<p><strong>What Is Vaginitis?</strong></p>
<p>Vaginitis is a disorder of the vagina caused by infection or inflammation. It is often a result of infection by one of various microorganisms, but vaginitis may also be caused by irritation from soaps or medications, an allergic reaction, or hormonal changes. The three most common types of vaginitis are candidiasis (yeast infection), trichomoniasis (infection by a tiny, one-celled organism called a protozoan), and bacterial vaginosis. These three types account for more than 90% of all vaginitis seen in non-menopausal women. Menopausal women may get atrophic vaginitis associated with thinning of the walls of the vagina. This is due to estrogen deprivation.</p>
<p>Although irritating, vaginitis is not a serious health risk, and it typically subsides quickly with treatment. Recurrent or persistent cases may be associated with an underlying medical condition.</p>
I had breakfast with my brother yesterday. He introduced me to a friend he met in the restaurant who was there with his elderly mother. While his mother was in the bathroom, he began to talk to us about his life now. He seemed very discouraged. His mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's eight months ago. Since then, his life had been rough. Taking care of her is a full time job. His house is a wreck as he has no time to clean it. His mother refuses to live outside the house. She can hardly find her way to and from the bathroom. She keeps trying to jump out of the moving car. His mother wants to kill herself. As he spoke, I could see the pain in his eyes. He is a simple man, probably not computer literate. It made me think about all those caregivers out there whose lives are not touched by sites as ours where they can get information and support. How very lost they must feel.
This encounter also caused me to look at my own life and how it is being affected by...
In early March 2015, a California jury ordered Johnson and Johnson’s Ethicon division to pay $5.7 million in the first trial due to injuries that have been attributable to the TVT Abbrevo mesh product. This settlement included $700,000 for compensatory damages for complication with the TVT Abbrevo mesh and an additional $5 million in punitive damages. This was a result of the jury deciding that Ethicon conducted business with malice towards patients, and that the company knew that the product caused severe complications but failed to warn physicians.
This transvaginal mesh is just one of the products that are presently the subject of numerous lawsuits. For those fans of late night television, not a night goes by without seeing and advertisement from one of the law firms aggressively seeking these claims. There are presently over 70,00 lawsuits pending against Ethicon and other manufactures of vaginal mesh products. Some of these companies include Boston Scientific, ...
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