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Johnson & Johnson to pay $700 million to 42 states in talc baby powder lawsuit

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Johnson & Johnson will pay $700 million to settle a lawsuit by dozens of states that accused the pharmaceutical industry giant of intentionally misleading customers about the safety of its talc-based baby powder, officials announced.

J&J sold products with talc for more than 100 years before discontinuing them globally in 2023 after facing thousands of lawsuits. The coalition of 43 attorneys general found Johnson & Johnson failed to disclose that the talc sometimes contained asbestos and that asbestos is harmful and can lead to cancer.

Johnson & Johnson baby powder is now largely made from corn starch rather than talc. The company did not admit guilt as part of the settlement.


Dozens of hikers became ill during trips to waterfalls near the Grand Canyon, source of sickness not yet identified

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Havasupai reservation
Dozens of hikers say they fell ill during trips to a popular Arizona tourist destination that features towering blue-green waterfalls deep in a gorge neighboring Grand Canyon National Park.

Madelyn Melchiors, a 32-year-old veterinarian from Kingman, Arizona, said she was vomiting severely Monday evening and had a fever that endured for days after camping on the Havasupai reservation.

She eventually hiked out to her car in a weakened state through stiflingly hot weather and was thankful a mule transported her pack several miles up a winding trail, she said.

"I said, 'If someone can just pack out my 30-pound pack, I think I can just limp along,'" said Melchiors, an experienced and regular backpacker. Afterward, "I slept 16 hours and drank a bunch of electrolytes. I'm still not normal, but I will be OK. I'm grateful for that."

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Doctors are 'raising alarms' over energy drinks linked to sudden heart attacks: report

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Energy drinks are known to erode teeth and increase the risks of mental and cardiac health issues, The Post reported. These include attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts in people who consume them.

Health experts are concerned about the risks of drinking energy drinks, linked to sudden heart attack

Energy drinks are the go-to go-go juice for many people looking to battle back fatigue and in need of an energy boost. But recent research suggests consuming these drinks could lead to serious health conditions.

A one-two punch of refined sugar and high caffeine, these bevies are effective at keeping folks alert. But the juice, as they say, may not be worth the squeeze since it can cause heart attacks.


Her gut was producing alcohol. Doctors didn't believe her

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© LaylaBird/E+/Getty ImagesAuto-brewery syndrome is an extremely rare condition in which bacteria and fungus in the gastrointestinal tract turn the carbohydrates in everyday food into ethanol.
Her breath reeked of alcohol. She was dizzy, disoriented and weak, so much so that one day she passed out and hit her head on a kitchen counter while making lunch for her school-age children.

Yet not a drop of liquor had passed her lips, a fact that the 50-year-old Toronto woman and her husband told doctors for two years before someone actually believed her.

"She visited her family doctor again and again and went to the emergency room seven times over two years," said Dr. Rahel Zewude, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Toronto.

Doctors found the woman's alcohol levels could range between 30 millimoles per liter and 62 millimoles per liter — below 2 millimoles per liter is normal, Zewude said.

Alcohol levels of up to 62 millimoles per liter are extraordinarily high and would be considered life-threatening, even fatal, said Barbara Cordell, president of an advocacy association called Auto-Brewery Syndrome Information and Research, which provides patient education and does research on the unusual condition.


First-ever case of ringworm as an STD reported, doctors warn it's highly contagious

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Symptoms of ringworm typically appear within four to 14 days after exposure and include an itchy rash that is circular in appearance, as well as redness, flakiness, peeling or cracking of the skin
Doctors are sounding the alarm over the spread of a highly contagious rare fungal infection that spreads through sex — after treating a man who developed a rash on his penis, thighs and buttocks.

The New York patient is the first documented case of the fungus being passed through sexual contact.

The infection, which is a rare type of ringworm, has been described by the New York University experts as a 'potential public health threat'.

Ringworm — sometimes referred to as 'jock itch' when it affects the groin — is a common mold-like parasite that lives on the body and is spread via contact with an infected person.

Comment: Outbreaks and unusual diseases of various kinds appear to be on the rise since the roll out of the immunocompromising covid jabs, and, with living standards plummeting across the planet, it seems likely that the situation will worsen:


Children with total deafness regain hearing with 'groundbreaking' gene therapy: 'Like a miracle'

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© Eye & Ent Hospital of Fudan University/AFP via Getty ImagesA clinical trial is helping some children regain hearing after having total deafness.
Five children who were born completely deaf have had some reversal of hearing loss after receiving a "groundbreaking" gene therapy.

The clinical trial, which was co-led by Mass Eye and Ear in Boston and the Eye & ENT Hospital of Fudan University in Shanghai, was the first in the world to apply gene therapy to children in both ears, according to the researchers.

The research has just been published in Nature Medicine on June 5.

In addition to regaining their hearing, the children participating in the trial — who ranged in age from 1 to 11 years old — were also able to identify the origins and locations of sounds, even in noisy environments, researchers said.

Comment: It's pretty remarkable how a single protein can play such a significant role in the ability to receive information through sound. This makes you wonder about the capabilities of other proteins as antennas for information.


Bill Gates invests millions in 'climate vaccines' to reduce methane emissions from cows

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Bill Gates has long been a proponent of vaccines in general and more recently, mRNA vaccine technology.

Now, he may have his sights set on developing a vaccine to combat climate change by targeting the methane emissions of livestock.

