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Talcum powder cancer case – In the News

John Kerr posted in on February 26th, 2016.

A US court has ruled that healthcare product company Johnson & Johnson are to pay out NZ$108 million in damages to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer. Alabama woman Jackie Fox was a lifetime user of talcum powder for feminine hygiene and developed ovarian cancer in 2013. She died in October […]

Testing reveals asbestos in crayons

John Kerr posted in on September 18th, 2015.

Some crayons sold in New Zealand have been found to contain traces of asbestos following random testing by the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health has confirmed the presence of asbestos in three of 21 crayon products randomly sampled from the market, but noted the risk to the consumer is considered to be low. […]

Asbestos not a major health risk for NZ homeowners

Laura Goodall posted in on April 15th, 2015.

Asbestos exposure during the post-earthquake Canterbury rebuild is unlikely to cause significant health problems for house occupants, according to a new report published this week by the Royal Society of New Zealand and Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. The report, titled Asbestos Exposure in New Zealand: Review of the Scientific Evidence of […]

Prof Ian Shaw on dangerous dust

John Kerr posted in on November 11th, 2014.

Writing in the Press, University of Canterbury toxicology Professor Ian Shaw outlines the risk associated with dust thrown up by the ongoing rebuild in Christchurch. An excerpt (read in full here): As we reshape our city and demolish a large number of buildings in the process we are creating a gritty, dusty environment that is […]

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