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Is baby powder dangerous to my infant?

Baby powder may seem like a safe and logical product to use on your baby – talcum powder has been used for years to keep baby’s bottom dry in his diaper – but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against it. Not only can baby powder irritate the lungs, it can also increase the risk of ovarian cancer in girls. Talc is a mineral made up of elements such as magnesium and silicon. It is ground down into a fine powder known as talcum powder and sold commercially as body or facial powder to absorb moisture. However, talc can also ... Read More

Woman who sued Johnson & Johnson wants to warn others of ovarian risk with talcum powder products

Deane Berg was not awarded a cent in punitive or compensatory damages from her lawsuit alleging that Johnson & Johnson products containing talc caused her to develop ovarian cancer, but she was pleased that the jury agreed the consumer health care giant failed to warn consumers that its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products carry cancer risks. Deane applied the company’s power to her genital area for hygiene purposes for about three decades. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in December 2005 at the age of 49. Three separate researchers studied Deane’s cancerous ovarian tissue and found talc, and ... Read More

City records show violations and failures contributed to Philadelphia building collapse

Lawyers representing some of the victims killed and injured by the June 5 building collapse in Philadelphia are calling for a “full and open disclosure of the events” that led to the disaster, alleging that the owners of the buildings and city officials “were on notice of a tragedy waiting to happen [but] did not stop it from occurring.” Those strong allegations are rooted in a series of paperwork, emails, and other information released by the city following a Philadelphia Inquirer report that contractors removing debris from the collapsed buildings earlier this month found asbestos among the ruins. That discovery ... Read More

AAJ warns pending legislation will delay asbestos victim claims

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) says legislation pending in the U.S. House of Representatives could make it harder for asbestos victims to find justice by delaying claims and helping asbestos manufacturers and other companies avoid liability. According to the legislation, H.R. 982, known as the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013, would “amend title 11 of the United States Code to require the public disclosure by trusts established under section 524(g) of such title, of quarterly reports that contain detailed information regarding the receipt and disposition of claims for injuries based on exposure to asbestos; and for ... Read More

gas stations illustrate need for tougher environmental regulations

In the past few weeks we have looked at how underground storage tanks, particularly older tanks belonging to gas stations, can and often do compromise the health of the surrounding environment and everything in it, including humans. The Environmental Protection Agency has logged more than 620,000 active storage tanks throughout the United States. Of those tanks, some 480,000 tanks have or have had “confirmed releases.” The problem is so extensive that the EPA established the Office of Underground Storage Tanks to confront it. Since its founding 25 years ago, the EPA’s UST office has removed 1.7 million substandard tanks and ... Read More