Carah Aviva Wertheimer

Freelance journalist and editor focusing on health, food, and environment

Boulder, Colorado

1-in-5 Prescriptions Are Off-Label: What You Don't Know Could Hurt You

What Does Off-Label Prescribing Look Like? It’s important to recognize that there’s a wide spectrum of off-label uses — a whole continuum, Stafford said, with some uses being more logical and less extreme than others. Stafford offered an example of “lightweight” off-label use: If an FDA-approved heart failure medication is dosed three times a day, Stafford said that for patient convenience, he might prescribe an off-label drug in the same class, with the same action, that’s dosed only once a ...

Study Finds Much Higher BPA Exposures, FDA Dismisses Safety Concerns

“It’s characteristic of science that we continue to improve the methodology we use. Ours is a newer, improved method that wasn’t possible before because we didn’t have standards to measure BPA metabolites. As soon as we ingest something like BPA our body starts to work and metabolizes it. Most of what we see in urine is in metabolized form, it’s not actually BPA itself,” Patricia Hunt, study co-author and professor of molecular bioscience at Washington State University, told MedTruth. The FDA’s

2020 Kicks Off With Global End of Controversial Birth Control Essure

On Dec. 31, 2018 Bayer voluntarily stopped selling and distributing Essure birth control in the United States, a decision the company had announced six months earlier in July. According to the New York Times, Bayer’s withdrawal of Essure was a response to “a lengthy campaign by health advocates and thousands of women to get the device off the market.” Bayer, on the other hand, the Times reported, attributed its withdrawal of Essure from the market on declining sales due to women choosing other

I'm passionate about the role that journalism can play in creating more open, truthful and productive exchanges at all levels of society, and I'm grateful for work that feeds my curiosity - enabling me to connect deeply with a never-ending stream of interesting people and projects. I've interviewed high-ranking federal officials and homeless people, kindergartners, celebrity athletes and bestselling authors. I've learned that everyone, no matter who they are or where they've been, has a story to tell, and that the world is full of unsung, everyday heroes. It's an honor to be trusted to share these narratives with the public.

My writing has appeared in National Geographic, The Daily Beast, Denver Post, Boulder Daily Camera, Boulder Weekly and other publications to consistently strong feedback from colleagues, sources and community stakeholders. I'm the reporter that finds the story behind the story, and it's often not what we expect. That surprise, the continual discovery, is what drives and delights me.

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