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In The NewsHow A Recalled Medical Device Killed A Vet At Seattle’s VA Hospital- KUOW - December 2013. When Eddie Creed died at the Veterans Affairs hospital on Beacon Hill last year, his death certificate said throat cancer had killed him. But a KUOW investigation reveals what his doctors knew: A medical device called an Infusomat, which had been recalled the month before, ended his life. “Sadly, we actually have much more access to information about defective toasters, and certainly defective cars, than we seem to about defective medical devices,” said Diana Zuckerman, who heads the National Research Center for Women and Families in Washington, D.C. Read MoreWarning: This Birth Control Product May Be Hazardous to Your Health - Huffington Post, November 19, 2013. “Was I just unlucky, or is this medical product not really safe?” That’s a question I get asked often, and was recently asked about Essure, a “permanent birth control” device made by Bayer. Read More
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Twenty-five major medical groups made recommendations about the kinds of screening and tests you DON’T need. Why pay for tests that won’t help and might even hurt? To learn what they say about certain popular tests, check out this article.
FDA asks if an antidepressant and an epilepsy drug should be taken to reduce hot flashes. We say no.
YAZ, Yasmin, Beyaz, and other drospirenone hormonal birth control pills have been found to put women at an increased risk for serious blood clots. However, the FDA has not taken the pills off the market or demanded a black box warning. To learn the full story, read our article. For more information about all birth control methods, check out our overview.
Total hip replacement is a popular procedure that is increasing as baby boomers age. A 2013 study reports that most hip implant patients are women, and that their risk of implant failure is higher than men’s. But the FDA never required studies of either men or women with hip implants.