FDA fails to protect consumers from cancer-causing talc.

Photo: Ovarian Cancer Law Center

  Written for Hearst Newspapers As medical studies and lawsuits point to increasing sickness and death from asbestos-contaminated talc, the Food and Drug Administration says it lacks both resources and laws with teeth to protect consumers. In addition to personal … Continue reading

Federal investigators agree: If a diet sounds too good to be true, it probably is, even if a reporter is telling you about it.

Is this really news or an ad?

We watch the professional sounding, earnest-looking reporters tell us that they just completed a comprehensive analysis of something called acai berry supplements and “it appears almost magical.”  They insist that this berry from a tree in the Brazilian rain forest … Continue reading

Montana asbestos victims get help in midnight amendment slipped into the health care bill.

Les Skramstad and Gayla Benefiled at a memorial from Libby asbestos victims.  (c) Photo A. Schneider

The frequently forgotten and often ignored asbestos victims in Libby, Mont., came out as possible big winners in the dead-of-night battle over health care reform. According to the Associated Press, Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus quietly inserted language in a … Continue reading

Democrats who anguished over dangerous popcorn butter flavoring are doing little now that they have the power.

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The chemical in butter flavoring for popcorn and other foods that has sickened hundreds of workers, killed a handful and destroyed the lungs of at least three microwave popcorn addicts may be back. In fact, it appears it never went … Continue reading

Government is sending money to care for asbestos victims in Libby. Will W.R. Grace keep picking up medical bills as it promised?

People in Libby, Mont. are through licking their wounds and are working to put the acquittal earlier this month of W.R. Grace and its executives behind them. But many say they live in fear that the innocent verdict offered up … Continue reading