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Is Talcum Powder Dangerous?

Is Talcum Powder Dangerous?

If you have been using talcum powder or talc regularly for several years you should be aware that there have been numerous concerns raised about the possible link between the use of the powder and some cancers. The link is tenuous but is strongest between the regular use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer in women, especially if the powder has been used in the genital area. The link has led to numerous lawsuits against one of the most important manufacturers of talcum powder, Johnson & Johnson. Some of these lawsuits have been successful, while some have not. There are many thousands of lawsuits still waiting to be heard, some of which have been grouped into a single multiple litigation and are now going to be heard by a federal court. The case against talc Talc is a naturally occurring substance that is composed of a compound containing magnesium, silicon and oxygen. It has been used in powder form for at least a century and probably a lot longer as a drying agent. It is one of the softest of any known minerals, hence its value as a cosmetic. Most commercial talcum powder, such as Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, has been perfumed. It remains a popular cosmetic product but it does seem that the use of it is declining, probably because of negative publicity about its use. Johnson & Johnson, despite the number of lawsuits it has had to contend with, has been adamant that its product is entirely safe. The most convincing evidence was discovered in the 1970s, which was the discovery of talc in ovarian cancer...
Was Biloxi Railroad Crossing Hump to Blame For Tour Bus Deaths?

Was Biloxi Railroad Crossing Hump to Blame For Tour Bus Deaths?

The hump on a notorious railroad crossing at Biloxi, Mississippi may be investigated as a possible cause of several fatal railroad accidents, including the tour bus accident earlier in March this year in which four passengers were killed. The tour bus had got stuck somehow as it attempted to cross the railroad crossing. It was there for only five minutes before a freight train ploughed into it broadside on, pushing the bus for several hundred feet down the track before it came to a halt. The bus was carrying dozens of tourists to Mississippi casinos at the time of the crash. Four of them were killed outright and over 30 others were injured, some of them seriously. There is no firm indication at this pint what or who was to blame for the accident as it is still under investigation by the National Transport Safety Board (NTSB). The board investigators are looking into multiple possible causes, including the shape of the railroad crossing itself, the driver of the bus, the design of the bus, possible defects in the bus and whether the train crew could have acted any differently to reduce the scale of the impact. According to a NTSB board member this particular railroad crossing has a ‘hump’ on it which has meant that tractor-trailers have got stuck on it before. The shape and incline at the railroad crossing is a particular focus of the NTSB investigation. There have been at least 17 accidents since 1976 involving collisions between vehicles and trains at this one crossing. “It sounds like a lot” was the reported comment made by Robert...