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Asbestos exposure and mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer of the thin membranes lining the lungs, chest, and abdominal cavity. Almost all cases are linked to prior occupational asbestos
Mesothelioma & Asbestos
Most of the information on health effects comes from studies of workers exposed regularly to high levels of asbestos. In occupational settings all forms of asbestos have been shown to cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis are two forms of the same life-threatening skin disease that cause rash, skin peeling, and sores on the mucous membranes
Primary pulmonary hypertension & fen-phen
Most cases of pulmonary hypertension are associated with underlying conditions that increase, obstruct, or constrict the pulmonary circulation—for example, congenital heart disease (left-to-right shunt), thromboembolism, or hypoxia
Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PPH)
The product labeling for Pondimin (fenfluramine HCl) has been revised to convey the final evaluation of the International Primary Pulmonary Hypertension Study
The FDA has classified Guidant's action as a Class I recall because of a reasonable probability that the malfunctioning device will cause serious adverse health consequences or death
certain ICD models and biventricular pacemaker-defibrillators were recalled by the manufacturer because of a circuitry flaw that prevent the devices from delivering therapeutic electrical shocks when needed
Who should not take Ortho Evra?
Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious adverse effects on the heart and blood vessels from the use of hormonal birth control methods
FDA revised the label for Ortho Evra
FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients of revisions to the label for Ortho Evra, a skin patch approved for birth control, that includes a bolded warning about higher exposure to estrogen for women using the weekly patch compared to taking a daily birth control pill containing 35 micrograms of estrogen
US FDA Warns Ortho Evra
Johnson & Johnson's Ortho Evra contraceptive patch contains higher levels of a hormone known to cause blood clots than average birth control pills
Health Effects of Asbestos
Asbestos has been used in building materials, paper products, plastics, and other products. Exposure mainly occurs in indoor air where it may be released from these materials.