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FBI INVESTIGATING JOHNSON & JOHNSON HYSTERECTOMY DEVICE FOUND TO SPREAD UTERINE CANCER

The FBI is investigating a Johnson & Johnson surgical device that was found to spread cancer in women. The FBI is also investigating the fact that J&J knew about the tool’s hazards before pulling it off the market last year.

The device is called a laparoscopic power morcellator, which is meant to remove tumors from the uterus. It is also a device used most in hysterectomies. It breaks up fibroids or benign tumors in the uterus. But they're suspected of spreading cancer cells in some women.

It is unclear what stage the inquiry is in. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Newark, NJ  office, which is overseeing the investigation according to the three people interviewed, declined to comment. A Johnson & Johnson spokesman said the New Jersey-based medical company isn’t aware of an investigation into the device.

Over the past several months, FBI agents have interviewed a retired pathologist who alerted J&J about potential problems with morcellators in 2006; a doctor who went public after her own cancer was worsened by the tool in 2013; and a California woman who has collected names of close to 400 patients and families of patients who may have been harmed by the tool, these people said.

Sarah Robinson, a physician assistant in Los Altos, California, said the FBI contacted her about two months ago. Ms. Robinson, who testified at an FDA hearing on the morcellator, has collected a list of women and families of women who believe their cancer was worsened by the device. Ms. Robinson said she sent an FBI agent a list of 386 names, which includes herself, on April 3.

Read the full story: wsj.com 

Pre-Eclampsia


Pre-eclampsia or preeclampsia, also called Toxemia, is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, often the kidneys. Preeclampsia usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in a woman whose blood pressure has been normal. Even a slight rise in blood pressure may be a sign of preeclampsia. 

Symptoms

  • High blood pressure
  • Swelling
  • Protein in urine
  • Rapid weight gain caused by a significant increase in bodily fluid
  • Abdominal pain
  • Severe headaches
  • Changes in reflexes
  • Reduced urine or no urine output
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive vomiting or nausea
  • Vision changes

How does preeclampsia affect my baby?

Preeclampsia can prevent the placenta from getting enough blood. If the placenta doesn't get enough blood, the baby gets less oxygen and food. This can result in low birth weight. Most women still cant deliver a healthy baby if preeclampsia is detected early and treated with regular prenatal care. 

Treatment 

Treatment depends on how close you are to your due date. If you are close to your due date and you baby is developed enough, your healthcare provider will probably want to deliver your baby as soon as possible. 

If you have mild preeclampsia and you baby has not reached full development, your doctor will probably recommend you to do the following:

  • Rest, lying on your left side to take the weight of the baby off your major blood vessels.
  • Increase prenatal checkups
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. 
  • Change your diet to include more protein.