How 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. Continue reading

Essure Study Criticized

NBC News, November 4, 2013. Dr. Diana Zuckerman, who leads the National Research Center for Women and Families, a non-partisan FDA watchdog, said the survey questionnaires exhibit dubious research methods. “These studies are always done by the company that is selling the product so it is not exactly unbiased,” Zuckerman said. Continue reading

Lawsuits pile up over popular birth control pill

Chicago Tribune. September 15, 2013. Birth control pills containing drospirenone “shouldn’t be on the market because there are so many safer alternatives,” said Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Research Center for Women & Families. “We can debate how unsafe it is and for whom — more research could obviously clarify that — but there’s really no doubt that it’s not as safe as dozens of other birth control pills.” Continue reading

Letter to the editor: Still working to understand cancer

The Post article on the overdiagnosis of cancer clearly reported the need to reduce patients’ fear and confusion about “cancers” that many experts now agree are not really cancer, because they don’t spread and aren’t harmful. The major obstacle has been uncertainty about how likely these conditions are to predict cancer or change into an invasive cancer in the future. Continue reading