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9/11 survivors’ exposure to toxic dust & ensuing chronic health conditions offer unheeded lessons

9/11 responders not only faced initial “acute” health problems, they soon began experiencing a wave of chronic diseases that continue to affect them 20 years later due a of mixture of cement dust and particles, asbestos and a class of chemicals called persistent organic pollutants.... Read more»

Johnson & Johnson

$4.69 billion verdict in baby powder-ovarian cancer case

The legal assault on Johnson & Johnson and its signature baby powder reached new heights Thursday, as a Missouri jury found the company responsible for the ovarian cancers of 22 women, and ordered the drug giant to pay $4.69 billion in damages to the cancer victims or their survivors.... Read more»

Talc-ovarian cancer link sparks growing legal battle

Talc powder might be a cause ovarian cancer–who knew? It turned out that some people did. Since the early 1980s, a slew of studies have found that women who regularly used talc powder for feminine hygiene had higher than average rates of ovarian cancer. Yet the evidence–which fell short of proving causation–was mostly confined to medical journals and has barely made a blip on the public radar.... Read more»

Legal battles smolder six decades after ‘the greatest health protection in cigarette history’

It’s hard to think of anything more reckless than adding a deadly carcinogen to a product that already causes cancer—and then bragging about the health benefits. That’s what Lorillard Tobacco did 60 years ago when it introduced Kent cigarettes, whose patented “Micronite” filter contained a particularly virulent form of asbestos. ... Read more»

Federal officials issue alert on cancer-causing erionite

Federal health officials are calling for protective measures at job sites where workers may be exposed to erionite, a cancer-causing mineral similar to asbestos that is found in rock and soil in at least a dozen western states, including Arizona.... Read more»

Peril in the West

Officials ponder action against cancer-causing erionite

Mesothelioma, an exceedingly rare and lethal form of cancer, was once thought to be caused only by inhaling asbestos fibers. But erionite—present at scores of sites in the western U.S., including Arizona—is a fibrous mineral that can be up to 800 times more carcinogenic than asbestos.... Read more»

Documents show Feds downplayed ground zero health risks

New documents have emerged showing that federal officials in Washington and New York went further than was previously known to downplay concerns about health risks, misrepresenting or concealing information that ultimately might have protected thousands of people from the contaminated air at ground zero.... Read more»

Environmental violations found at scores of tribal schools

Hundreds of Native American children attend schools that haven't properly disposed of hazardous waste, haven't contained asbestos in heating systems, and whose water systems exceed the maximum allowable level for arsenic. Included are some Arizona schools.... Read more»1

Canada resists adding deadly asbestos to toxics blacklist

Canada reinforced its reputation as a public health outcast this week by declining to support the inclusion of asbestos on a toxics blacklist.... Read more»