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Canadian parliament member calls for independent safety review of glyphosate

Canadian Member of Parliament (MP) Carol Hughes is pressing the Canadian government to conduct an independent review of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, to determine the effects of the herbicide on users and whether the chemical can cause cancer. “There was a presentation made at a meeting I recently attended, and one of the lawyers on hand had argued the case in the U.S. that their client, a groundskeeper, had been exposed to the herbicide glyphosate in Roundup and has terminal cancer. It is believed it is caused by years of his exposure to glyphosate,” said ... Read More

Whistleblower Helps U.S. Recover $8.1 Million from California Hospital Group

A whistleblower lawsuit accusing a Los Angeles-based hospital group of engaging in unlawful financial arrangements has led to an $8.1 million settlement with the U.S. Government. Avanti Hospitals LLC and six of its owners agreed to pay the U.S. $8.1 million to settle whistleblower allegations that they violated the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Physician Self-Referral Law (also known as the Stark Law), and the False Claims Act. The lawsuit, filed by Dr. Joshua Luke, the former CEO of Gardena Hospital, alleged that Avanti, Gardena Hospital, and at least two other Avanti affiliates bribed a high-referring physician with payments that exceeded the ... Read More

Jurors told J&J knew its talc could cause lung diseases, asphyxiate babies

The medical community has known since 1922 that inhaling talcum powder can lead to the lung disease talcosis and could even asphyxiate babies, yet Johnson & Johnson never warned consumers of its other talc-containing products of this risk. Instead, even after learning that asbestos was found in the talc it used, the company marketed its talcum products as “pure,” even adding fragrances to make the products more attractive to buyers, an epidemiologist testified to California jurors in the case of a woman suing J&J. Dr. David S. Egilman told jurors that his opinions are based on an analysis of the ... Read More

French study finds glyphosate in baby diapers

Health authorities in France are calling on diaper manufacturers to clean up their disposable baby diapers after testing revealed the diapers contained a number of hazardous chemicals, including glyphosate. “We are calling on the companies to take necessary measures to make sure nappies are as safe as possible,” French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said in Tweet. “There is no immediate serious risk to the health of children, but it is paramount to take precautions.” French Environment Minister Francois de Rugy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Marie have joined Buzyn in asking French diaper makers and sellers to develop a plan ... Read More

Serious Burn Injuries Can Be Caused By Friction

According to the American Burn Association, U.S. hospitals treat about 468,000 people for burn injuries every year. And, while fire, scald, and chemical burns account for most of the burn injuries doctors treat annually, there are other, lesser known sources of serious burns. Take, for instance, Aly Vendoza, a 5-year-old California girl who suffered second-degree burns on her leg from a treadmill. According to KGET, Aly, a resident of Bakersfield, California, was seriously burned when she became trapped between a moving treadmill and a wall. The friction of the treadmill belt on her leg caused her burn injuries. Aly’s mother told ... Read More

Airplane Crashes Into SoCal Super Bowl Party, Killing Five People

A Sunday evening Super Bowl party turned into a horrific tragedy when a private airplane broke apart in the air, scattering flaming debris over a Yorba Linda, California neighborhood and triggering a house fire that killed four people in addition to the airplane’s pilot. The main cabin and one engine of the twin-engine Cessna airplane crashed through the roof of the suburban Yorba Linda home and burst into flames that immediately enveloped the house. The people inside the home were only identified as two males and two females as of Monday afternoon. The pilot and sole occupant of the 1981 ... Read More

PG&E Files for Bankruptcy as Wildfire Liabilities Mount

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in anticipation of a tidal wave of litigation stemming from the Nov. 8 Camp Fire, which destroyed an entire town and killed 86 people. Bankruptcy court filings show that PG&E’s liabilities after the Camp Fire – the largest wildfire in the state’s history – have topped $50 billion while the utility’s assets are valued at about $71 billion, according to The Washington Post. The bankruptcy announcement has riled people throughout the state, including investors, government officials, and the general public. Likely to suffer most from the filing are the ... Read More

Helmet-less e-scooter riders at risk for TBI

More than 100 cities have electric scooter services that provide convenient transportation especially in high-traffic areas. But many riders of the two-wheeled vehicles are landing in the emergency room, often for head injuries that could have been prevented had they been wearing a helmet. According to an observational study conducted by researchers with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), about 40 percent of e-scooter riders treated at two southern California emergency departments suffered head injuries, but only 4.4 of them wore a helmet. Equally as troubling is that researchers also found that 182 of 193 e-scooter riders they observed ... Read More

Four men accuse Bohemian Rhapsody director of sexual assault when they were teens

Four men have accused Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer of sexually assaulting them in California between 1997 and 1999, when they were underage, The Atlantic reported. Writers Alex French and Maximillian Potter spent 12 months investigating the claims of the four men, speaking to more than 50 sources about allegations of sexual assault and abuse of underage boys at lavish parties Singer threw. Singer’s attorney denies his client ever had sex with or any interest in underage men. According to the report, one of the boys, Victor Valdovinos, claims when he was 13 and working as an extra on Singer’s ... Read More

Bayer asks judge to split second Roundup bellwether into two phases

A California judge is considering splitting into two parts the second bellwether trial in a lawsuit blaming an ingredient in the weed killer Roundup for causing cancer, in the same fashion a different judge did for the first bellwether. The first phase would focus on whether the ingredient glyphosate caused the plaintiff’s cancer and, if so, the second phase proceeds to determine Bayer/Monsanto’s liability. Lawyers for Bayer AG’s unit Monsanto asked California Superior Court Judge Winifred Smith to split the trial in the case of Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a husband and wife who allege each of them developed non-Hodgkin ... Read More