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Johnson & Johnson claiming baby powder is asbestos-free again

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that its tests had found contamination by asbestos in some of Johnson & Johnson's famous talc powder product commonly called baby powder. The contamination reportedly found by the FDA substantiates claims made by users and advocates for years.

Many consumers have grown to be wary of talc powder products due to the potential risk for asbestos contamination and the risk of cancer that asbestos applied to the body topically could carry. Ignoring the hundreds of lawsuits brought against them by sickened consumers or the questionable internal leak memos indicating that company scientists and executives knew of contamination risks, Johnson & Johnson has continued to claim that their baby powder has always been asbestos-free.

Glyphosate exposure and your health

Glyphosate is commonly used by homeowners, commercial property owners and landscaping professionals to kill a variety of plants, grasses and other types of vegetation.

While there are many benefits associated with glyphosate, such as its ability to prepare crops for harvest, exposure could have an adverse effect on your health.

We helped Durafiber workers bring a class-action lawsuit against Blue Cross

People who enroll in health insurance benefits trust that their provider will operate in good faith and help them cover their medical costs. As the Salisbury Post recently reported, sometimes employers and insurance companies fall short on this duty.

This is precisely what happened in the case of several former Durafiber workers. The plant closed on September 12, 2017 but Blue Cross had assured health plan participants that they have coverage through September 30, 2017.

The dangers of vitamin E acetate when vaporized

Nicotine is a known addictive ingredient, and many people who smoke cigarettes wish they could quit. Many businesses have found a customer base by targeting those who want to stop smoking. For more than a decade, people have been turning to vaporization systems to quit smoking or find a way to satiate their nicotine cravings that was less harmful than traditional tobacco consumption options.

Vaping involves heating a liquid to a high temperature and inhaling the vapor that results. People enjoy this alternative to smoking for a range of reasons, including how it satiates any oral fixation and can involve the same socialization or habits as standard smoking. In theory, vaporization presents a safer alternative for nicotine delivery than traditional methods, which involve crude combustion and inhalation.

Bayer has no plans to settle Roundup-related cancer lawsuits

When Bayer AG acquired the company Monsanto, they probably didn't think for a second that that acquisition would result in substantial financial liability. On the contrary, Monsanto, as a company that holds patents to many popular agricultural compounds and proprietary seed genetics, probably seemed like a very smart investment for the corporate powerhouse.

However, with several highly publicized plaintiff victories in lawsuits against Monsanto in the last few years, Bayer AG has lost roughly 30 billion USD in company value since acquiring the chemical and agricultural company. They also have substantial liability for future legal action, including thousands of pending lawsuits around the country.

Tainted vaporizer cartridges may be grounds for civil lawsuits

The average consumer expects health and beauty products, and foods, to meet a certain minimum level of safety. For example, people expect to be able to eat their produce without the risk of major bacterial contamination. They also expect that other products intended for consumers to ingest or apply to their bodies are safe for their intended purposes.

Unfortunately, there are many products that fall into regulatory gray areas where there may not be adequate protections for consumers, as well as regulated products whose manufacturers begin cutting corners with safety and chemical testing. Vaporizers are one of these products, and some people have become very ill or even died because of defective vaporizers or contaminated cartridges.

Possible holistic treatments for mesothelioma

Those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma will know the profound ways that it can affect a person's quality of life. The common symptoms of mesothelioma include chest pain, fluid buildup, fatigue and shortness of breath. The symptoms, in addition to aggressive and intensive hospital treatments, can make day-to-day living extremely painful.

Some people diagnosed with mesothelioma have chosen to look into more natural and holistic treatments as a supplement to their formal medical care. Paul Kraus is the longest known survivor of mesothelioma in the world. He was diagnosed with the disease in 1997 and continues to live a high quality of life today. He took a natural and holistic approach to his healing journey. The following are are some of the alternative treatment options for mesothelioma patients.

Retailers now face lawsuits related to selling Roundup

The famous weed killer Roundup was developed to effectively kill any plants that gardeners or farmers didn't want on their property. Monsanto, the company that developed the compound, went so far as to also develop crop seeds that were resistant to the spray, allowing farmers to readily apply the herbicide to their entire field without worrying about killing their crops.

While some kinds of plants seem to do just fine with glyphosate exposure, the same is not necessarily true of humans exposed to this potent plant killer, especially if the exposure is heavy and over a long time. There has been some scientific correlation between prolonged exposure to glyphosate and the developments of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma later on in life.

Asbestos: A carcinogen with devastating consequences

Did you know that asbestos exposure, and the diseases that come with it being a carcinogen, leads to approximately 40,000 deaths in America each year? Every kind of asbestos can lead to cancers including mesothelioma, cancers of the ovaries and larynx, asbestosis and lung cancer.

In most industrialized countries around the world, asbestos is no longer used. In fact, the United States is the last western industrialized nation that has not banned asbestos. That means that millions of Americans could be exposed to this dangerous mineral.

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