We have all heard of DNA genetic-testing services like 23andMe. After I suffered adverse reactions from the antibiotic Levaquin, I found others who suffered the same fate online. Several suggested that there could be a genetic component as to why some people have severe adverse reactions and some do not. Seeking answers, I got my kit from 23andMe, spit in the vial and sent it back.  Could a genetic test explain why an otherwise healthy 36-year-old suddenly becomes disabled?  In 2006 I went to my doctor for what was thought to be a cough caused by a sinus infection. My…

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Breast implants have been under fire recently — there are numerous reports of leaks and “silent” ruptures leading to breast implant illness and even lymphoma, a cancer that affects the immune system. The FDA called a meeting of the GPSD Committee (General and Plastic Surgery Devices) recently to discuss and recommend action on breast implants. More than 80 women who suffered after receiving textured breast implants and expanders testified. The FDA GPSD Committee is composed of doctors and one patient representative, Rachel Brummert. The committee was asked to determine the benefits versus risks of breast implants and their link to…

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