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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.

Perth public health officials call for investigation into Roundup risks

Public health officials in Perth have joined Cancer Council Australia’s push for a new investigation into glyphosate, the key ingredient in the herbicide Roundup. The move comes just two months after a United States jury slapped Monsanto with $289 million in damages after finding that the company’s Roundup contributed to a school groundskeeper’s terminal blood cancer. In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” based in part on evidence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnoses in humans exposed to the chemical mostly from agricultural means in the United States, Canada and ... Read More

Roundup may be killing bee populations worldwide

The popular-yet-controversial weed killer Roundup, blamed for causing users to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, may also be partly responsible for killing bees around the world, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin. Roundup was introduced by Monsanto in the 1970s, and is now the most used herbicide in the world. It contains the active ingredient glyphosate, which in 2015 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) listed as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Monsanto has never warned consumers of this risk nor has it placed warnings on the product’s labels. According ... Read More

SoCalGas sued for exposing firefighters to toxic chemicals

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) knowingly exposed Los Angeles firefighters to cancer-causing chemicals while they were assisting Porter Ranch residents following the October 2015 Aliso Canyon gas leak, according to a 56-page complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The lawsuit, filed by more than two dozen Los Angeles firefighters, alleges that the Aliso Canyon gas leak – the largest methane leak in U.S. history – released toxic amounts of carcinogens like benzene and formaldehyde into a neighboring community. Residents in the area became sick and many opted to evacuate. Firefighters who responded to the scene say they suffered ... Read More

Crops regularly doused with controversial herbicide Roundup

Autumn is the season of harvest. But what many people don’t realize is that much of the produce in North America is doused with the herbicide Roundup, which contains glyphosate, the controversial active ingredient that has been linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Monsanto introduced Roundup four decades ago. It is now the most widely used weed killer in the world among farmers, groundskeepers, landscapers, horticulturalists, and even home gardeners. Glyphosate is sprayed directly on GMO (genetically modified organism) crops like corn and soybeans because they are genetically engineered to be resistant to the chemical. But it is also used on non-GMO ... Read More

Road construction worker’s death is 13th in Minnesota this year

Last week’s crash on Interstate 94 in Minnesota resulted in the 13th fatality of a road construction worker in the state so far this year – already well above average for Minnesota and the highest number on record since 2007 when 17 workers died on the job, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. This crash, like the others before it, “was preventable,” said Lt. Tiffani Nielson with the Minnesota State Patrol. “It’s frustrating for construction workers who have to be out in all conditions, all types of weather and they have to focus on what they are doing,” ... Read More

Xarelto trial halted early due to excessive harmful events

A phase III clinical trial, called GALILEO, comparing the blood thinner Xarelto to the antiplatelet Plavix with aspirin in patients who have undergone transcatheter aortic valve replacement, was stopped early after a preliminary analysis showed excesses in key adverse events in patients treated with Xarelto. Among patients in the Xarelto group, 11.4 percent suffered thromboembolic events compared to 8.8 percent of patients in the Plavix/aspirin group; and 4.2 percent of Xarelto patients experienced bleeding compared to 2.4 percent of patients in the Plavix/aspirin group. There was also a 6.8 all-cause mortality risk in Xarelto patients compared to 3.3 percent among ... Read More

OSHA investigates death of hunting guide mauled by grizzly

On Sept. 14, Mark Uptain, 37, a Jackson Hole, Wyoming hunting guide for Martin Outfitters, headed out with a client into the backcountry of Terrace Mountain in the Teton Wilderness and bagged an elk. But the adventure turned into tragedy when a 10-year-old sow grizzly charged at Uptain. His body was found the next day by search-and-rescue crews. Five days later, the Wyoming Department of Workforce were on the scene investigating whether possible workplace safety violations may have contributed to Uptain’s death. “We do have an active investigation regarding this incident with Martin Outfitters, and the unfortunate attack that cost ... Read More

Town of Kittery faces five lawsuits following bus crash

Five lawsuits have been filed against the town of Kittery, Maine, following an August bus crash that sent 13 people to the hospital including 11 children. Those suing the small tourist town are seeking compensation for medical bills ranging from $300,000 to $400,000 for injuries involving fractured tibia, head injuries, facial scarring and emotional trauma, the lawsuits state. The GMC Savana transport van was operated by the Kittery Community Center (KCC). It crashed on I-95 in the New Hampshire town of Greenland en route to Candia Springs Adventure Park in Candia, New Hampshire. The field trip was part of the ... Read More

Company has duty to worker’s family sickened by secondary asbestos exposure

Companies of workers exposed to asbestos owe a duty to their workers’ family members who face asbestos exposure through their loved one’s asbestos-covered clothing, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled, siding with plaintiff Wesley Quisenberry who sued Huntington Ingalls Inc. Senior Justice Le Roy Millette, Jr., likened Quisenberry’s situation to a farmer whose cows wander onto a roadway, or a company that dumps toxic chemicals into a body of water. Through their actions, both the farmer and the company created a recognizable risk to people even if no interaction between the parties ever occurred. Wesley Quisenberry filed the lawsuit against Huntingdon ... Read More

Liveyon recalls stem cell products due to report of adverse events

Liveyon LLC, a marketer and distributor of stem cell products manufactured by Genetech Inc., is recalling products from its ReGen Series after receiving reports of adverse events. Liveyon was contacted in September 2018 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), which oversees human cells and tissue-based products, regarding concerns that products manufactured by Genetech and reports of possible adverse reactions in patients who were treated with the ReGen Series products. “Liveyon immediately suspended shipment of all product pending an inquiry by CBER into the source of the adverse reactions,” the company said in ... Read More