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FDA cannot guarantee baby powders, body powders do not contain asbestos

Pathologists, cancer specialists and experts in lawsuits have warned that products like baby powders and body powders containing talcum powder can cause deadly mesothelioma and ovarian cancer, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it has no legal grounds to protect consumers from these products. Talcum is derived from talc, a natural mineral composed of other minerals such as asbestos, a known carcinogen which has been linked to the deadly form of lung cancer, mesothelioma. Talcum powder is found in cosmetics and body and baby powders. It also has been used in the manufacturing of tires, paper, thermoplastics, polymers, paints, and ... Read More

Ovarian cancer drug fails to meet secondary target in late-stage trial

Oncologists say Amgen Inc.’s experimental ovarian cancer drug trebananib offers little to no benefit in terms of overall survival, leading analysts to predict it has little change of winning approval from drug regulators. Amgen Inc. reported no statically significant improvements in overall survival rates in a late-stage trial pitting trebananib plus chemotherapy against chemotherapy alone in ovarian cancer patients. Statistically significant improvement in overall survival was the secondary goal of the TRINOVA-1 trial, the first of three late-stage studies to evaluate safety and efficacy of the medication. The drug reached its main target, which was to improve survival in ovarian ... Read More

Family of Professional Figure Skater Blames Baby Powder for Ovarian Cancer

Three years ago, 50-year-old professional figure skater and mother Shawn Blaes died following a battle with ovarian cancer. According to her husband, Blaes habitually relied on “Johnson’s Baby Powder” to stay “dry and comfortable” when skating for almost 40 years. A lawsuit filed by her husband claims that the talcum powder, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, caused her devastating cancer. He believes that the company has known about the dangers of its product for 30 years. Blaes’ lawsuit is one of many individual lawsuits filed around the nation recently concerning the relationship between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Additionally, a class ... Read More

New Ovarian Cancer Test May Offer Hope for Women

Scientists claim that a new test developed by the University of Leuven and Imperial College London can help doctors identify ovarian cancer more accurately and cut down on unnecessary surgeries. Ovarian cancer is a devastating yet hard to diagnose disease, ranking fifth in cancer deaths among women. About 1 in 73 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in her lifetime, and her chance of dying as a result of the cancer is about 1 in 100. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2014, about 21,980 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer and about 14,270 will ... Read More

Baby powder No. 1 on list of ‘chemicals and toxins to avoid’

There are millions of products on the market that promise to protect and nourish your baby’s skin, but buyer be ware, says Katherine Martinko with TreeHugger.com. “The unsurprising irony is that none of that is necessary. Your baby’s skin is far better off with minimal intervention,” she writes in an article titled, “7 chemicals and toxins to avoid when buying baby products.” “Mainstream baby products contain numerous toxic ingredients that will enter your baby’s body if used,” she writes. The first ingredient she warns mothers about is talcum powder, the main ingredient in baby powder. Talc is used as a ... Read More

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