ArkeaBio, a Boston-based ag-biotech startup, recently raised $26.5 million in a Series A financing round to "reduce greenhouse gas emissions" via the development of a "methane vaccine," the company announced in a May 8 press release.


'A catastrophe': Greenpeace blocks planting of 'lifesaving' Golden Rice

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© Erik de Castro/ReutersA scientists compares vitamin-A enriched Golden Rice and ordinary rice in Manila, the Philippines.
Scientists have warned that a court decision to block the growing of the genetically modified (GM) crop Golden Rice in the Philippines could have catastrophic consequences. Tens of thousands of children could die in the wake of the ruling, they argue.

The Philippines had become the first country - in 2021 - to approve the commercial cultivation of Golden Rice, which was developed to combat vitamin A deficiency, a major cause of disability and death among children in many parts of the world.

But campaigns by Greenpeace and local farmers last month persuaded the country's court of appeal to overturn that approval and to revoke this. The groups had argued that Golden Rice had not been shown to be safe and the claim was backed by the court, a decision that was hailed as "a monumental win" by Greenpeace.

Comment: From the article GMO Golden Rice in Asia: Problem, reaction, solution:
In reality Golden Rice will do nothing of the sort. The promotion of Golden Rice is not unlike any given commercial endeavor. IRRI's website links to articles like, "A senseless fight," which asks, "how could anyone in good conscience seek to thwart technology that has even a remote chance of tackling the problem of vitamin A blindness?" The appeal to emotions and sickly children diverts from the real threat Golden Rice poses to the very people it claims to be helping.


Proponents of Golden Rice suggest rice farmers replace their profitable crops with genetically modified rice that will treat only one of many vitamin and mineral deficiencies they may or may not potentially suffer from, deficiencies that could be easily solved through other methods. Clearly illogical in terms of "helping" the malnourished, Golden Rice must serve another purpose.

The author of IRRI's featured article, "A senseless fight," suggests that "Golden Rice is being developed by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), which is a not-for-profit institute, and the seeds will be distributed to farmers who can resow them as they wish. In these cases, the argument [against Golden Rice] switches to "Golden Rice is a Trojan horse". In other words, by sneaking below the barriers of suspicion, it will open the floodgates to GMO technology and from then on to a slippery slope and the takeover of the world's seed supply."

The author, in their attempt to defend Golden Rice, reveals the true agenda behind the otherwise useless crop. Governments, international organizations and the private sector (i.e. Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer) will flood Asia with Golden Rice, where it will intermingle and contaminate rice species that have been in use for centuries and form the foundation of Asia's historical and modern agricultural industry. The livelihoods of some 470 million people who depend on rice farming in Asia (not to mention those that import and consume Asian rice beyond Asia's borders) would be jeopardized by the proliferation of Golden Rice disseminated under the dubious guise of humanitarian concerns.

The marketing machine behind Golden Rice doesn't ever seem to address this critical fact. That Golden Rice seeds will be kept and sown each year by prospective cultivators only increases the dangers of cross-contamination with other, economically and culturally valuable species. It is in all regards a flagrant attempt to infiltrate, corrupt and overtake rice production at its very geographical and socioeconomic heart. It is akin to a plague openly being designed, tested and prepared to be unleashed on a population. The spread of Golden Rice too is a plague that will compound exponentially the challenges already facing millions of farmers across Asia.

When all it takes to solve vitamin A deficiency is what WHO claims is "supplementation" that costs "a couple of cents a dose," and the growing of gardens that solve not only vitamin A deficiencies Golden Rice claims to target, but a whole host of other deficiencies Golden Rice most certainly does not address, the fact that Golden Rice is not what it is promoted to be is obvious. It is, as IRRI coined it, a "Trojan horse," that will not only fail to stop malnutrition, but will expand the very destitution, poverty, and helplessness that causes malnutrition in the first place.


A growing number of sports bras, shirts and leggings brands found with high levels of toxic chemical, watchdog warns

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An increasing number of sports bra and athletic wear brands have been found with high levels of BPA in them, a chemical compound that's used to make certain types of plastic and can lead to harmful health effects such as asthma, cardiovascular disease and obesity, a watchdog group said on Wednesday.

After warning customers in October about BPA in athletic clothes, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) said it sent legal notices to eight more brands whose leggings, shorts, sports bras, and athletic shirts after testing showed the clothing could expose wearers to up to 40 times the safe limit of BPA, based on standards set in California, which has some of the most protective health laws around chemicals in the United States.

Under California law — specifically Proposition 65, enacted in 1986 — the maximum allowable dose level for BPA via skin exposure is 3 micrograms per day.


UK tourists warned as blood-sucking 'monster ticks' invade European holiday resorts

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© Rui Andrade/NatureDataHyalomma lusitanicum ticks are four times larger than their counterparts
The parasites are reportedly four times larger than regular ticks and carry deadly diseases.

Brits are urged to stay vigilant as a plague of "monster ticks" have been invading holiday spots across Europe. The blood-sucking creatures are reportedly four times larger than regular ticks and can carry dangerous diseases.

The large ticks, known as Hyalomma lusitanicum, originate from tropical climates including Africa and southeast Asia. But now it is feared they are making their way across Europe, carried by wild animals including rabbits.

Studies have shown Hyalomma to be particularly rife across Spain, the Balearic Islands and southern Italy. One investigation from 2022 revealed that the ticks were found in almost every part of Barcelona.

However, this spring, they were discovered to have spread out over eight areas of the northeastern region of Catalonia.