Dr. Amy Reed, Anti-Power Morcellator Activist, Dead At 44
Anesthesiologist Amy Reed, who with her cardiologist husband Hooman Noorchasm turned her battle against uterine cancer into a crusade to abolish unsafe uses of power morcellators, died May 24 at her home in Yardley, Pa., at the age of 44.
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Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden asking for reforms to medical device review processes, and for a sharper look at power morcellators that he said spreads cancer as part of the administration's cancer "moonshot" initiative.
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