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Archive for the ‘Cancer’ Category

Jury awards $417 million in case linking Johnson’s Baby Powder to cancer
Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

A receptionist who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder for decades was recently awarded $417 million in damages by a Los Angeles jury. This could be the largest award in a lawsuit that links ovarian cancer to talcum powder. Eva Echeverria is one of thousands of women who sued Johnson & Johnson over […]

California Raises Minimum Age for Tanning Beds to 18 Due to Skin Cancer Dangers
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

We've previously blogged about the dangers of tanning beds to teenagers. The good news is that Governor Brown of California has just signed a bill raising the minimum age for using tanning beds in the state from 14 to 18. The law goes into effect January 1, 2012. According to legislators, the law was driven […]

Wear UV-Blocking Sunglasses To Protect Your Eyes During the Summer
Saturday, June 25th, 2011

According to the "Prevent Blindness America" organization, protecting your eyes from UV radiation is just as important as safeguarding your skin. In particular, UV-rays can cause macular degeneration, cataract, pterygium (a growth that begins in the white of the eye and may affect the cornea), cancer of the eyelid, and corneal sunburn. The best protection for your eyes […]

Diabetes Drug Actos May Increase Risk of Cancer
Friday, June 17th, 2011

Actos a prescription drug of the class thiazolidinedione that is used to treat type 2 diabetes. This week, the FDA announced that patients taking Actos for more than a year may have an increased risk of bladder cancer. The FDA's announcement is based on its review of data from a planned five-year interim analysis of […]

Cell Phones May Cause Cancer Announces WHO
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

We have previously blogged about the possible increased cancer risk from cellphone use. The media was abuzz today with a new announcement from the World Health Organization (WHO) that radiation from cell phones may increase the risk of cancer ("possibly carcinogenic" was the phrase used). Specifically, the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), stated that the […]

Do Airport Scanners Pose a Cancer Risk?
Friday, April 8th, 2011

In a recent article in Radiology, David Brenner, PhD, DSc, of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York, and David Schauer, ScD, CHP, executive director of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, offered their views on the subject of the radiation risk posed by airport scanners. On […]

Breast Implants Linked to Rare Form of Cancer by FDA
Monday, March 7th, 2011

In late January, the FDA announced that it had found a possible link between breast implants and the development of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The FDA stated that it believes that women with breast implants may have a very low but increased risk of developing ALCL adjacent to […]

Research Finds Cell Phone Use Affects Brain Activity
Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Researchers have recently reported that holding a cell phone to the ear for an extended period of time increases activity in regions of the brain closest to the antenna. Specifically, glucose metabolism in the orbitofrontal cortex and temporal pole increased significantly when the phone was turned on and muted, compared with when it was off. […]

Group Recommends Barring Teens From Tanning Beds
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has published a new report that pushes for legisaltion that would ban children under the age of 18 from using tanning beds.  The group joins a growing list of health organizations that are seeking tougher restrictions.      Health studies continue to show that tanning beds significantly increase the risk of […]

Potentially Tragic Prescription Mix-Up Exposes Pharmacy Fallibility
Thursday, February 10th, 2011

    A pregnant woman in Colorado was mistakenly given methotrexate when she went to fill a prescription for antibiotics.  Commonly used to treat cancer, the drug is also used to terminate early term pregnancies.  The woman went home and took one dose of the medication and immediately starting feeling nauseous.  That’s when she looked at the […]