To many women, the Essure birth control device seemed like a dream come true. For those seeking permanent birth control, it's an easier and cheaper version of a tubal ligation than the traditional way of getting your tubes tied. A quick, minimally invasive procedure and a fast recovery made the device seem like a wonderful alternative to other birth control strategies. Women soon found out that this dream could easily turn into a nightmare.
Homeowners across the United States and Puerto Rico have learned the hard way about the true nature of their insurance policies this last year. Three hurricanes - Harvey, Irma, and Maria - devastated homes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Although these tragedies have raised awareness for some, many people across the nation remain uninsured.
You're driving along a Texas interstate with a semi-truck in the lane behind you. After a while, you realize that the truck feels far too close to your back bumper. It makes you a bit nervous. Are you just overreacting because the semi towers over your passenger car, or is there a real danger here?
Everyone likes to save money and especially when you have to pick up the same prescription every month, those medications add up. Doctors like to prescribe generic versions of drugs because it saves the patient money and contains the same active ingredient as the original manufacturer. But other manufacturers use different processes, resulting in different inactive ingredients, which do not have to be the same as the original medication. Generic versions of a drug used to stabilize blood pressure and prevent heart failure are being recalled in 22 countries because one of the ingredients poses a potential cancer risk.
Some health care watchdog groups are concerned about how the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has recently started releasing potentially dangerous drugs on the market. Two of the drugs that have recently been fast tracked include the gout medication Uloric and one for Parkinson's named Nuplazid. Both have been criticized for causing significant side effects.