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Use of talcum powder in the genital region causes particles of talc to enter the vagina and travel to the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. The particles reach the ovaries and cause significant irritation that leads to cancer.

The first study linking talcum powder and ovarian cancer was published in the 1970s, when researches who examined cancerous ovarian tissue discovered talc fibers. Since that time, several other studies have shown an association between frequent use of powder and ovarian cancer. Medical journals have said the following about the causal connection:

• WebMD. “The use of talc may increase the risk of ovarian cancer. Talcum powder dusted on the perineum (the area between the vagina and the anus) may reach the ovaries by entering the vagina.”

• Journal of Cancer Prevention Research. “Genital powder use has been associated with risk of epithelial ovarian cancer in some…epidemiologic investigations, possibly reflecting the carcinogenic effects of talc particles found in most of these products.”

• Cancer Prevention Research: Use of talcum powder in the genital area associated with a 20-30% increased risk of ovarian cancer.

If you or a loved one used talcum powder for over five years and developed ovarian cancer, you may have a case.

Please fill out a contact form or call the Branch Law Firm if you or someone you love has developed ovarian cancer and after frequent use of talcum powder. We have experienced lawyers and knowledgeable support staff that can help you.

The FDA safety communication issued a warning to the general public and the medical community that the agency is monitoring the side effects of SGLT2 inhibitors to determine whether changes need to be made in the prescribing protocol of the drug. The FDA wants patients to report any unusual side effects after starting the drug therapy to their doctors. Also it urges medical providers and patients to report those side effects to the agency’s MedWatch program so the FDA can continue to monitor the possible dangers associated with the drug.

FDA Warning

If you or a loved has experienced a harmful side effect while taking Invokana, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. The lawyers at the Branch Law Firm are currently investigating claims that the inhibitor Invokana may be linked to an increased risk of ketoacidosis, heart failure and possible stroke.

Please call the Branch Law Firm at 1-800-828-4529 so one of our experienced Invokana attorneys may review your claim.

The International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health reports that even brief exposure to asbestos may lead to the development of mesothelioma. The reported case detailed the situation of a 58-year-old man who developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos-containing gaskets during a summer job. He had no additional exposure.

Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen and chest cavity. The development of the disease is associated with being exposed to asbestos. In fact, nearly all of those people who contract mesothelioma have been in contact with asbestos products. This may be as the result of exposure at work or contact with asbestos fibers, such as washing the clothes of a family member who has worked with asbestos. Symptoms of mesothelioma include shortness or breath, chest wall pain, and weight loss. However, because symptoms generally don’t appear until at least 20 years after exposure occurs, this cancer is often diagnosed in late stages. No known cure exists for mesothelioma.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and has developed mesothelioma, it is important to contact an experienced New Mexico asbestos lawyer to discuss your options. Often, it is possible to obtain compensation for those people wrongfully exposed to asbestos.

According to the article, the man’s only exposure to asbestos occurred for 4-hours/day for 3 years during his high school summers. This study further establishes that exposure to asbestos for short and intense periods of time can lead to asbestos disease.
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AP reports that the number of Iron Rangers who have died from mesothelioma has risen. Mesothelioma is a rare and almost always fatal form of lung cancer associated with exposure to asbestos fibers. Mesothelioma often takes up to 30 years or more to show up.

If you believe you or a love one has been exposed to asbestos or has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is important to speak with an experienced asbestos attorney. Many times, those who have been harmed may recover compensation for their injuries.

The Iron Ranger mesothelioma study determined that the number of ironworkers known to have died has risen from 63 to 82 in the last year. Initial reports suggested that the worker’s increased risk was due to asbestos exposure from commercial sources such as insulation on pipes, furnaces and boilers. However, others believe that the exposure causing mesothelioma is the result of asbestos-like fibers being released from the taconite rock during processing.

A study evaluating the ironworkers continues, with the results expected within the next 5 years. Early reports show that 1,681 taconite workers have developed some sort of lung cancer. The study will include a determination of how and where the asbestos came from and whether death rates of deceased taconite workers on higher on the Iron Range than within the general public.
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The FDA has recently issued an updated transvaginal mesh warning on the use of the mesh to help repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP). POP occurs when the pelvic organs fall out of place as the result of the stretching or weakening of the tissues holding the organs in place. Transvaginal mesh – also known as vaginal mesh, bladder mesh or a pelvic sling – has been used to surgical correct this condition. However, research has concluded that serious side effects and complications may result due to its use.

