based in Washington D.C. The group has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a ban of the popular drugs, citing evidence that they can cause severe, life-threatening injury to liver, pancreas, and kidneys. Alli and Xenical are forms of orlistat. Xenical contains 120 milligrams (mgs), while Alli, which is available without a prescription, contains half the amount of orlistat. Public Citizen says that the risks of serious injury far outweigh the drugs’ ... Read More

Chinese manufacturers substitute toxic cadmium for lead

Earlier this month, the Associated Press exposed yet another disturbing Chinese trade secret when it reported that some manufacturers in China are making children’s jewelry with the highly toxic metal cadmium. Children’s jewelry now joins the growing list of dangerous and sometimes deadly products pouring into the United States from China – a list that includes toys covered with lead paint, pet food and baby formula tainted with melamine, sulfuric drywall that has ruined thousands of homes, and other poorly made or defective merchandise. Evidence suggests that Chinese manufacturers are turning to cadmium as a substitute for lead, which the ... Read More

Wal-Mart, CPSC act to foil use of cadmium in children’s products

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the world’s largest retailer, is pulling items of children’s jewelry known or suspected to be manufactured with high levels of toxic cadmium from store shelves. The move follows an Associated Press investigation published earlier this week which found some China-based manufacturers were creating children’s jewelry with varying amounts of cadmium — a heavy medal considered by the federal government to be one of the most toxic substances on earth. Cadmium is a soft metal that occurs naturally in soil. Exposure to concentrated quantities of it, however, can have debilitating effects on humans. The metal is known to cause cancer ... Read More

Beasley Allen files two gadolinium lawsuits

Today Beasley Allen filed two complaints in multidistrict litigation (MDL) on behalf of clients injured by gadolinium. Gadolinium is linked to adverse health effects on patients with renal insufficiency or kidney failure, including Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF), which causes fibrosis of the skin and connective tissues and scarring of organs including lungs, heart, and liver and may lead to death. Beasley Allen attorneys Andy D. Birchfield, Jr., and Benjamin L. Locklar filed the complaint in United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio Eastern Division under Judge Dan Aaron Polster on behalf of plaintiffs Caroll L. Jett, a resident of ... Read More

Gadolinium federal lawsuits move ahead

Injecting a toxic liquid metal such as gadolinium into the bloodstream may seem like a procedure from a sci-fi horror movie, but it is a common, every day occurrence in medical centers throughout the country. When gadolinium is in the bloodstream, medical imaging devices produce clearer, more defined images of the patient’s blood vessels. Since gadolinium is extremely toxic to human tissue, it must first be coated with a benign chemical before being injected into the patient. Over the course of time, the body expels the metal through the kidneys. Patients with poor kidneys, however, experience a buildup of the toxic ... Read More

NSF study finds link between Gadolinium used in MRI and debilitating disease

Another Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) study has tied the debilitating condition to Gadolinium contrast agents used in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This latest NSF research was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which examined a cluster of NSF patients at one unidentified St. Louis Missouri Hospital. The CDC found that the exposure to Gadolinium contrast dyes during MRI was independently associated with the development of NSF. NSF (sometimes called Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy or NFD) was first seen in patients in 1997, and it wasn’t mentioned in medical literature until 2000. NSF leads to excessive formation of connective tissue ... Read More

Gadolinium based MRI contrast agents put kidney patients at risk

Gadolinium based MRI contrast agents have been implicated in at least 1,000 cases of a debilitating disorder called Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis/ Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy (NSF/NSD) around the world. This horrible disease causes a buildup of collagen in tissues, leading to a severe thickening and hardening of the skin. NSF/NSD can completely immobilize patients, and in severe cases it can lead to death. NSF/NSD is a rare disease that so far has affected only people with pre-existing kidney problems. The first case of NSF/NSD was reported in 1997, and it wasn’t mentioned in medical literature until 2000. NSF/NSD leads to excessive ... Read More

Some kidney patients suffer MRI poisoning

A growing number of people are becoming afflicted with an incurable, man-made disease that is related to a common medical procedure performed every single day in this country, a KCRA 3 investigation has found. Sarah Fracella is one the victims. The 38-year-old Santa Barbara resident said what happened to her is “devastating.” The issue involves magnetic resonance imaging scans that include the use of a contrast dye containing gadolinium. For people with healthy, functioning kidneys, the risk of using the element gadolinium to pinpoint potential health problems in MRI scans is zero. “Gadolinium is extremely safe,” said neuroradiologist David Seidenwurm ... Read More