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September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is raising awareness with the 30 Days of Teal campaign. The campaign encourages sharing information about ovarian cancer, calling on national leadership to fund medical research, and wearing teal to help raise funds and awareness of this deadly disease. The organization has support from the highest level. “Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect early — there is no simple and reliable way to screen for it and symptoms are often not clear until later stages,” said President Barack Obama, who presented the organization with a proclamation. “By ... Read More

Researchers aim to understand the potential harm in nanoparticles

When a mineral is broken down into smaller and smaller particles, or nanoparticles, its biological makeup can be affected, turning a seemingly harmless mineral into a potential lethal threat. Understanding which minerals’ nanoparticles pose risks is the work of a group of researchers at Northwest Nazarene University. Chemistry professor Jerry Harris refers to the book, “Asbestos: Silk of the Mineral Kingdom,” which was published in 1946 and touted the benefits of abestos. Asbestos became widely used in the United States throughout the 20th century as insulation because of its affordability and sound absorption. What researchers didn’t learn until decades later ... Read More

School’s baby powder ritual banned due to health hazards

A Michigan high school ritual has been labeled hazardous by school officials and is now banned from school sporting events. Students from Dexter High School have started clapping and spraying baby powder into the air during football games, creating huge clouds and a residual white dusting on those nearby. When the powder-puffing fans, about three dozen in total, moved the ritual indoors for basketball games, the fun turned into a frenzy. Visitors starting having breathing problems, and janitors were forced to clean up the mess during half time. The school’s principal issued a public statement asking students to stop tossing ... Read More

5 health products that are dangerous to women

Medical devices, prescription drugs, and even consumer products offer unique benefits to women. But sometimes they can cause unexpected harm. Here are some products that women should use with caution: 1. Talcum powder – It might sound far-fetched, but women who apply baby powder or body powder regularly to their genitals are a third more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who do not use the product. Talcum powder, derived from talc, contains various elements, including asbestos, which is a known carcinogen. Researchers say the powder when applied to the genitals can travel up the vagina through the uterus ... Read More

Five-year-old study shows heightened risk of ovarian cancer with use of talcum powder

More than five years ago, scientists from Harvard Medical School warned that women using talcum powder products in the genital area could be at serious risk of developing deadly ovarian cancer. The warning was based on a theory that the talcum powder in these products could travel to the ovaries and trigger a process of inflammation that allows cancer cells to flourish. It had been considered a remote risk at best. Even so, a team of Harvard researchers decided to put the theory to a test. They studied more than 3,000 women and found that women who used talc in their ... Read More

Woman wins lawsuit claiming Johnson and Johnson talc products caused her ovarian cancer

A South Dakota jury has a woman’s longtime use of Johnson & Johnson products containing talcum contributed to her ovarian cancer. The woman’s lawsuit claimed the consumer health care giant knew of the ovarian cancer risks associated with its talcum-containing products but failed to warn consumers. Deane Berg was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006. She says she used the company’s talcum-based products, including Shower to Shower body powder, for hygiene purposes for about 30 years. Three different doctors examined Deane’s cancerous tissue with a scanning electron microscope and found talc. It was their conclusion that the talc came from the body ... Read More