Jury: Monsanto knew of Roundup’s dangers, didn’t warn consumers

A California jury has awarded a man $80 million after finding that Roundup weed killer, made by the agrochemical company Monsanto, caused his cancer. The award included $75 million in punitive damages, which were meant to punish Monsanto for acting with “malice or oppression” when it decided not to warn consumers of Roundup’s cancer risks.

Insulin pump failures cause high number of injuries and deaths

Since 2008, insulin pumps and their components have been the subject of more malfunction, injury and death reports than any other medical device. During that time, the Food and Drug Administration’s medical device database received a number of injury reports for these devices second only to reports involving metal hip replacements. Yet the problems with

Goodyear G159 tires linked to over 100 deaths, never recalled

Did confidential settlements prevent safety regulators from learning about all crashes involving Goodyear’s G159 tires? According to an investigation by to the transportation and vehicle website Jalopnik, at least one crash involving the tire was never recorded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — possibly because the people involved were prevented from notifying NHTSA

Testing finds toxic cadmium in adult jewelry at some chain stores

After a 2010 scandal involving cadmium in some children’s jewelry of Chinese manufacture, several states outlawed the metal in kids’ products — but not for adults. By 2012, it seemed the metal was no longer being used in children’s jewelry. However, the nonprofit Center for Environmental Health recently tested adult jewelry from three national manufacturers

Minimize The Risk Of Explosion As A User Of E-Cigarettes

How safe are e-cigarettes? Sure, they are convenient, run by lithium-ion batteries that power up quickly and hold a charge for an extended period. In some cases, however, e-cigarettes have caused severe injuries. As we discussed in a post last month, many of these injuries were caused by e-cigarette explosions. What causes e-cigarettes to explode and,

Talc, asbestos and cancer: 5 things to know

Injured people or their families have filed thousands of cases against Johnson & Johnson involving ovarian cancer caused by personal hygiene products such as Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. An increasing number of lawsuits are alleging those same talc-based personal hygiene products also cause other types of cancer, including mesothelioma. Here are five important

Jury says Monsanto should pay $289 million to man who got cancer from Roundup

In the first such lawsuit to go to trial, a California jury has ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to a school groundskeeper who developed cancer after routinely using the company’s glyphosate-based weed killers, including Roundup. After deliberating for three days, the jury found that Monsanto failed to warn consumers of the cancer risks posed

Ups and downs of home trampolines

Family trampolines are popular across Tennessee. Drive around any neighborhood in the Chattanooga area, and you’ll likely see them dotting yards on both sides of the street. Regardless of the size, trampolines have one thing in common: they are dangerous, especially for children. Private trampolines are responsible for nearly 100,000 ER visits each year. Injuries

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