Baby Powder Lawsuit Raises Questions About Talc

En español | A $72 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn consumers of a potential cancer risk from talc in baby and bath powder has raised questions about the safety of using these items, especially for feminine hygiene. Jurors in St. Louis awarded the money to the family of a woman who said her fatal ovarian cancer was due to using the company’s talc-based Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower powder for decades. Enter to win a Volvo …

What Is the Zika Virus Risk for Older Adults?

The severe birth defects in babies born to women suspected of having the Zika virus have received most of the attention about this disease in the news, but the virus also poses a risk to older adults. Researchers have been studying a link between the mosquito-borne virus and developing Guillain-Barre syndrome, a post-infection complication that can lead to temporary paralysis in adults. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently confirmed that link based on two U.S. cases of Guillain-Barre …

6 Foods a Top Food Poisoning Expert Won’t Eat

Think of every major outbreak of foodborne illness in the past 23 years and Seattle attorney Bill Marler was involved, representing victims who were hospitalized or, in several tragic cases, died from eating tainted food. He and his firm, Marler Clark, not only have won more than $600 million for their clients, but Marler has become a de facto expert in the complexities of our food safety system, from the science of tracking an outbreak to dealing with recalcitrant restaurant …

5 Dramatic Ways Women’s and Men’s Heart Attacks Differ

A woman’s heart attack is different from a man’s in just about every possible way: risk factors, symptoms, causes, treatment, outcome, rate of complications, even use of cardiac rehab. That’s the basic conclusion of the American Heart Association’s first scientific statement on gender differences in heart attack patients, published in its journal Circulation. “Despite stunning improvements in cardiovascular deaths over the last decade, women still fare worse than men and heart disease in women remains  under-diagnosed, and under-treated, especially among African-American …

Could Your Heartburn Pills Contribute to Kidney Disease?

When proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) were first approved in the 1980s, they seemed like a safe way to help people with chronic heartburn, acid reflux and ulcers. Known by brand names such as Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium, they weren’t associated with any serious side effects, so doctors began prescribing them to millions of patients. What doctors didn’t anticipate were the long-term effects of these drugs. They’ve recently been linked to increased risk of bone fracture, pneumonia, C. difficile infections, low levels of …

A Football Star’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Healthy or Not?

En español | No dairy. No caffeine. No sugar. No mushrooms, peppers or eggplant. Tomatoes, only rarely — maybe once a month. And lots and lots of green veggies. If I told you this was the anti-inflammatory diet of some little-known nutrition expert, you might stop reading right now. But no, this is from the anti-inflammatory diet followed by Tom Brady, superstar quarterback of the New England Patriots who, at 38, is one of the oldest QBs in the NFL …