Thanks to a slick ad campaign that would make Mad Men's Don Draper green with envy, a lot of men who believe they are suffering from “Low T” (whether or not they actually are) are risking serious health consequences in order to “T it up.”
There were a few more indications last month that at least some transvaginal lawsuit defendants may face criminal charges. A few months ago, the consumer advocate organization Corporate Action Network called upon U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to initiate a criminal investigation into allegations that Johnson & Johnson, parent company of mesh manufacturer Ethicon, engaged in obstruction of justice when documents relating to its products went missing.
There's been a great deal in the media about the potentially harmful effects of testosterone supplements, particularly when they are taken by men who have no real medical need. These effects can include elevated risk for stroke and heart attack, which have led to a number of injury lawsuits in recent months. Men eager to regain their youth and virilty – or increase it – nonetheless seek out these treatments, egged on by clever ad campaigns with snappy phrases such as “T it up!”
Many small investors have lost their life savings because of the misconduct of UBS financial advisors regarding Puerto Rican municipal bond investments.
In recent years, various players in the pharmaceutical industry have introduced a new line of anticoagulant drugs (popularly known as “blood thinners,” although this is not quite accurate – read on) that have promised to make life much easier for physicians who treat patients at risk for stroke. A stroke of course is the result of a blood clot that cuts off blood supply to the brain, and can result in permanent injury and even death.
Endo, a subsidiary of American Medical Systems, recently announced that it will be paying out $830 million to settle around 20,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuit actions pending against it in multidistrict litigation. This is on top of over $54 million paid out last year as well as over $1 billion the company is holding in reserve to cover its legal costs.
The biochemistry of a living creature is a delicate balancing act. For example, the pH level of the blood – the balance of acidity and alkalinity must be just right in order for a person to remain in good health. Too much acidity in the blood results in acidosis, a condition that can cause an irregular heartbeat as well as an elevated hear rate. When the blood is too alkaline, it causes alkalosis, which may result in muscle spasms and cramps.
In the endless quest for quick and easy paths to eternal youth, many men have turned to testosterone therapy. This is not news, nor is the fact that men who decide to “T it up” face significant health risks. Recent controversy has developed over just what those health risks are; a recent study, funded by the National Institutes for Health seems to contradict earlier findings that the use of testosterone increased men’s’ risk for heart attack and stroke across the board.