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Apple Removes Benzene from Assembly Process

Apple was the focus of concern due to its use of specific chemicals in its manufacturing process, particularly benzene and n-hexane. Benzene is a clear, colorless liquid with an odor similar to gasoline. Workers in oil refineries, chemical plants, and foundries can be exposed to high levels of the chemical. It is highly flammable, and is a chemical to which we’re exposed on a daily basis through gasoline and car exhaust. Although it evaporates easily, it can still be inhaled through vapors and can be absorbed through the skin. Long-term exposure to benzene even in low concentrations is linked to serious blood disorders, anemia, leukemia and other ... 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

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

Experts question the safety of statin medications

Medical experts remain torn on whether statin medications prescribed to lower cholesterol are beneficial to patients or if they put users at risk for other health problems. Statins, which include the top selling Lipitor, as well as the brands Crestor, Mevacor and Zocor, are taken by 30 million Americans. Statistics show they can effectively lower cholesterol levels, which researchers say helps prevent heart disease. It is also believed that statins can have an effect on inflammation in the body, which some experts say could help protect against conditions fueled by inflammation including Alzheimer’s disease, several types of cancer, and strokes. ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh victim says she would never have had surgery if she had known the risks

Lynne Thyne, a 52-year-old mother of two teenagers, one of whom has muscular dystrophy with associated learning difficulties, says she would never have taken a risk with her health due to her family commitments. Yet, following a hysterectomy with a procedure to have her bladder lifted because of a pelvic floor disorder caused by childbirth, Thyne was told she had been implanted with surgical mesh. It was the first she had heard of transvaginal mesh, a device used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence to hold up organs that have dropped, or prolapsed. “I do not recall ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh may cause or worsen autoimmune diseases

Transvaginal mesh (TVT) used to treat common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence has been associated with serious risks including mesh erosion, infections, and chronic pain. But the device may also leech dangerous toxins into the body causing or exacerbating autoimmune diseases, according to research compiled by TVT-NO!, a foundation for survivors of transvaginal mesh. “It has been noted (that) many women have been diagnosed with autoimmune diseases such as Lupus and Fibromyalgia after the insertion of TVT mesh,” the foundation warns on its website. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh that ... Read More

FDA approves Botox for the treatment of overactive bladder

Botox, the drug injected into the forehead to plump out wrinkles, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults with overactive bladder who cannot tolerate or cannot be helped with other drugs for the condition. Overactive bladder, also known as urgency incontinence, is the strong and sudden need to urinate due to bladder spasms or contractions. Symptoms include frequent urination during the day or at night, urine leakage, or a sudden or urgent need to urinate. Overactive bladder may result from problems including bladder cancer, inflammation, obstruction or infections. In most cases, no cause can ... Read More

J&J sold transvaginal mesh product against FDA’s orders

Johnson & Johnson continued to sell its transvaginal mesh product for nine months after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told the company to stop marketing the controversial device, court records show. This discovery could lead to higher awards in the more than 1,400 lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit by women who say the mesh caused organ perforation, pain, scarring and nerve damage. In a letter dated August 24, 2007, the FDA told Johnson & Johnson to stop sales of Gynecare Prolift until the agency could determine whether the device was “substantially equivalent” to other transvaginal mesh ... Read More

Drug, medical device companies should share data on product safety

Clinical trials on pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices provide important data regarding the safety of these products. This information is usually published in medical journals, which provide policy makers and doctors with valuable information. However, only a small number of data from clinical trials ever gets published, a problem that distorts scientific record and puts patients in danger, warns the British Medical Journal. The revered medical journal recently released several papers that address the problem of unpublished data from clinical studies, including Yale University research that found fewer than half of the 635 clinical trials funded by the National Institutes ... Read More

Study: Motorcycle helmets prevent head injury, spinal cord injuries, death

Motorcycle helmets may not only help prevent death and serious injury to the head, they may also prevent cervical spine injuries by as much as 22 percent, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The study, conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was spawned by a study 25 years earlier that suggested that wearing a helmet during a motorcycle crash could increase the likelihood of a serious spinal cord injury. That study had been heavily criticized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and was proven unfounded, ... Read More