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Jennifer Walker-Journey

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Jennifer Walker-Journey is a professional writer whose 20-year career spans from newspapers and magazines to Ezines and business blogs. Her primary focus is corporate and business writing, though she relishes any opportunity to write features. In her limited free time, Jennifer strives to finish the novel she is writing. She lives in Birmingham with her husband, Rick, and their insatiably curious son, Truman.

Man sickened by benzene exposure wins fight for compensation

When Mitch LaPrade was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in 2005 at the age of 44, he was floored. “My wife and I were always trying to figure out, where do you get that? We didn’t even know what leukemia was,” he told CBC. Then his doctor asked about the solvents LaPrade used to clean the presses working as a pre-press technologist at a printing plant in Ontario. Benzene is a known carcinogen, and has been linked to various forms of leukemia. LaPrade said he was never given protective clothing like gloves or masks while on the job. When ... Read More

Invokana sales fall after amputation warnings

When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in March 2017 that it was requiring Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals to add a boxed warning – the strongest warning required by the FDA – to the labels of its type 2 diabetes medication Invokana regarding an increased risk of amputations in users, some doctors and hospital-affiliated medical groups rushed to take patients off the drug. Amputation is already a risk for diabetics. Why worsen the odds? The FDA Safety Communication informed consumers that leg and foot amputations occurred about twice as often in patients taking Invokana than ... Read More

AbbVie accused of misusing plaintiff profile forms in testosterone MDL

Attorneys representing consumers in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) accusing testosterone treatment manufacturers of failing to warn that their products carried cardiovascular risks asked an Illinois federal judge to fine AbbVie Inc., nearly a half million dollars for misusing a records-collecting process to challenge almost 1,000 cases. The plaintiffs’ attorneys told U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly that AbbVie, maker of the top-selling AndroGel testosterone replacement therapy, was improperly using the plaintiff profile forms in an attempt to have the cases dismissed. As a result, the plaintiffs’ steering committee has spent tremendous time and effort to respond to the drug company’s issues. ... Read More

Woman fights to revive putative class action against J&J

A woman asked the Third Circuit to revive her putative class action lawsuit against consumer healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson, arguing that she would not have bought the company’s talcum powder if she had known it could put her at risk for developing ovarian cancer. Plaintiff Mona Estrada hasn’t developed cancer, but claims she suffered economic damages because she never received the “benefit of the bargain” when she purchased Johnson’s Baby Powder through the years. Estrada filed the lawsuit in April 2014 against Johnson & Johnson in California federal court, but the case was dismissed in March 2015 because she ... Read More

Opioid epidemic expected to impact US for ‘generations’

Opioids are responsible for 20 percent of deaths among young adults, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open. The study, conducted by researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada, found that the opioid epidemic is taking a significant toll on young adults in the U.S. between the ages of 24 and 35. In fact, opioid overdoses are killing one in five of them – a 292 percent increase since 2001. “Despite the amount of attention that has been placed on this public health issue, we are increasingly seeing the devastating impact that early loss of life ... Read More

AbbVie faces more lawsuits in testosterone MDL

AbbVie Inc., prevailed in the latest bellwether trial accusing the company’s testosterone treatment AndroGel of causing heart attacks, strokes and blood clots, but AbbVie and other testosterone manufacturers still face thousands more lawsuits consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. This is the third of five bellwether trials that have been won by testosterone makers. The other two have resulted in a total of $143 million in verdicts for the plaintiffs. The latest trial involved the case of Rober Rowley who was prescribed AndroGel in 2012 to treat fatigue. Years earlier, ... Read More

Risperdal linked to weight gain, insulin resistance in youths

Children with severe mental disorders who are treated with antipsychotics including Rispedal are at an increased risk of gaining a significant amount of weight in the belly and becoming resistant to insulin, conditions that contribute to early-onset type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other illnesses associated with premature morbidity and death, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. Antipsychotics are used to treat adults and children with schizophrenia and other conditions including bipolar disorder and irritability with autism. But they are commonly used off-label to treat nonpsychotic disruptive behaviors, like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), in children and adolescents. ... Read More

Flu season was one of deadliest for children

The 2017-2018 flu season was the deadliest for children in nearly a decade with 172 reports of pediatric flu deaths since October compared to 171 during the 2012-2013 flu season. Typically, about 110 children die from the flu each season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As bad as the season was last year, it did not surpass the 2009-2010 season, during which a rare pandemic involving a new strain of influenza killed more than 300 children. (The CDC only began counting pediatric flu deaths in 2004.) One thing that contributed to the higher number of ... Read More

Lawsuits allege heater-cooler devices caused infections

Dozens of people have filed lawsuits against Sorin Group USA and its parent company Sorin Group Deutschland GMBH in Germany alleging the company should have done more to prevent deadly bacterial infections in heart surgery patients who were treated with the company’s Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler device. Heater-cooler devices are commonly used during cardiothoracic surgeries, as well as other medical and surgical procedures, to warm or cool a patient in order to optimize medical care and improve patient outcomes. The devices have water tanks that provide temperature-controlled water to external heat exchanges or warming/cooling blankets through closed circuits. The water does ... Read More

73 people infected with Salmonella after eating Honey Smacks cereal

At least 73 people in 31 states have fallen ill from Salmonella infections and health authorities say the likely culprit is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks sweetened puffed wheat cereal. As a result, the Kellogg Company has recalled the cereal, which was distributed throughout the United States as well as Guam and Saipan, and internationally in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. Consumers are urged not to eat any of the recalled Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products include Honey Smacks 15.3 oz boxes with the BEST if Used By Date listed as JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019, and ... Read More