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Why correcting incontinence with transvaginal mesh may be a bad idea

Transvaginal mesh is often used in women suffering from stress urinary incontinence (SUI), a condition in which the muscles that help control urination weaken, allowing urine to pass involuntarily, sometimes with just the slightest of triggers, such as sneezing, coughing, or simply standing. But is transvaginal mesh the best choice for correcting SUI? Transvaginal mesh is a flexible screen-like device made of synthetic plastic composites. It is implanted in the body in a way that repositions the pelvic organs (the bladder, uterus, bowel, etc.) so that they can function normally, usually in women who experience some degree of pelvic organ ... Read More

Exxon Valdez a deadly precedent for health of BP oil spill victims

When plaintiffs’ lawyers came to an agreement with BP in March, they wanted to make sure that coastal residents and cleanup workers facing medical problems tied to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill would be covered now and in the future. The settlement was divided into two classes, with one class devoted to economic claims and the other covering medical claims and setting up special programs to monitor and enhance the health of Gulf Coast residents, especially in some of its underserved communities. One of the key aspects of the medical agreement stipulates that coastal residents and oil-spill cleanup ... Read More

Permanent injuries linked to vaginal mesh create life of pain and disability for some

Suffering from a persistent case of urinary incontinence, Carol Kouyoumjian believed surgery would help her. The former nurse underwent an operation about six years ago in which surgeons inserted transvaginal mesh around her bladder in an effort to reposition it and stop it from leaking. Unfortunately, the surgical mesh not only failed to fix Ms. Kouyoumjian’s incontinence, it appears to have given her another much worse problem. According to Canada’s CTV, Ms. Kouyoumjian says the pain she felt when she woke up from the surgery was “absolutely unbelievable,” registering as a 12 on a pain scale of 1 – 10. ... Read More

Canadian class action filed against Johnson & Johnson over vaginal mesh injuries

Lawyers in Ontario, Canada have launched a class action lawsuit against health care products manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and other companies over injuries allegedly caused by transvaginal mesh products that were used to treat women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) – conditions that affect the proper positioning and function of one or more pelvic organs. The Canadian Statement of Claim alleges that Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn patients and physicians of the magnitude of the risk posed by the transvaginal mesh devices in causing serious side effects compared to other methods of treating ... Read More

New NHTSA rule would make brake override systems standard in all US vehicles

If a new rule proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Thursday is implemented, brake-throttle override systems would become standard issue in all cars and trucks sold in the United States. NHTSA has proposed adding the systems, which would give brakes priority in the event both brake and gas pedals are pressed at the same time, as controversy over sudden unintended acceleration problems in Toyota vehicles rages on. In 2010 and 2011, Toyota recalled millions of vehicles for their potential to speed out of control unexpectedly and crash. The car maker also paid record fines for violating federal ... Read More

‘Inconsolable pain’ – vaginal mesh victim describes her injuries

“If I knew one-tenth of the information that was out there, published in the literature concerning [transvaginal] mesh complications and mesh reactions, I would have never consented to this surgery,” said Amy Gezon in a brief video documentation of her experience with transvaginal mesh, which her doctor implanted in her to correct a number of uncomfortable symptoms related to pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Before Ms. Gezon had the transvaginal mesh surgery, her surgeon told her she might experience some swelling afterward and that it was possible she might need a catheter for one or two days afterward. Motivated by the ... Read More

Many “toxin-free” nail salon products contain toxic chemicals, California regulators find

Frequent trips to the salon for manicures and pedicures could be hazardous to your health – that’s the bottom line of a new report by California’s Toxic Substances Control (CTSC), which found that several nail polishes and other products commonly used in salons and labeled as “toxin-free” actually have high levels of toxic chemicals. According to WebMD, a team of investigators from the CTSC’s Pollution Prevention Branch purchased 25 salon products from distributors in May 2011 and sent samples of those products to an independent lab for testing. The objective was to find if any of the products contained one ... Read More

Plaintiff seeks $10 million for transvaginal mesh injuries

A surgery to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP) using transvaginal mesh sold by Bard Healthcare allegedly led to serious injury and pain for one Illinois woman, who is now suing the manufacturer for damages totaling nearly $10 million. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was fitted with the Pelvitex polypropylene vaginal mesh system in 2005. Like many vaginal mesh recipients, the plaintiff suffered from a condition that occurs when weakened ligaments and muscles cause some pelvic organs, such as the uterus and bladder, to drop and protrude through the vagina. POP is usually attributed to childbirth, menopause, and hysterectomy. Transvaginal ... Read More

Possible sudden acceleration in Toyota Camry kills California woman

WHITTIER, Calif. – A 26-year-old woman is dead after being struck by a 2012 Toyota Camry that suddenly accelerated as the driver was backing out of a beauty salon parking space. According to the Whittier Daily News, Rosalinda “Rosie” Manzanares was riding her bicycle when she passed behind the Camry, driven by Angelica Cuevas, 78, of Whittier. Manzanares was on her way to exchange a bracelet that she had bought and borrowed the bike from her father. According to a California Highway Patrol news release, Ms. Cuevas stopped her Camry halfway out of the parking space. Then, “As Ms. Manzanares ... Read More

Construction crane in deadly New York City collapse was due for inspection

A crane that malfunctioned in a New York City construction pit Tuesday night, killing one worker and injuring two others, was due to be inspected on Thursday, April 5, just two days after the fatal collapse. According to the New York Times, the 34-year-old crane, owned and operated by Yonkers Contracting, was supposed to have been inspected in January, but that inspection was never completed. The last full inspection of the crane was completed in July 2011. The crane had been excavating for a New York City subway extension project at West 34th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues at ... Read More