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Health Highlights: Oct. 28, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Woman Awarded $70 Million in Baby Powder/Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit

A California woman was awarded $70 million in her lawsuit alleging that long-term use of Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused her ovarian cancer.

The decision in favor of Deborah Giannecchini by a St. Louis jury was announced Thursday. Johnson & Johnson plans to appeal, the Associated Press reported.

This verdict follows two similar lawsuits in St. Louis in which juries awarded plaintiffs a combined $127 million. However, two other lawsuits in New Jersey were dismissed by a judge who said there wasn't reliable evidence that talc leads to ovarian cancer.

Similar lawsuits have been filed by about 2,000 women and lawyers are reviewing thousands of other potential cases, the AP reported.

Posted: October 2016


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