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Transvaginal mesh must be stopped, victim warns

In 2010, Teresa and her husband David were in the middle of renovating their dream house when Teresa underwent a routine surgery to fix a common incontinence problem. Like many women, Teresa consented to having her bladder corrected with the surgical implantation of transvaginal mesh, believing it to be the best option for her safety and recovery. But instead of improving her quality of life, the surgery left Teresa with nothing but agony and debt. Now, nearly two years after the surgery, Teresa’s house is only half finished and she and her husband have fallen behind on their payments. “She ... Read More

Improper exposure to, use of Testosterone drugs can be harmful

The sharp upswing in sales of Androgel,Testim and other hormone-replacement drugs in recent years indicates record numbers of American men are seeking a boost in their testosterone levels. But while men who use these drugs may experience some relief from age-related declines in strength and libido, among other benefits, the drugs may also work behind the scenes to create a number of harmful side effects that may not be so easily or readily noticeable at first. Some of the most commonly reported side effects of topical testosterone drugs, which are usually applied to the shoulders, upper arms, or abdomen, are ... Read More

ATVs: deadly summer fun for children and adults alike

The popularity of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) has soared during the past 10 years, becoming one of America’s favorite pastimes. But while more and more of us turn to ATVs for both work and play, our awareness of the deadly risks these vehicles present, especially when handled improperly, remains alarmingly low. Inez Tenenbaum, Chairwoman of the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and a lifelong advocate for children’s health and safety, recently appeared on NBC’s Today Show to talk about the dangers of ATVs. Because they aren’t made for use on roads and highways, ATVs aren’t regulated like regular cars, trucks, ... Read More

Keep fireworks safety in mind as Independence Day approaches

Whether you’re carrying a small bright sparkler or watching beautifully colored lights in the sky, fireworks have always inspired a sense of camaraderie within the hearts of Americans across the nation. However, not all Independence Day celebrations go exactly as planned. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2011 there were 200 people every day visiting the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries around July 4th festivities. “For thousands of consumers, last year’s Fourth of July celebration ended with a visit to the emergency room,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “CPSC wants you to understand the risks with ... Read More

Pelvic surgeon: transvaginal mesh violates core surgical principles

Every year, about 300,000 women in the United States undergo surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP), a condition in which age, childbirth, and other factors weaken the muscles that keep the pelvic organs (uterus, bladder, and bowel) in place, causing them to sag and protrude into the vagina. To correct POP and incontinence problems, a growing number of surgeons are using transvaginal mesh, devices designed to shore up the pelvic muscles and provide an alternative to conventional surgical methods that repair the muscle. In 2010, nearly 80,000 women were implanted with transvaginal mesh. But not all surgeons think that ... Read More

Car door fire probe includes 1.4 million Toyota cars and SUVs

Federal safety regulators have expanded a probe of the power window switches in certain Toyota vehicles that could result in fire and other “thermal” hazards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says on its website that it has added about 600,000 Toyota Camry, Highlander, and Yaris vehicles from the 2007, 2008, and 2009 model years to the investigation, which now encompasses more than 1.4 million cars and SUVs. NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) says that the master power window door switch in the affected vehicles could be to blame for reports it has received about fires erupting inside ... Read More

NFL faces giant lawsuit for allegedly hiding brain injury risks

The National Football League (NFL) is sitting in a giant hot seat after complaints filed against it by thousands of former players with head trauma and their families were consolidated in a Philadelphia courtroom Thursday – a measure that sets the league up for a potentially long and costly legal battle. The players accuse the league of concealing information that connected football play with concussions and other traumatic brain injuries, which they allege in many cases led to permanent and debilitating brain disorders, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The master complaint also named Riddell, Inc., the company that manufactures ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson says it will no longer make transvaginal mesh products

Johnson & Johnson says it will stop making and selling transvaginal mesh implants, which have been linked to serious internal injuries and have prompted hundreds of women to file personal injury lawsuits. Johnson & Johnson, the world’s second largest manufacturer of health care products, has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for permission to discontinue sales of four of its surgical mesh products over the next 120 days, giving hospitals and surgeons time to find alternative products, according to a Reuters report. Transvaginal mesh is used to repair conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary ... Read More

Study blames surge in testosterone drug sales on “disease mongering” marketing

Testosterone replacement drugs are surging in popularity in Australia and Canada, thanks to slick promotional campaigns and “disease mongering” by pharmaceutical companies, said the author of a new study published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA). In the study, David Handelsman, director of the ANZAC Research Institute at the University of Sydney, examined patterns in testosterone drug prescribing in Australia from 1992 to 2010. He found total expenditures on testosterone prescriptions more than doubled in that time period after taking into account inflation and population growth, yet there was no correlating increase in the number of approved uses for ... Read More

Testim maker poised to expand its share of men’s health market

Bolstered by soaring demand for testosterone replacement products, a deal with GlaxoSmithKline to market its top drug Testim, and now favorable results of a new drug study to treat penile curvature, things are looking up for Auxilium Pharmaceuticals. Reuters reports that shares of Auxilium, a small drug company based in Malvern, Pennsylvania, shot up 17 percent Monday on news that two late-stage trials indicated its drug Xiaflex reduced curvature of the penis by more than 30 percent in men with Peyronie’s Disease, a condition caused when excessive collagen protein deposits create curvature and sometimes painful erections. Xiaflex is already approved ... Read More