JOHNSON’S baby powder makers knew for years there was asbestos in its talc for infants, it’s claimed. An investigation by news agency Reuters reviewed previously confidential documents showing the company's raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts. The reports, memos and other confidential reports relate to a successfully defended Johnson & Johnson lawsuit in 1999. These are now being shared with lawyers for some of the 11,700 plaintiffs now claiming that the company's talc caused their cancers. Reuters claim they show from 1971 to the early 2000s, the company’s executives, mine managers, doctors and lawyers were aware raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos. J&J declined to comment further to the news agency, regarding the claims. For more than two months, it turned down repeated requests for an interview with J&J executives. The Sun Online has contacted J&J about … [Read more...] about Johnson & Johnson ‘knew for DECADES there was cancer-causing asbestos in its talcum powder’
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There's long been a connection between birth control pills and a reduced risk of ovarian cancer. Now, new research suggests that's true for the latest form of the drug, as well. Scientists say the protective effect of the newer pills -- which contain lower doses of estrogens and different progestogens -- rose over time and persisted for several years after women stopped taking them. "Based on our results, contemporary combined hormonal contraceptives are still associated with a reduced risk of ovarian cancer in women of reproductive age," conclude a team led byDr Lisa Iversen, a researcher at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. The study wasn't able to prove cause-and-effect. However, Iversen's group pointed to prior research that found that women who took the older forms of oral contraceptives tended to have a lower risk for ovarian cancer. But would the same benefit apply to newer pills, with different combinations and levels of hormones? To find out, the team examined the … [Read more...] about Newer birth control pills tied to lower risk of ovarian cancer
TALC is the world's softest rock. The mineral closely linked to asbestos can appear in close proximity in the earth. Is it safe? Here's what we know... Is talc safe? Talc can sometimes be found lying in the ground near asbestos, a substance known to cause lung cancer if inhaled. But scientists are still not clear if asbestos-free talc is completely safe. Can talcum powder cause ovarian cancer? Brit ovarian cancer charity Ovacome voiced concerns surrounding the use of talcum powder around the genital area. It said the powder could increase the risk of ovarian cancer, although there is no consistent evidence. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organisation said talcum powder as "carcinogenic to humans". The agency found using powder without asbestos is "not classifiable as to carcinogenicity in humans". Summarising the limited evidence from human studies, it found talc-based body powder as "possibly carcinogenic" to humans when used in … [Read more...] about Is talc safe, can talcum powder cause ovarian cancer and what is it made from?
World Johnson & Johnson U.S. Cancer ovarian cancer Missouri Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson must pay damages of $4.7 billion to a group of women who claim the company's talc products made them develop ovarian cancer, a court has ruled. The verdict of a court in the U.S. state of Missouri follows an initial ruling, awarding 22 women compensation before adding a further $4.1 billion in punitive damages, the New York Times reported. The company, which plans to appeal the verdict, said it was "deeply disappointed" with the decision. The payout stands to be the biggest in Johnson & Johnson’s history. The company has faced legal challenges on the same issue before, which it is still appealing or contesting. A court in California ruled on a similar case against the cosmetics company last year, calling on it to pay $417 million. However, a judge has since overturned that verdict. The latest case is one of a string of legal claims revolving around the … [Read more...] about Does Baby Powder Cause Cancer? Women Awarded Nearly $5 Billion in Damages From Johnson & Johnson
News / UK and world by Press Association April 11, 2018, 7:01 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A bus highlighting the symptoms of ovarian cancer has hit the road following campaigning by an employee who lost his wife to the disease. Lothian Buses has launched an “ovarian cancer bus” highlighting the signs and symptoms of the disease through a partnership with the charity, Target Ovarian Cancer. It follows campaigning by Lothian Buses engineering worker Colin Barclay, 59, from Edinburgh, who lost his wife Jill to ovarian cancer in January 2017. Mr Barclay, who has has worked for Lothian for more than 40 years, was recently voted Lothian’s Unsung Hero at the company’s People Awards by his colleagues, and part of his award was to receive his very own bus to help his campaign to raise awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms. The father-of-two said: “Target Ovarian Cancer is helping women across … [Read more...] about Ovarian cancer bus launched after worker loses wife to disease