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Talc on Consumer Safety’s list of harmful ingredients in baby care products

Consumersafety.org starts out the new year by warning its readers about harmful ingredients in baby care products. The site encourages readers to be aware that just because a product smells good, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to use it on their baby. Readers are encouraged to reduce amount of chemicals they’re putting on their babies’ developing bodies, especially when some ingredients are linked to serious health problems. Reading labels and shopping for more natural baby products, simply minimizing the use of skin care products for infants such as oils, lotions and shampoos, and keeping plastic toys out of children’s ... Read More

Low-dose aspirin could be prescribed as additional cancer treatment

Women have been up in arms at the discovery that a common household product, talc-containing baby powder, could have increased their risk of developing ovarian cancer up to 33 percent. More than 1,000 lawsuits have been filed against manufacturer Johnson & Johnson alleging the company knew about the risk and failed to warn consumers. The company already been found liable in court twice for negligence, conspiracy, and failure to warn women of the potential risk of using talcum powder in the genital area. But now there is good news about a different household product. A new study by researchers from the Cardiff University’s ... Read More

J&J baby care down in first-quarter report, company denies it’s due to talc scandal

Cosmetics Business announced “J&J to revamp baby business after talc scandal” in the headline for its analysis of the company’s first-quarter earnings report. “While the company’s pharmaceutical business performed well, sales in personal care and baby care were disappointing. Sales of the Johnsons baby range fell 14.4 percent compared to the same period in 2015, while international sales of the brand also dropped 11 percent. This was the lowest sales seen by the brand in 10 years,” the article read. “The company denied that February’s court ruling in favour of the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder products had ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson still profiting despite losing personal injury lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson has been slammed with litigation, paying millions to plaintiffs claiming they were injured by the company’s products. But those hits are not enough to keep several brokerages from upgrading the ratings for Johnson & Johnson stock. Goldman Sachs, for example, recently changed its prognosis to “neutral” after holding it at “sell” for 14 months. But the company’s luck may eventually run out. On Feb. 22, a state jury in Missouri slapped the company with a $72 million verdict in a lawsuit that blamed the company’s talcum power products for causing a woman’s ovarian cancer death. Johnson & ... Read More

Carcinogenic mineral found in crayons, play fingerprinting kits

Some children’s crayons sold in the United States and decorated with characters like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers and Mickey Mouse, and children’s crime labs contain carcinogenic fibers presumably from the use of asbestos-contaminated talc, according to a report released by the Environmental Working Group Action Fund. The crayons and fingerprinting kits were manufactured in China and sold in U.S. stores including Toys “R” Us and Dollar Tree. According to the report, this is the third time in 15 years asbestos has been found in crayons or fingerprinting kits marketed to children. Asbestos is actually a fibrous version of one ... Read More

New test can identify twice as many cases of ovarian cancer

Clinical trials on a new screening method being tested in the United Kingdom indicate the new test can detect ovarian cancer in twice as many women compared to traditional methods. Ovarian cancer is the deadliest gynecological cancer and one of the most deadly of all cancers because it is difficult to detect early, when treatment is most effective. Most often, the cancer is found after it has spread beyond the ovaries. Thus, early detection is key to survival. The trial, conducted by the University College London, used a new algorithm to evaluate levels of the blood protein CA125, which is ... Read More

Woman developed deadly cancer from talcum powder product

A 73-year-old woman who developed the fatal lung cancer mesothelioma after using talcum powder with traces of asbestos was awarded $13 million by a Los Angeles jury who found the manufacturer Colgate-Palmolive Co. was responsible for the woman’s illness. Billions of dollars have been paid in verdicts and settlements in cases where people have developed mesothelioma and other serious lung conditions from exposure to asbestos. However, most of those cases involve people who have worked in the construction materials or insulation industry. The woman’s case is somewhat unique because she was a consumer who was exposed to asbestos through a ... Read More

Woman’s lawsuit claims talcum powder caused her ovarian cancer

An Illinois woman has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson claiming the company’s talcum powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer. Candace Lewis says she used Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower powder in her genital area for personal hygiene from 1981 to 2014. On June 23, 2013, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Since her diagnosis, Lewis learned that about 22 studies dating back to 1971 have linked talcum powder usage on the genitals to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. At least one researcher found a 92 percent rise in ovarian cancer risk in women who used ... Read More

FDA grants orphan drug status to ovarian cancer treatment

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation (ODD) to Insys Therapeutics’ Liposomal Encapsulated Paclitaxel (LEP) for the treatment of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is a devastating and difficult-to-treat disease with limited treatment options. LEP works by entrapping the paclitaxel with liposomes. “We believe our LEP-ETU formational could potentially have reduced toxicity, while maintaining or enhancing efficacy of the cancer-fighting paclitaxel,” said Michael L. Babich, president and chief executive officer for Insys Therapeutics. “We are currently evaluating next steps with respect to this drug product candidate.” Orphan drug designation is granted by the FDA Office of Orphan ... Read More

New lawsuit claims baby powder for personal hygiene caused ovarian cancer

Johnson & Johnson faces a new lawsuit claiming the use of its talcum powder for feminine hygiene caused ovarian cancer. Judith Harlan claims she used the company’s baby powder regularly on her genitals for nearly 50 years, trusting the product’s label that it safe even for babies. In 2013, Judith was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, one of the most deadly forms of cancer among women. Judith learned that in 1971 the first study emerged showing a link between talcum powder and cancer. In 1982, another study showed that women who repeatedly used talcum powder on their genitals for personal hygiene were ... Read More