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Monsanto Trial Jurors Petition Judge To Preserve $289 Million Jury Verdict

Monsanto has asked San Francisco Superior Court judge Suzanne Bolanos to overturn a $289 million jury verdict awarded to a California man who claims glyphosate herbicides caused his terminal cancer, prompting some of the jurors to petition the court to preserve the verdict. In seeking to reverse the verdict, Monsanto argues lawyers for plaintiff Dewayne Johnson used “legal theatrics” to emotionally manipulate the jury with inflammatory remarks and influence its decision. Judge Bolanos issued a tentative written ruling Oct. 10 indicating that she would overturn the $250 million in punitive damages the jurors awarded Mr. Johnson and reduce the $33 ... Read More

WHO: Vaping is Not an Effective Smoking Cessation Method

According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, countries are being urged to curb the use of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid because of the lack of evidence that it helps people quit smoking. Many in the public health community, however, disagree with the agency’s suggestion, which was stated in a meeting in India. The meeting was for the 180 countries that make up the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, a resistance effort against Big Tobacco to prevent the millions of deaths every year caused by smoking. Critics of the WHO recommendation say it is a “backward step” in the fight to reduce tobacco-related deaths, The ... Read More

FDA approves flu shot for 2012-2013 influenza season

As summer comes to a close and we are gently reminded of cooler temperatures to come, we are also reminded that it’s time, once again, to get flu shots. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that the 2012-2013 flu shot is now approved and should be available as early as October. Each year, the FDA teams up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop a vaccine that targets the three viral strains most likely to cause influenza. This year’s vaccine targets A/California/7/.2009 (H1N1)-like virus, which is the ... Read More

H1N1 pandemic is over but virus is not gone for good

The H1N1 pandemic is over, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced this week. The strain of influenza killed about 18,500 worldwide since it emerged during the spring of 2009, and spurred a flurry of mass vaccination programs. The organization warns that the announcement doesn’t mean the H1N1 virus has gone away. Rather, it is expected to take on the behavior of a seasonal flu virus and circulate primarily during the winter months over the next several years. During the pandemic, the H1N1 virus spread into other seasons, dominating other seasonal influenza viruses. WHO director general Margaret Chan said during a ... Read More