Category Archives: Health

Jury Awards $289 million to Plaintiff in Roundup Trial

By Swahili Scientists

A jury ruled that Roundup caused Dewayne Johnson's cancer, awarding him $289 million.

A jury ruled that Roundup caused Dewayne Johnson’s cancer, awarding him $289 million.

A California jury found Monsanto, now owned by Bayer AG, liable for a Black man contracting cancer from the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, in a lawsuit this past month and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages, according to Reuters.

The jury at San Francisco’s Superior Court of California deliberated for three days before finding that Monsanto had failed to warn Dewayne Johnson and other consumers of the cancer risks posed by its weed killers. Therefore, it awarded $39 million in compensatory and $250 million in punitive damages.

A trial date for Mr. Johnson’s case, which was filed in 2016, was set quickly given the severity of his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph system that was ruled as being caused by Roundup and Ranger Pro, another Monsanto glyphosate herbicide. Additionally, Mr. Johnson’s doctors said he is unlikely to live past 2020.

Dewayne Johnson, 46, is a former pest control manager for a California county school system who applied the weed killer up to 30 times per year.

Brent Wisner, a lawyer for Johnson, said in a statement that jurors saw internal company documents for the first time “proving that Monsanto has known for decades that glyphosate and specifically Roundup could cause cancer.”

“The jury found Monsanto acted with malice and oppression because they knew what they were doing was wrong and doing it with reckless disregard for human life,” said Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a member of Johnson’s legal team, according to the Associated Press.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded that the chemical is not likely carcinogenic to humans last September. However, Glyphosate was already classified as a probable human carcinogen three years ago by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a wing of the World Health Organization.

The case of school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson was the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging that glyphosate causes cancer. Monsanto was bought by Bayer AG following a $62.5 billion acquisition by the German conglomerate. It now faces more than 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States. Additionally, Bayer stock plunged 11% after news of the Monsanto ruling was released.

Oral Antibiotics May Cause Kidney Stones

New research has linked liquid anitbiotics and kidney stones.

New research links liquid anitbiotics and kidney stones.

By MCNS Staff

Pediatric researchers have recently learned that children and adults treated with some oral antibiotics have a significantly higher risk of developing kidney stones.  The strongest risks were noted at younger ages and among patients who were most recently treated with antibiotics.

The study included more than 13 million adults and children in the United Kingdom.

The study raises awareness of the wide availability of antibiotics and questions if alternative treatments would be more appropriate.

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McDonald’s Salad Outbreak Hits Midwest

By Swahili Scientists

McDonalds has been the subject of a recent health scare.

McDonalds has been the subject of a recent health scare.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 286 people in 15 states have been infected with a parasite called Cyclospora, which is an increase of 120 people in the last week alone, as of July 26.

So far, there have been 11 hospitalizations but no deaths associated with this outbreak. The parasite has been linked to salads from McDonald’s.

However, Cyclospora is oftentimes present in cow manure. When Cyclospora-infected cow manure is used to fertilize crops, including lettuce, that same lettuce can infect consumers. The parasite isn’t typically transmitted from one person to another, but rather, makes people sick after it is ingested.

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The Many Benefits of Moringa

Moringa has a multitude of health benefits.

Moringa has a multitude of health benefits.

By The Swahili Scientists

Moringa has gained a good deal of popularity in the US as a powerful healing agent and a “superfood” because of its highly nutritious profile. When ingested as a tea, it has been shown to possess powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and tissue-protective properties among many other health benefits.

Moringa is a plant whose size ranges from tiny herbs to massive trees that have been used by people in Africa and Asia for thousands of years. Moringa is in the flowering plant family Moringaceae and the name is derived from murungai, which is the Tamil word for drumstick. It contains 13 species from tropical as well as subtropical climates.

The most widely cultivated species is Moringa oleifera, which is native to the foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India. However, Moringa stenopetala, is an African species that is also widely grown, but to a much lesser extent than Moringa oleifera. Different species of this tree are located in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Angola, Namibia, Egypt, Madagascar, and India.

Moringa leaves and pods contain a large amount of essential proteins, vitamins, and minerals. It is a significant source of essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. It also contains a significant amount of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6, folate, and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). In terms of minerals, it contains calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc. Lastly, it contains very low amounts of fat and offers no harmful cholesterol.

As a result of moringa’s many medicinal benefits, it was named the “miracle tree” during the food crisis in Africa. In the Philippines, it is called a “mother’s best friend” because