Jardiance and Farxiga: Lower Limb Amputations and Flesh-Eating Genital Infections

A specific class of prescription medications designed to treat high blood sugar levels in those with type 2 diabetes called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors have been associated with side effects such as dizziness upon standing, feeling faint or lightheaded, as well as more adverse effects such as lower limb amputations and Fournier’s gangrene, which is…

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Leaf Blowers Bring Unforeseen Risks

With fall almost upon us, the leaves have begun to change colors – beautiful red, yellow, and orange leaves eventually turn brown and fall to the ground. And while the process proves quitebeautiful, we eventually find them scattered across our sidewalks and lawns, creating a risk of slip and fall accidents. In such cases, the…

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FDA-Approved Drugs Still Have Risks

In order to be sold in the United States, drugs must be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). New drugs go through a strict review process to make sure that dangerous drugs are not entering the market and being prescribed to patients. FDA approval does not guarantee that patients will not come…

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Risks Related to Birth Control Device

In July 2018, Bayer Pharmaceuticals announced that its permanent birth control device Essure would be removed from the market by 2019. The company has already stopped sales outside of the U.S. The company cites declining sales as the reason to pull it from the domestic market. The product has received numerous reports of adverse effects,…

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Lax Regulations for Medical Devices

Medical devices come in all shapes, sizes, and functionalities, and they can be lifesavers to people with certain conditions. Often, medical devices remain inside the body to prevent a debilitating condition from developing or worsening. With regulatory processes becoming less strict, however, dangerous products are making their way into the market. When these defective medical…

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E-Cigarettes and Formaldehyde

A report three years ago that came out of Portland State University revealed that there were previously unknown forms of formaldehyde in the vapor of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are handheld electronic devices that create the feeling of smoking tobacco, though they do not contain tobacco. E-cigarette use is sometimes called “vaping.” Recently, the original scientists reviewed…

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Risks of the Common Chemical Triclosan

A chemical commonly found in household products may be linked to the spread of colon cancer. Triclosan, an anti-microbial agent found in toothpaste, is considered safe, but new research has linked it to diseases affecting the digestive system. The chemical is extremely ubiquitous, so these risks need immediate attention. Triclosan was first patented in 1964…

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Unsafe Teething Products for Children

Babies and young children are our most vulnerable consumers. Parents and caregivers trust manufacturers and retailers to sell baby products that are safe. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning to parents, manufacturers, and retailers to stop using and selling teething products that contain benzocaine because they can pose a…

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Lawsuit Claims Breast Implants Caused Lymphoma

The FDA announced recently that it has over 410 reports of Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Among those reports there were nine deaths. It was revealed that both textured and smooth implants could lead to this type of cancer, although textured implants were the cause more often. The…

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