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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.

Mario Batali partnership in restaurant group dissolved following #MeToo allegations

Mario Batali’s 20-year partnership with the Bastianich family of restaurants was formally dissolved this week, ensuring that that the celebrity chef no longer profits from the restaurants “in any way, shape or form,” said Tanya Bastianich Manuali, the new head of operations at the yet-to-be-named replacement company for Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group. Batali also shares in Eataly, a worldwide chain of luxury Italian supermarkets. The news comes just more than a year after several women accused Batali of sexual harassment. Batali had appeared regularly on popular TV cooking shows including “The Chew,” “Iron Chef America” and “Top Chef.” But ... Read More

Low-level benzene exposure linked to blood cancers

Low-level ambient exposure to the volatile organic compound benzene is positively associated with the development of myelodysplastic syndrome and T-cell lymphoma, according to a prospective study by the American Cancer Society published online in the International Journal of Cancer. The Cancer Prevention Study II Cohort was designed to evaluate the potential cancer risks of ambient benzene exposure in the general population and involved 115,996 participants, 2,595 of whom had hematologic cancer. The majority of previous studies investigating benzene’s cancer risk involved only workplace benzene exposure. The researchers concluded that “ambient benzene increases risk of MDS and lymphoid malignancies, particularly follicular ... Read More

Opioids more often to blame in fatal two-car crashes

The opioid epidemic has “spilled over to our national highway system with deadly consequences,” according to a Columbia University researcher, with drivers of fatal two-car accidents twice as likely to test positive for prescription opioids than those in two-car wrecks deemed not at fault. The study, published in JAMA Network Open, was taken on by Dr. Gouhua Li, founding director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and colleagues, in order to investigate the impact of opioids on fatal car crashes. Researchers analyzed data from 18,321 fatal two-car crashes ... Read More

Washington man files lawsuit against Monsanto

When Leonard Tierney was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in May 2018, his friend suggested he talk to an attorney. It was his hunch that Tierney’s disease may have been caused by his exposure to the chemical glyphosate in the herbicide Roundup. Tierney started a landscape, construction and maintenance business in 1999, and had employees do most of the construction work. His love was landscaping. He had returned to school to study horticulture, and enjoyed working in his clients’ yards. He swore by Roundup, strapping a backpack-style sprayer on when he treated yards. He remembered how the container would leak from ... Read More

Pastor calls out nursing home for suspected neglect

When James Brown brought Pastor Julia Wiggins to visit his mother at Altercare Nobles Pond nursing home, they found her in the corner of the nurses station “face down into a soft pillow gasping for breath and strangling on her own saliva,” Wiggins wrote in a Facebook post. “That’s my momma!” Mr. Brown reportedly cried out. “Upon hearing her son’s voice, she tried with all her might to raise her head,” Wiggins post continues. Wiggins said she and Mr. Brown yelled for help but it took five to 10 minutes for anyone to come and assist them. The family ultimately ... Read More

USC agrees to pay $215 million to settle gynecologist sex abuse claims

The University of Southern California (USC) has agreed to pay $215 million and implement numerous reforms to settle a class action lawsuit brought by dozens of women who allege they were sexually abused by a gynecologist at the USC Student Health Center over the course of nearly three decades. A court will need to approve the settlement, which also requires USC to obtain background checks for anyone who interacts with patients at the school’s student health center, and give female patients the option to see a female doctor. An independent women’s health advocate will also be appointed to ensure any ... Read More

Too much off-label prescribing of potent fentanyl, study finds

Nearly half of the patients prescribed high potent transmucosal immediate-release fentanyl (TIRF) reserved to treat breakthrough pain in cancer patients already on round-the-clock opioid therapy, were given the drugs off-label. Yet, when this evidence surfaced, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dragged its feet on addressing the problem. And when it did, the agency only made a “few substantive changes” to its Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy (REMS), according to a study published in JAMA. The REMS for TIRF drugs was approved by the FDA on Dec. 28, 2011, because the medications were very potent and there was a high risk ... Read More

Lawsuit claims Roundup herbicide disrupts healthy gut bacteria

Monsanto, which was acquired by Bayer AG last year, is facing thousands of lawsuits alleging an ingredient in its Roundup weed killer causes cancer. But a new class action lawsuit filed in Kansas City, Missouri, claims that the glyphosate in the herbicide attacks a gut enzyme found in the beneficial intestinal flora of humans and some animals. The suit says the companies deceived consumers about the product’s safety. In recent years, gut bacteria have played a more prominent role in medical research, with unhealthy intestinal microbiome being blamed on everything from depression to obesity. The lawsuit claims that Monsanto misled ... Read More

New information about asbestos at daycare raises more questions

The University of Montana posted new information on its website regarding asbestos found in the now-shuttered McGill Hall that housed a day care, but the 84-page document raises even more concerning questions. The document offers details of an asbestos inspection at McGill Hall in 2011, apparently the last time the facility was inspected to see if it contained any materials that contained asbestos and whether those materials were damaged. This may cause the microscopic fibers of asbestos to go airborne, creating a risk for asbestos-related diseases including a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma. The assessment involved testing of surfaces ... Read More

California town bans Roundup around city’s playgrounds

Effective immediately, the town of Lodi, California, will ban the use the weed killer Roundup within 25 feet of the city’s 17 playgrounds in an effort to protect children from possible health hazards of the herbicide’s active ingredient, glyphosate. “State law currently does not allow smoking with 25 feet of a playground, and so we felt that was a good standard, a good number to use for this first step,” said Jeff Hood, Director of the Lodi Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department. The announcement comes six months after a California jury ordered Monsanto to pay a school groundskeeper $289 ... Read More