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In July 2019 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration  took significant action to protect women from breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) by requesting that Allergan, the manufacturer of a specific type of textured implant, recall specific models of its textured breast implants from the U.S. market due to the risk of BIA-ALCL.

Following the agency’s request, Allergan has notified the FDA that it is moving forward with a worldwide recall of their BIOCELL textured breast implant products, including:

  • Natrelle Saline-Filled breast implants

Former Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant did not have to testify live at the three Roundup cancer trials that have taken place so far because they were all held in California. But because CEO Grant resides in St. Louis County, plaintiffs’ attorneys saw an opportunity to get him on the stand in person.

Grant will have to testify in person at a St. Louis-area trial set for January in litigation brought by a cancer-stricken woman who claims her disease was caused by exposure to the company’s Roundup herbicide and that Monsanto covered up the risks instead of warning consumers.

Bayer, most known for it’s aspirin product, bought Monsanto in 2018, and is currently facing tens of thousands of Roundup lawsuits nationwide all involving the herbicides cancer-causing risks.

CNN  reported in continuing coverage that new research from NIH indicates that “permanent hair dye and chemical hair straightener use was linked to a higher risk of breast cancer” and that “the risk is more than six times higher for black women.” The study “followed 46,709 women, all part of the Sister Study, a National Institute of Environmental Health cohort of women whose sisters had been diagnosed with breast cancer.” and “found that, overall, women who said they used permanent hair dye in the year before enrolling in the study were 9% more likely to develop breast cancer when compared with women who did not.” The findings were published last Wednesday in the International Journal of Cancer.

“The study doesn’t pinpoint which of the chemicals caused the damage, but makes some suggestions: Some aromatic amines, chemicals also found in tobacco smoke and industrial byproducts, disrupt the endocrine system, and some dyes have been found to induce tumors in rats’ mammary glands.” The results were higher in Black Women percentage wise than White Women.

Reuters reports “the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating whether the diabetes drug metformin had unsafe levels of a cancer-causing chemical and will recommend recalls as appropriate, the agency said on Thursday.”

Metformin is a standard medication during early stages of type 2 diabetes. It helps control high blood sugar and is marketed under a number of brand names, including Fortamet and Glucophage.

This comes as “part of the agency’s broader push to investigate a range of drugs for the presence of the carcinogen, known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), with popular heartburn medication Zantac being recalled this year for fear it contained NDMA.”

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