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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.

Signs of sexual abuse in nursing home patients

Recent news of a nursing home patient in a persistent vegetative state who gave birth, surprising her family and the facility’s staff and spurring a sexual assault investigation, has brought to the forefront the need for education, advocacy and action when it comes to protecting vulnerable nursing home residents from sexual abuse. “Due diligence needs to be done by these facilities as they’re hiring staff. There needs to be better monitoring of staff in terms of making sure residents are protected. It really does put us all on notice,” National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (NCVQL) Executive Director Lori ... Read More

Attorneys General petition EPA to require reporting of asbestos

The Attorneys General of 14 states and the District of Columbia petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue an asbestos reporting rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to obtain necessary information regarding the importation, manufacturing, processing, distribution, use and disposal of cancer-causing asbestos. The petition comes as the EPA, under the Trump administration, announced a significant new use rule that will allow for new uses of asbestos, a fibrous mineral that was widely used in construction, shipbuilding, and friction materials. Its use was restricted in the United States in the 1980s. It had been known for decades ... Read More

India states restrict use, sale of Roundup herbicide

The government of the India state of Kerala on the tropical Malabar Coast has banned the sale and use of Monsanto’s Roundup and all other weed killers containing glyphosate, and ordered that pesticides be sold only by prescription from a government agriculture official. The decision comes just months after government officials in India’s Punjab announced it would ban the sale and use of all weed killers containing glyphosate, citing its “harmful effects on human health.” Punjab’s Central Insecticide Board and Registration Committee recommended in June that the herbicide be used only in tea gardens and non-crop areas. Since the state has ... Read More

Organ recipients benefiting from opioid epidemic

The opioid epidemic is killing tens of thousands of people in the United States each year. It is also giving organ transplant recipients a new chance at life, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. With an increasing death rate from opioid overdoses, Dr. Muthiah Vaduganathan with Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, and colleagues, set out to explore the trends and statewide variation in the number of donor organs recovered from people who died from drug overdose. Using data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network from 1999 to 2017, researchers examined state-specific patterns in the ... Read More

Boeing denied new trial over PTSD claims from harrowing flight

A Massachusetts federal judge nixed Boeing’s request for a retrial in a case involving a woman who won a $2.2 million verdict against the company, finding it was clear from expert testimony that the woman suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder following a nail-biting flight in 2010. Adriana Guzman, a resident of Costa Rica, had flown aboard a Boeing aircraft in 2010 from Miami to Boston along with about 155 other passengers and crew, when at 32,000 feet in the air, an explosion-like noise erupted from the plane. An 18-inch-by-7-inch hole had torn through the 757’s fuselage, ... Read More

Little can be done for children exposed to asbestos at preschool

The effects of asbestos exposure in children who attended a preschool at McGill Hall at the University of Montana (UM) won’t be known for another 10 to 40 years, and “there is nothing medically that can be done for them on an immediate time frame,” other than avoiding additional asbestos exposure, said Paul Smith, a pediatric pulmonologist. In December, a technician discovered crumbled asbestos in an air system that serves three offices in McGill Hall. Asbestos is a mineral that was widely used in building materials like insulation until the 1980s, when health risks associated with asbestos exposure were better ... Read More

Electrocution death lawsuit reinstated against farm company

It had been a rainy weekend that preceded that day in July 2011, when 14-year-old best friends Hannah Kendall and Jade Garza gathered in the early morning in Whiteside County, Illinois, to pull tassels from the tops of corn plants. It was exhaustive work that many kids in this Midwesterner town did to earn money during the summer. But on July 25, about four hours into the workday, a jolt from an electrified center pivot irrigator – the kind of machinery with sweeping metal arms that waters farm fields – struck Hannah and Jade dead. The irrigator had apparently been ... Read More

Overdoses of OTC diarrhea drug increase in wake of opioid epidemic

Overdoses of an inexpensive, readily available, over-the-counter diarrhea drug have multiplied in recent years, in many cases by people addicted to opioids. They are using the drug seeking to prevent or self-treat withdrawal symptoms or to mimic the high of opioids like heroin, fentanyl or oxycodone, according to a study published in the journal Clinical Toxicology. Loperamide, also known by the brand-name Imodium, is a safe and effective drug for diarrhea when taken at its recommended dosage. But at higher doses, loperamide can cause opioid-like euphoria, and has even been dubbed “the poor man’s methadone” by clinicians. The misuse of ... Read More

FDA investigating allegations of asbestos in talc

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into the possibility that cosmetics containing talc may be contaminated with asbestos and will “take appropriate actions to protect consumers,” the agency told SELF magazine. SELF posed the question, “How Worried Do You Need to Be About Asbestos in Baby Powder and Other Talc Products?” in a recent issue of its online magazine. The story follows a Reuters investigation in December that revealed that Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that its talcum powder products may have been contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos, but the company never informed federal regulators nor did it warn ... Read More

Naval Academy addresses sexual misconduct among midshipmen

Nearly 60 percent of women and 20 percent of men felt sexually harassed while attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, last year, according to an annual Defense Department report on misconduct at the service academies. But despite an increase in sexual misconduct found in the voluntary survey of midshipmen, such incidents go largely unreported. The Naval Academy has an anonymous reporting system where midshipmen can report sexual harassment and other issues without fear of retaliation. Despite this, midshipmen made only two informal reports and no formal reports of sexual harassment last year. The year prior, there were ... Read More