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Rick Shapiro

Over 70 Million Dollars Awarded to Woman Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer After Long-Term Use of Johnson & Johnson Talc Products

A jury in St. Louis, Missouri awarded over $70 million in damages to a woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using baby powder and other talc-containing products manufacturered by Johnson & Johnson for decades. The jury determined that Johnson […]

Jim Lewis

West Virginia Residents Warned They May Be Inhaling Formaldehyde During Showers

A recent article by the Associated Press discussed how a state official from West Virginia has come forward to warn residents of the state that they may be breathing in a dangerous carcinogen while taking an otherwise ordinary shower. The […]

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New Survey Reveals Financial Harm Caused By Asbestos Exposure

A recent study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine has noted the disastrous consequences of asbestos exposure on the American workforce. The research, conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, discovered that between 1999 and […]

Jim Lewis

Chemicals Used in Fracking May Increase Risk of Oil Disasters

The chemicals that are used in hydraulic fracking (or simply fracking) may contribute to oil explosions and disasters, according to preliminary investigations by the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration. Fracking is the process by which small incisions are made into rock formations […]

Rick Shapiro

Fracking Can Cause Severe Problems for Well-Water Users, Poses Other Health Risks

The practice of fracking, or “hydraulic fracturing,” wherein a high-pressure jet of water is used to drill into rock layers, may cause serious issues for nearby water wells;…

Rick Shapiro

Diesel Exhaust Listed as Known Cancer Cause; Railroaders Particularly at Risk

The International Agency for Research on Cancer announced on June 12, 2012, that decades of evidence showed diesel exhaust fumes are as dangerous to people's health as plutonium. This is not…

Rick Shapiro

Court: Workers With Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer Can File Separate Claims for Both Diseases

In a significant ruling for people who become sick with incurable lung problems after being exposed to asbestos at work, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in February 2012 upheld a plaintiff's…

Rick Shapiro

Solvents Used in Railroad Industry Linked To Parkinson’s Disease

TCE, PERC and CCL4 just sound bad for a person. Given their full chemical names of trichloroethylene, perchloroethylene and carbon tetrachloride, the widely used solvents prove no healthier than…

Rick Shapiro

Formaldehyde in Diesel Fumes Linked to Railroad Workers’ Throat and Nasal Cancers

Breathing in diesel exhaust fumes has long been recognized as a health hazard in rail yards and train locomotives. Certainly, any Amtrak, CSX or Norfolk Southern conductor, engineer or carman knows…

Rick Shapiro

Railroads Played Delayed Russian Roulette: Mesothelioma-Asbestos-Cancers Now Killing Workers

I am revisiting important asbestos health and safety lessons in this article, “Delayed Russian Roulette.” Railroads such as Norfolk Southern (NS), CSX, Conrail, and others are…