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Researchers from Wake Forest University Detail Findings in Epidemiology

June 6, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- A new study on Epidemiology is now available. According to news originating from Winston Salem, North Carolina, by NewsRx editors, the research stated, "Recent product-liability litigation concerning polypropylene meshes has been associated with a number of claims about the suitability of these meshes for conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) surgery. It has been stated, for example, that they pose a risk for tumor formation on the basis of some animal studies that have appeared in the literature and on a few suggestions of circumstantial evidence."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Wake Forest University, "However, it is clear that studies of biomaterial-related tumors in animals have no relevance to clinical performance in humans. If anything, these studies predict that smooth, flat, implant surfaces are more at risk, which places polypropylene meshes in the least-risk category."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Attempts to demonstrate implant-induced carcinogenicity from population studies in humans with many types of devices have routinely failed to do so."

For more information on this research see: Carcinogenicity of implantable materials: experimental and epidemiological evidence. International Urogynecology Journal, 2014;25(5):577-580. International Urogynecology Journal can be contacted at: Springer London Ltd, 236 Grays Inn Rd, 6TH Floor, London WC1X 8HL, England. (Springer -; International Urogynecology Journal -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from D.F. Williams, Wake Forest Inst Regenerat Med, Winston Salem, NC 27157, United States (see also Epidemiology).

Keywords for this news article include: Epidemiology, Winston Salem, United States, North Carolina, North and Central America

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