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Lawsuit claims Johnson & Johnson should have warned consumers about ovarian cancer risk with baby powder

A woman suing consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson alleging the company should have included ovarian cancer warnings on its baby powder says it is irrelevant that she never developed the disease; she still suffered financial injury from buying the product under false pretenses year after year. Plaintiff Barbara Mihalich’s response was aimed at Johnson & Johnson’s motion to dismiss her case and mischaracterize her claims as a personal injury lawsuit. Mihalich claims that she –and other women like her – would likely have never purchased the product had they known the powder could increase their risk of developing ... Read More

Researchers raise safety concerns about nanoparticles in sunscreens, baby power

Nanoparticles, or the tiny bits of particles produced when a mineral is broken down into smaller and smaller bits, have been present for years in consumer products from baby powder to sunscreens, however they may ultimately do more harm than good. For an example, chemistry professor Jerry Harris with Northwest Nazarene University refers to asbestos, a mineral that became widely used in the United States in the 20th century as insulation because it was affordable and was efficient at absorbing sound when milled down. However, decades later it was discovered that inhaling nanoparticles of asbestos could cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, ... Read More

Cancer drug Avastin with chemo granted priority review for treatment of ovarian cancer

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Priority Review status for the cancer drug Avastin (bevacizumab) plus chemotherapy for the treatment of women with recurrent platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. Avastin is already approved to treat specific types of colorectal, lung, kidney, and brain cancers. Avastin was also granted priority review for the treatment of cervical cancer. The Priority Review status is based on data from the Phase 3 AURELIA trial, a multicenter, randomized, open-label study in 361 women with platinum-resistant recurrent epithelial ovarian, primary peritoneal or fallopian tube cancer who have received no more than two anticancer regimens prior to ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson files motion to dismiss baby powder-ovarian cancer lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson filed a motion in Illinois court to dismiss a proposed class action lawsuit alleging the consumer health care company’s classic baby powder products increase the risk of ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson says plaintiff Barbara Mihalich has not developed ovarian cancer nor has she shown to suffer any injury from using the product, and thus has suffered no economic loss for which she should be compensated. She also did not claim that she bought the product to use for personal hygiene in her genital area, which the company says is the only use that the plaintiff claims ... 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

‘Below The Belt’ company introduces line of male personal hygiene products

Men should pay more attention to the personal hygiene of their most private body parts because, Jonathan Durden says, “our pants area is usually ignored. Which, considering that the contents of your boxers are trapped in muggy darkness for hours on end, sometimes chafing, often flapping about, is neither logical nor kind, given that these are sensitive parts of the male anatomy at the best of times.” After all, Durden says, consumer health care companies have spent millions of dollars developing products that cater to the care and grooming of women’s privates. Where are personal grooming products for men? “Where ... Read More

Cancer Society addresses ovarian cancer risks with talcum powder products

The American Cancer Society has updated its website with more detailed information about the link between talcum powder and cancer as lawsuits mount against consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson alleging the company refuses to warn consumers that its talc-containing products put women at risk for ovarian cancer. Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral that contains elements such as magnesium, silicon and oxygen. When grinded down to an absorbant powder, known as talcum powder, it is used to cut down on friction, keep skin dry, and to prevent rashes. In its natural form, talc may contain asbestos, ... Read More

Class action lawsuit calls for advertising campaign to warn of ovarian cancer risks with baby powder

A class action lawsuit has been filed against consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson alleging the company’s baby powder causes ovarian cancer. The lawsuit claims that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the risks but failed to warn consumers, instead marketing the product as safe. The class action comes as many similar ovarian cancer lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson. The complaints allege that the company’s products contain talcum powder, derived from talc, which is a known carcinogen. When used for personal hygiene in the genital area, researchers have found that the talc can travel up the uterus, ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson faces class action lawsuit over ovarian cancer risk linked to talcum powder

A new class action lawsuit alleges that Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder is not safe and puts women who use it in their genital area at risk for ovarian cancer. The lawsuit was filed by Denis Mikhlin and Erin Hoffmann in federal court. “As numerous studies have confirmed, Johnson’s Baby Powder leads to a significant increased risk of ovarian cancer. Women who used talc-based powders to powder their genital area have a 33 percent increased risk of ovarian cancer compared to those women who never used the powders,” the lawsuit states. “Despite the potential catastrophic health consequences, defendants do not ... Read More

Study links personal hygiene use of body powder to ovarian cancer

An estimated 40 percent of women use talcum powder in the genital area for personal hygiene, but the practice may be putting them at an increased risk of developing deadly ovarian cancer, a new study suggests. The journal Cancer Prevention Research recently published a study that showed regular use of talc-containing powder applied to the genital area was associated with a 24 percent increased risk of ovarian tumors. The study, conducted by researches with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston analyzed data from 8,525 women who had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and an additional 9,800 women who did not ... Read More