Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Congressional Democrats To Draft Bill To Overturn Supreme Court Decision On Medical Devices

Regarding this ill advised, virtual “get out of jail free card” ruling, to benefit mightily the Med Device Industry, I was thrilled to see others equally as upset.

Senator Ted Kennedy sums it up well:

“In enacting legislation on medical devices, Congress never intended that FDA approval would give blanket immunity to manufacturers from liability for injuries caused by faulty devices.” He said that without congressional action “FDA approval will become a green light for shoddy practices by manufacturers” of medical devices. Full article here.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

HUGE NEWS: Government Concedes Vaccine-Autism Link in Federal Court!

Note from Ilena: This is a landmark case and one to make the enormous Vaccination Public Relations Teams go wild!

I highly doubt it was the 'plaintiff's' identity that sealed this case. In the breast implant debacle, one of the ways the manufacturers keep their cover up going, is with gag orders silencing the women (after paying mere pittances for their damages).

The Vaccination and Breast Implant Industries have used identical strategies (and PR people) for several years. I fully believe that breast implants (and all the chemicals and metals present), can and often do trigger disease responses much like described here ... some which may have forever remained dormant.

By David Kirby

After years of insisting there is no evidence to link vaccines with the onset of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the US government has quietly conceded a vaccine-autism case in the Court of Federal Claims.

The unprecedented concession was filed on November 9, and sealed to protect the plaintiff's identify. It was obtained through individuals unrelated to the case.

In its written concession, the government said the child had a pre-existing mitochondrial disorder that was "aggravated" by her shots, and which ultimately resulted in an ASD diagnosis. More at Huffington Post.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Bravo and thank you to Mary McDonough from the Waltons ... Attributes lupus to her silicone breast implants

Excerpt from American Profile Magazine, February 22, 2008
Visit Mary's website, In the Know.

Mary McDonough, 46, is an actress, filmmaker and inspirational speaker. The mother of a 15-year-old daughter, she is engaged and lives in Orange County, Calif. She has a recurring part on the CBS series The New Adventures of Old Christine. Diagnosed with lupus several years ago, McDonough attributes the disease to her now-removed silicone breast implants. As a result, she has become an activist to educate women about the possible dangers of implants.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Dangerous Precedent ~ Supreme Court Gives Med Device Industry a Free Ride Because FDA Claims Device is "Safe"

Note from Ilena: Even at a time when the FDA has admitted many of it's failings ... the Supreme Court gives the industry a free ride because this product, (like breast implants)  is considered 'safe' by the FDA.

"The FDA cannot fulfill its mission because its scientific base has eroded and its scientific organizational structure is weak." Read FDA report here (opens pdf). Full index here.

The Supreme Court is making it harder for consumers to sue manufacturers of federally approved medical devices.

In an 8-1 decision, the court ruled against the estate of a patient who suffered serious injuries when a catheter burst during a medical procedure.  More here.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Britney Spears Had Breast Implants As A Teen

Rolling Stone magazine delves into Britney Spears' troubled adolescence in their new issue – and, among other surprising revelations, claims that the singer's mother allowed her to get breast implants as a teen.

Though it was widely speculated at the time that Brit had gone under the knife, the singer denied having a boob job.

The friend adds: "When other girls did their boobs [they admitted it] and moved on, but Britney was brought up to lie about herself."

Click here for more.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Surgical Site Infections More Common Than Expected Following Breast Procedures

Infections at the incision site occurred in more than 5 percent of patients following breast surgery and cost them more than $4,000 each in hospital-related expenses, according to a new article.

Infections were more common in patients undergoing cancer-related procedures, and occurred following 12.4 percent of mastectomies with immediate breast reconstruction using an implant ... click here for more.