These side effects and risks include:

• Bladder perforation
• Pelvic hemorrhage
• Mesh erosion
• Infection
• Pain during intercourse
• Bleeding
• Incontinence

Although some of these effects may be reverse through additional surgeries, others may be life-long, debilitating consequences. According to the FDA – most cases of POP can be treated successfully without the use of transvaginal mesh. The implanting of this dangerous medical device unnecessarily exposes patients to the risk of harm.
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News reports indicate that a New Mexico man was killed in an 18-wheeler crash near the border of Colorado/New Mexico. According to reports, Ruben Gomez was travelling northbound on U.S. 550, just past the New Mexico-Colorado state line when his tanker truck veered off the road. Gomez attempted to correct and steer the big-rig back onto the road when his truck began to roll. The fuel tank ripped off the truck during the roll, spilling about 4,000 gallons of gasoline. Gomez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trucking collisions are some of the most deadly motor vehicle accidents. Due to the sheer size of an 18-wheeler, when a big rig truck accident occurs serious injuries and fatalities are often the result.

Many potential causes for truck accidents exist including driver error, negligent roadway design, and defective truck parts. In some cases, the trucking company who hires a driver may even be at fault where they demand unreasonable hours, excessive loads or employ other negligent or reckless work requirements. An experienced New Mexico truck accident law firm can investigate a truck accident and determine what factors may have played a role in causing serious personal injury or wrongful death. Where a party’s negligence causes harm, it may be possible to recover compensation for your injuries, or to provide damages to the survivors in a wrongful death action.
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The FDA met last week to determine whether surgical mesh inserted surgically inserted into the vagina, also known as transvaginal mesh or pelvic mesh, needs tighter regulation by the FDA. The mesh is used to treat a painful condition called pelvic-organ prolapse. As the result of close to 3000 reports of adverse events, including seven deaths, the manufacturer – Johnson & Johnson now faces several lawsuits across the country.

Transvaginal mesh – like many other defective medical products – was allowed on the market as the result of an expedited regulatory process. The pelvic mesh is currently considered a Class II medical device and was allowed a quick entry into the market without preclinical testing if manufacturers were able to show that the devices is “substantially equivalent” to an existing device on the market.

The FDA is evaluating whether to change the classification of the transvaginal mesh to Class III – high risk. If the FDA changes the rating, the pelvic mesh would require additional testing and be subject to a longer approval period.

Based on initial reports of the transvaginal mesh hearings, it appears that the advisory committee is in favor of stricter testing requirements. A number of risks are associated with the mesh, including organ perforation and bleeding, long-term mesh exposure to the bladder, vagina and rectum, pain and infection, urinary problems, as well as the need for additional revision surgeries. Several reports also indicated that the use of the mesh exposes patients to “unnecessary risk without a benefit above safer options.”

As New Mexico transvaginal mesh lawyers, we support tougher regulations. Too often innocent patients are injured due to defective medical devices that are rushed to market.
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Zimmer Holdings – maker of the defective Zimmer NexGen knee replacements – has recently announced that it has developed a complete set of Trabecular Metal material augment shapes and cones to be used in knee revision surgeries.

These new augments are intended to fill any size bone defects detected while performing surgery, and supposed to provide structural replacement of the bone even in the most critical knee revision surgeries.

Although this is good news for the numerous patients who suffer problems after receiving the Zimmer NexGen knee it is unfortunate that the need for revision surgeries exists at all. Over the last several months the FDA as well as numerous physicians have urged a recall of the Zimmer NexGen Knee due to serious problems and component failures in the knee replacements necessitating additional surgeries.
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This week the U.S Senate will begin its probe into medical device recalls and the connection between the massive DePuy Hip Replacement recall and the FDA’s role in “protecting patient safety as part of the medical device approval process.”

The DePuy Hip was recalled after numerous reports of metal shards breaking off the hip replacement and lodging themselves in patients’ bodies. Although in many cases revision surgeries can correct the problem, many times permanent bone and tissue damage will occur.

If you have been fitted with a DePuy Hip, contact a knowledgeable DePuy ASR Hip System recall attorney. It is important to speak with an attorney to review your medical records and reports in order to determine the next best steps on your behalf.

Lawsuits have been filed in New Mexico and across the county accusing DePuy of manufacturing a defective product, failing to adequately warn doctors and patients of the potential for harm, and negligence.
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Several physicians are urging a Zimmer NexGen Knee recall as the result of serious problems and component failures in the knee, requiring additional surgeries. The FDA has recalled some of the components following several lawsuits concerning the Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex knee failure rate. In fact, a prominent consultant for Zimmer recently went public stating that the Zimmer NexGen knee has significant problems and warned against its use.

If you have undergone knee replacement surgery, contact a Zimmer NexGen Knee attorney for more information regarding the Zimmer NexGen knees and its safety risks.
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