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First Roundup trial in federal court to begin February 2019

U.S. District Judge Vince Chaabria selected the first federal trial accusing Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing weed killers of causing cancer. The case of California resident Edwin Hardeman will be tried as a bellwether among more than 620 pending in the federal litigation in February 2019. The trial is scheduled six months after the first case among more than 9,000 went to trial in a California state court. School groundskeeper DeWayne “Lee” Jackson was awarded $289 million after a jury found that his regular use of Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides caused him to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. His award was later reduced ... Read More

Romaine Growers To Implement New Labeling in Wake of Outbreak

The latest multistate outbreak of E. coli illnesses linked to romaine lettuce has prompted U.S. officials to announce new measures growers have agreed to take that will make future recalls more targeted and efficient. Two days before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised the public to avoid the consumption of all romaine lettuce and other products containing romaine lettuce, despite the source. The sweeping recall was necessary, health officials said, because at the time they lacked the information to accurately trace infections back to a specific source. Since the CDC’s original announcement, the outbreak has ... Read More

Patient neglect rampant at VA nursing homes

A half dozen veterans’ groups representing nearly 5 million members asked the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve the care at its nursing homes after an investigative report by USA TODAY and the Boston Globe revealed “blatant disregard for veteran safety” at a VA nursing home in Massachusetts. A whistleblower had alerted officials of about possible signs of nursing home neglect at the Brockton VA facility, such as bedside urinals left unemptied and patients being regularly left unchecked. The home knew health officials would be following up on those claims by inspecting the facility for potential signs of neglect. But ... Read More

Bayer to defend Roundup cancer claims ‘by every means available’

Bayer AG, which acquired Monsanto earlier this year, promised to defend itself “by every means available,” against mounting lawsuits that allege Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup causes cancer. Bayer Chief Executive Officer Werner Baumann made the promise last month after a California state judge upheld a jury’s verdict that the herbicide’s active ingredient glyphosate contributed to a school groundskeeper’s terminal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis. Bayer’s $63 billion acquisition of Monsanto Co., boosted the company’s crop science division by 84 percent last quarter, and its adjusted earnings increased about $2.47 billion, beating analysts’ estimates. Baumann says it fully expects the company to meet ... Read More

Jennie-O Recalls Raw Turkey Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

U.S. health officials have announced a recall of raw turkey products they say is linked to an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses in multiple states, including one death. On Nov. 15, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC, of Barron, Wisconsin, announced it is recalling more than 91,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products. The recall was triggered when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found a sample of Jennie-O raw turkey tested positive for Salmonella Reading – the same Salmonella strain linked to an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections that has sickened at least 164 people in 35 states, including one death in California. The ... Read More

Sick, elderly couple denied expedited Roundup trial

A California judge ruled this week that an elderly couple, each with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, were not sick enough to warrant having their case heard before other plaintiffs suing Monsanto over claims that its weed killers cause cancer. Alva, 76, and Alberta Pilliod, 74, were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2011 and 2015, respectively. They claim that they developed cancer after years of using Monsanto’s Roundup on their garden. Their attorney argued that the couple deserved an expedited trial date for fear they might relapse and their health decline due to their cancers. A joint trial was requested for January or ... Read More

More doctors face discipline in opioid Death Certificate Project

A total of 23 physicians face new disciplinary actions by the Medical Board of California after being flagged because a patient they had prescribed opioids to suffered a fatal overdose. California’s Death Certificate Project, launched three years ago, was designed to curb the nation’s growing opioid epidemic that accidentally kills thousands each year. The project takes death certificates in which prescription opioids were listed as the cause, then matches them with the provider – or providers – who prescribed any controlled substance to that patient within three years of death. The provider is flagged regardless of whether the particular drug ... Read More

Some farmers cautious about Roundup after multimillion-dollar verdict

Some Missouri farmers are taking more precautions while using the herbicide Roundup since a California jury awarded a school groundskeeper $289 million after finding that the weed killer contributed to his terminal cancer diagnosis. Some privately told KCTV5 that for decades they believed Roundup was as safe as table salt so they didn’t take precautions. Farmer Jeff Nail says he now wears long sleeves and gloves when he treats his fields. “I’ve been soaked a lot on accident,” he said. “But, if you use it, according to the label, there is no risk of cancer. That’s according to the EPA.” ... Read More

One in Five Pediatric Scald Burns Caused by Instant Soup

More than 20 percent of pediatric scald burns in the U.S. are caused by instant soup, ramen noodle soup, and similar soup products, according to a new study presented Nov. 2 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference. Dr. Courtney Allen, a pediatric emergency fellow at Emory University who led the research, told CNN that it’s important for parents to remember that while instant soup is quick, easy and convenient, “these are just thin containers with boiling water in them.” For the study, Dr. Allen and her fellow researchers looked at 4,500 pediatric scald burns recorded over an 11-year ... Read More

PA says Tesla medical clinic regularly downplayed worker injuries

Anna Watson has worked in the medical field for nearly two decades as a physician assistant, treating patients at a petroleum refinery, a steel plant, emergency rooms, and a trauma center. But she says she had never seen anything like what was happening at the Tesla electric car factory in Fremont, California. “Every company that I’ve worked at is motivated to keep things not recordable,” she told Reveal News. “But I’ve never seen anybody do it at the expense of treating the patient.” She says workers who reported health issues like chest pain, breathing problems or extreme headaches were dismissed ... Read More