Posts Tagged ‘FDA’

5 Fibroid-Friendly Snack Ideas: Why Small Bites are a Good Thing

By Alicia Armeli When I say the word “snacking,” what comes to mind? For many, snacking elicits visions of potato chips and candy bars parading over mountains of candy-coated milk chocolate. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there. We’re human for goodness’ sake. But maybe the reason why snacking has been given such a bad rap…

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FDA warns against using laparoscopic power morcellators to treat uterine fibroids

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking immediate steps to help reduce the risk of spreading unsuspected cancer in women being treated for uterine fibroids. In an updated safety communication, originally issued in April 2014, the FDA warns against using laparoscopic power morcellators in the removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) or fibroids (myomectomy)…

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A Medical Device is Sidelined, but Too Late for One Woman

Linda Interlichia arrived alone at her family’s Cape Cod vacation home a half-mile from the beach last fall. Her routine there had been unchanged for years: She opened the doors to let the breeze flow in from the marsh and sat on the deck in the afternoon, sipping a glass of Chardonnay. The second night,…

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Watch Dr. Oz Talk About Fibroid Morcellation

On Wednesday this week Dr. Oz spoke to his audience about fibroid disease, and the current status of the morcellator. We’ve been discussing morcellation here for several months since the FDA published their warning on it’s use. Dr. Oz had a GYN surgeon who performs fibroid surgery using the morcellator, a patient who had cancer…

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FDA Advises Against Morcellator Use for Gynecologists

During a laparoscopic or robotic surgery, a surgeon uses very small incisions to insert cameras and working instruments. Laparoscopic surgery has been around for more than 25 years and is performed for common surgeries such as gallbladders, prostates, etc. It has also been used for hysterectomy and myomectomy. The challenge with these two procedures is…

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